Crimes against churches are on the rise. Church Security is a necessity. Simple action steps to take to secure your sanctuaries. Faith is not enough.
Church Security – Your Responsibility
Why is church security important nowadays? Just to name a few:
- Two teenagers charged for robbing and shooting another teen. (St. Margaret of Scotland Church, July 2008)
- Gunman kills 3, wounds 5, inside church. Shooter is also suspect in sexual assault of a 14-year-old. (First Congregational Church, August 2007)
- Gunman kills 2 at dormitory for young missionaries, then heads to second church and kills 2, wounds 1. (Youth With A Mission campus, New Life Church, December 2007)
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” (Mt. 10:16)
There is a natural hesitancy to implementing church security measures into the church. Church is generally thought of as a safe and trusting place, protected by the Creator. However, we are called to be good stewards, caretakers, of all that we have been given. We are called to be on our guard, and wise.
Crimes against churches are rising. Churches are considered “soft targets” for acts of hate and rebellion.
You can take a proactive approach to securing your place of faith.
Risk Assessment Survey for Churches
There are simple steps we can take in our stewardship of church security. Gather a group of members who want to get involved and have them each complete this survey. This is a good starting point to see where strengths and weaknesses lie, and to assess vulnerabilities.
Empower your church by planning together. Know how to respond before, during, and after a disaster. Use this plan as part of church policy. Practice it with the congregation at least once a year.
Conduct Background Checks
The Word of God says “…for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness.” (2 cor. 11:14-15)
The church is a wonderful place to receive healing and restoration! As stewards and shepherds, we must be proactive in protecting the safety of the people, young and old. We must operate in wisdom when it comes to placing people in leadership positions and positions of authority. Conducting background investigations are crucial.
The church must take a sober look at both the practical and the spiritual implications of histories such as emotional instability, substance abuse, and sexual predators.
I can not emphasize enough the importance of thorough Screening and Background Investigations! A very real enemy prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Churches and its leaders must begin to take proactive stands on church security issues. We need to be prepared. We have an obligation to protect church property and its people. Churches large or small can organize a Security Team to implement action steps we have outlined for you. This team can also be in charge of ongoing training for church members, helping them to recognize areas and behaviors of concern.
I drive around town and I see security measures at the movie theaters, the banks, at the indoor and the outdoor malls. These businesses are aware of their vulnerabilities, and of their duty to protect assets…
…but sadly, churches in general continue to demonstrate their feelings of immunity to the violence in this world by dismissing the reality of impending risk.
Take action now, please! Shepherds, protect His flock by securing your churches!
And please do not forget Secure The Children’s Ministry!
As always, we are here to help. If you have any specific questions or needs, feel free to contact me at Kevin@security-minded.com