The decision to introduce an armed Church Protection Team into your congregation is not a decision that can be made on a whim or cavalierly. But, the consequences of not having a well-trained threat mitigation force in the service of your congregation are truly Life and Death, if the need should ever arise. There will be no do overs to that event!
Most state’s required Concealed Carry Permit courses are very basic and do not properly prepare would be Security Ministry Members to appropriately and safely engage an Active Shooter in a crowded church. The truth is that personal defense training and shooting standards are insufficient for actual personal defense. Only with advanced training, will Security Ministry & Church Protection Team Members learn how to best respond and neutralize the Active Shooter(s) at distance.
Dauntless Tactical Training, Inc™ offers some of the most advanced tactical firearms training to ordinary civilians in Memphis and the MidSouth, and we are committed to providing your Church Protection and Security Ministries with the most comprehensive training available. In addition to our Dynamic Protector™ and Tier-1 Citizen™ courses, we also offer custom Active Threat Mitigation™ training solutions, including on-site evaluations, advanced Tier-1 Special Forces/SWAT level firearms training, active shooter response training, shooting skills refreshers, and shooting recertifications, along with a Tier-1 Civilian Active Threat Mitigation™ Certificate. Our leveled approach will allow you to tailor your threat mitigation training to meet both your budget and security needs.
WHY MUST WE ARM OURSELVES TO SAVE LIVES IN CHURCH?
Because not every soul that sits in the pew has been, or is, saved, or has come to the worship center to be saved. Therefore, we must preserve the lives that are yet seeking, and stop the acts of those who have come as wolves to devour the flock.
Your church MUST have a plan for stopping the mass killer and active shooter who decides to attack your campus. And, Your church's leadership must have the mindset to make that happen. Start with our "Guide to Mass-Casualty Attack Prevention & Active Threat Mitigation"
Protecting your church is much more than just having a visible security guard in the parking lot, or having a few trusted church members with concealed carry permits sitting in the pews, or even having an organized ministry of a few brothers and sisters sitting at the edge of the front row guarding the pulpit and pastor. You need people who have a Watchman's Spirit.
A congregation of worshipers in a church deserve to have a SECOND LEVEL of EXTREMELY WELL-TRAINED NON-TRADITIONAL THREAT MITIGATORS strategically placed within the sanctuary, lobbies, parking lots, and other key areas of observation, gathering, and concern, as a back-up to the visible security ministry. And these people must have a Sheepdog's Protective Mindset.
When it comes to preparing your church’s “Security” ministry to stop the Active Lethal Threat that is threatening lives RIGHT NOW,
WE FOCUS ON ONE THING:
"Teaching Your Sheepdogs, Your Threat Mitigators, How to Reliably and Safely Make the Cross-Sanctuary Shot™ with Both the Pistol & the Carbine While Under Acute Stress."
Recruiting from your various church ministries, we are Laser Focused on helping you to develop, train, and equip your Church with a covert, discrete, and dauntless Active Threat Mitigation Team that is skilled enough to IMMEDIATELY Respond to the lethal threat actor with a Lethal Response that is Precise, and equal to, or greater than, the tactical response that a police department or SWAT team would deliver when they finally arrive on scene 4-12 minutes after a 9-1-1 call has gone out, and after all the carnage has already been inflicted. We Call this team the 5-S or the 7-S.
A Mass Shooter Event DEMANDS that a church ENSURE that it can actually provide IMMEDIATE PROTECTION to its worshipers and visitors, specifically, FORCIBLE THREAT MITIGATION against the lethal threat actor who is dedicated to killing as many people as possible, without regards to their own life.
What sets our training apart? WE HAVE A STANDARD OF BOTH RIGOROUS INSTRUCTION & OBJECTIVE EVALUATION.
Effective Threat Mitigation™ is a different skillset than executive or dignitary protection, as the purpose of Threat Mitigation is to protect the SPACE AND the MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE WITHIN IT, not just one or two Priniciple/High Value assets. It requires that the threat mitigator be able to DOMINATE the accosted space, and take it back, if need be. This mission imperative requires a very specific set of high level firearms, tactical, and combat related skills.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, YOU ASK? In dignitary protection, you MOVE, or fight to move, the target or protected asset, i.e. the Primary, to safety. In a church, that would be the role of the Armour Bearers. Their attention is always on the whereabouts and security of the "Primary," i.e. the Pastor.
