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Buckling Up for Safety

Equipment and Supplies

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This article is based on several Church Security Guide articles, a couple of Safety Member Certification training modules, and several Sheepdog Church Security blog articles.[1][2][3]

From the Bible

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

Stand therefore, having your loins [waist] girded about [belted] with truth ... (Ephesians 6:14).

Wherefore gird up [buckle up] the loins of your mind ... (1 Peter 1:13).


To most people now, "buckling up" means fastening the seat belt & shoulder strap. It originally referred to fastening the belt on a soldier's uniform or a worker's work clothes. That belt was not to hold the clothes in place. It was to hold the weapons and tools. Consequently, buckling up came to mean getting ready to do a job, including readiness of mind and being fully-equipped. In a church safety ministry, we need to be buckled up (fully-equipped and mentally ready) to keep the flock safe.

On the Web

It is hard to find actual news stories about what equipment and supplies are needed for a church safety/security ministry. Many of the web pages that recommend items name those sold by the owners of the sites. There are also some non-commercial sites with recommendations we can use.

Ministry of Defense, Innovative Tactical Concepts - A flashlight is needed by every member of a church safety team. Also needed are pouches or holsters for carrying them and other items on one's service belt, the flashlight, defensive spray, radio, phone, etc. One relatively new item is the personal-size ballistic shield.[4]

Risk Strategy Group - Cody Martin, a co-founder of Risk Strategy Group, wrote a guide to medical equipment churches should have. He recommends an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), basic First Aid kits, trauma kits, and life-saving devices. He does provide details on these.[5] - The website created to help parishioners tithe, even when they could not attend in person, now also helps with church management. This includes a blog with news and advice. On this blog, Daniel Berk wrote "15 Church Security & Safety Best Practices." Number 11 is "Invest in church safety technology." This includes security cameras, two-way radio communications, and an AED. He briefly describes the value and use of each.[6]

Covenant Security - This seller of security equipment has some sober advice for places of worship: The places where people come in and go out are "the weakest point of security." They are also the locations with the most traffic. Covenant's recommendation is bullet-proof doors with locks and hardware that are heavy duty.[7]

Religious Product News - A 2018 article reposted from 2015 was "7 Critical Essentials for Church Security." Three of the seven items qualify as equipment and/or supplies:

CornerStone Protection - "How Can You Improve Your Church Security?" This is the title of a blog article on the CornerStone Protection website. The main section of this article is "What is the Best Security System for a Church?" The author's recommendations are these:

  1. Security Monitoring Systems for Churches include motion detectors and sensors for doors and windows.
  2. Surveillance Camera Systems include the cameras, the monitors, and both in situ and remote alerts.
  3. Access Control Systems consist of secure frames, locks, and hinges, along with electronic control of the locks with only privileged access.

The conclusion is to put these all together in a unified system.[9]

The Lead Pastor - In "11 Step Church Security Checklist To Keep Your Church Safe," Cody Perez includes four items which can be included in equipment and supplies. These are:

Walkie-talkies or two-way radios for communication,

What Safety Equipment and Supplies Do We Need?

This can be a very long list, but a few of these items are more essential than the others.

Kinds of safety equipment and supplies:

Structural Equipment and Fixtures

Key in a door lock

This category involves making changes to the buildings and/or campus. These changes must be authorized and managed by the congregation's governing committee. The Church Safety Committee may request them, make recommendations, and assist in the planning. This also includes repairs and modifications to make the facilities safer.


Outdoor security camera

This is not a substitute for patrols.


"The job is not finished until the paperwork is done." This is true for a Church Safety Ministry.

Medical Response

Orange back with medical supplies

"Accidents will happen," they say. So do medical emergencies. We need to be prepared to respond to both accidental injuries and medical emergencies.


Protective Gear


Security officer talking into a Walkie Talkie


Personal Tools

Person holding a lit up flashlight

These items are purchased and owned by the team members themselves.

Sheltering Supplies

During severe weather and local disasters, persons inside the church may have to shelter-in-place for days, or the church may become a shelter for refugees from severe weather or disasters (from the Church Security Guide article "Preparing Your Church for Natural Disasters").

