Our churches are highly visible in our community (or at least they should be) and can be viewed as targets for political gain – placing them at heightened risk.
Typically, places of worship are seen as a sanctuary or safe haven, but the reality of today is that places of worship are just as vulnerable to active shooter events as schools and businesses. Generally, there are very low measures in place for detecting threats.
Using the skills I learned in my many years of law enforcement and following best practices from The ALICE Training Institute, I can offer on-site assessments (Security Audit) and training to help you plan and prepare for a day we pray never comes.
I also want to encourage each and every church in the Alliance Family to become engaged with your community and your First Responders. Make time to have lunch with your local Police Chief and Fire Chief and see how your church can help your community if a disaster strikes. Please don’t miss the great ministry opportunities that come with serving after a disaster.
Matthew 25:44-45 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”
Phil Lohmeyer, Coordinator of Disaster Response Ministries