Wednesday, February 27

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Security Expert Says Churches can be Susceptible to Crime

From: 9 WSOCTV News

Every weekend, thousands of people gather at houses of worship across the Charlotte area. They are places many go to find peace. But security experts say that doesn't mean criminals leave churches and temples alone.

"They view churches and other ministries as an easy target," said Carl Chinn, a church security expert and author.

Chinn said that as security at places like schools, malls and airports increases, criminals will look for easy access somewhere else, and that a house of worship by nature welcomes people in.

"It's a sacred place, but it needs to be a safe place," said Reverend Jim Martin, the church business administrator at Providence Baptist Church.

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Houses of worship not as secure as they should be | Security Director News

From: Security Director News

LOS ANGELES—The Shepherd of the Hills Church here has 10,000 members and four campuses. Almost weekly there is some sort of security incident, said Tim Winters, executive pastor of the non-denominational church...

Churches are soft targets for crime, "no longer the sacred places" they were considered to be a few decades ago, he said. Now that churches have flat-screen TVs, sound equipment, computers and other valuable assets, they're ripe for both internal and external thefts.

"There are tens of thousands of burglaries each year," Hawkins said. "Property crime is most common, but the most costly crime to churches is internal theft."

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First Baptist Church - Security Theft

From: Danville News

A Danville man will face charges of stealing security system equipment from a Valley Township church.

Following a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Montour County District Judge Marvin Shrawder sent the case of Scott Nicholas Buckley, 29, of 207 Grand St., to court. Buckley remains in jail.

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Wednesday, February 20

Shooting Prompts Security Reviews - Episcopal Schools

From: Episcopal News Service

In the two months following the shooting death of 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut elementary school, Episcopal schools have been examining and revising their security measures to keep students safe.

“In general, the reaction has been … a review of safety procedures,” said Ann Mellow, National Association of Episcopal Schools associate director. “In some cases, depending upon the school, they haven’t changed anything because they feel very confident that they are doing the best they can to reasonably react to situations, knowing you can’t be prepared for everything all the time.

“Other schools may have still had a relatively open campus and have added things. And I think certainly everybody’s got lockdown procedures,” Mellow said. “If they hadn’t already, they’ve added that to their many different kinds of drills that people do these days.”

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The Episcopal Day School of Jacksonville in Florida is building a memorial plaza in honor of slain Principal Dale Regan. The plaza will protect the root structure of a 100-year-old oak on the school property that was a favorite of the educator, who worked at the school for 34 years. Photo/ Episcopal School of Jacksonville

Milwaukee Church Security Training - Security Forum

From: TMJ4 News

MILWAUKEE - More than 100 people from all walks of faith are expected Wednesday night at the Milwaukee Police Training Academy.

The security forum for religious organizations is the first of its kind around the metro area but it's not their first lesson on security.

"As a Pastor I'm not supposed to worry," said Pastor Terry Fulks," but we are deeply concerned."

Pastor Fulks wants the people who pack his Crosspoint Community Church in Oconomowoc to feel safe and secure

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Tuesday, February 19

The Right to Carry in the House of God

The Right to Carry in the House of God
By: Guest Blogger 

Lots of people in this country have guns. Most of the time, people have them in their homes because they either don’t have access to security providers like or they are supplementing their current home security with the presence of a firearm.

Makes sense to a lot of people, but what about outside the home? Should you be allowed to carry a gun in the mall, at the store, or even in church?

Some people will argue that, as long as you qualify, you have all the freedom in the world to exercise your second amendment rights. Others will argue against it and question why you would ever want to bring such a deadly weapon into the church.

Both are valid views but, in the end, the question still remains. To answer the question, we must explore the issue in greater detail by looking at where both camps are coming from in the argument.

The Sandy Hook tragedy came less than six months after another tragic and senseless act of violence in Aurora, Colorado. Both incidents had three things in common. They both involved individuals with questionable mental states, both involved high-powered guns and both happened in unexpected places where large groups of people gather.

Ever since this string of gun-related attacks, we have been impacted in various ways. Children are afraid to go to school, parents of victims cry out for change and some people avoid gatherings altogether, now, fearing that a job, university campus, restaurant or, yes, even church could be the next news headline.

All the while our nation divides itself between those that are for stricter gun regulation and those that are not.

