Sunday, September 18

2 Shot at Florida Church

From: Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Authorities say a man shot and killed a person at a home in central Florida, then shot two others at a church about a block away.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says it was not immediately known if a suspect was in custody Sunday.

The wounded people were shot at the Greater Faith Christian Church in Lakeland, about 30 miles east of Tampa. Bryan Neely, who owns a motorcycle shop about two blocks away, says the church is relatively small and has an academy for schoolchildren.

The victims were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office did not have further information on their injuries, and a hospital supervisor did not immediately respond to a message.

A message left at the church was not immediately returned.

Friday, September 16

Church Leader Carries Gun out of Fear of Police

From: Globe Gazette

MASON CITY — The Rev. Shane Philpott carries a gun because of his fear of some members of the Mason City Police Department.

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Note: I found this to be an interesting article. It seems that the church Reverend is carrying a gun out of fear of his own police department. I understand that the police department may have done some things wrong in this story; however, it only strengthens the point that working hard at creating a working relationship between your church and its first responders is of extreme importance.    

Thursday, September 15

History Lesson: The Learning Network

From: The New York Times

On Sept. 15, 1963, a bomb exploded before a Sunday morning sermon in the predominantly black 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., killing four girls and injuring more than 20 others. The bombing incited violence in the city, which led to the killing of two black boys, one by a police officer.
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Note: Times have changed since 1963; however, we should still remember the events that occurred in our past. How easy would it be for a bomb to explode at your church? Are there groups that are not happy with the message you are spreading?


Friday, September 9

Authorities Probe Possible Terror Threat Around 9/11 Anniversary

From: Fox News

Federal authorities are warning local law enforcement agencies of a potential terrorist threat involving car bombs that could coincide with the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, several sources told Fox News on Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it had information about a "specific, credible but unconfirmed threat," and the White House said President Obama was briefed Thursday morning and has been updated throughout the day.

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Thursday, September 8

Who's Reading Securityatchurch.com

We are approaching the second year of this website being operational (Started October 2009). I am happy to report that we are continuing to receive growing support as each month passes.  Traffic to the website is also up 20% from this time last year!


As we have learned from others like Jeffery Hawkins with the Christian Security Network, we need your support to spread our message. In order for this website to grow we need our readers help in spreading the word. 


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If you are reading this message, thank you for your continued support in this effort!

9/11: We have faith in you...

From: STL Today

The faith community is sending a message to first responders and political leaders on the 10th anniversary of 9/11: We have faith in you...

"That's a good date to honor the men and women who put their lives on the line every day," said the Rev. Avery Duff. "We kind of take them for granted and we tend to look on them in a negative connotation, but these guys actually put their lives on the line and I think we should really pay special attention to that."
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My Thoughts:

What is your place of worship doing to support your local first responders? Who will respond at your time of need? Often the military is remembered for its efforts; however 9/11 is a good opportunity to remember those working in your local community. 

Monday, September 5

One in Four College Women Report Surviving Rape


The below statistics have been reported from One in Four, Inc. I have had recent readers ask about information about sexual crimes that occur within the United States. I have found that this topic is under studied among church leaders. Many churches do not know how to deal with sexual crimes. It is important for your church leadership to understand that the likelihood of a church member within your congregation being a victim of a sexual crime is high!


