My Church Security – Just Give Me a Church Security Manual


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My Church Security – Just Give Me a Church Security Manual….and I’ll be all set.


Church Security Manual – Check – All done…….Really, I hope no one has convinced you that a church security manual is the answer or will contain the answer.  I have seen some of most immature security practices in large organizations that have a security manual that was 3 inches thick.  Now I am a fan of a church security manual but for a specific set of purposes.  I am a fan of training using a church security manual. I am a fan of pocket guides that are a subset of a church security manual.

Here are a FEW of the domains/sections/documents that should exist, of which a few I will provide you a template when you sign up for our mailing list and let us know which specific ones you are looking for.

Internal employee, Internal Contractor/Vendor/Supplier, Volunteer are three different groups of people that you need to consider when writing your church security manual and think about the audience, the maturity of the audience, the impact on the audience, etc.

A church security manual can contain:

  • Policies
  • Guidelines
  • Standards
  • Requirements
  • Recommendations
  • Procedures


  • Missing Child, Missing Parent
  • Evacuation
  • Shelter-in-Place
  • Active Shooter
  • Incident Reporting
  • Camera Usage
  • Suspicious Persons
  • Network, Electronic Communications Usage
  • Export Control
  • Missions Trip Security and Safety
  • eDiscovery
  • Protection of sensitive information (PII, SPI, HIPAA)
  • Use of Radios
  • Alarm Response
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Security Camera Management
  • Security Alarm Management
  • Supplier / Vendor Security Requirements

A good church security manual AND church safety manual  are critical both in day-to-day assurance and in crisis. But remember, people aren’t going to be running to find the manual when a incident occurs. Thus the critical piece is awareness / training and retraining and retraining on the CONTENT and CONTEXT of the relevant part of the manual.  The #1 part of these manuals is not the STEPS its the scope and the roles and responsibilities.

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My Church Security – Just Give Me a Church Security Manual was last modified: April 21st, 2015 by Jim McConnell