Church Security Planning Workshop

The S2 Institute Church Security Planning Workshop is a one-day seminar designed to educate leaders about effective security and emergency readiness measures for reducing risk of active shooter violence in houses of worship. In this program, security consultant Craig Gundry presents a comprehensive risk management strategy specifically designed to address the unique challenges of protecting church congregations while promoting an atmosphere conducive to worship and spiritual celebration.

To assist church officials in assessing their current security measures and identifying potential options for improvement, a series of self-assessment exercises are conducted through the course of the program.

The protective measures and emergency preparations explored during the Church Security Planning Workshop reflect state-of-the-art practices in church security and lessons learned from previous attacks against houses of worship. Emphasis in this program is placed on common problems encountered by churches and practical solutions based on the instructor’s extensive experience working with houses of worship and similar facilities around the world.

Summary of topics include:

Dynamics of Active Shooter Violence in ChurchesSecurity Risk Management Strategy Suspicious Activity Recognition and Reporting • Psychology of Targeted Violence • Threat Assessment and Church Security • Physical Security and Houses of Worship • Church Security Team Planning • Emergency Response Planning and Preparation

    • Dynamics of Active Shooter Violence in Churches
      • Mass Homicide in Houses of Worship: The Risk in Perspective
      • Characteristics of Active Shooters in Churches
    • Risk Management & Church Security
      • Security Risk Management Strategy
      • Reconciling Challenges Unique to Houses of Worship
    • Suspicious Activity Recognition and Reporting
      • Information Gathering Preceding Attacks
      • Suspicious Activity Indicators
        • Training Church Staff
      • Suspicious Activity Reporting
    • Threat Assessment and Church Security
      • Psychology of Targeted Violence
      • Behavior of Concern and Threat Reporting
      • Threat Assessment Principles
        • Practical Threat Assessment Approaches for Churches
      • Warning Behaviors
      • Managing Threatening Situations
    • Physical Security and Churches
      • Physical Security Design Principles
        • Performance and Historical Church Attack Cases
      • Key Objectives
      • Church Protective Layers
      • Outdoor Protective Measures
        • Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
        • Playgrounds and Outdoor Congregation Areas
        • Outdoor Attack Detection
        • Church Security Team Deployment
      • Church Building Façade and Entrances
        • Specification for Doors, Locks, Gazing, etc.
        • Church Entry Control Plans
        • Rapid Lockdown Capability and Optional Solutions
      • Sanctuaries
        • Lockdown Capability and Optional Solutions
        • Egress Design
      • Activity Rooms
        • Safe Refuge Criteria
          • Specification for Doors, Locks, Gazing, etc.
          • Ballistic Barriers & Standards
      • Access Control Systems
        • Hardware Selection
        • Lockdown Event Design
      • CCTV and Churches
      • Emergency Communications and Churches
        • Public Address and Alert
          • Common Problems and Solutions
      • Church Security Teams
        • Team Selection and Organization
        • Church Security Team Training
        • Deployment and Post Assignment
        • Security Control Rooms
        • Policies, Procedures, and Managing Liability
    • Emergency Response Plans for Churches
      • Planning Considerations
      • Emergency Response Team Organization
      • Active Shooter Response Procedures
        • Strategies for  Educating the Church Community
      • Precautionary Lockdowns
      • Medical Emergencies
      • Severe Weather Emergencies
      • Hazardous Materials Events
      • Reunification Planning

Course Details

Craig Gundry

Restriction Level
Level 1 – No restrictions

Presentation Time
8-Hrs/1 Days (8:30am to 4:30pm)

Church Leaders, Church Directors, Heads of Church Security Teams

Previous S2 Church Security Planning & Active Shooter Preparation Courses