How Often Does Rape Happen to Women?
  • One in Four college women report surviving rape (15 percent) or attempted rape (12 percent) since their fourteenth birthday. (1)
  • In a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease control of 5,000 college students at over 100 colleges, 20% of women answered "yes" to the question "In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?" Thus, one in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime. (2)
  • In a typical academic year, 3% of college women report surviving rape or attempted rape. This does not include the summer, when many more rapes occur. (3)
  • In the year 2000, 246,000 women survived rape and sexual assault. This computes to 28 women every hour. (4)
  • A survey of high school students found that one in five had experienced forced sex (rape). Half of these girls told no one about the incident. (5)
  • Rape is common worldwide, with relatively similar rates of incidence across countries, with 19%-28% of college women reporting rape or attempted rape in several countries. In many countries, survivors are treated far worse than in the U.S. (6)
Are Men Raped?
  • 3% of college men report surviving rape or attempted rape as a child or adult. (3)
  • In a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control of 5,000 college students at over 100 colleges, 4% of men answered "yes" to the question "In your lifetime have you been forced to submit to sexual intercourse against your will?" (2)
Who are the Perpatrators?
  • 99% of people who rape are men, 60% are Caucasian. (7)
  • Between 62% (4) and 84% (1) of survivors knew their attacker.
  • 8% of men admit committing acts that meet the legal definition of rape or attempted rape. Of these men who committed rape, 84% said that what they did was definitely not rape. (1)
  • More than one in five men report "becoming so sexually aroused that they could not stop themselves from having sex, even though the woman did not consent." (8)
  • 35% of men report at least some degree of likelihood of raping if they could be assured they wouldn't be caught or punished. (9)
  • One out of every 500 college students is infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. (10)
  • First-year students in college tend to believe more rape myths than seniors. (11)
  • Sexual assault offenders were substantially more likely than any other category of violent criminal to report experiencing physical or sexual abuse as children. (7)
  • In one study, 98% of men who raped boys reported that they were heterosexual. (12)
Who are the Survivors?
  • 41% of college women who are raped were virgins at the time. (1)
  • 42% of rape survivors told no one about the rape. (1)
  • False reports of rape are rare, according to the FBI, occurring only 8% of the time. (13)
Circumstances of Rape
  • 57% of rapes happen on dates. (1)
  • 75% of the men and 55% of the women involved in acquaintance rapes were drinking or taking drugs just before the attack. (1)
  • About 70% of sexual assault survivors reported that they took some form of self-protective action during the crime. The most common technique was to resist by struggling or chase and try to hold the attacker. Of those survivors who took protective action, over half believed it helped the situation, about 1/5 believed that it made the situation worse or simultaneously worse and better. (7)
  • 84% of rape survivors tried unsuccessfully to reason with the man who raped her. (1)
  • 55% of gang rapes on college campuses are committed by fraternities, 40% by sports teams, and 5% by others. (15)
  • Approximately 40% of sexual assaults take place in the survivor's home. About 20% occur in the home of a friend, neighbor, or relative. 10% occur outside, away from home. About 8% take place in parking garages. (7)
  • More than half of all rape and sexual assault incidents occurred within one mile of the survivor's home or in her home. (7)
What Happens After the Rape?
  • In a study done in the 1980s, 5% of rape survivors went to the police. (1)
  • Throughout the last 10 years, the National Crime Victimization Survey has reported that approximately 30% of rape survivors report the incident to the police. (4)
  • Of those rapes reported to the police (which is 1/3 or less to begin with), only 16% result in prison sentences. Therefore, approximately 5% of the time, a man who rapes ends up in prison, 95% of the time he does not. (4)
  • 42% of rape survivors had sex again with the rapist. (1)
  • 30% of rape survivors contemplate suicide after the rape. (1)
  • 82% of rape survivors say the rape permanently changed them. (1)
  • The adult pregnancy rate associated with rape is estimated to be 4.7%. (17)

Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.

"Here's the math. According to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey -- the country's largest and most reliable crime study -- there were 248,300 sexual assaults in 2007 (the most recent data available).

There are 525,600 minutes in a non-leap year. That makes 31,536,000 seconds/year. So, 31,536,000 divided by 248,300 comes out to 1 sexual assault every 127 seconds, or about 1 every 2 minutes."

Saturday, September 3

No specific terror threat against U.S. as 9/11 anniversary approaches

From: Washington Post

"With the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks approaching, there is no specific or credible intelligence suggesting al-Qaeda or its affiliates are plotting attacks against the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday."

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Congratulations Mike McGrath

One of my big supporters is a leading security expert out of Nashville, TN. Mike McGrath is considered both one of the leading country music tour managers, as well as, a specialist in security for the music industry. Last month Mike was inducted into the Martial Arts Masters Hall of Fame. Securityatchurch.com wanted to take a moment and say "Job Well Done"!


Friday, September 2

We are back!

Sorry for the long pause that you may have noticed on the blog over the last month. In August I spent two weeks in Asia and was limited on the internet availability. 


This is a important week of all Americans. We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Much has changed for this nation in relation to security over the last decade. Many of these changes have bleed over into our places of worship. I still believe that churches across America have a long way to go in securing their facilities; however, I am glad that people are starting to see the need. 


Please remember to take the extra time this week and say thank you to any police officer, fire fighter or military solider that you may encounter. Too often these opportunities pass without us taking advantage of them. Our public servants risk their lives and dedicate themselves to keeping us all safe and secure.