H.O.W. Security


Ron Gilkey

Owner / Chief Firearms Instructor

One of the first steps toward protecting your House of Worship is identifying the need, creating a plan and implementing it.

Maybe you already have a safety / security team of volunteers in place, but who trained them? Not every church has active or retired Law Enforcement officers at their disposal. Therefore, they find themselves relying on the concerned “Concealed Carry card-holders”. When considering a House of Worship Security team, it is important to know their credentials. These team members may need to make split-second decisions with many lives on the line. Having a plan in place, recruiting the right people and properly training them is critical to minimizing the casualties. Are you considering starting a safety / security team at your church, or refining your existing team’s processes? If so, let us help guide you on your journey and provide you with the training needed to keep your sanctuary safe.

The Sheepdog Project, LLC (TSP) is the areas leading House of Worship Security Team training company. We offer professional insight into identifying the security risks and needs of your House of Worship. We will begin with the nationally recognized FEMA Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) process. THIRA provides a comprehensive, consistent approach for identifying and assessing risks and associated impacts. The results of this assessment will be provided with recommended steps for creating (or modifying) your personalized Emergency Operation Plans (EOP).

Once you have your EOP established, TSP will provide your security team with the quality training they need to assure your congregation the safety they’ve come to expect at your worship services.

Our Basic package includes:

  1. Security Assessment of your church
  2. Development / Review of EOPs
  3. Legal Seminar and Live-fire training, TSP Levels 1 – 4 at a discounted rate
  4. Situational Awareness & Defensive Response Training (Defensive Tactics)
  5. The official Stop the Bleed training
  6. First Aid & CPR for Friends and Family
  7. Municipal Police Officer Education Training Commission (MPOETC) Qualification Course (Same one the Police get)


Our Continued Education Training includes:

  1. Semi-Annual MPOETC Qualification Course
  2. In-house CQB- Basic Room Clearing training
  3. Situational Awareness & Response Training (Defensive Tactics) refresher
  4.  Virtual Range Time at your location
  5. Stop-The-Bleed refresher

If you share the same concerns as many other ministries across the nation, please call us.  The initial consultation is free and we will tailor a training package to accommodate your security needs.

The time has come...

The time has come…

He said to them, “But now let the one who has the moneybag take it, and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one.” ~ Luke 22:36

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