Project Description

This 8-hour course is the first in a series of courses designed for pastoral leaders and those responsible for safety and security in a church environment. This course will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the important steps in planning for a church crisis, reducing vulnerabilities, mitigating a crisis, and dealing with the aftermath of a crisis.

A historical perspective of church violence over the last decade will illustrate the importance of preparing your ministry for a risk-effective crisis response.

You will learn the basics elements of site and threat assessments and how to use the results of an assessment to reduce vulnerability and implement new standards for safety and security.

We will discuss strategies for improving both individual and organizational awareness and preparedness.

You will also gain a basic understanding of the psychological motivations of persons in crisis and learn to recognize the characteristics of emotionally disturbed persons as well as strategies for affecting a positive outcome.

Communication during a crisis is one of the biggest challenges facing anyone responsible for coordinating a response effort. You will learn basic strategies for effective communication before, during, and after an incident.

A brief overview of the police response will give you an idea of what to expect when the police respond to a crisis as well as tips for building a collaborative relationship with law enforcement.

Lastly, we will discuss the role of church management in dealing with the aftermath of a crisis and the importance of a post-incident strategy.


Pre-Incident Preparedness
Vulnerability and Site Assessments
Reducing Vulnerability
Implementing new Standards/Strategies
Personal/Organizational Preparedness and Planning
Individual/Staff Awareness
Key Indicators of Danger & Distress
Crisis Communication
Mitigating the Crisis
Identify/Evaluate Risk Factors
T he Police Response
Personal Protection
Crisis Recovery
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
Re-evaluation of Security/Response Protocols


Although there are no specific requirements for attendance to this course, the information is intended for pastoral leaders, staff, volunteers, and church members involved in planning for the safety and security of a church environment and related activities. Those attendees most responsible for direct mitigation a church crisis are encouraged to attend a more comprehensive 3-day Church Resource Officer Course.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Students must participate in 8 hours of lecture discussion in order to receive a certificate of completion.