Faith Based

Fortis Group’s security and safety courses deliver faith-based knowledge and skills to help individuals and religious institutions develop and improve preparedness. Uniquely designed, our training courses offer cost-effective training and policy solutions for church organizations seeking to establish or manage its voluntary safety and security ministry. Utilizing law enforcement and security industry standards, this training is formatted for every level of ministry member. Our programs are developed by subject matter experts and delivered by instructors strong in their faith and passionate about what they teach. All programs can be modified in terms of scope, time and contents. Whether the religious institution is big or small, Fortis Group can help.

Church Security Specialist Training Program


The goal of this training is to provide individuals with the basic skills and knowledge to serve effectively as a member of their church security ministry.  Utilizing a multi-platform instructional approach, these courses include on-line independent study, class lectures, hands-on skill development, and scenario-based exercises.  All topics are delivered by instructors who are considered subject matter experts in their respective fields.  The course scheduling format is designed with the volunteer in mind by balancing time spent in cohort with home and work-life demands. 

Level 1 Certification 

This 20-hour training program delivers standardized baseline skills required for anyone serving their church organization in a safety or security capacity.  Areas of instruction include:

  • Introduction to the Security Ministry

  • Conduct and authority 

  • Threats and vulnerabilities at houses of worship

  • Observation skills and hostile surveillance awareness

  • Security and safety operations

  • Criminal law, civil law, and liability

  • Response procedures

  • Basic emergency medical care

  • Introduction to tactical casualty care

  • Active shooter awareness

Level 2 Certification

With Level 1 as a mandatory prerequisite, this 20-hour hands-on training program provides the skills necessary to mitigate hostile action and threats of violence.  Areas of instruction include:

  • Understanding force 

  • Violence awareness & mitigation

  • Subject control methods

  • Self-defense methods

  • Aerosol subject restraint

  • Preparing for mass casualties

  • Scenario-based exercises


Successful program completion requires full participation, passing all written and skill tests as well as a comprehensive course examination.

Church Security Specialist Training Course: ARMED CERTIFICATION

The goal of this course is to provide individuals with the knowledge, firearm skills, tactics, and decision making to serve effectively as an armed member of their church security team.  Course instructors are highly experienced subject matter experts in advanced firearms training methods, use-of-force, tactics and are certified law enforcement officers. This intensive 16-hour program includes an in-depth examination of deadly force issues, intensive concealed firearms drills, shooting methods, decision making, advanced tactics, and a formal qualification.  Sessions include:

  • Legal and policy considerations

  • Equipment selection 

  • Concealment issues and deployment

  • Post shooting considerations

  • Live-fire exercises

  • Tactical considerations

  • Scenario-based exercises

  • Adverse light conditions

  • Movement & team tactics

Successful program completion requires full participation, passing a comprehensive written examination, and the prescribed task-oriented firearms qualification course.

Church Security Specialist: Leadership Development Course

This 20-hour course is designed for those who hold leadership and management roles in the security ministry.  With a focus on decision making, influence, and strategic planning, this program is delivered by instructors that are pioneering leaders in the security ministry.  Sessions include delivery and discussion on the following topics:  

  • Leading in a faith-based organization

  • Security and safety issues

  • Risk management

  • Protective strategies

  • Vulnerability assessment

  • Incident command

  • Developing and managing a team

  • Policy and procedure writing and implementation

  • Public relations

  • Budgeting and resource management