By Robert M. Cirtin
The church has constantly been considered as a secure haven - a religious sanctuary the place humans can come to worship God unfastened from concerns approximately violence or unethical habit via these serious about church ministry. yet our tradition is altering, and church leaders can now not suppose that it will not occur in my church. just like the remainder of society, church buildings have to make sure the security and safety in their facility, employees, and worshipers.This booklet offers a wealth of functional details on getting ready for and responding to the demanding situations of a deadly global. Robert Cirtin attracts on greater than 20 years of legislation enforcement and investigative event, and along with his group of execs outlines a how-to procedure choked with particular proactive steps church buildings can take to guard themselves and decrease the chance of expensive proceedings. Church security and safety is a must have source for a person partaking in or getting ready for church leadership.Topics coated contain: using history screening to guard your congregation. security and safety matters for church-run preschool and day care courses. getting ready for and responding to scientific emergencies. the best way to take care of matters referring to baby abuse. Legally mandated tasks of church employees individuals. the best way to make the most of security/surveillance cameras within the church facility. Organizing a church protection officer software. successfully dealing with intruders. Responding to violent acts after they take place. how you can behavior a radical investigation.If you're a pastor, affiliate pastor, preschool director, church institution significant, deacon, elder, sacristy individual, or denominational chief - learn this ebook, then learn it back! Make it required studying for each chief on your church. safeguard your congregation, your home, and your popularity locally through doing all you are able to do to rent the best staff, to avoid actual and sexual misconduct for which your church might be accountable, and to lessen the felony and fiscal affects of such misconduct. This e-book will educate you what to appear for, and the way to do so this present day to guard the folk God has given you to shepherd.Tim Duncan affiliate Pastor, Anglican Church of the ResurrectionSt. Louis, MissouriChurch security and safety: a pragmatic advisor is a beneficial source. Bob Cirtin has the bizarre yet vital historical past mix of provider in full-time church ministry in addition to being a professional officer of the legislations and a professional investigator. He has own event with each resource of hazard for the neighborhood church and has built potent safeguards and defenses. His options are transparent, easy, effortless to enforce, and may shield any congregation within the occasion of an unlucky prevalence. This ebook is a needs to for each church workplace and library!Terry RaburnSuperintendent, Peninsular Florida District CouncilAssemblies of GodWhat a sacred privilege it really is to take care of God's humans! yet whereas we concentrate on their religious wishes, we mustn't ever disregard their defense wishes - in particular in our international at the present time. i am excited to determine a e-book that identifies the genuine safety matters each church faces. we have to enforce those proactive steps to make sure the next point of security for our flock. And we have to ship a reassuring message to these in our groups who are looking to come.Chuck LynchPastor of religious improvement, Victory ChurchLakeland, FloridaI belief Bob Cirtin. He is familiar with what to do to assist preserve humans secure. i am happy he is on our facet, allowing us to higher safeguard the folks God has entrusted to our care.
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This will allow all who enter to be known and the receptionist can evaluate the purpose of the person’s visit. The receptionist or staff member should be placed behind a barrier such as some type of counter, desk, or wall to provide safety from an aggressive or dangerous person. It is also suggested that the receptionist have access to a telephone, intercom system, or other device that can be used to summon assistance in the event a dangerous intruder enters the church. If possible, the receptionist or staff member should be in a position to view the church parking lot in order to see anyone who may enter the church before they walk through the door.
Chapter 4 also suggests that at the location where visitor screening will occur, information on church adherents who may be involved in divorce proceedings, child custody disputes, and any other possible problems that may spill over to the church be provided. If your church utilizes closed circuit television surveillance cameras (as addressed in ch. 7), this system could be effectively utilized to monitor the whereabouts and behavior of an intruder without having direct contact. This would be very beneficial when reporting the actions of the intruder to the police.
Proper preplanning and training are essential to the preparation for, and the hopeful prevention of, dangerous incidents. According to Ralph Witherspoon, CPP, of Witherspoon Security Consulting, it is vital that every paid and volunteer staff member is trained and informed of the potential threats to the congregation, as well as their responsibilities to address the threats. The leadership of the church should reinforce established security policies and procedures with all staff members, paid and volunteer.