Safe Church: Security and Emergency Management

Safe Church: Security and Emergency Management

Online: January 18 – February 22, 2021

Videoconference Meetings:
Wednesdays, 7-8:30pm

Cost: FREE

Taught by the Rev. Tim Kingsley, Security & Emergency Management is a 5-week webinar-based course, beginning January 18 and concluding February 22nd. The course will meet weekly via Zoom and cover these topics:

  • Developing an emergency action plan: Natural disasters, violence, and current events can create unsafe conditions for a faith community and its neighbors. This section of the course will present basic templates for developing an emergency action plan and cover the implementation of that plan in a faith community.
  • Policies and procedures: Understand key insurance, HR and leasing policies and procedures for protecting the church organization, its members and property.
  • Conducting a risk assessment
  • Violence and suspicious behavior: Learn the skills to discern the difference between bias-based judgment and truly suspicious behavior, and best practices for responding to suspicious behavior.
  • Trauma-informed care: Learn about the ways previous trauma functions in your faith community, and how you can use trauma-informed care to respond.

Weekly content is delivered primarily by video with very little reading or written work assigned. Moodle will be used primarily for sharing documents and resources.

PLUS: After the course, participants may choose to continue with prorated coaching specific to their congregation.

Who should take this course?

Anyone who has leadership responsibility in a faith community: clergy, staff, volunteers, vestry or bishop’s committee members, ushers, property committee members: Anyone who has a key to the building will find this a helpful platform for thinking about how we steward the safety of our people and our space while we love our neighbors. Groups from a faith community are welcome to learn together.

What previous training is required?

None. Previous Safe Church training will be helpful but is not required.

What materials are required?

A computer with an updated browser, internet access, and video/audio capacity or telephone access.

Instructor: The Rev. Tim Kingsley