But, in threat mitigation, you intensively AGGRESS the threat actor, i.e. the attacker, violently to CREATE SAFETY, because EVERYONE is the potential target. There is NO OTHER FOCUS than that, except that this task must be carried out while also ensuring the safety of everyone else in the threat environment. You must neutralize or kill the attacker(s) without harming anyone else. That IS THE STANDARD. We call that, the ability to make The Cross-Sanctuary Shot,™ and The Cross-Campus Shot.™
Due to the serious and dynamic nature of protecting innocent lives in crowded spaces, long halls, or expansive sanctuaries, we can take no chances on issuing a Tier-1 Civilian Threat Mitigator™ Certification to anyone who hasn't completed the entire course of training that we provide Non-Traditional Threat Mitigators like church ushers, musicians, elders, media teams, greeters, and other ministry volunteers, etc.
THEREFORE, WE CAN TAKE NO PRIOR SKILLS OR TRAINING FOR GRANTED, NOT EVEN MILITARY, POLICE OR LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE OR TRAINING, UNLESS WE CAN CLASSIFY IT AS HAVING BEEN AT THE TIER ONE LEVEL. Even then, the student must be evaluated, and drilled with rigor.
We WILL build every church or school threat mitigator from the ground up. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Why such a rigorous and hard-nosed stance? Because the stakes are too high, and the crowd density potentially too great to presume proficiency.
WE ARE GOING TO BUILD PROFICIENCY, MEASURE IT, EXPAND IT, ENHANCE IT, STRETCH IT, TEST IT, and PERFECT IT. Only then will we CERTIFY someone as a Certified Tier-1 Civilian Threat Mitigator.™
*Defending worshipers and guests in churches requires the HIGHEST STANDARD OF CARE. Thus, we have developed this extremely rigorous and comprehensive core training module for church protection teams to undergo. Though we offer some less rigorous training choices, we strongly advise church leadership that only trainees who successfully complete and perform to our Tier-1 SF Tactical Firearms Training Standard will receive the Certified Church Threat Mitigator/Active Threat Mitigation Certificate as defenders of congregants, church sanctuaries, and church campuses. We will certify nothing less that the comprehensive.
The Non-Traditional Threat Mitigator will learn and develop Brilliant marksmanship skills, such as to be able to make precision shots with the semi-automatic pistol/handgun from great distances, and under acute stress. This training shall be the basis of perfomering the Cross-Sanctuary Shot™ on demand, with either hand and under difficult circumstances. It will help establish the mitigator as the owner of the sanctuary and the aisles.
A Threat Mitigator must be able to make the Cross-Sanctuary Shot™ while he/she is on the move and simultaneously engaging a moving active shooter through a crowd of innocent potential victims, without harming any of the people between the mitigator and the threat actor, or anyone behind the attacker. Instruction within these modules will ensure the conveyance, transference and assimilation of these and other tactical skills.
The threat Mitigator will continue to learn and establish Brilliant skills with the handgun, as well as gain Tier-1 weapons manilpulation skills with the handgun, along with marksmanship, manipulation, and movement skills with both the handgun and with the tactical defensive pistol or rifle caliber carbine. Mitigators will learn to aggressively engage attackers from elevation, dynamic shooting positions, and from behind barriers and positions of cover.
The Threat Mitigator will develop weapons retention skills, disarmament skills, and acquire the ability to turn an attacker's weapon back against himself, as well as learn to pick up an attacker's weapon, problem solve it, and potentially use it to engage other potential attackers with equal or greater firepower that they have brought to bear in the initial attack
The Threat Mitigator will learn techniques that will empower him/her to safely move against and through the crowd in a stampeding environment in order to engage a threat actor with lethal force, without losing his/her firearm, flagging or muzzling fleeing innocents, or having a negligent discharge of their weapon in the process. Detailed instruction on practically prepping the congregation for a Active Shooter Event will also be conveyed.
Given the perishable nature of unused shooting and marksmanship skills over time, Threat Mitigators will be required to maintain certification and demonstrate retention of dynamic shooting capabilities to the Tier-1 Standard.
This customizable 3 Day Training Camps serves as both a shooting & tactical skills builder for the individual, but also gives the entire team the opportunity to train at mitigating, moving, & communicating as a unit under close observation & correction. The church's protection/security ministry will enjoy a time of bonding as a brotherhood & sisterhood in Christ, as the shepherd's Sheepdogs & protectors of the flock. This is also an opportunity to evaluate prospective additions to the protection ministry, and/or for introductory or foundational firearms and marksmanship skills building.
