Helping Our Churches to be Safer Places

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Every Alabama Baptist church is autonomous and each decides for itself how to conduct business. However, some customs and practices do prevail. These are possibilities for your consideration. These ideas reflect Alabama law. You should contact your legal counsel when creating policies.

SBOM Resources to Protect Your Church and Your Children:

Resources to help create your church protection policies

Report abuse to DHR (How and where)

Department of Justice database for child sex abuse prevention

The database is called the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender database. It is available at www.nsopr.gov, and includes a list of convicted sex offenders nationwide.

Background Checks:

Other valuable links:

Christianity Today Executive Reports

Every Alabama Baptist church is autonomous and each decides for itself how to conduct business. However, some customs and practices do prevail. These are possibilities for your consideration. These ideas reflect Alabama law. You should contact your legal counsel when creating policies.

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Biblical Marriage Policies

Legal opinions differ as to the necessity of a church policy for the utilization of facilities. However, a proactive way to protect your church against future changes in the law is to adopt a facilities usage policy. If one is to be adopted, the following statement could be considered:

“The use of church facilities shall be limited to individuals or groups who are compatible with the mission and purpose of ________________________ Baptist Church.”

Another proactive step is for the church to adopt a wedding policy which affirms biblical marriage as between one man and one woman. The following statements could be adopted:

Due to our belief in the biblical teachings about marriage, same sex couples will not be married in any facilities or on any properties owned by the church.

Ministers of ________________________ Baptist Church will not perform any same sex marriages or civil unions whether on or off church owned properties. Doing so would be grounds for termination. This information is designed to help autonomous Baptist churches think through vital issues and formulate their own internal policies.

“A Potential Marriage Statement For Churches,” which includes wording for a possible amendment to your local church’s bylaws, may be found below:

A Potential Marriage Statement for Churches (.pdf)

This resource, like virtually all past and present resources from the State Board of Missions, is not binding on local congregations, which are entirely self-governing. Permission to use this is not required.

Every Alabama Baptist church is autonomous and each decides for itself how to conduct business. However, some customs and practices do prevail. These are possibilities for your consideration. These ideas reflect Alabama law. You should contact your legal counsel when creating policies.
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Resources:

Basics of Church Security for Small Congregations

Run – Hide – Fight (video)

Emergeny plan from FEMA

Generic Security Manual – Whitesburg

Small Church Policy

Active Shooter Checklist – Churches

 
Church Security Conference Notes 2/15/2018

 

Security

 

In the wake of the November 5, 2017, shooting at First Baptist Church, Sutherland Springs, Texas, the myth that “something like this could never happen here” has been dispelled. Churches should give serious thought to planning their response to any type of emergency.

The resources on this page are provided by the State Board of Missions and the Department of Homeland Security to help churches be prepared for an active shooter incident. Periodically, the State Board of Missions provides workshops on the topic, which will be posted on this page. Also, a state missionary is available to come to your church or association to provide assistance as requested.

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Every Alabama Baptist church is autonomous and each decides for itself how to conduct business. However, some customs and practices do prevail. These are possibilities for your consideration. These ideas reflect Alabama law. You should contact your legal counsel when creating policies.

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