If you are a church pastor, board member, or administrator, you know that security is a growing concern among churches today. With terrorist activities and anti-Christian fervor on the rise, it is important to make informed decisions about how to protect the church building, services, and congregation from crime. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Learn more about security systems.
There are many effective security systems on the market today. Most come with a wide range of protective devices, such as digital window and door locks that can be set remotely, video cameras for indoor or outdoor surveillance, and alarms that connect directly to security monitoring personnel for a quick response.
Decide what is best for your church.
The board of directors, deacons, elders, or other church leaders may want to discuss security options and features, as well as cost and effectiveness. Some church congregations vote on matters of this type, while in other churches the leaders make the decision. Once the decision is made, you then need to consider which security devices are necessary and will be most helpful for your church.
Factors to consider.
Each church is different. For some, location will be a factor. For others, certain programs that reach out to specific populations may come into play. Discuss the factors that should be considered for a specific security program.
Some churches start small and add more security devices if needed. It depends on your church’s needs and vulnerability. Making an informed decision about the type of security to use will give everyone greater peace of mind.