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Building on a Foundation

The Basics of a Church Safety Team

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Based on the Sheepdog Church Security training module Safety Team Fundamentals [1]

From the Bible

In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of the Lord laid, in the month Zif (1 Kings 6:37).

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wv u0piinds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7:24-27).

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:11).
And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone (Ephesians 2:20).

If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? (Psalm 11:3).


How is an organization like a building? It is no surer than its foundation.

How successful is a sports team? As successful as their execution of the fundamentals of the game.

How successful is a church safety team? That depends on how well the team is founded and how well they follow the fundamentals.

In the News

San Francisco, California, October 7, 2021 - Repairs to the Millennium Tower were halted because the work caused the rate of sinking and tilting to increase. The 58-story luxury condominium with offices and retail on the lower levels was opened in April 2009. Seven years and a month later, occupants found out that the tower was slowly sinking and tilting.

The reason for sinking and tilting was that the foundation did not extend all the way down to bedrock. The selected remedy is to insert pillars all the way to bedrock. However, this is difficult and risky, as well as extremely costly. According to engineers and architects, originally building to bedrock would have added only $4 Million to the cost of construction.[2][3][4]

Seattle, Washington, March 27, 2020 - The high-rise West Seattle Bridge was closed to all traffic when cracks in the concrete were found to be growing even faster than expected. The final phase of repair work began in July 2021. The bridge is not expected to reopen until July 2022 at the earliest. This means another year of major commuting inconvenience for residents of West Seattle.

Although the cracks are largely blamed on concrete shrinkage (called "creeping"), one engineer said the design could be a problem. Another engineer noted, "Bedrock is pretty far down below silts & glacial outwash in this area."[5][6][7][8].

Green Bay, Wisconsin, July 1961 - The 1960 season of the Green Bay Packers ended with a loss in the NFL Championship Game. The Packers had a lead going into the 4th quarter, but blew it with errors.

On the first day of the 1961 training camp, head coach Vince Lombardi walked into the classroom and held up a pigskin in one hand. "Gentlemen," he said, "This is a football." Before the team could go on to the finer points, they had to go back to the fundamentals of the game. Every year since, that's how training started with Vince: Work on the fundamentals. It paid off with five championships in seven years.

In Esmond Business, Mike Crandall goes on to say that the same principle works in business and industry. Success begins with the fundamentals, the basics: "If focusing on fundamentals can elevate a great team to such heights, imagine what it can do for your business and life." He added, "If we have not identified the fundamentals - we cannot work on continual improvement of them!"[9]

Columbus, Ohio, April 13, 2016 - In a blog article, American Church Group of Ohio (a branch of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company) names seven subjects for initial training of church safety team members, then seven more for advanced training. The first item is "Individual roles and responsibilities."[10]

Special Resources

Our special resources this month are the Safety Member Certification program (through the Sheepdog Church Security Training Academy) and Reports and Forms Bundle (a free download). And for law enforcement officers under stress, there is The Cornelius Project.

Safety Member Certification

Safety Team Fundamentals is the first training module in the Sheepdog Church Security Training Academy because it is what everything else is built upon. In it you will learn the basics of church safety & security.[1] This training program (the Academy), which leads to Safety Member Certification, is available in two formats: Safety Member Team Certification[11] and Safety Member Individual Certification.[12] On February 6, 2022, Safety Team Fundamentals will start off the Spring Semester of the live Zoom online Academy.

Reports and Forms Bundle

A fundamental ethic of any ministry, including a Church Safety Ministry, is integrity. Paul expressed this in Romans 12:17b: "Provide things honest in the sight of all men." This is a role of reports and logs, which make us accountable to all.

The Reports and Forms Bundle has templates for three reports and two logs (Incident Report, Follow-Up Report, Suspected Child Maltreatment Report, Patrol Log, and Safe Access Log). It comes free with the Sheepdog Church Security Training Academy, and is also available as a free download. Just click *HERE* to get it.[13]

The Cornelius Project

The Cornelius Project describes itself as BLUE LIFE SUPPORT. Founded by Jimmy Meeks, a minister and a law enforcement veteran, its purpose is to encourage and spiritually uphold law enforcement officers across the nation. Police work has been stressful for a long time, but has been especially so in recent years. The Cornelius Project does this through seven primary methods:

  1. Conferences
  2. Website
  3. App
  4. Texts
  5. Emails
  6. Podcasts
  7. Missions Trips[14]

Many police officers commit suicide. If you know any who need help, contact The Cornelius Project.[15]

Jimmy Meeks also heads Sheepdog Safety Training.