Those that argue for strict gun regulation want many things including the ban of sales of high-capacity magazines, no sales on military-grade assault rifles and more in-depth background checks. They believe that by removing the gun from the equation, you ultimately remove the problem of murder and violence on such a large scale.

Those that are against strict gun regulation believe that the individuals are to blame since guns, while deadly, are, as objects, inert until placed in the hands of those who would do harm. They believe that removing a law-abiding citizen’s ability to purchase military-grade weaponry effectively prevents them from defending themselves against the “real bad guys.”

So what do these tragedies, their impacts on our lives and the spawning of these two vastly opposed views mean for the church-goer who wants to carry?

It means that you or anyone else planning to exercise your second amendment rights in the House of God need to be aware of a couple of things. First and foremost, if you have the right and your state allows you to carry a concealed firearm and you are licensed, then technically you are not doing anything illegal. That, however, does not mean you go around showing your friends or making a scene about it.

You should also seriously evaluate your reasons for carrying in church. Some people might want to do it because they fear their gathering could be the next victim. After all, who could have imagined someone would open fire on a bunch of students or a group of moviegoers? You might think that it’s a precautionary measure to protect yourself from any “gun-wielding madmen” that decide to pay your congregation a visit.

It’s not outside the realm of possibility but it’s important to remember that while a gun could help you defend yourself, it could also escalate the violence and the tragedy. In the end, it’s really up to the individual and the laws that govern the state where he or she worships.

And just remember that while a gun on its own is inert, that changes the minute ANYONE picks it up. Even if you’re a law-abiding citizen, bringing a gun to church for defensive reasons or otherwise instantly raises the risk of incident.

Sunday, February 17

10 Things Home-Security Firms Won't Tell You

Security at Church: I am in favor and a believer of a security alarm system for both your home, office and place of worship. With that being said, I came across this article today that shows a different perspective and thought it would be fair to pass on. If you go to the link below there is a very details explanation of each of the 10 points.

From: Smart Money

1. A little home security goes a long way.
2. The cops can t hear your alarm.
3. This system is more trouble than it s worth.
4. The local police hate us.
5. We ll try to sell you expensive gadgets you don t really need.
6. Our rent-a-cops are very low-rent.
7. Getting past our alarms is tough unless you have a pair of scissors.
8. We may use unethical sales tactics.
9. You re stuck with us.
10. If you have a pet, we might be less effective.

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Will Your House Be Broken Into This Year?

What are the odds that your home will be broken into this year?

Unfortunately, according to burglary statistics within the United States, one in every thirty-six homes will be burglarized in this year alone, resulting in an average loss of $1,675 per break-in.

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Sunday morning fire destroys Church in Collins Georgia

From: Miami Herald

COLLINS, Ga. -- State fire investigators with the office of Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens' office are looking into an early morning church fire in Tattnall County.

Investigators said in a news release that Collins Full Gospel Tabernacle Church in Collins was destroyed by the fire. The blaze was reported at about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, fire investigators said.

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Pope Benedict Remaining In Vatican For Security

From: The Inquisitr

Pope Benedict’s decision to live out the rest of his life inside the protected walls of the Vatican is a calculated maneuver to avoid prosecution and stay safe.

Church experts tell Reuters that by remaining inside the walls of the Vatican the church will provide Benedict with the same rights he received as the head of the church.

Photo Credit: The Inquisitr

Saturday, February 16

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Politico Playbook - Breaking - Conclave Electing New Pope

From: Mike Allen's Politico Playbook

BREAKING: “Conclave electing new pope could start before March 15 – Vatican,” by Reuters’ Philip Pullella in Vatican City: “The conclave to choose Pope Benedict's successor could start earlier than expected, giving the Roman Catholic Church a new leader by mid-March, the Vatican said … [T]he Vatican was still in a state of spiritual and bureaucratic shock, groping for ways to deal with a situation without precedent for at least six centuries. Some 117 cardinals under the age of 80 will be eligible to enter the secretive conclave to elect Benedict's successor. Church rules say the conclave has to start between 15-20 days after the papacy becomes vacant, which it will on Feb. 28. … Cardinals around the world have already begun informal consultations by phone and email to construct a profile of the man they think would be best suited to lead the Church in a period of continuing crisis. The Vatican appears to be aiming to have a new pope elected and then formally installed … before Palm Sunday on March 24 so he can preside at Holy Week services …

Friday, February 15

Police Officer Leaves Gun in Church by Mistake

From: Associated Press

A law enforcement officer visiting a church in Lebanon got sick in the bathroom, put his gun on a shelf and didn't retrieve it.

