Are US Churches A Target? Church Security Concerns Grow

Bill Hitchcock March 10, 2015 0
Are US Churches A Target? Church Security Concerns Grow

On a daily basis we see, hear or read news report about groups such as ISIS or Boko Harem attacking a Church, mainly Christian Churches. But it is something we don’t generally think about here in the United States; Church security and the possibility of someone or some group attacking.

Many Churches across the country are thinking about Church Security. From installing webcams, to hiring professional security officers to having an in-house hospital ready for patience or victims to arrive, Church security is very real issue.

CBN News did an in-depth report on this growing concern over Church security and the possibility of being attacked. Below is the video news report with the CBN article beneath that.

Church Security

Security Warning: Churches a Rising Target for Attack

Chuck Holton/CBN News

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Churches are meant to be sanctuaries from all the evil that happens in the outside world. But for many reasons, churches in America today are becoming targets for protests, predators, and maybe even terrorists.

From small country churches to the megachurches that see thousands of worshippers every week, violence in the sanctuary happens far too often.

Of the many churches in Memphis, Tennessee, the largest is Bellevue Baptist Church. Founded in 1903, it has since grown in membership to almost 30,000 people. 

Andy Willis, who heads up security at the church, has the monumental job of keeping this large congregation safe.

“Today, churches that speak the truth, that teach and preach true biblical principles, they draw a lot of attention because there are a lot of components of society today that don’t want to hear that,” Willis told CBN News.

“As a church security team, we have to be prepared for those kinds of situations, to intervene and to protect the flock,” she said.

More than a hundred paid and volunteer security staff respond to events every week, working quietly behind the scenes to safeguard their services.

Read the complete article about Church security at CBN News.

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Bill Hitchcock

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