Often I am asked why would a church feel the need to start a Safety or Security Ministry. Let’s address a couple of the most important reasons for a church to start a team.
1 - What is the primary reason to start a security
team? Safety of the members and guests!
Your Church should be prepared to evacuate in case of a fire, move the members and guest to safe areas if there is a tornado, and treat the victims if there are medical needs.
Other cases a safety team member may just talk to a person who was having a problem and needs to talk to a caring person. The primary reason to start a team is because we care for the members and guests of our churches and need to have care givers in place.
2 – Due Diligence
The definition of Due diligence in civil litigation (also known as due care) is the effort made by an ordinarily prudent person or reasonable party to avoid harm to another party. Failure to make this effort may be considered negligence.
The churches insurance company may not be willing to cover the awards in a lawsuit claiming the church permitted a violent event to happen if they believe the church has not completed their due diligence. This could be to a child who walked out of a toddler area, a fire exit that was filled with summer bible school items, a child taken by a parent with custodial rights, a robbery in a dark parking lot, a physical assault or lastly an active shooter. Although the number of assaults and shootings in churches is rare, it is increasing. If a team has been proposed and the church management team declined to implement it, can the church be held liable for the incident? Will the insurance company say the church in negligent and decline to pay a multi million dollar award?
With the noted rise in church violence you need to think about these items:
3 – Peace of Mind for the church body