The Rev. Frank Moloney of First Christian Church tells the Albany Democrat-Herald church members found the handgun the next morning, Sunday.

For a time, Moloney says, they believed it belonged to a homeless man who slept in the parking lot and had used the bathroom Sunday morning.

But during the Sunday service, church leaders spoke about finding a "very expensive item," and the deputy claimed the handgun.

Monday, February 11

Pope Benedict XVI's Shocking Resignation - Vatican

From: The Guardian
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Roman Catholic church on Monday as he announced his intention to carry out the first papal resignation in almost 600 years, prompting shock from even his closest confidants and acerbic judgment from critics of his eight year-long reign.

In an address read out in Latin before a group of cardinals in the Apostolic Palace, the 85-year-old pontiff said he had decided that, due to his "advanced age" and deteriorating strengths, he would be stepping down as head of the Catholic church on 28 February.

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Sunday, February 10

Churches - Fight the Flu - Don't Shake Hands

From: WCSH6 News

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (WJAR) -- The flu epidemic has changed the way some churches are performing services.

At St. Sebastian Church in Providence, Rhode Island a few things are different here for Sunday mass.

"To refrain from shaking hands during rite of peace, I invited them to just turn and verbally exchange a greeting," says Monsignor John Darcy.

Texas Church to Host Concealed Handgun Training Class

From: Fox News

A Baptist church in the Texas Panhandle plans to host concealed handgun training, saying it's offering the class as a community service because there is so much interest in the area.

People wanting to get a concealed handgun license in Texas must take the class. The Rev. Brad Foster of Calvary Baptist Church in Dumas told the Amarillo Globe-News for a story in Saturday's editions that a state-certified instructor will teach the first 10-hour class in the fellowship hall March 2. It covers how to safely handle firearms.

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Should Guns Be Allowed In Church?

From: Baptist Press

As gun control takes high priority on Capitol Hill, state legislatures increasingly are allowing concealed guns in our most sacred place, the church, either for personal protection or for worshippers designated as church security personnel.

Arkansas, on Feb. 4, became the eighth state to pass legislation allowing concealed guns specifically in churches. In a lopsided bipartisan vote, state legislators voted to allow each church to decide whether individuals with concealed carry permits could take guns in church for personal protection.

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Wednesday, February 6

Update - Covenant Life Church Response to Nathaniel Morales

From: Covenant Life Church Blog

On Monday news reports were widely circulated about a Nevada man, Nathaniel Morales, who has been charged in Maryland with molesting boys during the 1980s. The reports contain allegations that this abuse occurred when Mr. Morales was a teacher, erroneously implying that he was a teacher at Covenant Life School. The reports fail to state that Mr. Morales, though a church member at the time, was never a pastor in Covenant Life Church nor a teacher in Covenant Life School. Rather Mr. Morales was a teacher employed by an independent private school in Montgomery County not affiliated with Covenant Life Church or School.

Contrary to the impression left by the news reports, Covenant Life Church had no knowledge of such abuse until many years after the abuse when an adult who had been victimized as a child came forward.

The criminal matter described in these news reports is distinct from the civil lawsuit filed last October against Sovereign Grace Ministries, that was amended in January of this year to add Covenant Life Church as a defendant. The church will respond appropriately to the allegations in that pending lawsuit through the legal system.

Our church places a high priority on protecting children, and has had robust child protection practices and policies in place for many years. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with anyone affected by the trauma of sexual abuse. We pray that they will receive the healing, comfort and peace of Christ. And we continue to invite your prayers for all those involved in these matters.

Security at Church: I am glad that Covenant Life Church clarified this point. I spent many years as a student at Covenant Life School and Nate Morales was never a teacher or employed by the church or the best of my knowledge. With that being said at the time Covenant Life School did not have a High School and many students transitioned from their lower school to Montgomery County Christian Academy (MCCA) where Nate Morales was employed. 

