Sheepdog Church Security is invested in helping you create and train your Church Security Team. This chapter will introduce you to several concepts which will be discussed more fully in future chapters. In this chapter, I will broadly discuss the following the rules for Church Safety Team personnel and sample policies and procedures. For each section, I will first give the sample policy or procedure and then discuss the information as if directly addressing members of the Church Safety Team.of action, planning, implementation, and review (United States Department of Homeland Security et al. [DHS], 2013, p. 4).
Church Safety Team
Before beginning work as a Church Safety Team member, an individual must successfully complete and submit an Application, a Reference Check, and a Background Check. The forms are part of the Forms Bundle found in the Church Safety / Security Volunteer Academy training bundle.
Church Safety Team members should have the same qualities as other church leaders: a member must be “above reproach, faithful to his [or her] spouse, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, [and] able to teach” (1 Timothy 3:2).
If someone commits a crime or knowingly provides the church with false information, that person will not be able to serve as a Church Safety Team member. If the person is already serving, he/she will be immediately dismissed from the team.
Ethics & Conduct
There are several practices expected from members of the Church Safety Team. They are written here as instructions to the Church Safety Team Members. Of course, you can and should tailor these instructions so they fit your church.
1. Honor Others Above Yourself
Be courteous, conscientious, and professional in the church. Be respectful to other members of the congregation. Be examples of Christ-like behavior by educating people instead of reprimanding them. It is ineffective and inappropriate to “scold” other church volunteers or punish them into acting safely. People come to church to worship and serve the Lord. It’s not our place to cause them any emotional heartache, so please educate instead of reprimand. Tell them what you see that concerns you, how that behavior might cause harm, and how they can engage in the activity more safely or according to policy.
Perform all duties completely, correctly, and on time.
2. Attend Church Safety Training
Your actions reflect your training (and lack thereof). Be good representations of the church’s training programs. We have report forms that will be discussed later. There are also certain circumstances that might require immediate reporting to either a pastor or to the supervisor on the Church Security Team. Make sure that you’re reporting in a timely fashion so your leadership can fix the problem (if it’s something that can be fixed immediately) or can at least put together a plan to resolve the issue later. For timely reporting of incidents, make sure you finish your reports and get them turned in by the end your shift.
3. Be An Example For Others
Show them what proper safety looks like. Don’t do anything unsafe yourself. Address safety risks as soon as you see something that is harmful or could be harmful to others. Make sure you take actions to fix it.
4. Be Faithful
Fulfill your commitments to the church. Work your scheduled services and events. You may be permitted to swap with other people, but that’s all on you. You have to call the people on the team to see if they will switch days with you or fill your shift.
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