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Season 4, Episode 7 - Three Recent Gun Incidents At Churches

In this episode we are talking about three recent gun incidents that occurred at churches in Tennessee, California and Washington.

The first incident occurred November 16, 2017.  In Tellico Plains, TN.  The incident occurred during a Thursday meeting at the church.  Those in attendance of this luncheon started talking about bringing guns to church and having guns in church.  One of the meeting attendees started talking about carrying his pistol with him and ended up pulling his gun out and showing it to someone at the meeting, then put it back in his pocket.  Then another person wanted to see the gun and as he pulled it out again, he put his finger on the trigger and the gun went off.   The bullet struck his hand and his wife who was in a wheel chair next to him.  Both survived their gunshot wounds.

Next, was an shooting that occurred in Fresno, California on November 5, 2017.  A woman and her new boyfriend attended the 7:30 am mass at the church.  Upon leaving and walking to their car in the back parking lot, they were both shot by the estrange husband of the woman.   They estranged husband then went home and committed suicide.

The last gun incident we are talking about in this episode occurred October 1, 2017 in Blaine, Washington.  A 33 year old man walked up to the Dakota Creek Christian Center and was wearing a tactical looking vest that had a flare gun attached to it.   He became upset and a bit of a confrontation developed with persons at the church, the man was also talking about ISIS and beheadings.   The man was asked to leave the church and he did.  Police were called and he was arrested down the road from the church.

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Season 4, Episode 6 - Five Ways to Tighten Church Security

In this episode we are talking about 5 ways we can tighten up our church operations and our church security.   First, we are talking about being more controlled with the concept of "hours of operation".   The idea of tightening up when meetings and people are allowed in the church and then when it needs to be locked up. 

Next we start talking about the concept of communication with our members, via text or email.  Some churches are working on this for marketing purposes, but we are looking at this relative to event information, but also notifying people of problems and emergencies in the ministry environment.  Text is really the more popular mode of communication these days and there are programs out there for broadcasting texts.   We will explore those more in the future.

Keying your doors and buildings with a little more purpose is our next thought.  Trying to control how many keys we give out and then maybe looking at getting locking systems for limited doorways where a person could use a code instead of being assigned a key.  This could help us control access points and maybe even be able to put cameras on these special entrances to help us monitor them and monitor the security of our building.

Also just a quick mention of two of the biggest issues facing our ministry.......burglary to our churches, including theft of things like music equipment, sound systems, computers and other ceremonial objects.   We also remind you in this episode that parking lot theft is a big problem at churches across our nation, we should remind our members to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables in their vehicles.    And then we give you a few tips on keeping watch over your facilities including, get the neighbors, postal personnel and others working in the area to watch out for your church and report anything suspicious to you or police.

Season 4, Episode 5 - Background Checks and a Tip Line

This is a 2 part episode, in the first part we are talking about background checks.  Background screening is one of the most important steps you can take to protect your ministry from crimes such as fraud, theft and sexual misconduct.   Background checks are not a replacement for having 2 people involved in the children's classrooms or 2 people involved in the monies that the church has been entrusted with.   

According to Barna Research churches are not doing a great job of consistency when it comes to screening volunteers and paid staff.   Only 38% of churches are actually doing a good job of being consistent with background checks.

Who should we be screening?  The recommendation is people who are in positions involving the children, the elderly, vulnerable populations and church funds.   We also talk about the basic costs and other considerations when doing background checks. 

In the second segment of this show, we talk further about the TIP LINE for violence.  Captain Joe Puckett suggested based on recent information, that maybe we should have a tip line or people that members can contact if they know someone in the church is becoming violent or making threats against the church.