Think About It - Carl Chinn - Heart of Protection

The Sidewalk Presentation
By Carl Chinn

Those with the heart of protection who want their ministry to increase (or continue) security, should always be ready to clearly state why. We may hope for an opportunity to make a presentation justifying the need to the executive board or the senior pastor. To be so prepared is a good, but we should plan as if our only chance for that speech might happen as we get in step with the pastor in the short walk between his car and the church doors.

In smaller churches, an audience with the right people is easier – but even then we should be well prepared to state our passion in a crisp and effective manner.

So the following might be my Sidewalk Presentation. I encourage you to be ready with yours – in your own words and culture – when it is needed.

Pastor I am happy this is my home church. It is my home church largely due to your leadership. As you are called to lead, I am called to serve -- in protection.

Even before Joseph and Mary heeded warnings to physically protect (and even relocate) baby Jesus from harm intended by others[i], God has continually used His people to intentionally protect His people. At any one of those times (and especially with His own Son) He could have just used angels, but He typically prefers to use willing agents of protection. I am honored and humbled that He has moved upon me to be a servant of protection for our fellowship.

It is not my desire to see our property resemble Ft. Knox, our security team to look like Delta Force, or our medical volunteers dressed as surgeons. But I do hope you will allow us to intentionally and actively protect our staff and guests.

I’ve no doubt we both agree there is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.[ii] Will you allow me to be our ministry’s Sheepdog?

Think About it:
  • Not everyone thinks about security the way you do. Your pastor probably doesn’t have this website marked as a favorite, and that is OK. We want him to present the message of your ministry in the way he is called and credentialed to do.
  • Even if you already have a team, and are recognized as a viable effort, there are some who do not agree with security in church. And the day may come when those who once acknowledged the need, no longer feel that way. Always be ready to clearly state your case.
[i] Matthew 2:14-15
[ii] 1 Peter 5:8-9

Managing Your Church - Interview with Carl Chinn

From: Christianity Today

2012: “A Bad Year for Violence” at Churches

Last month, church security expert Carl Chinn updated his statistics on violent incidents at churches and faith-based organizations. He began tracking this information in 1999 by learning of incidents reported by news agencies, which he then independently researches and verifies before categorizing and tabulating them. The result of this work is 14 years of data churches can use to analyze the risk of violence for their congregation.

Tuesday, February 5

Security Camera's help Catch Church Burglars - Texas

From: Our Town Texas

Michael Lopez Garcia and Robert Zenhye III have been charged with burglary of a building in connection with a break-in on Jan. 9 at the Rivers of Living Waters Church on North 8th Street in Killeen.

About $40,000 worth of audio equipment was taken and windows were damaged.

Security cameras that were set up inside the studio recorded images of the thieves.

Audio Equipment Stolen from a Detroit Church

From: Fox News Detroit

$15,000 worth of audio equipment was stolen from a Detroit church.

The robbery happened in the middle of the night at True Gospel Tabernacle Church, and Pastor Roderick Dallas believes the thieves have been inside the church before.

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Church Members Stops Theft in Progress

From: The Daily Item

DANVILLE — An alert church member discovered a Danville man carrying a security control panel box out of a rear office of the First Baptist Church of Danville.

Deneene R. Klinger approached Scott Nicholas Buckley, 29, of 207 Grand St., and stopped him, according to state police at Milton.

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Vatican Thanks Media for Uncovering Church Abuse

From: Reuters

The Vatican's new sexual crimes prosecutor on Tuesday acknowledged that the U.S. media "did a service" to the Catholic Church through its aggressive reporting on child abuse that helped the Church "confront the truth".

The rare acknowledgement came from Father Robert Oliver, a canon lawyer from the U.S. diocese of Boston, speaking at his first public appearance since becoming the Vatican's "Promoter of Justice" last week.

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Las Vegas Man arrested in Church Sex Abuse Case in Maryland

From: Washington Post - Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A Las Vegas man has been charged in Maryland with molesting multiple boys in the 1980s while assisting with youth ministries at a church targeted in a child sex abuse lawsuit.

Nathaniel Morales, who had been working as a pastor in Nevada, is accused in an indictment of sexually abusing the boys when he worked with Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Md. That church until December was associated with Sovereign Grace Ministries, a Kentucky-based evangelical church group accused in a lawsuit in Maryland last fall of covering up allegations of child sex abuse by its members. The lawsuit was amended last month to name Covenant Life Church as among the new defendants.

