Attention: Our host church, Tehillah Church of Bakersfield, wishes to make this seminar an outreach to its community.
In light of such, this seminar is provided free of charge to all attendees. Please register below, however, so we will know how many are coming.
- Pre-registration is required
- NO CHARGE - but please register
- Attendees will be "on their own" for lunch
What to expect at this seminar
This seminar will be "hands-on," emphasizing the skills you need in order to be ready to respond to a crisis in your house of worship. Subjects include such topics as -
- Verbal De-Escalation - Learning how to calm someone by your presence and verbal skills
- Recognizing the "clues" that indicate something may be wrong or is "about to happen."
- Protecting the flock from sex crimes
- Responding to an active attack (assailant with gun, knife, etc)
- How to form a safety team at your church (who to put on the team; who NOT to put on the team)
- What does the team do on Sundays and for all other events...
- Where to station team members during church
- 10 Things Every Church Should Know
- And so much more...
We will also address the issues of sex crimes occurring on church and faith based property. We encourage all those who work with youth to attend.
THE MESSAGE ON PREVENTION OF SEX CRIMES IS RELEVANT TO ALL YOUTH WORKERS, WHETHER CHURCH-RELATED OR NOT. PLEASE WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE.
(Colonel Grossman is not a presenter at the Bakersfield Church Safety Seminar)
"...two of the world's amazing leaders in church safety ... anointed by God to prepare our churches..." (Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)
JIMMY MEEKS (left photo) is a retired police officer, having served 35 years in law-enforcement. Jimmy has also been a minister for over 44 years.
As an officer, he served as a hostage negotiator, field training officer, school resource officer, detective, supervisor, and crime prevention officer. He has accumulated dover 4500 hours of TCOLE training. He has also been a certified crime prevention specialist.
He was pastor of a church in the Ft. Worth area for over 11 years, while also serving as a police officer.
Jimmy has a B.A. in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Certificate of Ministry from Emmaus Road Ministry School.
He has conducted well over 200 church safety seminars since 2009, at which several thousand churches have attended. It has been said of his presentation, "...there has never been a stronger call to action..."
Jimmy and his wife of 40 years, Julie, were married at the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield, Texas, the sight of the June 22, 1980 massacre that killed 5 - and injured 10.
Jimmy is also the owner of Sheepdog Seminars. He is privileged to serve with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Carl Chinn.
CARL CHINN (right photo), Author and nationally recognized expert on church violence was a First Responder at the New Life Church shooting in Colorado and was a hostage and negotiator in the Focus on the Family incident.
In 1996 Carl Chinn was a responder in a standoff with an angry gunman who took hostages at the Focus on the Family ministry.
Following the attacker’s trial, Chinn began researching and writing on the subject of criminal and other incidents in North American ministries.
In 2005, he and others began to develop an intentional security program for New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He was one of the team of responders directly involved with the active shooter on 12/09/2007.
Carl has traveled around the country for the last few years assisting churches and faith-based properties in being prepared to respond to tragedies.