5 Steps To A Safer Church

5 Steps to Safer Church

Security is obviously a major concern of today’s churches.  Some churches assume more security means more costs and a costly and complicated system and install.  Want some good news? There is a lot that you can do at little to no cost! If your church leadership is ready to make changes and improve safety quickly, here are 5 steps to a safer church:

  1. Buy walkie-talkies:  An old-school two-way radio will always be beneficial when compared to a cell phone.  Should you lose signal, a walkie-talkie will still work and allow you to communicate with staff positioned around the building.  Communication is really one of the most important factors in any safety plan.
  2. Have a single church entrance:  Place a staff member or usher at the doors and lock them once service starts.  If you are going to have unlocked doors, keep a staff member in place to monitor activity at all times.  Keep exit doors unlocked, but do not allow entry.
  3. Parking lot monitoring:  Keep a staff member or volunteer in the parking lot during all services.  Have them patrol the grounds if possible, or possibly assign more than one lot attendant for a larger church.  Keeping the congregation safe is everyone’s priority.
  4. Point out your exits:  Much like on an airplane before takeoff, point out the exits to your congregation before service.  Make it a point to ensure everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency. It may seem redundant, but when it counts, the repetition could be invaluable.
  5. Hire an outside consultant:  This one is going to cost, but the return on the investment is priceless.  Have a consultant come out and give you a thorough review of your current church safety.  Train your staff and volunteers. Work scenarios and situations with your team. I don’t want to name anyone specific in our blog, but if you’re interested in this option, reach out to me and I will get you connected.

As always, take care of each other.  

-BJ

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