Church Security Director

I have been looking around for resources for church security directors.

Perhaps there aren’t a lot of them out there who are also involved in technology, so I am just not finding  any to discuss things with. Then I figured, would I be able to be found by someone looking for other church security directors?

That is why I am making this post. A little bit of bait never hurt.

If you are involved with security at your church then reply here and let me know about you. If you don’t want your comment published then just say so and I won’t approve it for publishing.

13 Responses to “Church Security Director”


  • Bob, I’m not sure what you’re looking for, but as an IT manager, I automatically have a security role. That doesn’t mean I do it well, but I try to step into that darnkess and do something. Worth a dialogue? Your choice.

    - Tony

  • I work in the IT as well so I understand the security needs in that.
    Mantras:
    “Log out when you leave your computer!”
    “Don’t you dare leave the media equipment storage room unlocked!”
    “You gave your password to whom?”

    I also work with the building security handling lockup and after-hours issues.
    I manage the security cameras and the electronic locks.

    What would you think about a forum for this stuff over at OSministry? I had not considered it before, but it kind of fits in the goals.

  • I know exactly of what you speak. I am an assistant director of our church security team and am always looking for new ideas in order to out think the next wedgewood style attack or simple attacker who would pray on our parishoners.

    We have a multi-man team who are scheduled on rotation for Sundays and Wednesdays as well as a roving guard on the outside. We have established radio network and protocols. Several members of our team are licensed peace officers so we have arresting authority if the need occur. We also have a dedicated (revolving) member who sits in what we call the “jump seat” down front so that if anything occurs we can exricate the pastoral team.

    There are of course other matters on this subject we do that could take a huge post on your “bait” blog, lol. Politics of course does play a part even in church business, sadly.

  • Thanks for posting.
    I did actually start a Church Security Forum to discuss security topics

  • :cool: I too am a Director of our churches security ministry. I have just started looking around for resources and possible training tools for my team. Some of us have law enforcement experience and others on the team do not. I am also interested in any news links about incidents occuring in churches to share with my team. Yours in Christ!

  • Bob,

    I just submitted a new website for Church Security about a month ago. The site’s name is http://www.SurveyEssentials.com .

    There are several features to the site. However the best is the free risk assessment software for free download. I designed it myself and believe it will help out. There is no charge at all. It is a service I am providing for free to anyone in need.

    Please check it out when you get a chance.

    I join you in “fighting the good fight of faith”.

    In Christ!

    John Griffey, CPP
    Email: support@surveyessentials.com
    griffeyjohn@bellsouth.net

  • I have been security director here for seven years. We have a security team made up of off duty or retired law enforcement officers (I have twenty years of law enforcement myself with a focus in counter terrorism). I also oversee our emergency medical response team. We have eight firefighter/para-medics on the team. All of these security and medical servants have to understand the ministry of serving and shepherding Gods people before they are able to serve. An iteresting note our security dept. processes over 1200 background investigations a year and all are performed by this office. We don’t use any outside companies only governmant agencies saving the Church thousands of dollars.
    Having a venue to exchange information like this is vital to serving and protecting Gods people.

    In Him

  • I am the current director at a mid sized church in the Dayton area. In the past I was also in charge of security for one of the largest in this area. I have been doing this for six years and have also assisted about 12 other churches start their teams. When I first started there were few resources available to assist in training. I am former law enforcement and have a number of current officers on the team including former and current SWAT officers.

    We have put together a site with training videos, sample policies, discussions, suggested equipment for both medical and security teams as well as up to date links to violent church incidents. For those who are getting started, there is a presentation to church management on getting a security team approved. Hopefully, this will shorten the learning curve for many churches that are getting started. There is also a forum to discuss issues related to our mission. The site is here

    http://www.churchsecuritymember.com

    Take a look and let me knoe what you think.

  • I do a lot of self defense training for churches in our area, as well as college security team training.

    I have been working with Jack Justice on the Church Security Alliance membership site called http://www.churchsecuritymember.com.

    Currently there are videos, podcasts, articles, and downloadable forms available to help you in your training efforts.

  • I am the Guest Service Minister at Parkcrest Christian Church and we want to start a Law Enforcement Ministry here. We have several active duty and retired officers and volunteers that would like to join the ministry. However; we were looking into some of the legalities behind such a ministry and were concered about our volunteers. What if you were volunteering and got into an incident and that person turned around and sued the church or the offduty officer? Do you have any suggestions for this new ministry and have you looked into the legality of the ministry?

    Thanks,

    Katie

  • I’m glad to hear about your ministries, but wonder if the purpose is to protect people during services or to have the ability to keep the church open for people during the week (http://blogs.pioneerlocal.com/religion). I’ve had items stolen from my coat pockets during church, but find most church doors liked when I would like to stop in and pray.

  • Greetings to you, Bob! In January, 2008 you requested a copy of a PDF I was distributing, and I wanted to update you. That PDF is still available for free, by contacting me on my site at http://www.tinalewisrowe.com. It is a 24 page document called, Church Security Concerns — The Greeter and Usher Role.

    It is not about whole-church security, but does point out that greeters and ushers–often younger people or senior citizens, in many churches–are usually the first people to notice something is wrong with a situation or person. The material emphasizes the key activities of observing and getting help, and also emphasizes how important it is to be a positive representative of the pastoral staff and the church.

    I’ve had the fun of sending that little PDF all over the world! As of today, I’ve given out about 1,500 copies of it.

    As a side note: As you likely know, one of my training topics relates to courthouse security. I was speaking about that at a conference not long ago, and mentioned the church security material to show how planning is important in any setting. I had far more requests for the church security file than for court security material!

    Please be sure to share my contact information with anyone who would like this material for their security planning.

    Thanks! Tina Lewis Rowe

  • There are many members of my church who, like myself, are active or honorably retired cops who are legally authorized to carry firearms 24/7. A recent federal law, referred to as HR218, entitles active/honorably retired LEO’s to carry in all states, regardless of where you retired from. I am active as a consultant to the chuch and the church sponsored Christian school on security matters.

    A couple of risk managment tips for a beginning security team/ministry utilizing armed personnel:

    1. Don’t use the term security, protection, etc. Refer to those people involved as church monitors, facility assistants, etc.
    2. Their mission should be in writing, and should list as duties things such as:
    a. Directional information
    b. Helping people who are lost
    c. Facilitating seating of worshippers
    d. Parking control
    e. etc.

    The fact that your people are off duty or retired LEO’s should be only discreetly discussed. They are NOT security personnel and should not be referred to as such. Whether they are carrying concealed weapons is their business and unless there is a prohibition on that, it is a practice that is not required or discussed among church elders or administration.

    As you get a more formal service in place, then you will probably need to codify it via a written policy, insurance, licensing, risk management analysis, etc. Remember, in many states once you establish any “security” unit, subdivision, organization, etc. especially if armed, the personnel may be required to be licensed as “security officers” even if they are police officers.

    I do alot of consulting with govt., private and entertainment industry organizations on security matters. I have over 29 years of law enforcement experience in the most regulated state in the country. OK to ask questions.

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