Let’s remember that many attacks against the church have started in the parking lot. That means that we must be ready and prepared to deal with potential threats while also making sure we are focused on ministry. Just like every church is different, satellite campuses of the same church can be unique. Despite their differences, the mission is the same. It's very important for us to remember whether you have a church of 100 or 100,000 that the principles of church security still apply.
Proactive security in the parking lot comes down to three things. Our teams must be engaging, evaluating and encouraging while greeting people in the parking lot. Security team members in the parking lot must not be standoffish. Sometimes we see church security teams that are discreet or hidden and they prefer to stand back and just watch. What if we change that?
If you think about your parking lot security, let’s ask a few questions. First, do...
This article was first published in 2019. As we move towards reopening our malls, restaurants and schools, these lessons are worth a reminder.
Hardly a day goes by that we don’t learn of an active shooter incident. In fact, the FBI classified 27 deadly attacks in 2018 as active shooter incidents in places where people come to work, learn, relax or pray. News outlets estimate that a mass shooting has occurred on average every 12 days this year. It can be overwhelming and heartbreaking. It can make us all feel vulnerable. It might even drive us to live in fear.
We can’t predict the future, but we can prepare for it. Rather than living in fear, we believe in building the mental preparation and awareness to react to dangerous situations or even avoid them completely. Like most things in life, preparation is the key to stepping into public places and work spaces with confidence. This preparation will serve you well in a variety of crisis situations – and it...