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Security tightens at small churches after TX shootingEASTPOINTE, Mich. (BP) -- "Shell shocked." That's how Michigan pastor Mathew Vroman felt after learning of the Nov. 5 massacre at a small Sutherland Spring, Texas, church that left 26 worship attendees dead at the hands of a gunman.
So Vroman, pastor of Eastside Community Church in Eastpointe, Mich., joined the expanding cadre of small- and medium-sized-church leaders who are developing security plans in an effort to prevent armed attacks and other threats at their churches. Read More
Church security focus of Texas seminarsDALLAS (BP) -- With church security on the minds of many pastors and other church leaders in the wake of the tragedy at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, many churches of every size are re-evaluating their security protocols.
GuideStone Financial Resources and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company are offering two seminars in November for Texas churches interested in learning about implementing best practices for volunteer church safety and security teams. The events will also include training on protecting kids in the ministry environment ... Read More
Sutherland Springs community gathers to pray, healFLORESVILLE, Texas (BP) -- "We take care of our own," stated Frank S. Page, formerly a Texas pastor, as he and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and his wife Donna spent three days helping to serve families distraught over the Nov. 5 massacre of half of the congregation of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs.
The broader Southern Baptist family -- from the Gaineses to Tony Wolfe, pastor/church relations director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention -- demonstrated servanthood by visiting grieving families, and injured congregants and praying for area folks suffering from the tragedy. Read More
Shootings don't stop churches, say Moore, past victimsSUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Church shootings like the massacre at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, will not intimidate the body of Christ, according to a Washington Post op-ed by Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore. Congregations that have experienced shootings are offering testimony to support his assertion.
"The goal the gunman sought, to terrorize worshipers, has been attempted constantly over the centuries around the world by cold, rational governments and terrorist groups -- all thinking that they could, by the trauma of violence, snuff out churches, or at least intimidate those churches into hiding from one another," Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, wrote in a Nov. 6 op-ed. Read More
So. Bapt. chaplains respond to hurting TX communitySUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- "It's a pretty somber place," Scottie Stice said of the community left behind after Sunday's horrific mass shooting at a Southern Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Stice, disaster relief director for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC), reported teams of Southern Baptist chaplains and other DR volunteers are ministering however they can among those devastated by the "senseless" tragedy. Read More
TX shooting: SBC leaders to visit grieving pastor, churchSUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- Southern Baptists ministering in the wake of what some have called the deadliest church shooting in U.S. history say they've witnessed "God at work" despite the 26 dead and some 20 others wounded at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
Local pastors and field personnel with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) began providing grief counseling within hours of the shooting at First Baptist's morning worship service Nov. 5. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines and SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page plan to ... Read More
Tragedy in TX: 26 killed in So. Bapt. church shootingSAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) --- The 14-year-old daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor was reportedly among 26 people killed when an armed man opened fire during Sunday morning (Nov. 5) worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a congregation about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio.
The pastor, Frank Pomeroy, and his wife were both out of town when the attack occurred, said Mitch Kolenovsky, a field ministry strategist with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, who contacted Read More
Pa. church shooting: member charged with manslaughter
NORTH WALES, Pa. (BP) -- A member of a Philadelphia Southern Baptist church has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment in the shooting death of a fellow church member during a worship service April 24.
Mark Storms, 46, allegedly shot and killed 27-year-old Robert Braxton during an altercation in the worship center of Keystone Fellowship's campus in North Wales, Pa., shortly after the 11 a.m. service began. Read More
Fatal shooting leaves Pa. church 'grieved'NORTH WALES, Pa. (BP) -- Investigators are seeking to determine whether a fatal shooting yesterday (April 24) during a worship service at a Philadelphia-area Southern Baptist church was "justified under the law," according to media reports.
Keystone Fellowship Church, a congregation with four campuses in the Philadelphia area, confirmed on Facebook that "one man
was shot and another is being questioned by police" regarding an ... Read More
Bellevue security subdues 'heavily armed' manMEMPHIS (BP) -- A "heavily armed" man was subdued and arrested at the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church Easter Sunday, the congregation's director of security services told Baptist Press.
Texas-based church security expert Jimmy Meeks told BP the incident serves as an example of "heads-up" response to a potential threat. The man -- 31-year-old Marcus Donald -- who was taken into custody remains under mental evaluation, according to media reports. Read More