How you can help secure your church

December 26, 2017

The Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions Office of LeaderCare and Church Health will hold “Basics of Church Security: Protecting Against Imminent Threats of Violence” training for churches seeking to improve security. The training will be held Jan. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at First Baptist Church, Prattville.

Topics will include:

• Why church security

• Basics for any congregation

• Dealing with armed attackers

• Armed security teams.

Even small churches like most in Alabama can be targets, said state missionary Mark Wakefield, who has served in emergency-
related roles for 30-plus years.

There is no “perfect solution” if someone is intent on doing harm, he said. However, churches can take steps to improve safety and security.

The conference is made available through CP support and pre-registration is suggested. (TAB)

For more information about the conference, contact Ana Raymundo at 334-613-2356 or go to


Alabama church security resources:

• Your local police or sheriff’s office: Many local officials are trained in ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), instructor-led classes that provide preparation and a plan for organizations on how to proactively handle the threat of an aggressive intruder or active shooter event.

• Central Alabama Firearms Training (Birmingham area and statewide): CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event) training for church security teams at your church. Initial training for unarmed team is free; firearms training is available for a fee. Contact David McCullough at 205-743-8609 or go to

• North Alabama Security Training Academy (Huntsville area and statewide): Training for unarmed and armed church security teams. Classroom portion includes communication, use of force and legal liability issues. Basic class requires a minimum of 5 participants and has a fee per participant. Includes onsite assessment of church campus and facilities to look for vulnerabilities. Contact Barry Pendergraft at 256-682-3760 or find information at