Category: Ministry Safety


Commonly Overlooked Details in Securing Your Ministry

Because the places where we worship are peaceful, sacred spaces, we are prone to feel safe and secure in practicing our faith. It is easy to forget that these places and our activities with our fellow congregants are subject to the same issues as any other place or community. This makes it easy to overlook some common concerns.

If you are putting together a ministry safety plan or looking to improve your current one, make sure you pay attention to all possible details and scenarios. To help you create an in-depth, secure plan, here are a few questions you must consider that are commonly overlooked by churches:

How to Set Up a Safety and Security Ministry

We’ve received lots of questions about how to set up a church Safety and Security Ministry (SSM). An SSM is a new concept for many churches, and in this blog post, we are offering the process we use when consulting with churches. We look forward to your comments below about how you have set up your SSM and any other tips you would like to provide!

At a high level, our method is:

Simple Ways to Improve Ministry Security

Places of worship should be just that—places where people can practice their religion safely. However, with the high number of United States church shootings in 2017, many church officials now face an intimidating task for 2018: improving their ministry security and preparing for disaster.

The possibility of your church being attacked is not easy to come to terms with, but facing this reality is the only way to keep your congregation safe. At Captiva, our emergency preparedness team is made of former first responders and military members who understand the importance of keeping places of worship safe. Here are our tips for improving your ministry’s security:

Ice and Snow and Protecting the Flock

The East Coast has been hit with snow and ice yesterday and today. If you are like many of the people along the Atlantic Seaboard, you have probably been watching the news and worrying about how you will recover from the snow and slush. Grayson, as the Weather Channel has named this storm, is like a Winter hurricane.

God, Guns, and Protecting the Faithful

With the recent number of attacks on churches and other places of worship, how to respond to an active shooter or other emergency is becoming an increasingly relevant discussion for many religious officials. At Captiva, we believe nobody should be afraid of practicing their religion in their place of worship, and we are dedicated to educating religious officials about the importance of ensuring their churches are prepared for any emergency. The Lifezette features an insightful article about the importance of places of worship being prepared to handle emergencies: “God, Guns, and Protecting the Faithful.” This article captures the importance of bolstering places of worship with an effective emergency preparedness plan, instead of relying on armed members of the congregation or waiting for first responders to respond to the crisis.