Podcasts Episode 26 | 25 min | April 6, 2023

Building a Culture of Safety and Security in Churches, with guest Simon Osamoh, founder of Kingswood Security Consulting

How church leaders can proactively assess their church’s vulnerabilities and needs and respond—while also fulfilling their missions.

High-profile shootings at churches—among them, New Life Church (Colorado Springs) in 2007, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (Charleston, South Carolina) in 2015, and First Baptist Church (Sutherland Springs, Texas) in 2017—often draw renewed attention and discussion about church security. Last month’s shooting at a church-run school in Nashville again put the issue back in the national spotlight.

But what exactly is church security? How should church leaders think holistically about safety and security as part of their broader ministries and missions?

In this episode, Erika interviews Simon Osamoh, founder of the Minnesota-based Kingswood Security Consulting. Drawing upon years of experience, including time spent as a detective with the Thames Valley Police in England and as special operations manager for the Mall of America, Osamoh explains the “soft target” nature of churches and the initial steps church leaders can take to begin developing a culture of safety and security in their congregations.

Erika also points out numerous other security issues church leaders should remember as they assess potential risks and put plans into action.


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