5 Steps To A 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.