5 Reasons Pastors Should Be Thinking About Church Security

For hundreds of years, churches were places where personal safety. The sanctuary they offer was never in doubt. However, that has changed dramatically. With multiple violent incidents at churches across the United States, pastors have security at the top of their list.

According to USA Today, since 1999 there have been 723 violent acts committed in U.S. churches, with 38 percent resulting in at least one death. And with guns, knives, bombs, and automobiles used in these incidents, it’s clear churches must make security a top priority. To learn more, here are five reasons why pastors should be thinking about church security.

 

Churches Welcome Everyone

Not only do churches welcome anyone, but many who enter may be dealing with depression, mental illness, or issues that could keep them from thinking clearly. Because of this, many churches now provide training to greeters and ushers as to how to spot potential problems.

 

Soft Targets

Since most churches don’t have metal detectors, barriers, or security guards, they are looked at as “soft targets.” To deter potential criminals, many churches now utilize security cameras. In fact, according to protectyourhome.com, a desired feature of modern security cameras is the ability to set it to detect motion and start recording automatically on a triggered event throughout the day and night.

 

Weapons

Only a few states prevent concealed carry permit holders from carrying onto church property, but many churches disallow carry. While a totally disarmed congregation could make your church into a soft target, there are many safety concerns that are unique to a chapel filled with churchgoers. Before deciding to permit congregation members to carry on church property, they need to undergo extensive marksmanship training and understand the principles of backstop and overpenetration.

 

Trespassing

Since churches are not occupied 24/7, they become prime areas for trespassers or loiterers. While security cameras may act as deterrents, it may be best to hire off-duty police officers or have congregation members skilled in security to patrol the parking lot and check the building for any problems.

 

Drugs and Alcohol

Unfortunately, when people are high on drugs or alcohol, they often take out their anger on places where they can gain easy entry, or where they know those with whom they are angry are in attendance. Therefore, just like training greeters to spot mental health issues, many churches also offer training in how to deal with those who may be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs.

 

While most churches never experience a violent incident, today’s world shows pastors in large or small churches should indeed make security their top priority.


Fashion-Forward Tips for Expressing Your Faith

A famous quote has been attributed to St. Francis of Assisi: Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary. While the spoken word is great, we’re fans of the screen-printed word. With spring just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to think about wardrobe updates. The season invites in rich neutral and warm bright colors, which are excellent options to wear for attending church services and activities.

 

Think About Neutral Colors…

Fashion-Forward Tips for Expressing Your Faith
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A neutral color palette is sleek and sophisticated. Tops in the beige, white, or black color family can be a good addition to the modern Christian woman’s wardrobe. They can be layered for fall or spring when the weather is still cool, or over a dress in summer when the air conditioning is on.

 

…Or Go Bold!

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Church services are a vibrant place, and this season’s bright colors will fit right in. Right now, designers are using shimmery fabrics and colors like lavender and pale blue. Blazers with floral prints are also big this season, which move effortlessly from the office to an evening of fellowship.

 

Consider Maxi Dresses For Summer

Maxi dresses are cute and comfortable. They make the transition from splashing on the beach to getting coffee with a friend seamless. Maxi dresses can also be dressed up or down for going to church or looking after kids. Another reason why maxi dresses are so great is that they are modest in a fresh way. They come in a wide variety of colors and patterns suitable for any occasion. There is a reason why many Christian women consider them a wardrobe essential.

 

Get Into Faith-Based Jewelry

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Wearing a cross pendant or bracelet can be a simple but powerful statement of belief, and can invite conversation with others about their own faith journey. There are many styles out there that can help you make inexpensive, modest fashion decisions.

 

Shoes To Adore

Every woman needs a good pair of comfortable and cute shoes, and this season’s shoes rise to the occasion. Whether you’re a sandals person or live for high heels, this spring’s shoe styles combine both comfort and fashion. Glittery sneakers, for instance, give a bit of shine to leading youth worship or running to catch the bus.

 

Conclusion

Dressing your faith can be modern and sophisticated, whether it’s in wearing a maxi dress or a sleek beige cardigan. God has a design and unique purpose for you, and your wardrobe is a natural place to express of that love and joy.

Fashion-Forward Tips for Expressing Your Faith

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