From press & staff reports
Since 1999, over 480 people have died a violent death while on church or faith based property. In addition, thousands of children have been sexually molested while on church or faith-based property (or at church-related events.)
To assist with prevention and management of these situations, The Mississippi Baptist Convention held a Church Safety Seminar on June 25 at First Baptist Church in Louisville from 8 a.m. until 12 noon. The seminar was designed to help churches and faith-based property be prepared against such violence.
Pastors, church staff, youth directors, church workers, first responders, and teachers/educators who are concerned with these issues were all invited to the event.
Speakers for the event were Carl Chinn, who was a member of the Life Safety Team at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO during the 2007 church massacre where several church members were killed and injured. Also speaking at the event was Jimmy Meeks, a 33-year police officer and 41-year minister, who has conducted almost 100 such seminars since 2009. He and his wife, Julie, were married at 1st Baptist Church in Daingerfield, TX. This was also the site of a 1980 church massacre.
The night before the event, the award-winning movie “Faith Under Fire” was shown. The movie is based on the 1980 shooting at First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, TX.
If you have any questions regarding the seminar, you may contact www.mississippichurchsafety.com or call 662-773-3366.