Weapons in Church: The Unthinkable in God's House
Weapons at Church: The Unthinkable in God’s House
We like to think of our churches as places of safety and refuge. Unfortunately, others view churches as targets. White supremacist Dylan Roof murdered nine people at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina in 2015. Recently a Las Vegas man with a grudge against Taiwan entered the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, and shot members and friends of the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church who were gathered at a celebratory luncheon.
It is unfortunate that church leaders must think about how to prevent such violence or how to respond to it if it happens. But sessions should discuss church safety. Find some helpful resources available for churches HERE.
Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship (FEMA)
Safety for Faith Based Events at Houses of Worship (Department of Homeland Security)
Developing an emergency plan for violence on church property (Creating Safe Ministries, PCUSA)