Below are links to resources that may be helpful to congregations that are looking to create guidelines for church safety in the event a situation arises on their property. If your congregation has any materials it would like to share, email them to Synod Communications Coordinator Mike Givler (firstname.lastname@example.org). This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
Find here a link to a video from the Foursquare Church denomination. It gives an overview from prevention to follow through, including using “chaplains” for pastoral care for an ever-enlarging ripple effect of people.
Creating Safe Ministries
This resource from the Presbyterian Mission Agency is available here.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has helpful disaster-related information that addresses all types of disasters. Click here and scroll to the folder “Human-Caused Disaster.”
Gun Violence and Prevention Toolkit
The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship offers a “Gun Violence and Prevention Congregational Toolkit” here.
Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event
Click here for a video that outlines a plan if a gunman enters your work space.
Protecting Your Congregation
Church Mutual Insurance Company offers several church safety resources, including videos on how to protect a congregation against active shooters. Click here.
Derry Presbyterian Church Presentation
Derry Township (Hershey, PA) police officer shares best practices in the event of an active shooter situation, a presentation that was recorded on video here.
Click on the link below for the corresponding resource document:
Use these helpful resources to create a disaster plan for your family, church and presbytery:
- Disaster Preparation Checklist for Families
- Congregational Preparedness Questions
- Congregational Preparedness Checklist
- Presbytery Preparedness Questions
- Family and Congregational Preparedness and Disaster Response Resources
Additional information can be found through these website below:
- Training through the Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- Mission Presbytery (San Antonio)
- Presbytery of New Covenant (Houston)