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2 Most Valuable Traits of Church Security Volunteers

There is no other branch of security like church security. It is a very unique discipline that is part science, part art and part natural ability.

Timothy J. Fancher  ·  January 5, 2018

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There is no other branch of security like church security. It is a very unique discipline that is part science, part art and part natural ability.

Certainly there are key components that are inherent in all proper security: an understanding of command presence, how to effectively be a visible deterrent, radio discipline and even uniform and dress code considerations.

Further, there must be an understanding of proper tactics such as what - if any - weapons to carry, restraining techniques, patrol methodology and legal training to include an understanding of use of force and limitations on acceptable interactions with belligerent and combative subjects.

In addition to the standard security measures, a church security team must understand how to minimize church flow disruptions and have the ability to recognize the difference between suspicious behavior and a distraught individual coming to church for help.

As discussed in previous articles, pastors and church leaders often feel overwhelmed when they first start thinking about putting a security team in place and the many details involved.

However, as they quickly find out, with even a weekend of proper training; a purposeful, tactical and effective Church Protection Team can be created and implemented.

Heart & Intent

While all of the above concepts, techniques, knowledge and concerns must be a part of a proper team, there is one final key to church security that is absolutely unique to this discipline: heart and intent.

Usually, when someone is training to become a security officer; it is because they have an interest in learning security. In other words, it is not necessarily because they are thinking about a specific facility that they want to protect; rather, the individual has decided that he or she wants to become a security officer in general.

In a church setting however, volunteers for the Church Protection Team may have never had any real interest in security; however they may have decided that it’s time to step up and help protect his beloved church. There is a saying, “The greater the sacrifice, the greater the value attached.”

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Timothy J. Fancher
Is the founder of Psalm 144 Church Protection Seminars. Tim earned his Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Oral Roberts University (ORU) in 2013, a Associates of Science in Criminal Justice in 2007 and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with an emphasis in Sociology in 2010 from Columbia College. Fancher is a former police officer, a street safety and church security expert and has been a professional street self-defense instructor since 1999 with over 30 years of martial arts experience. Fancher is also the founder of American Street Edge Self-Defense systems and has a 4th Degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate, specializing in teaching kids’ abduction prevention and physical fitness classes. Fancher lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fancher can be reached through www.psalm144.org
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