PERSONAL SECURITY COURSES
TRAVELING SAINT (Level A)
This course provides instruction on multiple safety and security challenges, as well as foundational practices for faith-based travelers going abroad to lower-risk areas.
This basic course is specifically focused on helping volunteers maintain the safety of their own group, while protecting the security of those they are helping.
Available online (2Hours) or live (4Hours)
*Level A courses do not utilize role-play instruction.
~ Private information in an exploitative environment
~ Basic border crossing and security checkpoints
~ In-transit preparations and safety procedures
~ Lodging and vehicle security
~ Basic guidance for detentions, arrests, and captures
~ And more
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CAPTIVE SAINT - ADVANCED (Level B+)
This two or three-day course involves a comprehensive evaluation of advanced personal protection and captivity survival. It provides pertinent information and provocative interaction for individuals who travel regularly or to increased risk locations.
This advanced course is specifically focused on adults traveling or working in environments that are at-risk for criminal hostage-taking and illegal government detention. It will also provide skill building for those whose responsibilities include leading teams or responding to teams in crisis situations.
*Level B+ courses include scenario-based role-play interactions.
Subjects include expanded versions of level A courses plus:
~ Contingency Codes of conduct
~ Minimizing exploitation
~ Countering surveillance
~ Principles of security and social media
~ Criminal and government interviews and interrogations
~ Captivity survival
~ Living out your personal testimony in contingency situations ~ And more
CAPTIVE SAINT - HIGH RISK (Level C+)
This ten-day course provides instruction on high-risk personal protection and captivity survival, as well as advanced safety and security practices for faith-based travelers going to elevated or high-risk areas.
The URBAN focused version simulates situations and challenges found within higher populations of cities and is mostly indoors.
The RURAL focused version simulates situations and challenges found within primitive environments and is more outdoors.
*Level C+ courses utilize extensive, scenario-based, role-play instruction. Students are guided on acclimatizing to the stressors of captivity and detention; preparing students to perform life-saving skills in a real crisis.
Subjects include expanded versions of level B+ courses plus:
~ Live-fire rescue simulations
~ Land navigation
~ Escape and Evasion techniques
~ Resolution and repatriation options
~ Survival techniques for home invasion, rescue, carjacking, ambush, robbery
~ Unfriendly government interrogation, hostage detention
~ And more
RISK MANAGEMENT COURSES
CHURCH SAFETY SEMINAR
This one-day seminar provides instruction and functional approaches to protecting our churches in a world where church-involved incidents of abuse, theft, and violence continue to spread and increase in occurrence. Through a biblical view of security management, you will learn how to identify common legal and civil risk exposures, strategies to assess and mitigate soft target areas in your church facility, and the biblical models and authorities for being prudent and setting a guard. We will also examine and discuss critical areas in developing and training a safety team like: key techniques in verbal de-escalation, best practices in active shooter incidents, and crucial steps in traumatic first aid.
This half-day seminar describes the moving parts of a faith-based security program designed for today’s world setting. It includes an overview on topics such as risk assessment, contingency management, and first response to crisis calls. The frameworks of a working policy and procedure manual will also be developed. This course is designed for individuals and groups who will be part of implementing a security program at the leadership level.
READY MOUNTAIN (Risk Management Workshop)
This three-day course provides a summary of our three distinct risk management courses: RECKONING ANGEL, COOL MOUNTAIN, and FIRM RUDDER. While abbreviated, it ties all topics together to give an organization the basic skills in creating and maintaining an appropriate risk management program. Through guided instruction, students will engage in the fundamentals of managing an ongoing crisis in a biblical, logical manner that protects you and your travelers.
RECKONING ANGEL (Risk Assessment Workshop)
This two-day course provides instruction for contingency personnel on methods of observing, evaluating, and assessing risk, as well as measuring change for ongoing field conditions. This course is designed for faith-based contingency managers and crisis team members.
FIRM RUDDER (First Responder Workshop)
This two-day course provides guided instruction on how church or mission contingency personnel should handle initial crisis calls. Participants learn how to deal with personnel, media, governments, and criminals in the early stages of an emergency situation.
Lecture, discussion, and live exercises will be utilized to assist personnel in dealing with the emotions and strategies required for staffing the emergency contact phone.
COOL MOUNTAIN (Contingency Management Workshop)
This two-day course provides instruction on how church or mission contingency personnel should manage an ongoing contingency. Participants will exercise collaborative management of an ongoing contingency situation using policies and procedures for: media contacts, crisis team activation, mission policy, and family/member care.
Lecture, discussion, and tabletop exercises will be utilized to assist personnel in making management decisions in the field during a contingency.
We recognize our obligation to protect, our desire to care, and our calling to be faithful witnesses SO –
“What is a reasonable standard of security for a faith-based organization, operating on charitable support in this world?”
“How do we balance our safety with a biblical call for self-sacrifice and reasonable risk exposure in the name of ministry?”
A logical approach is to respond in a way similar to how corporate and government organizations have, and then voluntarily hold ourselves to a rational, consistent code – a faith-based “industry standard for security care”.
Protecting personnel on mission, as well as our ability to continue in future ministry opportunities is good stewardship.
History, experience and security science all demonstrate that a holistic security program is usually comprised of five inter-reliant elements in order to credibly improve safety and protect ministry opportunities. Organizations who voluntarily abide by the Nehemiah Duty of Care Security Stewardship standards are practicing good security stewardship by operating with all five of these purposeful elements in place.