CorrValues gets the opportunity to talk with many churches and ministries around the country. Many of these conversations have happened because there is someone that we know that is connected to the church in some capacity and sees the gap in the safety and security of the church. When we reach out to the church leadership we have experienced the "Thank you but, we've got It." or "Once we get some things lined up we will proceed." response. Much like coming to a relationship with Christ, we don't need to come already cleaned up but to just come as we are. Someone looking at us from the outside can often see things in our lives that we don't want to see or acknowledge as an issue. A Safety and Security Assessment can easily be the first step in the right direction of getting "it". Like in our own lives, when we put self and pride aside and realize that we cannot truly do "it" without the help of those around us. Many times this response from a church will reflect a variety of reasons:
- It won't happen here or to us.
- Disruptions (protests, shootings, vandalism, medical etc) only happen to large churches.
- We have people who will step up if something happens.
- We trust God for our protection. (which is really good, but faith requires action to work)
- We don't need an assessment of what we are doing because we believe we have the answers.
These are just a few items in a list of reasons why churches don't look at or don't want to acknowledge the big picture of how an incident at their church, from minor to major, could impact them emotionally, legally, financially etc.
A church prepared and equipped has an amazing ability to minister, as called to do, to the hurting and the lost. We cannot ignore that in the current culture we need be standing on that wall as Nehemiah and his men did. Contact us at CorrValues if you are ready to move beyond the "We've Got It." to "Let's see how to do "it" better or let's see what we may be missing".