Operating a Church Security Ministry
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.” Acts 20:28
Many pastors are fully aware of the various threats and hazards facing our churches and have taken proactive steps to help guard their flocks from harm. However, many question if they have done enough to properly prepare their congregations and volunteers to respond in a time of crisis. It is for this reason that every ministry, regardless of its size, should have designated members who are willing to be trained, prepared, and ready to assist and watch over the local body. This is not only our rightful obligation, as shepherds, but a necessary role within our ministries.
The following guideline can assist you in the development of a security ministry and serves as an outline for established security ministries already in operation.
Step 1 – Formation and Oversight
It is suggested that church security ministries organize and operate under the following structure:
An Oversight Board / Pastor’s Council – The selected members, along with the Pastor, should identify and address any present safety concerns and then work to develop and design the policies and procedures for a security ministry. The board should meet regularly and work directly with the appointed security director to ensure the practices and policies of the church are adhered to.
A Security Director – This position should be selected by the Pastor and the governing board. The director should be a member of the body with clear evidence of spiritual maturity and discernment. Although law enforcement or military training is preferred, it is not a required prerequisite. The director should oversee the overall operations of the security ministry and be able to train, monitor, and faithfully oversee the security team members.
Church Security Team Members – Teams should consist of active church members who are spiritually sound, qualified to serve, and physically able and willing to respond and assist the local body in the event of crisis or critical incident.
Review our 10 Essential Steps for Church Safety.