Security training helps churches prepare for the unthinkable

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - After 26 people were killed in a rural Texas church, many wondered if their house of worship could be next.

The Kentucky Baptist Convention wants to help churches prepare for violent attacks by offering a Church Security Conference on March 24 at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort. The conference aims to take a comprehensive approach to addressing security risks facing churches of all sizes.

Steve Rice, head of Kentucky Baptist Convention's Church Consulting and Revitalization team, said being prepared for the unthinkable is what every church leader must now consider.

"Having a church that is warm and accessible doesn't have to mean being vulnerable to people who want to do harm," said Rice. "There is strength in being prepared."

Experts Michael Webb, of Triple Counter Measure, and Oasis Safety's Ron Aguiar will be among the many highly trained professionals at the conference helping church leaders develop security plans and assemble security teams.

Topics discussed include building safety, legal considerations and how to prepare for an active shooter scenario.

"Churches have long preached about spiritual attacks, but now, more than ever, churches need to be prepared for an outside, physical attack," Rice said.

The Church Security Conference is free to attend because of gifts to the Cooperative Program through the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Lunch will be provided for people who register in advance at www.kybaptist.org/security.

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