Two Ways to Complete the Training

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Online  Events

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Self Paced

Students may train using any combination of these training methods. Each share the same Training Modules. A team member receives certification after completing all Training Modules and passing the Online Certification Test through a Student Account.

Online Training Events

Sheepdog Church Security founder Kris Moloney trains with you and others during live weekly events via Zoom Meeting. Together we watch training videos and discuss implementation for your church. Each webinar covers a different church security topic. All of our Training Modules are covered four times a year. (See Schedule Below) *Students receive invitations for 270 days from time of registration.
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Key Benefit

Train alongside other Church Guardians from all over the country. Simply, join using your Zoom link.   

How It Works... 
  • Enroll in this program
  • We send you an Invitation via email
  • Complete All the Training Modules
  • Pass the Online Certification Test
  • Order Certification Card

Important Note
The Schedule (right) reflects the Four Quarters for the 2023 year. You will receive invites from the time you register until 270 days have passed.  

Schedule 2023

3 PM Central Time Zone

  • Jan 29 | Mar 26 | Sep 10 | Nov 12
    Safety Team Fundamentals
  • Feb 5 | Apr 2 | Sep 17 | Nov 19 
    Active Shooter
  • Feb 12 | Apr 16 | Sep 24 | Dec 3
    Deescalating Disruptive Persons
  • Feb 19 | Apr 23 | Oct 1 | Dec 10
    Protecting Children from Abuse
  • Feb 26 | Apr 30 | Oct 8 | Dec 17
    Basic Use of Force Laws
  • Mar 5 | May 7 | Oct 15 | Jan 7
    Arson and Fire Safety
  • Mar 12 | May 21 | Oct 22 | Jan 14
    Storms and Disasters
  • Mar 19 | Jun 4 | Nov 5 | Jan 21
    Mass Trauma Emergencies
ALSO INCLUDES

Self-Paced Training

Students have access to our entire library of streaming instructional videos. Whether you need to make up a missed Online Training Event or you prefer to train on your Own Time and Computer, you can watch the same videos that we use for the Online Training Events. *This is also where you will take the Online Certification Test.
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Key Benefit

Scheduling conflicts are inevitable and streaming videos are the solution! Access to our video library allows you to train on your own. 

How It Works...
  • Register for this program
  • Set up your Student Account
  • Complete all training courses
  • Pass the Online Certification Test
  • Order certification card

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A Solid and Complete Foundation of Training

Our certification training focuses on Routine Safety/Security Operations and Emergency Situations in Houses of Worship. All our courses are scale-able and based on the best practices for church safety and security. They were developed by painstakingly researching nationally recognized publications and by close collaboration with subject matter experts in Church Security, Crime Prevention, Personal Protection, Emergency Medical Response, Fire Safety, and a number of other fields of study and expertise.

  • Security Team Fundamentals
    Intro to safety and security as they relate to Houses of Worship.
    Covers: Ministry Basics | Patrolling | Emergency Response | Radio Procedures | Reporting

  • Active Shooter Response
    Develop strategies to mitigate violent intruder attacks.
    Covers: Why Churches Need to Prepare | Civilian Response Plan | Engagement Procedures

  • Deescalating Disruptive Persons
    Verbal persuasion techniques to reduce violence and control situations.
    Covers: Engaging the Subject | Maintaining Control | Issuing Commands

  • Protecting Children from Abuse
    Best methods for preventing and responding to child abuse.
    Covers: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse | Child Protection Policies | Reporting Abuse

  • Use of Force Laws
    Training on the legal limitations and implications of using force.
    Covers: Citizen’s Arrest | Understanding Use of Force | Unarmed Control Techniques

  • Arson and Fire Safety
    How to save lives and church property from a fire.
    Covers: Preventing Arson | Fire Science | Response Plans | Safety Inspections | Fire Drills

  • Storms and Disasters
    Protecting people and property against dangerous weather.
    Covers: Identifying Risks | Safety Inspections | Disaster Drills | Safety Plans

  • Mass Trauma Emergency (NEW)
    Saving Lives during a Mass Trauma Event.
    Covers: Mass Trauma Events | The 3 B's of Care | High Threat Situations | Care and Aftermath

Here is what the Experts Say...

Reviews from Law Enforcement and Other Security Professionals

5 star rating

*Gave me some additional items to employ.

