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.

Compassion, Peace & Justice Ministry (Presbyterian Mission Agency)

Our churches have an opportunity to join this significant movement against gun violence. Click here for several steps you and your church can take to engage at this critical moment, including anti-gun violence resources and steps that can be taken to prevent gun violence.

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.

Gun Violence Prevention Congregational Toolkit

Provided by Presbyterian Peace Fellowship, information here will help your congregation, group or organization explore issues of gun violence and what they can do about it.

Click on the link below for the corresponding resource document:

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



Use these helpful resources to create a disaster plan for your family, church and presbytery:

Additional information can be found through these website below: