The Lead Church Security Podcast

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Welcome to Lead Church Security, your go-to resource for church safety. Hosted by Preston Hocker and Josh Denhart, this podcast offers invaluable insights and tips for creating a secure church environment. Discover strategies for situational awareness, access control, background checks, surveillance, and emergency response. With real-life stories and practical advice from seasoned experts, Lead Security equips you to safeguard your congregation effectively. Subscribe and empower your church with knowledge and confidence. read less
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6. Handling a Child Abuse Report in Real-Time
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6. Handling a Child Abuse Report in Real-Time
Episode Summary: In this eye-opening episode of the Lead Security Podcast, host Preston Hocker delves deep into a critical issue faced by many church communities: recognizing and managing potential abuse. With over 20 years of experience in church security and as a fourth-generation pastor, Preston shares his expertise and practical insights into identifying signs of abuse, taking immediate action, and implementing thorough procedures to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for all congregants. Tune in to learn about situational awareness, the importance of incident reporting, and effective communication strategies when dealing with sensitive situations. Situational Awareness: Understanding and practicing situational awareness is the first defense line in identifying potential abuse or neglect.Immediate Action: Knowing the importance of not delaying when confronting potential abuse and involving the appropriate ministry directors and pastoral leadership.Effective Communication: Strategies for having sensitive conversations without leading or interrogating, ensuring open lines of communication, and observing non-verbal cues.Procedure and Reporting: The necessity of having clear, actionable procedures for abuse management and the role of incident reports in improving community safety. "We didn't wait a day or even a minute. We immediately went to the parents and asked them to step out of service for a few minutes while we started our procedure.""The first line of defense is always going to be being situationally aware.""Reports provide objective information, through which leaders can identify areas of improvement and establish a culture of safety and security.""When managing these types of situations with care, even a nightmare such as abuse or neglect has a way of leading people back to the foot of the cross." Follow and Connect: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@LeadChurchSecurityInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/leadsecurity?igsh=MWI2aXZybTMweG1wZg==Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prestonhockerWebsite: https://leadministry.com/lead-security/ Don't Miss Out! If you found value in this episode, make sure to like, share, and subscribe to our podcast. Stay tuned for more insights and strategies to keep your church community safe and secure. If you have any questions or need further resources, feel free to reach out via our social media handles or through our website.
5. Surviving a Violent Attack
14-05-2024
5. Surviving a Violent Attack
Episode Summary: Join Preston Hocker on this episode of the Lead Church Security podcast as he explores the tactical and essential Run Hide Fight protocol. With his extensive experience as a staff pastor and co-owner of a private security firm, Preston provides invaluable insights on how to implement these strategies effectively in a church setting, ensuring both readiness and a welcoming atmosphere. This episode is crucial for anyone involved in community and congregational safety. Understanding Environments: The importance of knowing your surroundings to effectively execute the running strategy.Mindset Shift: Adopting an aggressive stance in the mindset of an "attacker" to stay proactive.Practice Makes Perfect: The need for regular training in controlled settings to prepare for potential threats.Details Matter: The importance of providing clear and factual information during emergencies.Fight as a Last Resort: Emphasizing fighting only when absolutely necessary and as a final defensive measure. "We need to know our surroundings like the back of our hand, especially all exit routes, not just the main ones." - Preston Hocker"Consider yourself as an attacker rather than just a defender. It’s all about being proactive, not just reactive." - Preston Hocker"Training for various scenarios equips us not to be completely caught off guard when facing actual threats." - Preston Hocker To catch more episodes and gain further insights into church security, tune into our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/@LeadChurchSecurity. For additional resources and updates, follow our Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leadsecurity?igsh=MWI2aXZybTMweG1wZg== and check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/prestonhocker. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming webinar on church leadership and security at https://leadministry.com/register-lead-security-webinar/.
