Keeping Your Church Safe: USCCA’s Book For Church Security

There is an ever growing fear among many church goers that their church may be targeted by an attacker just because their beliefs are different. This fear has forced many places of worship to think outside the box about security, as well as how to handle potential threats.

I personally carry a concealed gun to my church and am willing to use it to defend life if necessary. And, before we ended up moving out of PA, I met with our old pastor in an effort to try and form some sort of church security team. I was sadly denied, but hopefully they have taken action to protect their congregants by now.

How does a church get the knowledge needed in order to protect themselves?

There have been many words written about church security, videos recorded, and courses formed around the topic of keeping people safe while at church and with good reason. There does seem to be an uptick in the number of attacks taking place in houses of worship.

And, as with all things concealed carry, it's better to be trained and not need that training, than it is to need the training, and not have it. And, a team of people who share one goal, like we saw in White Settlement, TX is much better than a lone concealed carrier attempting to neutralize a threat by himself.

There may be local organizations or trainers in your area who specialize in church security and training. And if not, there are other things you can do to help keep your church safe. For example, the USCCA put together a book designed for just this topic.

The book is called “Keeping Your Church Safe: Security Essentials for Houses of Worship.”

In addition to the book, the USCCA is helping in other ways, as well. For example, they recently raised over $28,000 to support the faith communities who were attacked in both Texas and New York. During the month of January, 2020, they ran a donation to support the communities.

This $28,000 will reportedly be divided equally between the two faith communities. Half of those proceeds will go to the Church of Christ in Texas, and the other half will go to the Jewish community in New York.

USCCA President Tim Schmidt said this in the press release we were sent:

We’re incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support and generosity from the USCCA community … After these tragedies, we were all determined to do something to both help these communities and demonstrate our gratitude for those willing to defend them. We’re here to save lives by empowering America’s responsible protectors. So that’s exactly what we set out to do. On top of this donation, we were able to provide lifesaving education and training to people across the country.

Getting trained for an attack at church is the responsible thing to do, and a good place to start is with that book from the USCCA.

Does your church have a security team? Let us know in the comments, below.

About Joshua Gillem

Josh is a lifelong practitioner and student of the gun. He grew up shooting/hunting with his dad, and was given his first gun, a 12 gauge shotgun, when just a small boy. After high school, he joined the Marines where his love for firearms blossomed as he qualified with an M16A2, an M9, and a 240G. Josh has been writing about firearms and tactics for several years, owns the blog Gunners Den, is a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, and believes that each individual person has the right to self-defense by any means necessary. Currently residing in gun-friendly NC, he carries a concealed gun on a daily basis, even in his own house.


  1. Mtnoutdoors on February 11, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    amazing info I believe all churches need a book like this. Matt 5:9

  2. Jim hooker on February 11, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    Our church has a security team. We all went to a pistol training class. These trainers train police and dod.

  3. Rodney McMinn on February 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    Where can you get the book?

    • Joshua Gillem on February 18, 2020 at 7:27 am

      There are a couple links in the article mentioning where you can get it, but here it is again.

  4. Bobby on February 19, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Out Church in NC has a robust Security Team of 21 individuals. Everyone has a concealed carry license. We train once a quarter at the range and all ammo and supplies are furnished by the Church. We don’t just do target practice but actually run scenarios and CTEs (critical task evaluations). Our training is put together but one of our team members who is active duty military at Ft Bragg. We also require our team members to train on their own at least once a month. We take security of the flock very seriously.

  5. kenneth thornton on February 27, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Yes, our church has a 15 member security team. Most are armed with concealed carry. Our pastor whole heartily supports a security team.

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