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 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.

Human-Caused Disaster

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:

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: