I Equip Your Volunteer Church Security Team With Basic Skills They Need To Know.
Reduce Liability, Prevent Over-Reaction And Train Your Team To Skillfully Prevent Violence.
Dear Concerned Leader,
Sadly, more than ever before, U.S. churches have experienced crimes, disruptions, domestic violence, robberies, and murders in unprecedented numbers. Twleve years ago, Church Security Alliance began assisting churches interested in developing volunteer church security ministries by providing a framework for investigating, planning, and training.
Over the years, we have been blessed with the opportunity to help thousands of churches get their ministry off the ground and serving their congregations each Sunday. While we’ve tried to provide guidance and help with implementation, many churches have requested specific training to help their team develop reaction plans to effectively deal with potential problems that may arise during church activities.
However, many have requested training opportunities for their teams, as this seems to be a critical need for most church teams at this time. Church leaders are most often concerned with the potential for violence, and having a staff of empathetic, servant hearted people is the key for an effective safety or security team. I have created a training event that covers several necessary skills to build a solid platform for your team to go forward.
Many church security training events are designed to convince you that security is needed, and there is still a need for this type of training, but for churches who have accepted the reality for potential violence, not much exists to help your team stay safe while staying within the law.
My Church Security Basics Training Seminar focuses on those skills which equip your team members to quickly identify, de-escalate, or defend against human aggression in church. Not only that, but we help your team members develop skills they can use to teach other volunteers to recognize violence and create safety plans for their respective ministries
Training Modules To Fit Your Needs
Security plans vary from church to church. Some churches prefer a low-key, unarmed usher led program, while others choose to have their security volunteers armed. However, all church security teams need basic skills to provide great service and detect, approach, and tactically communicate and prevent injury with people who are disruptive, upset, or violent.
After all, saying or doing the wrong thing can lead to an unintended escalation of violence and possibly open the church to legal liability.
Church Security Alliance offers specific modules that allow you to choose a customized training experience to meet your church security teams specific needs.
All of our training begins with understanding your volunteer’s specific role of servant based safety and security. This ministry is about keeping your head, while others may be losing theirs, and requires a measure of patience and understanding for people who may not be at their best or having their best day.
Your team leadership may choose a half or full day of training and choose the specific modules you feel would help your team the best. The training may be broken down into 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours of training. If you are paying to bring us to your location, we recommend a full 8 hour day of training.
Customized Training Modules Church Security Volunteers Need
How To Train Your Team
Your team’s success rises and falls on training. Getting volunteers to train is tough and in this module Glen discusses a micro-training approach that focuses on giving your team members important skills each month little bits at a time in skills they will actually use. Teach your team proficiency and critical skills that can make a difference under stress.
Limiting your liability is key and there are specific ways to do this. The first is understanding what your team members can and cannot do under the law. Secondly, we help you understand how to train your team, develop lesson plans, and the importance of documenting your training. As they say in court, if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.
Verbal Deescalation Tactics
We teach you how to verbally deescalate anyone, anytime and anywhere. Saying the wrong thing to an angry person is like lighting a fire in a dry wood. Things can go from bad to worse quickly. We help you discover the components of effective communication, the importance of staying calm, and techniques you can use to bring calm to any situation.
Empty Hand Control Skills
When verbal tactics don’t work, team members need to know how to safely use physical skills to take down a volatile person intent on harming others. In this module they will learn escorts, control techniques, proper restraint and searching techniques to avoid injury to themselves and to the violent person from harming others.
Unarmed Response To Active Shooter
Active shooter incidents have evolved over the years and the old information of locking down and waiting for police is outdated. In this module, your team will discover how respond and teach your congregation about barricaded lockdown, countering with improvised weapons, and evacuating the building to create distance from the active shooter.
Armed Response To Active Shooter
If your team members carry firearms they must respond as a team. Once they learn placement, movement, and tactical response, they will take part in force on force dynamic simulations involving single and multiple shooters from incidents that have actually happened in the United States. They will use all skills learned in unarmed and armed response.
Basic Security Skills
There are five primary functions of a church security volunteer. Recognizing this is a servant based ministry is the best place to begin. When a potential problem is discovered, what to do and how to deal with it are critical to your ministry’s success. Parking, patrol, personal interaction, intervention, and communications are the key to getting it right.
