I had a totally different idea on the direction that I wanted to go for this blog/newsletter. As many of you probably noticed, I missed sending one out last month and for maybe obvious reasons. Life has changed for nearly all of us and canceling seminars might seem like an easy task but logistically there is a lot there. We intentionally try to make our seminars as much hands-on as we have time for and yet nearly every survey we get back, there are always people that wish that there could have been more training. Once people get a taste of what training could look like for them and their church, they are hungry for more and that is ultimately our goal, to hopefully help kickstart some thinking on how those attending can do it better.
Well, here we are. I’m not doing training seminars and you aren’t training. So, what are you going to do with your time? At our seminars, and you probably have heard me mention it on a few podcasts, we talk about the total team concept when it comes to the safety and security of our churches. There is no shortage of people telling me that they are trying to provide a safe and secure place of worship, but they don’t have enough people to do it. This is exactly why we invite ushers, greeters, children's and youth workers, church staff or anyone that is serving in the church to our seminar. The security of the church should not be only left up to the few men and women that have been called to that ministry. They are not able to be everywhere all the time. The other ministries need to have some basic skills to be able to recognize/handle situations until the security persons can get there.
You can’t assume that those serving in other areas of the church or on staff are going to know how to handle a variety of situations. So, now is a great time to plan out what the rest of the year is going to look like for training. Keep in mind that none of us have “arrived” when it comes to knowing everything and you aren’t expected to know it all either. I tell people that if I ever say that “I’ve arrived” in knowing everything, there are some serious issues starting with my heart posture. So, don’t assume that you have to be the one that knows it all or has to provide the training.
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