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 ( This page will be updated as new information becomes available.Church safety


Find here a link to a video from the Foursquare Church denomination. It gives an overview from┬áprevention to follow through, including using “chaplains” for pastoral care for an ever-enlarging ripple effect of people.

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.

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Helpful information during and after a traumatic event

Parent guidelines for crisis response

Teacher guidelines for crisis response

Practical suggestions for assisting children in the aftermath of a tragedy

How do people respond during traumatic exposure?

Resources for dealing with tragedies