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Church Safety and Security: A Practical Guide [Paperback]

By Robert M. Cirtin (Author)
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(with John M. Edie, Dennis K. Lewis, Edward L. Spain & Donna M. Washburn) The church has always been regarded as a safe haven - a spiritual sanctuary where people can come to worship God free from worries about violence or unethical behavior by those involved in church ministry. But our culture is changing, and church leaders can no longer assume that "it won't happen in my church." Like the rest of society, churches need to ensure the safety and security of their facility, staff, and worshipers. This book provides a wealth of practical information on preparing for and responding to the challenges of a dangerous world. Robert Cirtin draws on more than two decades of law enforcement and investigative experience, and with his team of professionals outlines a "how-to" approach full of specific proactive steps churches can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of costly lawsuits. Church Safety And Security is a must-have resource for anyone participating in or preparing for church leadership. Topics covered include: ? Utilizing background screening to protect your congregation ? Safety and security issues for church-run preschool and day care programs ? Preparing for and responding to medical emergencies ? How to deal with issues pertaining to child abuse ? Legally mandated responsibilities of church staff members ? How to utilize security/surveillance cameras in the church facility ? Organizing a church security officer program ? Effectively coping with intruders ? Responding to violent acts when they occur ? How to conduct a thorough investigation

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The church has always been regarded as a safe haven - a spiritual sanctuary where people can come to worship God free from worries about violence or unethical behavior by those involved in church ministry. But our culture is changing, and church leaders can no longer assume that it won't happen in my church. Like the rest of society, churches need to ensure the safety and security of their facility, staff, and worshipers. This book provides a wealth of practical information on preparing for and responding to the challenges of a dangerous world. Robert Cirtin draws on more than two decades of law enforcement and investigative experience, and with his team of professionals outlines a how-to approach full of specific proactive steps churches can take to protect themselves and reduce the risk of costly lawsuits. Church Safety And Security is a must-have resource for anyone participating in or preparing for church leadership. Topics covered include: * Utilizing background screening to protect your congregation. * Safety and security issues for church-run preschool and day care programs. * Preparing for and responding to medical emergencies. * How to deal with issues pertaining to child abuse. * Legally mandated responsibilities of church staff members. * How to utilize security/surveillance cameras in the church facility. * Organizing a church security officer program. * Effectively coping with intruders. * Responding to violent acts when they occur. * How to conduct a thorough investigation. If you are a pastor, associate pastor, preschool director, church school principal, deacon, elder, vestryperson, or denominational leader - read this book, then read it again Make it required reading for every leader in your church. Protect your congregation, your property, and your reputation in the community by doing all you can do to hire the right employees, to prevent physical and sexual misconduct for which your church may be liable, and to reduce the legal and financial impacts of such misconduct. This book will teach you what to look for, and how to take action today to protect the people God has given you to shepherd. Tim Duncan Associate Pastor, Anglican Church of the Resurrection St. Louis, Missouri Church Safety and Security: A Practical Guide is a valuable resource. Bob Cirtin has the unusual but important background mixture of service in full-time church ministry as well as being a certified officer of the law and an expert investigator. He has personal experience with every source of danger for the local church and has developed effective safeguards and defenses. His strategies are clear, simple, easy to implement, and will protect any congregation in the event of an unfortunate occurrence. This book is a must for every church office and library Terry Raburn Superintendent, Peninsular Florida District Council Assemblies of God This is a book written for our changing times, when the security of our churches must become a priority. Written by professionals who have a strong Christian influence in their lives, this book is a great tool for the security program of your church. Jack L. Merritt Sheriff, Greene County, Missouri Retired Capt., Missouri State Highway Patrol Robert M. Cirtin is an assistant professor and director of the criminal justice program at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He is also the president of Robert Cirtin Investigations, a company providing investigative and consulting services to churches, businesses, and government agencies. A former police officer and Missouri state investigator who has also served in full-time ministry, Cirtin is a frequent guest lecturer on a variety of safety and security topics. He is a graduate of Central Bible College and Lincoln University.

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Item Specifications...


Studio: CSS Publishing Company
Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.42" Width: 5.68" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.49 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   CSS Publishing Company
ISBN  0788023411  
ISBN13  9780788023415  


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Robert M. Cirtin was born in 1954.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Church Safety and Security: A Practical Guide?

Church Safety and Security  May 14, 2008
"Church Safety and Security" by Robert M. Cirtin is an excellent book for the Church in it's early stages of addressing the security problem. He offers a lot of good ideas to bring this issue to the attention of church leaders. This is a growing problem in America and I was fortunate to find the book. The book is written in a plain, easy to understand style that leads one through the process of setting up a security network in the local church.
 
A General Introduction  Apr 28, 2008
This book isn't terrible, it's just that I was expecting more relevant content, not a lot of generalities. It dodges the issues of violence in church, and since the Colorado shootings in December 07, that is not a good subject to dodge.

Better than nothing, and might be a good starting point. But calling it a "practical guide" is going too far. 2 stars for what appears to be a sincere effort to introduce the subject.
 
Church Safety Review  Aug 10, 2006
Churches of any size will benefit from the information in this book. In an age where many have little respect for the sanctity of a church building, synagogue, or cathedral, congregations are forced to balance ministry and safety. This book gives more than theory and advice - it offers real step-by-step solutions to real problems while keeping the spiritual ministry of the church in the picture.
 

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