Shout out to Kris @ for this resource!
Great Church Security Assessment
Okay, I admit I am generally NOT a fan of checklist security assessment with one exception, when a organization (yours) doesn’t have full time security team / professional available and has a desire to improve their posture AND commits to engage with a trained security professional based on the results.
Kris Moloney is a great church security professional and developed this excellent Church Security Assessment. The important thing is for you and your team to complete the assessment honestly and completely. In fact, have several people complete and compare answers. Ask yourself, are you completing it based on what is fact, what you think exists, or what someone has told you? Even if you have to physical walk around your organization / building with the assessment, do it.
SheepdogChurchSecurity.net Church Security Assessment
Please email Kris and thank him and share this post with your fellow church leaders / churches. As always, feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.
BTW: If you are planning on being at Gateway Church’s Leadership / Pastors Conference this year, I will be there again and available for one-on-one FREE discussions on your church security questions. I will have two give aways for 3 hours of consultation at the conference. I will be volunteering, but just email / DM me on Twitter and we can find a place to meet up.
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:
- Missing Child, Missing Parent
- Active Shooter
- Incident Reporting
- Camera Usage
- Suspicious Persons
- Network, Electronic Communications Usage
- Export Control
- Missions Trip Security and Safety
- 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.