The Importance of Training Your Church Protector Team (1 of 2)

2 Timothy 3:17 ESV 

That the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 144:1 ESV 

Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we are imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Obviously, God thinks highly of Training and Development; in the Bible, you can find well over 100 versus that talk about these two important aspects of the church safety and security ministry.

Training for your church protector team is crucial for team development and success. It is rewarding to both the church and the volunteers of your organization. Volunteers on the safety and security team will become more efficient and productive if they are trained well. 

Training is generally conducted based on four basic needs:

  • New Hire training: New members of a church safety and security team are given training. This training is conducted to familiarize them with the mission, vision, rules and regulations as well as the working conditions. 

  • Refresher training: The existing members are trained to refresh and enhance their knowledge. (refresher)

  • Capability training: When new equipment, changes to policy, changes to mission, etc.. occur, training is given to manage and implement those changes. 

  • Ability training: When promotion, change in job duties, new equipment, or new techniques, etc.… is necessary, training is given so that team members are prepared to perform effectively. 

So, you might be asking – what are the benefits of training church protectors? Outside of the major benefit of building commonality and continuity in your team, let me sum it up for you:  


Improves morale of team members: Training helps the team member gain job satisfaction. The more satisfied church protectors are, and the greater their morale, the more they will contribute to overall mission and church success. This also has secondary benefits of lowering volunteer absenteeism and turnover.


Less supervision: A well trained protector will be familiar with the duties and responsibilities and will need less of supervision. Protector’s that are trained can act appropriately in the absence of orders and leadership. This promotes a sense of pride and accomplishment. 


Lower Risks: Errors can occur if your church protectors lack knowledge and skills required for performance of their job. A properly trained protector lowers the overall risk of them allowing an incident to occur or go unnoticed. Church protectors that are properly trained become more proficient in their jobs.


Building a Redundant System: Church Protectors are by and large are an all-volunteer force. Family commitments, work commitments and issues such as sickness and other external factors may cause Protector Team members to be absent from assigned duties. With proper training, where all team members are cross-trained, security gaps created by absences can be minimized and possibly eliminated. Everyone is an equal asset on the team.


Increased productivity: Training improves efficiency and productivity of church protectors. Well trained protectors that are invested in through training, invest themselves back into the organization. Properly trained church protectors show both quantity and quality performance. There is less wastage of time, money and resources when protectors are invested in.

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