Every church MUST think about church security in today’s world.

Every church should have a comprehensive Church Security Plan and a Church Security Team in place! BUT, where do we begin and who can help?

Our Kentucky Baptist Convention Regional Consultants are prepared to make a presentation to your church or a group of leaders that will raise awareness for the need of a good security plan as well as cover some of the basics. They can provide first steps and help a church take next steps.

These helpful resources available to Kentucky Baptist churches to help establish a security program and protect your churches.

10 Standards for Starting a Security Program in Your Church
The New Normal for Church Security
Protect Against an Active Shooter

Contact your regional consultants

For more information and for church training
Regional Consultants

Safe Church Initiative

Providing safety and security so that all church participants can worship, learn, and fellowship together is an essential responsibility of every Kentucky Baptist church. It is not a responsibility to take lightly and all churches – no matter how big or small – must be deliberate in taking appropriate measures to enhance the safety and security of their facilities and programs.

Below you’ll find a variety of materials to help you protect your congregation.

Background Check Services

» Protect My Ministry is a background check company that offers reduced rates for Kentucky Baptist churches. For individuals who have resided outside of Kentucky, it is recommended to perform background checks that would include checking records outside of the state.

» LifeWay endorses BackgroundChecks.com to offer background screenings for churches and religious organizations at discounted prices.

» Group has partnered with a leading risk-management provider to provide you with affordable background checks with accurate results through Shepherd’s Watch.

Other Resources

» Keeping Your Church Safe by Ron Aguiar – A practical blueprint for churches, covering all aspects of church security and safety for your staff, facilities, and members. The book is a well-outlined, easy-to-follow guide in establishing an effective security program for congregations of all sizes (available through Amazon).

Training Videos

Discover and watch helpful training videos regarding your church’s security.

Church Security Overview
Church Security Overview

Church Security Overview

Lessons from Hillvue Heights Incident, presenters: Brian Coyt, Miki Padgett, Jeff France
Case Study Review and Application, presenter: Ron Aguiar
Active Shooter Preparedness, presenter: Michael Webb

Assessing Your Vulnerabilities
Assessing Your Vulnerabilities

Assessing Your Vulnerabilities

Churches face a myriad of internal and external threats in the world today. Steps can be taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities through security countermeasures. The construction and layout of a building and its security can deter many negative events.

Presenter: Brian Coyt, Owner, E:33 Group

Making Sure Your Church Security Approach is Legally Sound
Making Sure Your Church Security Approach is Legally Sound

Making Sure Your Church Security Approach is Legally Sound

This session examines Church Security from a legal perspective with the goal of providing church leaders with practical insights to guide them through the process of addressing security issues in their churches.  

Presenter: Brian Schuette, Managing Partner, Crain / Schuette Attorneys

Safety and Security Essentials in Children's Ministry
Safety and Security Essentials in Children's Ministry

Safety and Security Essentials in Children’s Ministry

Safety matters. In this breakout session a checklist will be used to evaluate the current safety level of your children’s ministry. After identifying weak areas, we will discuss long term planning, short term planning, and steps you can implement immediately. We will focus on check in and check out procedures, emergency plans, allergies and medical needs, and proper preparation of volunteers to keep every child safe.

Presenter: Rachel Riquelme, Children’s Ministry Regional Specialist

Vigilant Communication
Vigilant Communication

Vigilant Communication

Attendees will leave with real world knowledge of effective communication from the parking lot to the alter.  Course will discuss a wide range of strategies to effectively communicate with visitors/congregation, within all aspects of staff and ministries, as well as law enforcement that may arrive on scene after an incident.  Attendees will be able to implement positive change immediately after arriving back to their home churches that has life-saving potential. 

Presenter: Adam Rzeszowski, E:33 Group

Active Shooter Case Studies
Active Shooter Case Studies

Active Shooter Case Studies

Actual active shooter incidents will be studied. This will give you information helping you to provide a safe place for staff, members, and visitors.

Presenter: Ron Aquiar, Founder, Oasis Safety

Active Shooters in places of worship
Active Shooters in places of worship

Active Shooters in Places of Worship

With active shooter incidents on the rise and increasing hostility towards Christians, the days of attending worship with peace of mind are sadly in the past. Learn how your organization can better prepare and protect your worshippers from dangerous people.    

Presenter:  Michael Webb, Founder, Triple Counter Measure