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Church Safety

The presbytery is looking into ways to offer security awareness and training for congregations in an effort to become proactive in helping our member churches protect parishioners and property. We urge you to be attentive to security and safety -- as well as, vigilant in watching for suspicious activity.  You are also encouraged to read Developing Emergency Response Plans:  Violence on Church Property which was recently published by the Office of Mid-Councils Relations of the PCUSA.  Please discuss these issues and precautionary measures with your session and church members.

 

IMPORTANT STUDY ON CHURCH RELATED VIOLENCE & EMERGENCIES

Given the rise of a number of alarming incidents involving public agencies around the country -- and, also within our own presbytery -- TE Ron Hankins, pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church, is conducting a survey of member churches to document incidents of violence or aggression in the past three years (2013-2016). The information will be used to examine ways that all churches can be better prepared in the event of a church related emergency and/or adverse incident. Subsequently, TE Hankins is pursuing this issue as part of his doctoral research in this growing area of concern surrounding church security and readiness. Your input would be greatly helpful to me personally as he continues researching how we can minister safely and effectively within our ministries, while not becoming spiritual fortresses. All information shared will be kept in strict confidence and your participation and assistance would be greatly appreciated. 

Please share the event which happened at your church by clicking CHURCH SAFETY and completing the form.  Please be specific and include all dates, if possible. The names of individuals are not necessary and all information will be kept in strict confidence.

Sincerely, 

TE Ron Hankins,  Trinity Presbyterian Church,   Baltimore, MD

RonHankinsSr@comcast.net               (cell)   443.939.1513    

Last Published: December 14, 2015 2:25 PM