{Updated 2/6/13} Security at Church: It is sad to say that Covenant Life Church was my local church of almost 30 years. I recently left this church due to relocating to another state. 

These charges date back to the 1980's. I can say from experience that Covenant Life Church has taken many positive steps over the last decade related to improving safety and security of their facilities and church congregants. With that being said we can all learn from the past and continue to improve. 

What saddens me most is that I remember Nate Morales and my involvement with him as a child. (To clarify: I was not involved with sexual abuse by Morales, but it scares me to think that I could have been) Nate attended a bible study group (home group/small group) with my parents. Nate visited my home on a regular bases and interacted with my siblings and my friends. 

I am sharing these thoughts as a warning to all readers that these things can happen to you... In the words of our friend Carl Chinn, "lighting can strike twice"!

When I started this website three years ago, I never thought I would be posting articles related to my own church. I hope this serves as a warning and reminder to be vigilant. 

Saturday, February 2

Church Congregations Consider use of Armed Guards

From: Columbus Dispatch

At St. John’s Evangelical Protestant Church, leaders take seriously their job of protecting the flock.

Even before the shooting that left more than two dozen dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in December, surveillance cameras monitored the Downtown church’s grounds, visitors had to be buzzed into offices, and ushers were trained in how best to respond to emergencies.

But the discomfort level rises when the discussion turns to the best way to handle a weapon-bearing intruder, said the Rev. Virginia Lohmann Bauman, senior pastor over the United Church of Christ community of about 350. Like people at many other worship places, St. John’s members don’t feel that armed security guards belong in the sanctuary.

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Guns in Church Sanctuary - Handgun Courses - Columbus

From: Columbus Dispatch

Gun Classes in the sanctuary? Some churches say 'Amen!'

When members of his church use the sanctuary to teach concealed-carry handgun courses, Marengo Christian Church preacher Jeff Copley often stops by.

His advice: “When you put that gun on in the morning, the first thing you do is pray you will not have to use it.”

The Morrow County church of 40 to 50 members has been a concealed-carry training site since at least 2004. Church members who have been certified as instructors by the National Rifle Association teach three or four sessions a year.

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Friday, February 1

Not Guilty Plea - Tulsa Church Sex Case - Victory Christian Church

From: Associated Press

A judge has entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of a former janitor charged with making a lewd proposal to a 14-year-old girl at a megachurch in Tulsa.

Israel Castillo said nothing during his arraignment Friday morning. A judge entered the plea on his behalf and scheduled an Aug. 19 trial date.

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Cardinal Mahony Removed From Public Church Duties

From: Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Thursday announced dramatic actions in response to the priest abuse scandal, saying that Cardinal Roger Mahony would no longer perform public duties in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop Thomas J. Curry has stepped down.

Gomez said in a statement that Mahony -- who led the L.A. archdiocese from 1985 to 2011 -- "will no longer have any administrative or public duties."

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Teens Charged after Church Gunpoint Robbery

From: Examiner

Church attendees at the Ira Groves Freewill Baptist Church, 1701 Belmont, in East St. Louis, were startled to see three gunmen enter their church at 5:30 pm and commit armed robbery, the Belleville News Democrat reported yesterday, Jan. 31, 2013.

One of the three men held a gun to the minister's head and ordered the congregationto the floor. The other two men proceeded to take valuables from the attendees which included jewelry, electronics, and their wallets

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New Look!

We ran into a problem with the website today... But...It is back up and running. 

I took the opportunity to give a little facelift. How do you like the new look?

BREAKING News: Suicide bombing at US Embassy

Explosion at US Embassy in Turkey: Police: Suicide bombing at US Embassy, 2 dead.

BREAKING – “Suicide bombing at US Embassy, 2 dead,” by AP’s Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey: “A suspected suicide bomber detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital on Friday, killing himself and one other person, officials said. U.S. Ambassador Francis Ricciardione told reporters that a guard at the gate was killed in the 1:15 p.m. blast, and a Turkish citizen was wounded. The bomb appeared to have exploded inside the security checkpoint at the side entrance of the embassy, but did not do damage inside the embassy itself. … Turkey has become a harsh critic of the regime in Syria.”