Three of the most important concepts for a church to consider when building an in-house security team.
Timothy J. Fancher · February 17, 2017
When pastors and church leaders who are new to the idea of church security first begin to consider building a volunteer security team, often they feel somewhat overwhelmed.
It is easy to imagine huge expenses, a complete disruption to existing procedures, complicated equipment—-and if the church is outsourcing for some of its protection—-intimidating individuals in uniform who are strangers to the congregation.
While creating and building a security team from your existing congregation is a big task; it is manageable. Furthermore, if security is seen as another ministry, this can become an exciting undertaking that will ultimately make a church family grow even closer.
This list is by no means exhaustive; however these are three of the most important concepts for a church to consider when building an in-house security team:
1) Pastoral and Church Support.
It is inevitable that there will be resistance and possible resentment when the security team is implemented. There are numerous reasons for this, however, if the director of security works closely with the church to minimize church flow disruptions, this will assure a smoother implementation and execution in assimilating the new team within the church.
Here are several ways that a church can actively support their security team:
+Make security a church-wide affair.
If the pastor makes a church wide announcement that a team is being created, and while asking for volunteers, also communicates a process for airing any possible concerns. This will demonstrate to the church that the leadership team is committed to the security team, while inviting the congregation to air any concerns. Since there is plenty of Scripture which supports the role of a security team, reading these verses can also help to emphasize that security is indeed a ministry and is Biblical.
+Set realistic expectations of Security Team members.
Explain their role to your congregation. The pastor should also let everyone know that officers (trained, volunteer members of the security team) have specific jobs and to respect that. A person with no security background might see an officer is just standing around and ask her to help carry something, go get someone etc. When an officer says no, this can create dissention based on a misunderstanding. If the church is reminded that they would not ask a child care worker to leave the kids to go help put up chairs, they can see that asking an on-duty officer to help with a non-security related task is just as inappropriate.