‘Church Security Seminar’ to be Held in Colorado Springs, June 9th, 2018

“When we see what is happening to non-Muslim worshipers in Niger, Nigeria, Afghanistan, China, Kenya, Central African Republic, Syria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, the Philippines, Iraq and in Israel – it is a glimpse into our future. I have never hoped to be wrong any more than with this prediction. But I see all of this as testing grounds. It is coming to America.” – Carl Chinn, former federal and local law enforcement officer.

The nationwide need for some type of security effort on the part of local churches is a well-established fact in today’s culture. Instead of rehashing the stories of past tragedies, this conference will give attendees a greater understanding of how to address critical church security issues, staff a volunteer church security team and train for emergency contingencies small and large.

As the nation appears to abandon its traditions, more and more mass-shootings are being perpetrated in houses of worship.

The upcoming seminar is appropriately named “The Three Strands of Church Security.” This 1-day conference, presented by the National Organization of Church Security & Safety Management  , is being held at New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO on June 9, 2018. The emphasis will be to help church leaders address critical security issues faced by all churches.

Attendees will also be able to download a free Security Policies and Procedures Framework to get them started on their first steps toward developing and deploying a church security program.

The speakers for this seminar will be two of the most respected names in church security:

Jeff Kowell – Jeff Kowell is the recently retired Director of Life Safety of New Life Church. Jeff took the reigns of the security ministry right after the infamous December 2007 incident where a gunman took the life of two young ladies at the church. Under Jeff’s guidance, New Life has developed a robust security ministry which is a great model of what a church security ministry should look like. Jeff will be speaking on how to develop a security ministry for your church, whether it be large or small.

Chuck Chadwick – Chuck was the past security director of several mega-churches, but now Chuck guides churches of all sizes toward solutions that address all security concerns. As the president of NOCSSM for over a decade, Chuck leads churches in the practical aspects of combating violent incidents. Chuck is also the president of Gatekeepers Security Services, LLC which has and is training and certifying volunteer church security teams for over a decade.

Who should attend:
  • This is not a seminar where the participants will learn how to RUN, HIDE, dial 911 and throw chairs and fire extinguishers.
  • This is not a seminar where the participants will hear story after story of past incidents to convince the churches to do something. We assume that your presence at the seminar means you don’t need convincing.
  • This conference is for attendees who want a structured, tried and true solution on how to meet the requirements of having a security team that can directly address current security issues and transition control to first responders as they arrive.
Sheree Rumph of San Antonio prays over two of the 26 crosses erected in memory of the 26 people killed in a shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The shooting took place during a Sunday service at the Sutherland Springs First Baptist Church.

Session topics include:

  • Getting Started – How to get a Security Ministry started at your church?
  • Assembling and training your Church Security Team
  • Emergency preparedness – Active Shooters, Emergency planning, Evacuations
  • Offering Security, Background Checks, effective emergency communications.
  • How to protect your Pastor, church staff and congregation during services and throughout the week.
  • Terrorism – What should your church really be concerned about?
  • Handling Disruptive/Exceptional Persons
  • Security Policies and Procedures
  • Technology – What measures are the most effective – Burglary, Fire, Access Control and Video Surveillance systems.

NACOP Chiefs of Police - James Kouri

Jim Kouri is a member of the Board of Advisors and a former vice president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in Florida in May 1967. The Association was organized for educational and charitable activities for law enforcement officers in command ranks and supervisory agents of state & federal law enforcement agencies as well as leaders in the private security sector. NACOP also provides funding to small departments, officers and the families of those officers paralyzed and disabled in the line of duty.

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