Church Safety & Security Team

January 29th, 2020

Church pastors and lay leaders, do you have a volunteer safety and security team in your congregation? If you don’t, you need to think seriously about getting a team set up. While it might seem daunting to think about asking for volunteers with specialized experience and skills to fit the needs of your church, here are 4 easy steps you can take to get a safety and security team up and running.


  1. Identify people in your congregation that would be a good fit for the team. Think through characteristics that would make people a good fit for this organization, such as a good people-person, mental and emotional stability, observant, and good judgment. You may have people in your congregation who were or are in law enforcement. It’s also important to determine if the volunteers whom you are considering have any background with firearms and already hold any firearm certifications. Finally, it’s important to get EMTs, nurses, and doctors involved in the safety and security team for overall protection.

  2. Ask those people you’ve identified as potential volunteers to consider participating. Make sure you describe what you have in mind for the safety and security team. Also, it’s important to tell the prospective volunteer that a criminal background check will be required to officially join the church’s safety and security team.

  3. Make sure all of your volunteers receive appropriate training and orientation. This is where Shooter’s Depot comes in! We can help with individual and group training for this volunteer team. We provide training through a wide range of firearms classes and a place to train. We can also help provide security training that doesn’t involve firearms, what is most commonly thought of as self-defense maneuvers. 

  4. Deploy and manage the team! Once your volunteer team has been selected and trained, it’s time for them to get started. Make sure to check in with the safety and security team at regular intervals to make sure that all is going smoothly. It’s also important to have team leaders so that there is a “chain of command” inside the team. Establish a serving schedule so that volunteers have time where they are not serving on the safety and security team, this will keep all team members fresh and ready to serve.


If a safety and security team something that you would like to implement at your church, the team at Shooter’s Depot is happy to help. Give us a call at (706) 406-0300. 


Did you know that Shooters Depot is under new ownership? Starting this summer, Jeff Knittel is the new owner of Shooters Depot, that Chattanooga/North Georgia area’s premier shooting supply store and indoor range.

In recognition of his ownership, Jeff wanted to tell you a little bit about himself:

Hi, I’m Jeff Knittel. I have been involved in the shooting sports since I was 15 years old and received my first shotgun. I have been shooting ever since and loving every minute of it. I have been involved in shooting everything from handguns to shotguns up to the AR15 platform. I have been in sales and the trucking industry over the past 30 – 40 years and finally decided that it was time to get back to something that I am passionate about. That brought me back to Chattanooga and Shooters Depot. We have a very experienced team here and look forward to assisting people in buying their first gun or their 200th gun. We also match up the shooter to the area of training that they request.

Our goal here at Shooters Depot is for the customer to have a comfortable experience while they are shopping with us. We want their shooting experience to be a good one so they will want to come back. Shooters that are comfortable with their firearm are better and safer shooters. I hope to see you in Shooters Depot soon!

We invite you to join the Shooter’s Depot community by stopping by our store at 5443 Battlefield Pkwy, Ringgold, GA, which is conveniently located only 5 minutes from the I-24/I-75 split!

Please come see us during our store hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.