Strategos, International – 2-Day Church Security and Intruder Awareness/Response Training

Outreach Community Church, in conjunction with Strategos International and the Box Elder Police Department, is hosting a 2-day church security seminar in December. This interactive, energetic, faith-based training is divided into two days and attendees may select one or both based on their needs. This training is open to all. Lunch is provided each day.

Date: Fri and Sat, December 1-2, 2017
Location: Outreach Community Church, 400 225th Street, Box Elder SD
Cost: $89.00 per day, or $143.00 for both – early bird rate until Oct 18

Day 1 topics: Justification of a Safety & Security Ministry; Overcoming Objections to Protecting the Flock; Statistics & Trends of Crimes Against Churches; Challenges & Realities of Response “In Progress” Crimes; Armed vs. Unarmed – Pros. Vs. Cons of Armed vs. Unarmed Security Personnel; Personnel Selection for Security Ministries; History & Demographics of Violent Events in Churches; Active Shooter Response (Security Response vs. Leadership, Staff & Volunteers); Working w/ Local Law Enforcement; Overview of Threats to Ministries (Intruders, Secular Extremists, Protestors, Disgruntled); Pastoral/Platform Protection – Overview & Considerations; Physical Security Checklists & Considerations; Offering Collection, Protection, and Transport; Establishing a Medical Ministry –Overview & Considerations; Liability – Overview & Considerations; Ushers, Greeters & Parking – Including them in the Security Ministry Mission; Nursery Security & Safety Procedures; Radios & Communication Protocols & Selection; Developing an Outreach for Protectors – Law Enforcement, Military, Medical and Fire

Day 2 topics: History & demographics of church violence & church shootings; Importance of “Awareness” in relation to prevention & mitigation; Biblical authority for church safety & security; Church lockdown protocols & principles; Lockdown failure response protocols; Awareness Priority Matrix for the Campus & the Sanctuary; Educating ushers, greeters & other first line reception personnel; Recognizing traits of suspicious behavior; Recognizing traits of armed individuals; Approaching suspicious or armed individuals; Verbal conflict management & de-escalation

In addition to houses of worship, the information and concepts presented are readily adaptable to a variety of facilities and events. This course received excellent feedback when offered in eastern South Dakota in 2016. It has also been attended and reviewed by the host(s).

For further course details and to enroll, please visit:

For further information about the Box Elder/Rapid City/Ellsworth AFB area, or to request any necessary access accommodations, please contact:

Pastor Ernie Nelson, Outreach Community Church – ; (605)923-6038

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Chris Misselt


City of Box Elder
420 Villa Drive | Box Elder, SD 57719

Ph: 605.923.1401 | Fax: 605.923.1481

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