Michael Root

This was a good review and allowed me some additional items that I could employ with my teams. Having been in law enforcement for many years and church secur...

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This was a good review and allowed me some additional items that I could employ with my teams. Having been in law enforcement for many years and church security as a director for many years, this program would be recommended to someone that is new and wants a good understanding of what can be expected.

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*Thank you.

Thomas Craighton

Very good. I work in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. This is a great introduction to Church Safety and Security issues.

Very good. I work in Homeland Security/Emergency Management. This is a great introduction to Church Safety and Security issues.

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*Active Shooter Response

MICHAEL FANUCCHI

This is an excellent course. There are many more aspects to dealing with an active shooter than I anticipated. The course also goes into detail on how to p...

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This is an excellent course. There are many more aspects to dealing with an active shooter than I anticipated. The course also goes into detail on how to provide safety to members of the congregation as well as how to protect our elderly and handicapped individuals in an emergency. I will more than likely review this course multiple times and take notes. There is also valuable information on how to better secure our church from dangerous threats.

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*Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Cary "Travis" Martin

Although I have worked in armed security before for beachfront businesses, the Sheepdog Church Security course has brought to my attention some situations an...

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Although I have worked in armed security before for beachfront businesses, the Sheepdog Church Security course has brought to my attention some situations and procedures needed to cover church security that may not be on private properties and businesses. I took a lot of notes.

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5 star rating

*Really well done ... will save a life...

Rick Marsh

Well done, and very through ... Can and will save your life of those of others. He pulls no punches and that is the way it should be. I have had other trai...

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Well done, and very through ... Can and will save your life of those of others. He pulls no punches and that is the way it should be. I have had other training and this is very very good ... and at a great price (buy the bundle ... you will need it) Coming from a Security group in a major city for 25 years.. This is good stuff!

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*Security Team Fundamentals

Shawn Olguin

I have been in law enforcement and security for 22 years and felt the information covered in this course was very beneficial. Looking forward to taking more ...

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I have been in law enforcement and security for 22 years and felt the information covered in this course was very beneficial. Looking forward to taking more courses.

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5 star rating

*Good material, nice to have it church specific

Philip Peters

I am looking at taking your entire course having been a part of my church's team for a while now. When I went through my state's private security training m...

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I am looking at taking your entire course having been a part of my church's team for a while now. When I went through my state's private security training much of that course material was, understandably, non-church security specific. Decided to take this course as a trial run before purchasing the rest of the course and I am thankful I did. Having course material that is presented from a church's need is quite helpful. Well done.

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*Outstanding

Ronald Miller

Best presentation on De-escalation I have seen and I have seen a number! Concise, well scripted and focused.

Best presentation on De-escalation I have seen and I have seen a number! Concise, well scripted and focused.

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*The Importance of Proper Recognition and Reporting

Jerry Wolfe

As a retired LE, I am glad to see a training module that hits the most important topics in recognizing and dealing with child abuse. These topics, when follo...

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As a retired LE, I am glad to see a training module that hits the most important topics in recognizing and dealing with child abuse. These topics, when followed, will create an atmosphere of safety for our youth. I totally agree that we will likely feel some resistance and even push back in regard to implementing several of the procedures. Be persistent and apply steady, loving pressure in implementing these procedures and let law enforcement do it's job at the appropriate time.

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*Good Touch of the Basics

Jerry Wolfe

As a retired law enforcement officer, I believe this is a very good compilation of safety/security basics to prepare the committed person for further detaile...

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As a retired law enforcement officer, I believe this is a very good compilation of safety/security basics to prepare the committed person for further detailed instruction!

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*Safety Member Academy

Rich Girardin

This resource is excellent. I am just getting started with my Safety Team journey. These resources are helping me to get up to speed. I would love to use th...

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This resource is excellent. I am just getting started with my Safety Team journey. These resources are helping me to get up to speed. I would love to use this with my whole team. There is valuable information in this package. I like the way it is laid out and I like the way the tests are done. The ability to retake the test really helped me to lock in the information. I also like the ability to print out the forms. I can't wait to take more courses.

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*Great course

Dealmer Coleman

I've been in church security and public safety for several years. This course opened my eyes to things I never thought of. Thank you.

I've been in church security and public safety for several years. This course opened my eyes to things I never thought of. Thank you.

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Additional Benefits...



Office Hours

  • Open Discussion with Instructor

    Gain new insights through the exchange of information about challenges, experiences, and shared goals with other church safety and security practitioners.


