Continuing on the topic of Church Security, one might ask why we need Church Security Ministry Teams. Churches are recognizing that the present days are evil. There is an increasing and alarming trend of violence towards all peoples of faith and church backgrounds. To meet this challenge, churches are organizing and implementing church security ministry teams. The member of their churches sacrifice their time and talents to provide a safe and peaceful worship atmosphere for all members at their particular Church. There are numerous national church security organizations that have formed over the last ten years. Some of these organizations are NACS, ICSARM, 212 Gatekeepers, and Congregational Security. Listed below are some of the latest trends that occur in the worst possible scenarios.
- In 2009 there were 29 church shootings
- Increase in societal pressures due to the economy (Domestic Violence, loss of income, alcohol and drug abuse, lack of God in people’s lives, etc.)
- Mostly Single Shooters
- Typically several firearms
- Large amounts of ammunition (co 1,000+)
- Specific Grudge or general hatred of Christians
- Shooting lasts for 3 to 10 minutes
- Most commit suicide
- Police are largely irrelevant to the outcome (this is because the avg. response time is 5-10 minutes)
OK, so there is some church violence. But the Bible surely doesn’t advocate defending yourself, does it? Lets examine one of several passages that support self defense.
- Nehemiah 4:17-19. 17Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other hand held a weapon. 18Everyone of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
What does the security ministry team do when there isn’t any violent crime occurring?
- Mitigate emergency and non-emergency situations (if and when they arise until the professionals arrive)
- Patrolling the facility inside and outside
- Assisting visitors with directions or questions
- Securing the preschool and nursery areas, lost parent/children issues
- Requesting and co-ordination of medical emergencies
- Clearing the parking lot, doors, and crowd for approaching EMS Units
- Escorting the offering from pickup to deposit into the safe or other safe location
- Special escorts
- Coordinate building evacuation
It all comes down to being the eyes and ears for the church reference security of all church members. There will be rare instances, but sometimes there will be, a call to action. Security Ministry Team members must serve with grace, a humble heart, and be mindful, not fearful. Besides the church security ministry team be integrated into the church operations and providing a valuable service to its members, there is another huge administration/ financial benefit to having a security ministry team. Insurance companies that know and see the value of having trained, on site church security ministry teams, offer a break/ discount to the churches insurance premiums for the churches active roll in lowering their overall liability exposure.
Follow along on next week’s church security blog to learn more about church security training.
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