Our church’s Safety and Security Committee has been up and running for a little less than two years, has done a multitude of assessments, written and instituted a Preparedness Plan, and is now in the process of creating a Safety Team for Sunday worship services and special events. My question: Would someone be willing to share the application your organization has for your safety team members? I don’t want to reinvent the wheel as the saying goes. I’ve looked through the on line resources and didn’t see one. Thanks in advance!
First I applaud you and your church for what is obviously a thorough and deliberate approach to the task of a safety/preparedness plan to safeguard your flock!
I’m not sure what you mean by a safety team members application. In terms of scheduling who is to serve at the various services we have used a couple of things. Sign Up Genius is a common application for this purpose and is even used by various police departments to schedule staffing of events. Our church recently changed it’s church software to Church Community Builder which has a scheduling/serving component to it. It is an enterprise solution that may be over kill if Safety Team is the only niche you are looking to fill. For tracking who actually served we still use paper sign-in forms that are retained.
If I’ve missed the mark, please reply and I or someone will take another swag at it.
Thanks for both your answers, we have a lot of information we will find out from each applicant during an extensive interview about their qualifications, ability to train, and response to various situations already in mind, I was hoping someone might share the initial application your house of worship uses for those interested in possibly moving on through the rest of the process to become a safety team member.
Our church, as well, uses church community builder as a method to make sure that our volunteers meet the criteria for any type of church servant but it goes a little further than that once CCB has been cleared.
Our team captains meet with all security team candidates in a group setting and ask a variety of questions that center around finding out the following: do they have related or transitional skills that the team could use (law enforcement, security, military or medical), can they meet the time and training requirements needed, how they might handle certain situations, use of force discussions, etc. There probably isn’t one application that any one house of worship can use. It’s a matter of what is important to you for team membership and if that person meets your requirements but a healthy dose of background questions as well as face to face interviews is extremely important when making and informed choice.