The world as we know it has changed dramatically. Some things for the better . . . some not! Thirty years ago, the thought of even locking the church doors was frowned upon.
Since 2012, there have been multiple church shootings. Some made national headlines, but many did not.
Most of us are aware of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and Charleston, South Carolina, because of the intense media coverage. However, in Jackson, Mississippi in January of 2019, the pastor was fatally shot entering the church. In Mississippi!
In general, churches are “soft” targets. A “soft” target is one that offers very little resistance to someone intent on doing harm.
As a result, church leadership has to answer several questions:
- What can we do to protect our congregations?
- Do we pray for safety?
- Do we have members carry guns?
- Do we fortify our campus?
- In case of a tragic event, what liability does your church have?
There are many questions to be answered.
Understanding the complexity of the issue, the state of Mississippi pass “The Mississippi Church Protection Act” in 2016.
The Bill allows an assembly legal protection to allow for safety of congregates “IF” they meet certain criteria.
So, what can you do to “harden” your church as a target? Most security specialists feel that technology in the form of access control and surveillance along with a security plan provides for the greatest level of safety and least liability for the church.
As ASI, we take your congregational safety very seriously. We also partner with security specialists who can evaluate all aspects of your church and provide a viable and comprehensive plan.