We Equip Your Volunteer Church Security Team With Professional Skills.
Reduce Liability, Prevent Over-Reaction, And Train Your Team To Skillfully Prevent Violence.
Dear Concerned Leader,
Sadly, more than ever before, U.S. churches have experienced crimes, disruptions, domestic violence, robberies, and murders in unprecedented numbers. Twleve years ago, Church Security Alliance began assisting churches interested in developing volunteer church security ministries by providing a framework for investigating, planning, and training.
Over the years, we have been blessed with the opportunity to help thousands of churches get their ministry off the ground and serving their congregations each Sunday. While we’ve tried to provide guidance and help with implementation, many churches have requested specific training to help their team develop reaction plans to effectively deal with potential problems that may arise during church activities. Over the years, we have been blessed with the opportunity to help thousands of churches get their ministry off the ground and serving the congregation each Sunday.
However, many have requested training opportunities for their teams, as this seems to be a critical need for most church teams at this time. Church leaders are most often concerned with the potential for violence, and having a staff of empathetic, servant hearted people is the key for an effective safety or security team. We have created a training event that covers several necessary skills to build a solid platform for your team to go forward.
Many church security training events are designed to convince you that security is needed, and there is still a need for this type of training, but for churches who have accepted the reality for potential violence, not much exists to help your team stay safe while staying within the law.
Our Church Security Training Seminar focuses on those skills which equip your team members to quickly identify, de-escalate, or defend against human aggression in church. Not only that, but we help your team members develop skills they can use to teach other volunteers to recognize violence and create safety plans for their respective ministries.
Training Modules To Fit Your Needs
Security plans vary from church to church. Some churches prefer a low-key, unarmed usher led program, while others choose to have their security volunteers armed. However, all church security teams need basic skills to detect, approach, and tactically communicate and prevent injury with people who are disruptive, upset, or violent.
After all, saying or doing the wrong thing can lead to an unintended escalation of violence and possibly open the church to legal liability.
Church Security Alliance offers specific modules that allow you to choose a customized training experience to meet your church security teams specific needs.
All of our training begins with understanding your volunteer’s specific role of servant based safety and security. This ministry is about keeping your head, while others may be losing theirs, and requires a measure of patience and understanding for people who may not be at their best or having their best day.
Your team leadership may choose a half or full day of training and choose the specific modules you feel would help your team the best. The training may be broken down into 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours of training. If you are paying to bring us to your location, we recommend a full 8 hour day of training.
Eight Training Modules
Limiting your liability is key and there are specific ways to do this. The first is understanding what your team members can and cannot do under the law. Secondly, we help you understand how to train your team, develop lesson plans, and the importance of documenting your training. As they say in court, if it isn’t written down, it didn’t happen.
Unarmed Intruder Scenarios
After the presentation portion, team members will work on the physical skills of barricaded lockdown, countering techniques, and evacuation skills. They will then take part in five active shooter scenarios where they will practice unarmed intruder protocols against a padded armed intruder.
We teach you how to verbally deescalate anyone, anytime and anywhere. Saying the wrong thing to an angry person is like lighting a fire in a dry wood. Things can go from bad to worse quickly. We help you discover the components of effective communication, the importance of staying calm, and techniques you can use to bring calm to most any situation.
Empty Hand Self Defense Skills
Team members need to know how to physically take down a volatile person intent on harming others. In this module they will learn escorts, take down techniques, swarming, and proper handcuffing and searching techniques to avoid injury to themselves and to the violent person.
Church Violence Review
In the past ten years, there have been high profile church violence incidents that have been resolved in a number of ways. We debrief several violent incidents to give your team members and understanding of what they may face on any given Sunday, and give them wisdom and understanding to calmly bring resolution to violent behavior.
Armed Active Shooter Response Skills
Charlottesville, Nashville, & Sutherland, TX have all demonstrated the need to have specific armed response skills. In this module, team members will develop movement and entry skills designed to increase survivability while tactically defending church members during an active shooter event.
Unarmed Intruder Skills
Active shooter incidents have evolved over the years and the old information of locking down and waiting for police is outdated. In this module, you team leaders will discover how to teach your congregation about barricaded lockdown, countering with improvised weapons, and evacuating the building to create distance from the active shooter.
Armed Active Shooter Scenario Drills.
Once team members learn placement, movement, and tactical response, they will take part in force on force dynamic simulations involving single and multiple shooters from incidents that have actually happened in the United States. They will use all skills learned in earlier modules to coordinate skills.
Meet The Instructors
Glen Evans, Instructor
Glen is the co-founder of Church Security Alliance. Having 26 years police experience, he has spent 23 of those years in a training role, with 15 years as a SWAT Officer and Instructor. Glen is a professional speaker and trainer, and has developed personal safety and self defense courses for his students that strive to deliver entertaining high quality content. His specialties include use of force, liability reduction, verbal de-escalation, empty hand tactics, tactical movement and tactical firearms training. In addition to his role at CSA as editor-in-chief, he provides safety and security consulting services to schools, corporations, as well as private instruction and training.
Jack Justice, Instructor
Jack Justice is co-founder of Church Security Alliance and is an early pioneer of church security ministry and team development. He began his career as a police officer in Ohio. He has been tasked with starting two security teams at medium to mega sized churches. He has provided guidance to thousands through consulting, writing, and providing books and guides for those interested in starting a church security ministry. He is an NRA Instructor and has attended advanced tactical firearms and self defense courses. His specialties include communications equipment, tactical response to active shooters, special situations, CCW, team planning and team administration.
What Attendees Are Saying About CSA’s Church Security Seminar.
Before this training I believed I could handle a violent encounter with limited success. The things I am taking a way are to train, train, train. The things I trained on decades ago are too rusty to be done fast enough or to be effective. This was excellent.S. Zabof
I partially thought I could handle a violent encounter, but this training taught me the importance of preparation, simulation, and documenting our training, as well as having policy and procedure in place. This was excellent. The information was very beneficial and will be implemented as soon as I get back.
How To Bring Training To Your Church
Here Are The Options
The training is designed to be segmented. The church violence debrief, threat assessment, verbal de-escalation, liability reduction, and unarmed active shooter segments can have an unlimited audience.
The empty hand tactics, tactical movement, and armed response to active shooter training is limited to 30 people (you can open it up to other churches to share the cost).
The way most churches do this is to host a four hour block on a Saturday in the morning for churches in their region. The second block is reserved for their team or open to other churches.
If hosting a seminar, the instructor fees and travel costs are covered by the hosting church. We do not handle registrations or costs for your event. You may charge participants to cover your costs for the training or decide to cover the costs as an outreach for your church.