GATEKEEPERS PROGRAM A NO-GO FOR VIRGINIA....After almost a year of working through the Virginia state laws and security licensing we have come to the conclusion that armed church security teams do not need to be licensed as armed guards in Virginia.


There were lots of viewpoints considered but in the end we can't see a mandate for the security licensing part of the program in Virginia.


There is some debate as to whether the armed individuals need the state security training or really any training at all.


But wait, that's not the end of the story.


We realize that while security licensing may not be mandated in Virginia there is still a great need for security team training that would prepare them with the skills needed to thwart a violent attack or deal with disturbances.


Our training entity "Christian Security Institute" is currently developing a Church Security Operative certification program that will be rolled out soon through a network of local trainers. This Gatekeepers Program™ certification will include State Laws on Self Defense and defense of a third party, Non-Violent Dispute Resolution, Hand-to-hand defensive Tactics, Firearms proficiency and Pastoral Protection.


Stay tuned for this exciting new program to be announced soon. 


Highest Regards and God Bless,


Chuck Chadwick 



  • TEXAS - May 15th - Lawyers, Guns and Money Seminar - Compass Church, Colleyville, TX - FREE one day seminar with our friends from The Church Law Group and PSK Accounting at Compass Church with Keynote Speaker, Todd Lane.  We will post more information to register online.
  • TEXAS - August 8th and 9th will be our 10th ANNUAL NATIONAL CHURCH SECURITY CONFERENCE at New Life Church in Colorado Springs along with our new Western Regional Director Carl Chinn. Again, we will post more details for registration. 
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The worst thing that could happen...


A news story that hit me hard was the death of Dallas Police officer John Glenn Chase on January 23rd, 1988 while we were living in the Dallas / Fort Worth area.


25-year-old Chase had stopped a driver for a minor traffic violation in downtown Dallas when a homeless man walked up behind him and snatched his .44 Revolver. As young officer Chase begged for his life, people were said to have come out of a nearby McDonald's yelling for the homeless man to "shoot him".

Others sat in McDonalds, drove past or walked by without intervening. The thug shot Chase three times killing him in front of a crowd of witnesses.


It wasn't even a time in my life that I respected law enforcement very much (my story of transformation in that regard is a whole other chapter). But the senselessness of that whole scene angered me and many others who lived in the DFW area (and I'm sure well beyond).


The next day our pastor told us, "Men! If you see something like that happening, the worst thing that could happen to you if you intervene is that you will die."


Now compare that story with one this week from Richmond, VA.


8-year-old (or 9 - reports vary) Marty Cobb was playing along some railroad tracks with his 12-year-old sister. A teenage boy grabbed the sister and began to violently attack her with obvious intentions of rape.

Little Marty intervened. The attacker used a brick to bludgeon the little boy to death, but the sister was spared as the reprobate attacker ran away after killing Marty.


The pastor of the local Abundant life church didn't seem to be surprised by little Marty's desire to intervene for his sister. Pastor Theodore Hughey told reporters that the two children were "inseparable and always in and out of church."[ii]  


Think About it:

  • How is it that supposedly mature people can watch a killer murder a policeman in cold blood without lifting a finger to help? LTC Dave Grossman says, "Love is our strongest weapon". Little Marty Cobb has shown what I believe to confirm that statement.
  • Do you love the people you serve? Can you muster the courage of an 8-year-old boy when the wolf comes to your church?
  • Neither of these stories had anything to do with a faith-based incident. One illustrates true valor motivated by love. The other illustrates cowardice associated with hate. Both present important lessons learned to those who are called to protect.
  • If the day comes that you see something crying out for intervention - the worst thing that could happen is that you will die trying to help. Then again ... would that be worse than living with the memory that you stood by or hesitated and people died because of it? Be smart about intervention - but intervene! 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


I Corinthians 13: 4-7 (NIV)