The purpose of the Kingdom Defense Authorized Instructor Program is to develop safe and effective armed Church security teams.

A safe and effective program should be able to stop a violent threat and secure the scene prior to the arrival of law enforcement.

KINGDOM DEFENSE is developing a cadre of Christ-centered trainers, advisors, and operators with the experience and calling to help protect and defend the Church and community from violent attacks.

The Kingdom Defense Authorized Instructor Program is currently open to Church security team leaders with prior law enforcement, military, or agency backgrounds with significant operating experience.

Most churches lack adequate security measures to protect against violent attacks. One of the primary issues with armed church security teams is their lack of appropriate training and coordination.

Simply put, most armed Church security teams are not properly trained.


The Program has been designed for Church security team leaders. The intention is to provide these leaders with the content, curriculum, and resources required to develop highly competent armed security teams. The program is best suited for the following scenarios: 

1. Starting a new program. For Churches that have decided to implement an armed security team.

2. Training an existing team. For Churches that want to properly train their existing team.

3. Developing a security ministry. For Churches interested in developing a Security Ministry.

The Authorized Instructor becomes the custodian of the content, curriculum, and resources and is responsible for its safe and effective use.


Instructors approved by Kingdom Defense are permitted to use the organization’s curriculum for training security teams in their own Church or collaborate with other Churches to establish armed security teams.  As Authorized Instructors, they have access to Kingdom Defense’s Tier 4 Combative Handgun Fundamentals curriculum along with the opportunity to partner with Kingdom Defense and offer our Tier 3 Individual Tactics and Tier 2 Team Tactics.

This is what is included in the program:

Training Curriculum – 16 hours of programmed content, including integrated instructional video, photo narratives, and print and digital manual excerpts. The curriculum covers combative handgun fundamentals, basic maneuvering with loaded weapons, and tactical medical and communications.

Instructor Scripts – Detailed, minute-by-minute instructor scripts for all 16 hours of the course curriculum. Includes administrative briefing, instructor notes, background explanations, and course set-up. These scripts are not meant to be memorized word for word; look to the scripts as general guides. Qualified instructors are encouraged to customize them to make the lectures their own and appropriate for their training facility.

Interactive Training Plan – Interactive instructor-controlled training plan prescribing all tasks, activities, and events pre and post-range training for each team member. Training links to instructional videos, text excerpts, and other training resources for each prescribed task or activity.

Instructor Manual – Comprehensive 400-page instructor manual in native Word format, including all drills, training scripts, course operations, and other resources.

Instructor Bench – We have authorized instructors who can act as lead instructors or adjuncts to support or supplement other authorized instructors’ training activities. The cost for these instructors is invoiced separately.

Instructor Orientation – All instructors authorized to teach must complete a one-day on-range orientation with the Kingdom Defense Chief Instructor. The purpose of this orientation is twofold: first, to review and demonstrate key curriculum topics, and second, to verify the competency of the instructor. The cost for this one-day orientation will be invoiced separately.

Member Manual – Comprehensive member manual in PDF format, including photo narratives of all drills plus other training resources.

Training Resources – Training Journal – Instructional Briefings – Gear Recommendations – Case Histories – Training Articles –

Weekly Dry Practice via Zoom – Chief Instructor Ryan Gerten holds a weekly “drop-in” dry-practice session via Zoom for Authorized Instructors.

Thumb Drive + Custom Google Drive – The curriculum is delivered in both analog and digital formats. Each Authorized Instructor receives a thumb drive with the curriculum files and a custom Google Drive which contains the complete curriculum for online access. The Authorized Instructor can upload their own training files to their custom Google Drive, modify content, and customize the interactive training plan. 

Collaboration Rights – Authorized Instructors have collaboration rights to offer our Tier 3 Individual Tactics and Tier 2 Team Tactics in partnership with Kingdom Defense. These rights include the opportunity to earn commissions on each program and to participate as lead instructors.


This program is specifically designed for individuals who are currently leading security teams and have extensive experience in law enforcement, military, or government agencies. The ideal candidate should have a combination of operational, tactical, and training responsibilities. It’s important to note that the Authorized Instructor Program is not a “train the trainer” program. We assume that successful candidates are already experienced instructors looking for curriculum and content to enhance their instructional abilities and expand their reach.

The authorization process begins with a brief email to Ryan Gerten describing your background, experience, and current role on your Church security team. Next, we set up a Zoom call to demonstrate the curriculum to you, find out more about your background and experience, and answer all your questions. If both of us are satisfied after the Zoom call, the last step is a background check. We do require proof of experience and solid references. If your background, experience, and references check out, you pay the curriculum fee, and we begin your onboarding process.


This is a mission field for Kingdom Defense. Our goal is not to operate as a typical for-profit enterprise but to cover our operating costs.

The Authorized Instructor Program curriculum costs $495 plus $19 a month for access to the online content. Once authorized, the instructor is granted the right to utilize the curriculum for training their Church security team.

Kingdom Defense can defer a portion or all of the on-ramping and access fees for churches that cannot afford them.

Payment is made after the vetting process is complete.


The authorization process begins with a brief email to Ryan Gerten describing your background, experience, and current role on your Church security team. Next, we set up a Zoom call to demonstrate the curriculum, learn more about your background and experience, and answer all your questions.

Email Ryan Gerten, Chief Instructor, at to schedule the Zoom call.

Nehemiah’s Wall serves as inspiration for Kingdom Defense.

Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem so that followers might once again worship God in safety. Nehemiah accomplishes this task in a remarkably brief period using common folks who build with one hand while defending their actions from enemy attack with a weapon in their other hand.

The biblical account of “Nehemiah’s wall” is well known. Nehemiah was a Jew in Persian captivity. He was the cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes. In 444 b.c, Nehemiah was granted permission to return to Judah and rebuild Jerusalem’s dilapidated walls and gates, which had been destroyed during the Babylonian invasions in the early sixth century.

When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, he toured the city walls to assess the damage. He faced opposition as he made plans and directed the people to rebuild the city walls. He was threatened as he persisted. Nehemiah had resistance from enemies and opposition from the people he was leading.

The Bible says that the threat was so great from outside the city Nehemiah posted armed guards along the walls to protect the city until the building was done. Men were armed and ready to fight while they worked daily to build the wall. The book of Nehemiah shows that Judah was surrounded by enemies and under constant threat of attack at the time. Nehemiah and his crew worked with great urgency and astonishing speed to rebuild the wall.

As a metaphor, one might say that Nehemiah’s Wall illustrates the current state of Christianity. Declining participation shows no sign of abating, while attacks against Christians, both physically and spiritually, accelerate. The wall that needs rebuilding is both spiritual and physical, spiritual from the standpoint of rebuilding our relationship with Christ and physical from the standpoint of defense against those who would harm followers of Christ.


Kingdom Defense, LLC
PO Box 12 – 901 S. Bridge St.
DeWitt, MI 48820



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The Kingdom Defense Authorized Instructor Program is exclusively for instructors who possess prior law enforcement, military, or agency backgrounds and are committed to leading well-trained armed church security teams.

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