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Security Quiz - How Prepared You Really?

One can't escape an array of headlines that underscore our vulnerability to random acts of violence perpetrated against innocent people. One way to deal is with preparedness. Take this short quiz to see how your church rates on the topic of security.

We invite you to take this short quiz and see where your church is at on the process of developing a security team and emergency preparedness plan.

Rate Your Security Is Your Church Prepared?

Q1: Is your church leadership and congregation aware of the need for a safety and security team and are they supportive of the effort?
A. Yes, they are aware and supportive. We have been given a budget (even if it is limited) and have sought out resources and experts to help us. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, in general they are aware and supportive, but we do not have a budget or access to resources or experts. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, we do not have consensus on the need for a safety and security team or the way to approach this issue, but we are working on it. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, we have either struggled with awareness and support or have not given it much thought before now. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q2: Has your church performed a threat assessment?

A. Yes, and we periodically reassess and update. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but it is several years old and in need of reviewing and updating. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but we have plans to do one, and are looking for more information. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to do one. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q3: Does your church have written policies and procedures in place regarding safety and security?

A. Yes, and they are reviewed and updated periodically. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but they are several years old and in need of updating. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but are working to create them. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to create them. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q4: Does your church have a safety and security team?

A. Yes. Members are trained, and we meet regularly. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but our training, coordination, and communication could be improved. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but we have an informal group of individuals who are willing to help if needed. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to create one. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q5: Does your church have a process for selecting security team members?

A. Yes, we do interviews and background checks on all prospective security team members. We also ensure that each one adheres to our ministry-minded approach and philosophy. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but it could be better defined and more consistently applied. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but we would like to develop one. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to create one. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q6: Does your church have a training program in place for safety and security team members?

A. Yes, we have a training program (whether done internally or through external organizations) in place for all team members based on their responsibilities. We have orientation in place for new team members, and we require periodic retraining for all members. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but we could use assistance in improving it and implementing changes. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but we would like to develop one or are in need of additional information. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to create one. (Give yourself 0 points.)

Q7: Does your church network and communicate with other organizations with regards to safety and security?

A. Yes, our team members regularly communicate with other area churches, businesses, neighbors, and police about safety and security issues and share information internally with our team members. We also monitor best practices in safety and security and adjust our plan and team accordingly. (Give yourself 3 points.)
B. Yes, but we could improve our efforts. We could also improve how we use that information to increase safety and security at our church. (Give yourself 2 points.)
C. No, but we would like to either create or participate in a local information sharing network. (Give yourself 1 point.)
D. No, and there are no current plans to participate in a local information sharing network. (Give yourself 0 points.)

How Did You Do?

IF YOU SCORED 15-21
... your ministry seems to have a good handle on safety and security. Be sure you’re keeping up to date on best practices and networking with other ministries.

IF YOU SCORED 8-14
... your ministry seems to have a good start on safety and security efforts, but could use some improvement. Our resources can help you find holes in your plan and fill them so you are better prepared.

IF YOU SCORED 0-7
... your ministry may not have addressed the issue of safety and security or may not see the need for a specific plan or team. If you would like to implement a program but are concerned that developing one would be too difficult, don’t worry. It isn’t as hard as it may seem to make progress quickly.

Keep posted as Worship Facilities will be bringing you educational articles on ways to address the important topic of security in church.

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