Sources of Safety Equipment and Supplies

Where can we procure needed equipment and supplies for church safety and security? Many items are available on Amazon. Several special products are sold only by the manufacturers or their designated distributors. There are several listed on Sheepdog Church Security's Amazon store, Recommended Equipment for Safety Ministries. Medical response supplies are available at the SDCS affiliate Mountain Man Medical.[11][12]

Recommended Equipment for Safety Ministries

Sheepdog Church Security has a store on Amazon, Recommended Equipment for Safety Ministries. The tag on the URL is /instructor_moloney. The flag item is his book Defending the Flock: A Security Guide for Church (2nd edition). Click on the book and up comes the listing of all items for sale, beginning with the flag book and two others, Shepherding the Sheepdogs: A Self-Study Guide for Leading a Safety Ministry and Active Shooter Mitigation: A Training Guide for Houses of Worship. All these are authored by Kris.

Following the books are fourteen items: pepper gel spray, utility knife, two flashlights, weather/emergency radio, six medical response items, door stopper, and two evacuation aids.

Mountain Man Medical

Mountain Man Medical (M3) was started to provide emergency medical response equipment and supplies at affordable prices. Kris worked with them developing two kits, the Sheepdog Belt IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) and the Mass Casualty Trauma Kit.

M3 has supplies for re-filling the kits.

SDCS Resources

Blog Articles

Several articles on equipment and supplies have already been posted on Sheepdog Church Security. Some of these have more details on some of the items. Here's a short list:

Church Security Guide Articles

These articles in the Church Security Guide either name or refer to equipment and supplies related to their topics:

Free Downloads

Sheepdog Church Security has three free downloads about equipment and supplies:


Semper paratus, the Boy Scout motto, means, "Always prepared." Always prepared includes being always equipped and supplied. When we need something in an emergency, it is too late to get it.

Training Note

All Safety Team members should be trained and certified. Certify through the Safety Member Certification program with its eight training modules. Train through Individual Certification (self-paced instruction), Online Events (live Zoom classes), or a combination of the two. An entire team can be enrolled together. Here is the Online Events schedule through the rest of this year:






Training Module


Mar 24

Sep 8

Nov 3

Safety Team Fundamentals


Apr 7

Sep 15

Nov 10

Active Shooter Response


Apr 14

Sep 22

Nov 17

Deescalating Disruptive Persons


Apr 21

Sep 29

Nov 24

Protecting Children from Abuse


Apr 28

Oct 6

Dec 15

Basic Use of Force Laws


May 5

Oct 13

Jan 5

Arson and Fire Safety


May 19

Oct 20

Jan 12

Storms and Disasters


Jun 2

Oct 27

Jan 19

Mass Trauma Emergencies


  1. Kris Moloney, Church Security Guide, Sheepdog Church Security, 2018 [].
  2. Kris Moloney, Safety Member Certification, Sheepdog Church Security [].
  3. Kris Moloney, Church Security Articles, Sheepdog Church Security [].
  4. Admin, "Church Security Team Equipment Part 1," Ministry of Defense, Innovative Tactical Concepts, February 13, 2016 [].
  5. Cody Martin, "What Medical Equipment Should a Church Have? A Comprehensive Guide," Risk Strategy Group, undated [].
  6. Daniel Berk, "15 Church Security & Safety Best Practices,", May 29, 2020 [].
  7. Anon, "Church & Synogogue Safety," Covenant Security, undated [].
  8. Anon, "7 Critical Essentials for Church Security," Religious Product News, with information from ACTIVE Network (, November 8, 2018, originally appeared in the January 2015 issue [].
  9. Shannon Stone, "What is the Best Security System for a Church?" CornerStone Protection, May 19, 2020 [].
  10. Cody Perez, "11 Step Church Security Checklist To Keep Your Church Safe," The Lead Pastor, November 20, 2023 [].
  11. Kris Moloney, "Recommended Equipment for Safety Ministries," Amazon [].
  12. Sheepdog Church Security affiliate link, Mountain Man Medical [].
  13. Kris Moloney, "7 Must-Have Equipment Items for Your Church Safety Team (And What to Look for When Selecting Them)," Sheepdog Church Security, © Copyright 2017 [].
  14. Kris Moloney, "Reports and Forms Bundle," Sheepdog Church Security, 2021 [].
  15. Kris Moloney, "Safety Member Training Record," Sheepdog Church Security, © Copyright 2020 [].