By Brad Shrum
Starting a Safety Ministry should be considered by all churches, no matter the size of the congregation or the location. Here are three basic concepts to help a church start an effective safety ministry.
Church leaders are called first to be shepherds of their congregation. This is not simply the pastor’s duty, but to all who serve in different ministries. Secondly, church leaders are called to be good stewards of the resources and assets that have been entrusted to their care. Thirdly, it is an act of love within the church and outside the church walls as an ongoing ministry based upon this foundation.
Creating a team of entrusted congregation members that will include an education and dedicated focus. This is actually a ministry team identifying fields of facility management, human resources, insurance, and law enforcement. A team of between 5 and 10 members usually is enough to start. It is vital that the church board and pastoral staff support this ministry for it to have the success the creation desires.
This third concept is where the assembled team steps out and addresses safety issues both within the church and outside of the church building. The team will also be responsible to work with the church leaders after identifying risks and usually consists of a variety of ways to implement their findings.
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Brad has worked at MAX for the past 16 years and has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry doing underwriting, field management work, and sales. Outside of the office, Brad is an ordained Southern Baptist Deacon and a Sunday School teacher of 30 years. In addition, Brad is a long-time Vacation Bible School teacher and has an ongoing 20+ year Nursing Home Ministry. Since he was a young teenager, Brad has been an avid goose hunter, traveling across North America while pursuing this noble bird and enjoying the outdoor world.