  • Bi-Monthly Zoom Meetings

    Two Thursdays every month active students and alumni are invited to participate in an open discussion with Kris Moloney. This is a less formal online gathering to talk about our training materials and other safety ministry challenges.


  • *Important Note*

    Invitations for the Thursday Office Hours will be sent one week prior and will be held at 10 AM Central Time Zone. Other times are available by appointment!

Alumni Association

  • Connect with Colleagues

    Graduates of the Safety Member Certification can join the Alumni Association which is designed to connect safety and security practitioners from the same Region.


  • Working Together

    These connections are a great resource when dealing with region specific opportunities and challenges, like planning seminars and coordinating training events or dealing with local requirements and restrictions.


  • *Important Note*

    Students may choose to join the association upon verified certification and remain part of the association with current certification. Alumni are also allowed to participate in the Office Hours meetings.

Additional Bonuses and Resources

Want more help? We include these bonuses.

  • One-on-One Consultation

    A personal strategy session by phone or Zoom with the founder of Sheepdog Church Security. Have an open discussion about your Safety Ministry. Ask questions. Plan possible solutions.

  • Church Security eBook

    An electronic copy of the book Defending the Flock. A security team guide for church safety directors.

  • Cheat Sheets and More

    This package contains draft policies, DIY Assessment, Training Records, Kids First Lesson Plans, Reports and Forms. If it helped other churches, it ended up here to make your life a little easier.

We're so sure you’ll be happy with your purchase that we offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee”. If for any reason you wish to opt out, we will promptly issue a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Tap each question to learn more about our individual certification program.

  • Feel Free to Call 612-470-7364 with your Questions...

    Please call Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm Central Time. 612-470-7364 (Seriously, if you have a question, Call Kris.) Leave a Voice Mail, if Kris doesn't answer.

  • What does certification with Sheepdog Church Security Academy mean?

    It proves students have been trained in a number of safety and security topics as they relate to houses of worship and the student demonstrated understanding of the material through testing. Certification with Sheepdog Church Security is a company level certification and it does not grant any authority or privileges not recognized by law.

  • What topics are covered in the certification course?

    The topics covered in our online events and streaming videos include:

    Security Team Fundamentals
    Intro to safety and security as they relate to Houses of Worship.
    Covers: Ministry Basics | Patrolling | Emergency Response | Radio Procedures | Reporting

    Active Shooter Response
    Develop strategies to mitigate violent intruder attacks.
    Covers: Why Churches Need to Prepare | Civilian Response Plan | Engagement Procedures

    Deescalating Disruptive Persons
    Verbal persuasion techniques to reduce violence and control situations.
    Covers: Engaging the Subject | Maintaining Control | Issuing Commands

    Protecting Children from Abuse
    Best methods for preventing and responding to child abuse.
    Covers: Signs and Symptoms of Abuse | Child Protection Policies | Reporting Abuse

    Use of Force Laws
    Training on the legal limitations and implications of using force.
    Covers: Citizen’s Arrest | Understanding Use of Force | Unarmed Control Techniques

    Arson and Fire Safety
    How to save lives and church property from a fire.
    Covers: Preventing Arson | Fire Science | Response Plans | Safety Inspections | Fire Drills

    Storms and Disasters
    Protecting people and property against dangerous weather.
    Covers: Identifying Risks | Safety Inspections | Disaster Drills | Safety Plans

    Mass Trauma Emergency (NEW)
    Saving Lives during a Mass Trauma Event.
    Covers: Mass Trauma Events | The 3 B's of Care | High Threat Situations | Care and Aftermath

  • How many hours of training is the certification course?

    Total training time to complete all of the modules is between 12 and 16 hours.

  • How long does it take to complete each of the individual modules?

    Plan for each module to take about two (2) hours.

  • What is your Return Policy?

    We offer a “30-Day Money-Back Guarantee.” If for any reason you wish to discontinue using our materials, we will promptly issue a refund.

IMPORTANT NOTE: These courses are licensed for one (1) person and cannot be shown or shared with others. Certification with Sheepdog Church Security does not grant any authority or privileges not recognized by law. Sheepdog Church Security disclaims liability for any personal injury, property or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from the acts or omissions of any person who has completed our training.

Contact Sheepdog Church Security with any questions at kris@sheepdogchurchsecurity.net