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
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.”