(rerun of TAI first published on 2/3/13)
Those with the heart of protection should always be ready to state why we feel the way we feel and do the things we do. We may hope for an opportunity to make a presentation justifying the need to the executive board or the senior pastor. To be so prepared is good, but we should plan as if our only chance for that speech might happen as we get in step with the pastor in the short walk between his car and the church doors, or on an elevator between floors.
In smaller churches, an audience with the right people is easier. Even then we should be well prepared to state our passion in a crisp and effective manner.
So, following are some things I may say in such a sidewalk presentation. I encourage you to be ready with your own points.
Pastor I am happy this is my home church. As you are called to lead, I am called to serve; in protection.
Even before Joseph and Mary heeded warnings to physically protect (and even relocate) baby Jesus from harm intended by others[i], God has continually used His people to intentionally protect His people. At any one of those times (and especially with His own Son) He could have just used angels, but He typically prefers to use us as willing agents. I am honored and humbled that He has moved me to be a servant of protection for our fellowship.
It is not my desire to see our security team look like Delta Force, or our medical volunteers like surgeons. But I do hope you will allow us to continue intentionally protecting our friends and family.
There is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.[ii] Will you allow me to continue as a protector?
Think About it:
Not everyone considers security the way you do. Your pastor probably doesn’t have this website marked as a favorite, and that’s OK. We want him to present the message of your ministry in the way he is called and credentialed to.
If you already have a team, and are recognized as a viable effort, there are some who do not agree with security in church. And the day may come when those who once acknowledged the need, no longer feel that way.
Always be ready to clearly state your case.
[i] Matthew 2:14-15
[ii] 1 Peter 5:8-9