Beefing Up Security in Children’s Ministry

We assume that churches are a safe haven for kids and adults, a place where the word security doesn’t need to come up much in conversations. Recently our Children’s Ministry team has taken a hard look at our security measures and have found them to be lacking.

In the past the concept of security was much more simple because we were a smaller church, but now that our Children’s Ministry is reaching close to the 300 mark on a normal Sunday things need to be tightened up a bit to say the least. With parents included in that count, that means potentially 600 people are walking through the halls of Cross Street (our Kids Min.) on Sunday.

One of the things I learned through this process is that at some point the leader simply has to put his or her foot down and chart the path. It’s good to seek counsel within and outside your ministry, but in the end you will get a million different views and ideas. At some point the leader must choose what he thinks is best and go for it.

Also, I’ve learned that security isn’t a fun project. It’s not like changing your large group environment or creating a mascot . . . it’s tedious and sometimes divisive. You will have your parents and volunteers who love heightened security and those who will not like it at all. Bottom line, jump on it and get it set in motion ASAP, and those who do not see the value will need to learn to respect the procedures. If that is not an option then the next step for those parents or volunteers will be to search for a different kids ministry or area to serve that might be a better fit.

Lastly, security can never fall too far in the background. In Cross Street, we will evaluate the success and stability of our security measures over the Summer every year, that way any weaknesses detected can be fixed before Fall arrives. Throughout the year my key leaders will constantly be looking out for problems that might need to be tweeked, but a complete overhaul will only be considered once a year.

It only takes one disturbed individual to shatter a Children’s Ministry. Keep your security sharp and your goals clear in order to prevent a bad situation from ever occurring.

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About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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5 Responses to Beefing Up Security in Children’s Ministry

  1. Holly says:

    Sometimes it’s not easy being a leader, but I think that you do a great job. Sorry you are seeing resistance towards the changes in Security. Chris and I appreciate all that you do and how you have included us in CrossStreet! btw, I LOVE CRISS CROSS! He can be the Security Guard Dog!

    • adambayne says:

      LOL!!! Thanks for the encouragement! I haven’t received a lot of flack yet, HA! But the potential is there. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

  2. Ericka says:

    Extra security protects kids. Teaching biblical truths and keeping them safe are the two most important things we do. As leaders, it can be tough and sometimes hectic, but extra security keeps us out of sticky situations as well. We’re moving in the right direction, Adam. You’re awesome!

  3. Theresa (Mrs. T) says:

    As a momma and daycare owner I certainly appreciate the effort involved in keeping my babies safe.

    Keep up the good work. 😀

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