A sanctuary by definition is a place of refuge and safety. It’s supposed to be a place where people can let down their guard and find respite and reprieve from the normal activities of life. And yet, in light of the recent tragedy at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Texas, many are questioning the refuge and safety of our places of worship. On Sunday, November 6 as the horrific news spread like wild fire on cell phone news alerts, many people in my church came to talk to me or share with me their sadness. And every single person who messaged, called or talked to me had a similar question, “What if that happened here at our church? Are we prepared?”
Fortunately, about six months ago, we had some safety training from a very thoughtful evaluation and thorough training from a retired specialist who has worked for several police departments including the LAPD. However, in speaking with him on Sunday, we know we need to step up our preparedness to ensure that as people come onto our campus that we have done our due diligence to provide a safe environment…a sanctuary. Read more!