Basic Medical Skills
The most likely problem for your team may be medical in nature. Proper early intervention to a medical problem caused by accident, disease, or violence is the surest way to save a life. In this segment, your team will discover the best intervention for common medical problems, their role in an emergency, and how to perform basic care.
Critical Incident Review
Violence has visited the faith community in recent years. Each incident has been resolved by different approaches. In this module Glen discusses what happened and how the violent problem was solved. The value in this segment is to hear what happened and to think through how you might respond if a violent situation erupts at your church.
Meet The Instructor
Glen Evans, Instructor
Glen is the co-founder of Church Security Alliance. He co-authored the book Church Security Basics. Having 26 years police experience, he has spent 23 of those years in a training role, with 15 years as a SWAT Officer and Instructor. Glen is a professional speaker and trainer, and has developed personal safety and self defense courses for his students that strive to deliver entertaining high quality content. His specialties include use of force, liability reduction, verbal de-escalation, empty hand tactics, tactical movement and tactical firearms training. In addition to his police duties, he is an active firefighter and EMT-B. He serves as Church Security Alliance as editor-in-chief, and provides safety and security consulting services to schools, corporations, as well as private instruction and training.
What Attendees Are Saying About The Church Security Basics Seminar.
Before attending the Church Security Training Seminar I thought I could handle a violent encounter at church, but the reality of the training scenarios changed that perception. This training was thorough, excellent at every phase and would highly recommend this training to all looking at a security team.R. Vasitas
Before this training I believed I could handle a violent encounter with limited success. The things I am taking a way are to train, train, train. The things I trained on decades ago are too rusty to be done fast enough or to be effective. This was excellent.S. Zabof
Being in law enforcement, this training gave me a great refresher on known information. I discovered the proper way to write a lesson plan and new techniques to handle threats as they evolve from year to year. The instructors were very professional, kept to the timetable, and properly managed the class.B. Gardner
Prior to the training I believed I could handle a violent encounter, but during the training I realized I had no clue what I was doing. I discovered as volunteer security, we have great legal liability. The verbal de-escalation training greatly reduces the probability of physical altercations. During the presentations, I was engaged the entire time!R. Cochraners
Before this training I believed I could handle some violent situations, but with this training, I am more equipped to handle a lot more. I took away that verbal de-escalation is better than using a gun and the amount of training needed. The speakers did an exceptional job. They were very clear on what they were trying to communicate.M. Jamerson
I believe I can handle a violent encounter, but I discovered new defensive tactics like escorts, takedowns, and the wrist locks. I thought this training was excellent.J. Braselton
This training provided a lot of good information with an excellent presentation. Thank you.J. Chomor
I thought training was good and needed. I would highly recommend. Thanks!John
Having Mr. Evans come was more necessary than I even realized. The sessions were very helpful and I would recommend every church attend one of his seminars.Pastor James Tate
A very real experience. It will build your confidence in an actual scenario, as well as give you key things to recognize about your surroundings.Gordon M.
Wow! Detailed and hands on. The course opened my eyes to the depth of church security training. How safe do you want to be? Worth every dime.Mark Joscelyn
The training was very eye opening in helping me to realize the mental and physical challenges faced by a church security team. Worth every dollar and every minute.Stephen Sandala
Our instructor gave us a tactical plan that is easy to follow and easy to implement. After this training our team is confident that we can protect our pastor and congregation.
Very informative seminar. Well worth the cost. Of great value to any church. The hands on scenarios provided invaluable training.Harold Tabb
Practical training for real world problems.Ken C
How To Bring Training To Your Church
Here Are The Options
The training is designed to be segmented. The church violence debrief, threat assessment, verbal de-escalation, liability reduction, and unarmed active shooter segments can have an unlimited audience.
The empty hand tactics, tactical movement, and armed response to active shooter training is limited to 30 people (you can open it up to other churches to share the cost).
The way most churches do this is to host a four hour block on a Saturday in the morning for churches in their region. The second block is reserved for their team or open to other churches.
If hosting a seminar, the instructor fees and travel costs are covered by the hosting church. We do not handle registrations or costs for your event. You may charge participants to cover your costs for the training or decide to cover the costs as an outreach for your church.