Since different churches are governed differently, answering who the security team works for could have some variables defined by the governance of the church. Our local church in Iowa that I served was congregational governed, thus the security team, whether internal or hired from outside the congregation worked for the congregation who, though elder led, made the security decision as a voting body. Ironically there are no specific written training guidelines for an internal team or a hired team. We chose to apply some rigorous training requirements in addition to the required training for carry permit in Iowa, which is minimal and does not really cover what is involved in a church security aspect. We modeled our training after a local police regimen and required all who were part of security to go through some specific training first. The congregation, again, decides what training is required for an internal team. Our greatest fear was/is accidentally wounding an innocent through negligent or poorly trained use of force. No known state guidelines exist for church security as per county sheriff. The church (congregation) is ultimately accountable/liable for any actions, as they decided upon the course of action for security. At the time, we did not have a written contractual document for internal security, but in hindsight that might be wise. As a final comment, I do not generally like or intend to respond to the comments of Nmwabbit because of his derogatory attitude towards law enforcement and overall snide remarks, but I do think he asked some important questions to consider in this regard even if his motive was self serving.