4. Church Cybersecurity Essentials
14-05-2024
4. Church Cybersecurity Essentials
Episode Summary: In this insightful episode of the Lead Church Security Podcast, host Preston Hocker is joined by cybersecurity specialist Josh H. Together, they tackle the pressing topic of cybersecurity within church operations, discussing vulnerabilities to cyber threats such as phishing and ransomware. The dialogue emphasizes the importance of having dedicated IT and cybersecurity teams to protect church data and the broader church community online. Increased Cyber Threats: Churches are targeted frequently by cyber-attacks, often due to inadequate security measures.Need for Dedicated IT Staff: The lack of specialized cybersecurity teams in many churches heightens their risk.Predominance of Phishing Attacks: Spear phishing emerges as the most significant and prevalent cyber threat to churches.Importance of Comprehensive Training: Extensive training and awareness for all church staff and volunteers are crucial for maintaining a secure cyber environment.Proactive Security Measures: Anticipating and preventing cyber threats is far more beneficial than responding after an attack. "End users often represent the weakest link in church cybersecurity.""Employing even one IT volunteer can significantly increase a church's security preparedness.""Protecting against cyber threats encompasses more than just IT—it's about safeguarding your community.""Every member of the church must contribute to a robust cybersecurity strategy.""A proactive approach to cybersecurity is essential; reactive strategies are often too late." For additional information and resources on improving your church's cybersecurity practices, please visit our website. Follow us on our social media platforms for updates and more insights: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@LeadChurchSecurityInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/leadsecurity?igsh=MWI2aXZybTMweG1wZg==Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prestonhocker Also, register for our upcoming webinar on effective church security measures at: https://leadministry.com/register-lead-security-webinar/
3. How Tech Innovates Church Security
14-05-2024
3. How Tech Innovates Church Security
Episode Summary:In Episode 3 of the Lead Church Security Podcast, host Preston Hocker is joined by guest Michael Byrd, from Church Apps. The conversation explores the critical role of church management software, particularly focusing on Michael's development of a child check-in system designed to enhance security and streamline administrative processes in churches. They discuss real-world implications and stories demonstrating the urgent need for rigorous security protocols within church operations. Key Takeaways: Implementation of Check-In Systems: Michael highlights the importance of a reliable check-in system to ensure the safety of children, showcasing how his software addresses this need.Role of Technology in Church Security: The discussion emphasizes how technology, specifically church management software, can aid in creating safer, more efficient environments for worship.Real-World Applications and Stories: Preston and Michael talk through scenarios that underscore the necessity of having solid security measures in place to handle sensitive situations.Engagement and Security: The episode connects technology use with the broader goal of building trust and maintaining a welcoming atmosphere in churches. Notable Quotes: "If grandma is going to come and pick up little Sally, we need grandma to have this ticket so that we know it's okay.""We've got a problem. The church just gave this poor child to a dad that’s not doing good right now...it all could have been avoided if we would just follow procedure." End Notes:Gain deeper insights and access crucial security tools by checking out resources related to church security. Follow us and join the conversation on our YouTube, Instagram, and Preston’s Facebook page. Additionally, register for our upcoming webinar to explore more about effective security strategies for your church community.
2. Balancing Safety and Hospitality in Churches
14-05-2024
2. Balancing Safety and Hospitality in Churches
Episode Summary: In this compelling episode of the Lead Security Podcast, host Preston Hocker is joined by special guest Patrick Collis, a seasoned private investigator and personal protection specialist, to explore the intricate balance between maintaining robust security and an inviting atmosphere in churches. The discussion focuses on practical strategies and insights from Collis’s vast experience, covering not only church settings but also his work with high-profile clients. Throughout the episode, the conversation pinpoints the importance of trained and aware security personnel who can identify potential threats and manage them discreetly and effectively. The hosts emphasize the significance of a well-rounded security team that does not only react to threats but also participates in preventative measures, ensuring the church remains a welcoming space for all. Security and Invitation Balance: Effective church security should not intimidate but assure, blending seamlessly with the church’s welcoming nature.Expert Insight: Patrick Collis shares invaluable advice from his extensive experience in private security and protection.Holistic Safety Approach: Emphasizing a comprehensive strategy that includes physical security measures, emergency preparedness, and psychological safety for congregants. "Church security is about making everyone feel safe, not under surveillance." - Patrick Collis"Preparation and prevention are better than any crisis management tactic." - Preston Hocker"Every church environment is unique, and so must be our approach to securing it." - Patrick Collis For more information about our security courses and to register for the upcoming webinar, visit the Lead Ministry Security Webinar. Follow us on social media for instant updates on new resources and episodes: YouTube: Lead Church SecurityInstagram: Lead SecurityFacebook: Preston Hocker Don't miss the opportunity to enhance your church's security protocols with new insights from our discussion with Patrick Collis, ensuring your place of worship remains a safe sanctuary for all attendees.
1. Master Church Security
14-05-2024
1. Master Church Security
Welcome to the first episode of the Lead Security podcast on YouTube, hosted by Preston Hawker, a seasoned pastor and security expert. In this premiere, we explore the vital topic of church security—what it truly means, why it's essential, and how to implement robust yet welcoming security measures. 🔒 What to Expect: Understand the balance between security and a welcoming atmosphere.Insight into physical and emotional aspects of church security.Real-life examples of security challenges and solutions.Introduction to our comprehensive Lead Security Master course. 📌 Why Subscribe? By subscribing, you'll gain access to our full series where we dive deeper into practical and strategic measures to ensure your church remains a safe sanctuary for all. Each episode is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to handle everything from cyber threats to emergency responses effectively. 🔗 Stay Connected: Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: Lead Church SecurityFollow us on Instagram for behind-the-scenes and updates: Lead SecurityConnect with Preston Hawker on Facebook: Preston Hocker 👍 Like, Subscribe, and Share: Don't forget to like this video, subscribe to our channel, and hit the notification bell to stay updated on all our latest content. Share this video with others in the church community who can benefit from enhanced security knowledge! Thank you for joining us on this journey to create safer, more welcoming church environments. We look forward to bringing you more insights and strategies in upcoming episodes.