2 Day Church Security Planning & Intruder Awareness and Response Training - Bigfork, Montana
Sep 22, 2023 at 08:00 — Sep 23, 2023 at 16:30 (CDT)
Organiser: Strategos International
"...this was the best presented, laid out, and structured program I have ever seen for teaching people at various experience and skill levels how to de-escalate high-stress situations and progressively escalate their response to adapt to greater threats. The best group I have ever worked with for teaching with the understanding of the needs of ministry and security, by leaps and bounds." - Michael Exendine, Strategos Training Attendee
The Church Security Planning and Intruder Awareness/Response Training will equip your staff and key volunteers to create a personalized security plan that protects your congregation while maintaining a welcoming environment.
You can choose from a 1 or 2-day option, but both days are recommended and the subjects interrelate.
Day 1: Church Security Planning for Leadership
At the end of the day, you’ll be thoroughly equipped to begin (or re-launch/improve) your church security ministry. Each participant will leave with a comprehensive, practical 75-page workbook.
Who should attend:
- Church Staff
- Church Administrators
- Facility Managers
- Children and Student Ministry Directors
- Security Team Members
We’ll address key topics including:
- Intruder response
- Offering collection, protection, and transport
- Nursery security
- Medical response
- Volunteer selection
- Armed vs. unarmed security
- Protecting the pastor
- The role of ushers and greeters
"No textbook, video, or speech can compare to the hands-on, real-life situation training that they are passionate and devoted to giving.” - Barney Munhollon, Strategos Training Attendee
Day 2: Intruder Awareness/Response for Church Personnel
Many churches have taken comfort in the thought that “it could never happen here.” But headlines and a steadily-growing body of statistical evidence demonstrate that violence in faith-based organizations is not an if, but a when.
This course will educate you on recognizing behavioral pre-cursors because knowing someone's body language is many times a sign of nefarious intentions or actions to come. Also, the behavioral indicators of armed individuals whether they are lawfully armed or unlawfully armed will be covered in great detail.
A review of statistics and trends of crimes against churches since 2007 is conducted, and the justification of safety & security within the church complete with biblical authority is reviewed and discussed. A de-brief of several in-progress crimes against persons at churches and church events for lessons learned and historical trends are covered as well.
A discussion and practical training block on “the art of the handshake” and the “technique” of the handshake will be presented. Discussion and demonstration on distancing and closing strategies for those approaching and evaluating potentially armed individuals, in a welcoming and hospitable manner, so that the church mission is not compromised will be presented as well.
Additionally, this course provides strategies for de-escalating conflict from a verbal point of view and covers what phrases and language to avoid to prevent a conflict from escalating. An overview of lockdown procedures for both “THREAT INSIDE” and “THREAT OUTSIDE” lockdown of a church facility as well as protocols for what to do when “lockdown fails” will be taught, should verbal de-escalation not be an option.
Who should attend?
- Church Ushers
- Church Greeters
- Church Leadership
- Security/Safety personnel
- Parking Control personnel
- First Line Reception Personnel
- Other staff in frequent contact with the congregation and visitors
- History & demographics of church violence & church shootings
- Importance of “Awareness” in relation to prevention & mitigation
- Biblical authority for church safety & security
- Church lockdown protocols & principles
- Lockdown failure response protocols
- Awareness Priority Matrix for the Campus & the Sanctuary
- Educating ushers, greeters & other first-line reception personnel
- Recognizing traits of suspicious behavior
- Recognizing traits of armed individuals
- Approaching suspicious or armed individuals
- Verbal conflict management & de-escalation