CHURCH SAFETY AND SECURITY CONFERENCE

Over the last decade crimes involving churches has increased dramatically. We have seen over 1,400 deadly force incidents occur at faith based properties between 1999 and 2016. Carl Chinn, a faith based security expert, speaker and statistician, reports there were 59 deadly force incidents and 223 total incidents at churches in 2016. Statistically, you are more likely to be involved in a violent act at a church than you are at a school. It is reported that two out of three young adults will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Sadly, these statistics are based solely on the incidents we are aware of; how many more may have happened that we know nothing about?

A church is a community. Any community has strained relationships. Sometimes those relationships come apart, and sometimes outside forces invade with evil intentions. Today our Churches, Ministries and Houses of Worship must prepare for the reality of the world we live in today and church safety and security can no longer be neglected or denied. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” is a quote taken from the great Teddy Roosevelt in his address of the Rough Riders as they prepared for the battle of San Juan Hill in the Spanish-American war of 1898. It is time to take a stand. Stand for something and take a common sense approach to obtaining it.

The Fresno Safety and Security Conference is a training event for anyone involved in Safety or Security at a church, house of worship or ministry location. All religious affiliations are welcome and encouraged to attend. The information provided will be beneficial for those new to the idea of safety and security or the seasoned individual who is part of an organized team. The field of Church safety and security is like running a race with no finish line; always and continually seek to expand your knowledge, training and capabilities.

CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

The conference will be held at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave. Fresno, CA 93720

Friday, February 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

  • Registration opens at 5:00 p.m.
  • Focus will be on church safety and security
  • Drinks and snacks provided

Saturday, February 18th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Registration opens at 7:00 a.m.
  • Continental breakfast provided
  • Morning session will include a presentation by Greg Love from Ministry Safe
    • This session only will be open to Church staff, leaders and volunteers in Children/Student ministry
    • Check out http://www.ministrysafe.com for more information.
  • Lunch provided for full conference attendees and available for Ministry Safe attendees
  • Saturday afternoon session will focus on church safety and security topics

Subject matter experts may address topics on:

  • Sex trafficking
  • Local, state and federal terrorism programs
  • Site security and hardening facilities
  • Active shooter
  • Lock down/lock out procedures
  • Watching people
  • Off-site events and risk assessments
  • Church safety and security team programs available
  • Church Leadership group – networking
Frequently Asked Questions

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Youth under 18 years of age are required to be accompanied by an adult.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Transportation to the Fresno area is available by car, train or plane. The airport and train station are approximately 20 minutes from Peoples Church. There is plenty of parking available at the Church. No camping is allowed.

What can I bring into the event?

Your ticket and a desire to be better prepared!

Backpacks will be inspected.

Service animals only will be admitted.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you questions about facilitating your group or you have specific questions not answered here please send e-mail to jay.tracy@peopleschurch.org

What’s the refund policy?

A 50% refund is available up to two weeks prior to the event. Inside two weeks your ticket(s) are only available for transfer.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes. Your ticket will get you registered for the event and you will be given a badge for access.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. You can transfer your ticket to another individual.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Yes. You can transfer if notification is made by the original purchaser.