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The Top Three Most Dangerous Misconceptions about Church Security

Gone are the days of arguing about whether a church needs security. The debates now center on how to create, implement and maintain proper church security.

Timothy J. Fancher  ·  December 12, 2017

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Since the horrific, evil tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, when a deranged, single gunman killed 26 of our brothers and sisters in Christ; there has been a tremendous amount of interest, conversations and debates about church security. The nature of the debates have overall changed. Gone are the days of arguing about whether a church needs security. The debates now center on how to create, implement and maintain proper church security.

While the few true church security experts are cautiously optimistic that church leaders are now finally open to introducing security in to their church; there are some dangerous, and even irresponsible myths, ideas and concepts about security that are circulating throughout social media, the news, congregations and even some pastors.

This article may ruffle feathers.

Church security is unlike any other discipline of security. Just because someone has a security company, then throws some Scripture in their existing manuals and tries to pitch it as “church security,” that does not mean that these standard security procedures will work. There exists a near-palpable tension between standard security procedures, theology, social psychology and criminology.

The following are the top three most dangerous misconceptions about church security, with some additional material at the end of the article to prayerfully consider.

The Paper Tiger Team

This refers to the church that has attempted to create a security team from their volunteers, BUT, there is no real training, minimal organization and certainly (and most troubling) a lack of contingency plans for various situations. The church may even feel safe because they have some volunteers “watching the door.”

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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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By Chute on January 23, 2018

The security is supposed to be for the sake of the people that are looking for a secure place to work along. It was the one thing for which I have been willing to get all the security.
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By Timothy Fancher on December 28, 2017

Sherry Wilson, thank you so much for the thoughts and for sharing this article!
Copsniper, thank you sir! I very much appreciated your insights! Loved the line about Tombstone courage…I may need to borrow that one!
God bless and protect you both.


By copsniper69 on December 27, 2017

Excellent article Timothy.  We see far too many of those individuals in the church security training field.  They think they understand church security when they really have no true idea just what church security and the role of the security team member is.  You did a fabulous job explaining the real issues in what is becoming a ever increasingly important area with today’s houses of worship.  We see these three problems with many of the churches we train, its almost the old tombstone courage with many of these churches when they cannot, or don’t want to see the real damage and the civil liability risk they are putting themselves in.  Well said all around!  http://www.4evervigilant.com


By Sherry Wilson on December 18, 2017

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