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Church Safety & Security Planning 101

Friday, July 22, 2022

12 - 1 p.m. CST 

Cost: $35

(May need to hold the button if registering on a mobile device.)


This year began with four people being taken hostage at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, TX during a Shabbat service. Sadly, this incident followed dozens of other attacks at places of worship in recent years, in addition to those at schools and community events these past few months.

After every tragedy, church leaders and congregations are left assessing their own safety and need for a security plan. While there are plenty of resources online to assist, the content is scattered across hundreds of websites, links, and PDFs and takes a tremendous amount of time to collect and organize. Often, the responsibility falls to volunteers or on the shoulders of an already overwhelmed staff person. But security planning doesn't have to be hard or cost alot of money.

In this one hour webinar, Jeanie Garrett, author of the book  Open Arms, Safe Communitieswill pinpoint the key elements you need in your security plan and useful resources to achieve your goal. Whether you're just starting or re-evaluating an existing plan, Church Safety & Security Planning 101 will help you become more knowledgeable in your planning and more confident with your process.  


Presentation Topics

  • How to discuss the security planning process with your congregation.

  • How to create a safety and security plan or update an existing one. 

  • Examples of security plans, safety signage and training exercises.

  • Resources for grant opportunities to fund future security measures.

  • Q&A for general or specific questions.

About Jeanie Garrett








Jeanie Garrett created her first safety and security plan while working as the Communications Director at St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin, TX. With a professional background in communications, Jeanie knew it was essential to produce a clear and comprehensive plan that was supported at the highest level and could be succinctly conveyed  to volunteers, staff and worship leaders. Jeanie wrote Open Arms, Safe Communities after helping other churches design their own plans and realizing many places of worship struggle with the same issues in their process, including theological ones. Jeanie offers in-person church security consulting services in the Austin area and remote services for places of worship across the country. 

Can't make the webinar? Don't worry; a recording will be sent out to all registrants following the event, along with a list of resources for your planning and training needs.  Questions? Email Jeanie below.

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