GateKeepers Security Ministry
The Gate Church believes that we are biblically, ethically, and legally obligated to provide a safe and secure environment for our members and visitors who enter our church walls and/or attend church events. As a matter of fulfilling this mission, we believe in doing so we must not compromise the core mission of The Gate: to provide an atmosphere of comfort, worship, and refuge so people are able to seek the Lord, serve Him and each other, and send disciples out into the world.
Goals & Objectives
The Gate Church will identify, select, and train members of the church to serve on the security team.
The Gate Church will have a combination of armed and unarmed security ministry personnel based on each individual’s qualifications and training.
“Like a muddied spring or a polluted well are the righteous who give way to the wicked.” -Proverbs 25:26 NIV
“And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.’” -Nehemiah 4:14 ESV
“He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” -Luke 22:36 NIV
“‘When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe.” -Luke 11:21 NIV
The Gate Church will maintain a non-uniformed, plain-clothes security presence.
The Gate Church will identify spiritually- and technically-qualified members of our organization to be trained and to serve on the security team. These persons will be identified as those with “a servant’s heart and a warrior’s mindset.”
The Gate Church will develop, train, and maintain an effective security presence for all services and for special events where a large number of people are expected to be in attendance.
The Gate Church security team will not be responsible for medical emergencies at this time.
The Gate Church will train ushers, greeters, parking personnel, and elders on the topics of “Intruder Awareness/Response for Church Personnel” and “Compliance and Control for Church Personnel.”
The Gate Church will equip security personnel with pepper spray and train them in its proper use.