Church Safety Team Basics

The article "To Keep the Flock Safe and Secure" lists the basic qualifications for the members of a Church Safety Team. We'll go on from there.


The expectations for a Church Safety Team member can be summarized in the Seven Be's:


On every job, paid or volunteer, there are certain priorities to follow. In a Church Safety Ministry these are:


There are responsibilities Safety Team members have to keep the church safe.

There is more to learn in Safety Team Fundamentals.[1]

The Prime Fundamental

The prime fundamental for any Christian ministry is a spiritual one. As Paul said in Ephesians 6:12, our principal enemies are spiritual powers. Therefore, our weapons and methods of warfare must be spiritual. This begins with our own personal relationship to God through Jesus Christ and continues through our own spiritual lives.

In his June 8, 2021 blog post, Jimmy Meeks discussed "The 'Weapon' Church Safety Teams Are Not Using (but Need to Start)." He cited the example of Ezra as he brought 5,000 Jews, items for the Temple, and supplies and letters for Persian officials to Jerusalem (Ezra 8:21-32). It was fasting and prayer.

He went on to give examples of when churches, ministries, schools, and police departments were protected from violence. He recommends a morning fast (skipping breakfast) before church on Sunday morning (Sabbath morning for Adventists). Instead of eating, pray for God's guidance and protection. Have others on the team do this too.

The absence of violence is not universal, since God may allow it in some cases for his purposes. Things will work out in His way and in His time. However, it is generally valid, because we are putting our primary reliance on God Himself. We may carry pepper spray and guns as Nehemiah had the wall builders carry swords and spears, but these are effective only as God allows. He is our defense. What we do is to be in cooperation with Him and under his direction.[16]


Learning the basics of Church Safety and practicing them is fundamental to keeping the flock safe.

There Is More

There are three other articles in December: "To Keep the Flock Safe and Secure" (What Is Church Safety and Security?), "Know What You Face" (Assessing Risk), and "The 2009 First Baptist Church of Maryville Shooting" (Lesson Learned).


  1. Kris Moloney, "Complete Training Program v4," Sheepdog Church Security, © 2020 [].
  2. "Millennium Tower (San Francisco)," Wikipedia, accessed November 17, 2021 [].
  3. Abigail Sterling and Max Darrow, "Update: Despite Warnings, Repairs on San Francisco's Millennium Tower Caused Additional Sinking," CBS SF Bay Area, October 7, 2021 [].
  4. Jaxon Van Derbeken, "Original Cost to Build to Bedrock for Tower Like Millennium Put at Just $4 Million," NBC Bay Area, October 29, 2021 [].
  5. Matt Markovich, "New pictures reveal cracking cement forcing closure of West Seattle Bridge," KOMO News, March 27, 2020 [].
  6. Chris Sullivan, "One year after West Seattle Bridge closure, there's 'a light at the end of the bridge'," KIRO Radio, March 23, 2021 [].
  7. Alec Regimbal, "Seattle starts final phase of repairs to W. Seattle Bridge, but don't expect to see crews just yet," Seattle PI, July 2, 2021 [].
  8. Mike Lindblom, "What cracked the West Seattle Bridge? Hidden design problem may have doomed it all along," The Seattle Times, May 11, 2020 [].
  9. Mike Crandall, "'Gentlemen, this is a football!'," Esmond Business, February 23, 2021 [].
  10. Staff, "Training a Church Safety Team," American Church Group of Ohio, April 13, 2016 [].
  11. Kris Moloney, "Safety Member Team Certification," Sheepdog Church Security, © 2020 [].
  12. Kris Moloney, "Safety Member Individual Certification," Sheepdog Church Security, © 2020 [].
  13. Kris Moloney, "Reports and Forms Bundle," Sheepdog Church Security, © 2015 [].
  14. The Cornelius Project [].
  15. Jimmy Meeks, "Resources for police officers," The Cornelius Project [].
  16. Jimmy Meeks, "The 'Weapon' Church Safety Teams Are Not Using (but Need to Start)," Sheepdog Safety Training, June 8, 2021 [].