3- Day Camp: Contact Us for Pricing & Scheduling Information
The 5-Day Training Camp is a customizable instructional and drilling intensive that expands the training and team building of the 3-Day training camp, and gives more time for intensive back-to-back days of skills reinforcement under expert observation.
The 5-day also allows for focus on alternative tactical weaponry and other mitigation skill sets, including weapons retention, disarmament, alternative shooting positions, etc.
5- Day Camp: Contact Us for Pricing & Scheduling Information
This train the trainer class is designed to develop Active Threat Mitigators who can return to their churches as true subject matter experts, & teach others to make the Cross-Sanctuary Shot.™ Students will increase their effectiveness with the pistol & their ability to instruct others in its safe & proper use, & will also conduct “Teach Backs” of learned material to Dauntless instructors & fellow students. The Passage of practical & written exams is required to receive an Instructor Certificate.
As a Threat Mitigator in densely populated environments like schools & churches, shooting proficiency MUST BE UNQUESTIONED.
Marksmanship skills are perishable over time, if not practiced routinely. As such, with an emphasis of accuracy, speed, manipulation, & movement, DRILLS Refreshers will sharpen your shooting performance while under the stress associated with tactical movement, uncomfortable positions, & time, through the corrected execution of drills and skills of increasing difficulty.
The annual Re-certification consists of a Half day of Safety, Marksmanship Fundamentals, Weapons Manipulations, and Malfunctions Skills Refreshers, and 8 hours of tactical, moving and reflexive fire drills, followed by 4 hours of evaluation and re-certification of drills- and scenario-based shooting exercises involving Mitigator movement, moving targets, & shoot-no-shoot tests in a threat space filled with innocent no-shoot targets in the the foreground and background of the threat environment.
This 160 hr/20-day course is a MODULAR COMPREHENSIVE, and is for the clandestine NON-Traditional church "Threat Mitigator:" Greeters, Ushers; Musicians; Elders; Staff; A/V teams, Camera Operators; etc.
The Six Session 3 & 2-day training modules will provide students with Tier-1-Level Tactical Training in firearms deployment within a densely populated space such as a large church sanctuary. Mitigators will learn to shoot precisely using tactical movement & communication to neutralize the well-armed active shooter, using a variety of firearms platforms.
$X,xxx: 1st Individual trainee;
$X,xxx: 2-4 trainees;
$X,xx:x 5-8 trainees
My loyalty to the Kingdom of Christ and the sheep in our flock is beyond reproach. I will not tempt the Lord my God with their security; neither will I put Him to the test for their protection. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Worshipers, always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves.
I do not advertise the nature of my readiness, nor seek recognition for my service. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my service, placing the welfare and security of others before my own. I serve with honor and humility in and out of the sanctuary. The ability to think clearly, control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men and women. Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and faith are steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of direction I will take charge, lead my teammates and protect our church. I lead by example in all situations. I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on faith, AND the works of my training.
My Church expects me to be spiritually fit, and mentally stronger and tactically better than our adversaries. If I get knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my flock and to mitigate all threats. I am never out of the fight.
Our Pastor & Elders demand discipline and require a spirit of discernment. Our flock expects innovation and commitment. Of ourselves, we expect dauntlessness.
The lives of our flock and the proclamation of the gospel depend on me – my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and acute situational awareness. My training is never complete. We train to resist those acting under the power of the devil and fight to win. In faith that God is my strength and shield, I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of mitigation power to bear in order to neutralize every threat actor and to stop all death and carnage that they might aim to inflict. In reaction to deadly violence, the execution of my duties will be swift and precise, and violent and lethal when required, yet guided by the Christian principles that I live out as my daily worship.
Brave men have fought and died developing the brilliant skills, tactics, and mindset that I have been taught, and that I may be bound to unleash in the midst of the congregation. In the worst of conditions, the attainment of eternal salvation by every soul and life under my care, both lost and saved, steadies my resolve, and silently guides my every deed.
I will not fail.
~ Jonathan W. Cross, II, President, Effective Church Protection, Inc.
Tier-1 Certified Tactical Instructor
Inspired by the Ethos of the US Navy Seal
Memphis, Tennessee, United States