By Robert M. Cirtin
The church has regularly been considered as a secure haven - a non secular sanctuary the place humans can come to worship God unfastened from concerns approximately violence or unethical habit through these excited about church ministry. yet our tradition is altering, and church leaders can not imagine that it will not occur in my church. just like the remainder of society, church buildings have to make sure the security and safety in their facility, employees, and worshipers.This e-book presents a wealth of sensible info on getting ready for and responding to the demanding situations of a deadly international. Robert Cirtin attracts on greater than twenty years of legislations enforcement and investigative adventure, and along with his crew of execs outlines a how-to technique jam-packed with particular proactive steps church buildings can take to guard themselves and decrease the danger of high-priced complaints. Church security and safety is a must have source for a person engaging in or getting ready for church leadership.Topics lined comprise: using history screening to guard your congregation. security and safety concerns for church-run preschool and day care courses. getting ready for and responding to clinical emergencies. find out how to care for concerns bearing on baby abuse. Legally mandated obligations of church employees contributors. the best way to make the most of security/surveillance cameras within the church facility. Organizing a church safety officer software. successfully dealing with intruders. Responding to violent acts after they happen. the way to behavior a radical investigation.If you're a pastor, affiliate pastor, preschool director, church university valuable, deacon, elder, sacristy individual, or denominational chief - learn this publication, then learn it back! Make it required examining for each chief on your church. safeguard your congregation, your home, and your acceptance locally by way of doing all you are able to do to rent the perfect staff, to avoid actual and sexual misconduct for which your church could be responsible, and to lessen the felony and fiscal affects of such misconduct. This e-book will train you what to appear for, and the way to do so this present day to guard the folks God has given you to shepherd.Tim Duncan affiliate Pastor, Anglican Church of the ResurrectionSt. Louis, MissouriChurch security and safety: a realistic consultant is a worthy source. Bob Cirtin has the weird yet very important historical past mix of provider in full-time church ministry in addition to being a professional officer of the legislation and a professional investigator. He has own event with each resource of possibility for the neighborhood church and has built potent safeguards and defenses. His options are transparent, easy, effortless to enforce, and should guard any congregation within the occasion of an unlucky incidence. This ebook is a needs to for each church workplace and library!Terry RaburnSuperintendent, Peninsular Florida District CouncilAssemblies of GodWhat a sacred privilege it's to take care of God's humans! yet whereas we concentrate on their non secular wishes, we mustn't ever overlook their security wishes - in particular in our international this present day. i am excited to determine a publication that identifies the genuine safeguard matters each church faces. we have to enforce those proactive steps to make sure the next point of defense for our flock. And we have to ship a reassuring message to these in our groups who are looking to come.Chuck LynchPastor of religious improvement, Victory ChurchLakeland, FloridaI belief Bob Cirtin. He is familiar with what to do to aid hold humans secure. i am completely satisfied he is on our facet, permitting us to raised shield the folks God has entrusted to our care.
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This will allow each person who enters the building to be noticed by staff members. This is more difficult for large church structures that require multiple avenues of ingress and egress. A receptionist or other staff member should be located near the entrance in order to greet anyone who enters in order to engage them in conversation. This will allow all who enter to be known and the receptionist can evaluate the purpose of the person’s visit. The receptionist or staff member should be placed behind a barrier such as some type of counter, desk, or wall to provide safety from an aggressive or dangerous person.
In these types of cases, each person must make their own decision with regard to continuing to obey the demands of the intruder or to resist and attempt to escape. If the intruder has already begun using 33 the weapon or is in the process of using the weapon, an attempt to escape and resist may be the only viable options. Having said this, the following is a list of actions that can be taken in the event of an armed intruder who has entered the church building. • • • • • • • • • • • Do not attempt to confront or subdue an intruder armed with any type of weapon.
The receptionist or staff member should be placed behind a barrier such as some type of counter, desk, or wall to provide safety from an aggressive or dangerous person. It is also suggested that the receptionist have access to a telephone, intercom system, or other device that can be used to summon assistance in the event a dangerous intruder enters the church. If possible, the receptionist or staff member should be in a position to view the church parking lot in order to see anyone who may enter the church before they walk through the door.