Q: How do we prepare for violence in the church?

A: First, form a team to assess the risks. Second, create a plan that establishes guidelines on how to respond to each risk.

At a minimum your violence response plan should:

  • Establish communication protocols, including media contact.
  • Detail evacuation procedures.
  • Identify responsibilities for key personnel.
  • Provide first-aid guidelines.

It's not enough to have a plan. You need to be prepared to put the plan into action at any given time. To be ready, you should:

  • Train key personnel.
  • Educate the congregation about the plan.
  • Conduct practice drills.
  • Repeat these steps regularly. 

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