National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime
Faith / Fear / Risk

National Survey of Congregations’ Fear of and Preparation for Crime

In my haste to get a post up yesterday about the safety and security threats faced by congregations, I neglected to address two important findings from Christopher Scheitle’s recent article based on a national survey of congregations: Religious Congregations’ Experiences with, Fears of, and Preparations for Crime: Results from a National Survey. I dealt only … Continue reading

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?
Faith / Fear / Risk

What are the Major Safety and Security Threats Faced by Religious Congregations?

I concluded my post on Jeff Kowell’s view of church security as ministry by highlighting his point that very little church security involves any physical intervention at all, armed or unarmed. And, yet, church security is often treated just as a variant of armed security in general, especially as concerns “active shooter interdiction.” So, in … Continue reading

Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?
Faith / Training

Two Gun Trainers, Three Opinions; or, One Gun Trainer, Two Schools?

Yesterday I concluded my post by raising the question of whether there is an essential core of systematic knowledge or set of professional norms that are widely agreed upon by defensive firearms trainers. I don’t think so, and the failed attempt to establish an Association of Defensive Firearms Instructors as a professional association may suggest … Continue reading

First Reflections on National Church Security Conference
Faith / Firearms / Personal Defense

First Reflections on National Church Security Conference

The 14th Annual National Organization of Church Security and Safety Management National Church Security Conference is a wrap. Three of the four members of our church security collaborative inquiry team attended the conference at Grace Church in Frisco, Texas. I was invited into this project because of my long history of work in the sociology … Continue reading