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A Gathering of The Guardians

May 5, 2023 - May 6, 2023


Agape Tactical and Sheepdog Seminars present a church security conference.
Conference Description:

Having attended and spoken at dozens of conferences, I have been left frustrated by the typical conference experience. I heard great stories and several sales pitches, but rarely learned anything practical. This dissatisfaction drove AGAPE Tactical to do something different. This is a training conference, not a sales pitch. Every participant will have the opportunity to train and learn from the best teachers in their respective fields. You will spend a day and a half training the use-of-force continuum, providing you with tools for your toolbox. There is no picking or being forced to choose which session to attend. Everyone will get them all.

What is the Use-of-Force Continuum? It is using only the amount of force necessary to safely deal with aberrant behavior.

  1. Your presence
  2. Verbal de-escalation
  3. Soft empty hand techniques
  4. Hard empty hand techniques
  5. Deadly force
  6. Stop the Bleed (medical attention for you, innocents, or the suspect)

Breakout Sessions: Our breakout sessions will include hands-on, dynamic training on the following topics:

  1. Mastering the Concealed Draw Stroke – be sure to bring a garment for concealment and your empty pistol, 3 empty mags, concealed-carry holster and mag pouch.
  2. Verbal De-escalation
  3. Stop the Bleed

Session 4: A Security Operational Strategy: This practical session includes how to employ properly trained, equipped, deployed, and radio-connected Safety Team members, in overlapping rings and at key locations, to provide multiple opportunities to deter threats and mitigate the damage caused by attacks on Houses of Worship.

SPEAR: Our optional SPEAR session on Friday night will introduce you to the most instinctual and effective system of defense against a non-compliant or aggressive subject. It employs both soft and hard empty hand techniques. We teach this to police departments and safety teams, both of whom need to be effective without appearing violent.

SCENARIOS: After training in all these subjects, you will have the opportunity to put what you learned to the test by participating, or observing others, in force-on-force scenarios. Participants will have safety gear on and be equipped with Simmunition weapons to create a realistic, stress-inoculated environment. Scenarios will include:

  1. Active Killer
  2. Suicidal Subject
  3. Homeless individual
  4. Domestic violence in the Sanctuary
  5. Theft in progress (if needed)
  6. Emergency medical assistance (if needed)

To see the Conference Schedule, please click on the link below.


HOTEL INFORMATION: We have arranged a deal with the Sleep Inn of Murfreesboro for conference attendees at a price of $100, which includes taxes and fees. Tell them you are attending the Agape Tactical conference when making reservations.

Sleep Inn
193 Chaffin Place
Murfreesboro, TN 37129


May 5, 2023
May 6, 2023


One Church
431 Dejarnette Ln
Murfreesboro, TN 37173 United States
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