When Family Hurts

It took just a few minutes of talking with the woman to realize she was stressed about something...really stressed. What the team member thought would be a few moments of pleasantries was quickly becoming a silent call for help. There was nothing overtly wrong with her conversation; it was pleasant and amiable.​ (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

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When Family Hurts

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John was a “sheepdog” for his church. A gentle family man, he had taken time over the past several months to go through the requisite training set out by his church to be a Care Team member in the entrance area of the auditorium every Sunday. He was there to watch for and stop the “wolf” should the “wolf" ever show up at the church. But he was also there to exercise his first responsibility: ... (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

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."

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.)

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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.)

Be "Actively Friendly"

“Actively friendly.” I use that term in my seminars and training and have had people ask me, “What do you mean by 'actively friendly?'” I use “actively," instead of “aggressively” because I believe the main focus of a ministry, church or otherwise, should be to minister at the first point of contact for as many people as enter the building to worship. This is the goal of any safety and security team, regardless of its name.  (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

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You O.O.D.A. Be Ready!

The time was the latter part of the Korean War. The challenge was that enemy MIG-15 aircraft were too often winning aerial dog-fights. They were highly maneuverable, piloted by experienced and well-trained enemy pilots, and were regularly challenging F-86 Sabre jets flown by US Air Force pilots for supremacy in the skies...and winning.  (Click here or on the picture to read more.)

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Where to start your church safety team

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