Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves:  be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Matthew 10:16

We recognize that the days at hand are evil and to show the love of God by providing a safe, secure and peaceful place of worship for followers of Christ, both members and visitors, at North Highland Baptist Church. Church security seems to be a contradiction, but Christian churches everywhere have been compelled to seriously address this issue. No place is sacred to the criminal, and all churches, large and small, are vulnerable. Church violence is a nightmare to every church member and visitor. These disasters often occur without warning. There is no possible way to predict the “if, what, when and where” of a violent act or even a natural disaster. The key is to be prepared ahead of time and ready to act in the event of natural disaster or hostile act. In protecting lives, preparation is the proven key to success. The Church Security Team members may have to deal with issues involving lost children, administration of first aid, de-escalation or containment of mentally unstable individuals, security for the “offering”, pastor/staff protection, and security of all church special events and activities.

  • Must be a mature Christian.
  • Must be a member of North Highland Baptist Church for at least one year. (This requirement may be waived upon recommendation of two current Security team members and approval of the staff liaison assigned to the Security Team.)
  • Must be an active church member in worship and attendance at North Highland Baptist Church.
  • Criminal background checks will be required for all Security Team member prior to being assigned to the team and annually while serving as a member of the team.
  • Physically able to perform the duties required (walking, standing, running short distances).
  • Ability to remain calm in the event of an emergency.
  • Must be able to communicate clearly to other team members, authorities and/or the congregation should the need arise.
  • Security Team members should keep the guiding verses and purpose in mind as they perform their duties.
  • Security Team members must remember to operate with a spirit of grace and love at all times.
  • In all actions, Security Team members should remember they are doing their duties for God, and not for men; all actions should be accomplished with a sacrificial, Godly attitude.
  • Security Team members should remember we are not law enforcement officers, but we are a volunteer Security Team.