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7/11/2019 - ​A Staff Perspective of Church Safety & Security

 How often have you thought to include safety or security awareness training for the staff person, or people, in your church? Remember, they are on the front line every time they are at the church whether for the friendly member stopping by to visit, or the potentially more volatile guest looking for help. This article has a unique insight into the issue of safety and security on a daily basis, written by someone who has served on the front lines. (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

Past Safe Zone Articles

Pass the "P's," Please

Where Do We Start?

Where to start your church safety team

5/22/2019 - "He Was Such A Nice Guy."

“He was such a nice guy.”  It’s a phrase that raises my hackles when it comes to this particular topic of church safety, and you’ll understand why shortly. I recently asked a friend of mine, a practicing attorney, how often he receives inquiries from churches which recently discovered, or rather uncovered, predatory activity and/or assault by a sexual predator. His answer shocked me.  (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

"He was such a nice guy."

6/26/2019 - ​What's Your Why?

 “What's your “Why?”
This three-word question can cause a person to really analyze their motivation for something, whether it’s a life mission, job targets and goals, or even working to create a security or safety team for a church. 
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5/08/2019 - The Five "P's" of Readiness

In a previous blog, I mentioned the three categories of any safety or security program - Readiness, Response, and Recovery.  For this post, we’re going to take Readiness and unpack it a bit with five categories of for most of our information - People, Policies, Procedures, Property, and Practice.  (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

Where to start your church safety team

4/24/2019 - Where Do We Start?

In my work with churches over the past decade, I have discovered a significant gap in level of preparation for safety or security purposes in churches across all denominations and faiths. 

 The reasons for the disparities are wide-ranging, including size, location, past history with crime in the area, and expectations of the future.  (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

Current Safe Zone Article

6/5/2019 - ​Reactive, Proactive, or Preactive

If I called you this week and told you that something very bad MIGHT occur at your church this week,what would you do? Would you say, “thanks for the heads up”and leave it at that, or would you seek additional information?  Would you analyze and change any procedures, actions, or habits at your church? Would you be a bit more watchful and intentional? Who would you forewarn, or would you talk to anyone?​ (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

Where to start your church safety team

7/18/2019 - ​So You Think You're Covered - Part 1

 The topic of this week’s Safe Zone is so important and so thoroughly written, it is broken into two parts. Part 1 is released today. Part 2 will be released on our regular bi-weekly schedule. You will definitely want to discuss this one among your church and leadership.

The old adage says that a best defense is a good offense, and when it comes to security and liability in the church, the best have a solid playbook: . . . (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

Welcome to the Safe Zone, the place where we can all learn together while and do so in safety. If you have an incident or story that we can all learn from, let us know here.

Where to start your church safety team

7/31/2019 - ​So You Think You're Covered - Part 2

 As previously stated, this topic in Safe Zone is so important and so thoroughly written, we have broken it into two parts. Part 1 is available, and you should read it if you haven't already. Part 2 continues the discussion to cover additional topics. This is a "must read and discuss" within your place of worship due to the changing environment and attitudes regarding suing churches and places of worship.

Should a serious event occur, a house of worship should have a plan for addressing internal as well as public concerns. Because of the liability aspect. . . (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

8/14/2019 - ​Build Your Team Right

 How do you build a good team for your church safety or security? What should you look for in the very beginning?  There are several unique challenges when recruiting a safety and security team for a house of
worship. Where does one start? What does one look for?
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