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Seminar aims to ‘Protect the Flock’

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By Brittany Fuller

 

First Baptist Church will be the first church in Kentucky to offer a seminar addressing the threat of violence and sexual assault on unsuspecting worshippers. The church has partnered with SheepDog Seminars, and hopes to bring awareness to the issue.

“The local church is to be a sanctuary. A place of rest and refuge where people can worship God,” said Bro. Bob Ehr of First Baptist Church. “But churches are increasingly being targeted by armed shooters, sexual predators and others who seek to bring harm on unsuspecting worshippers. We at First Baptist realized the need for a plan to address this ever-increasing threat.”

Before the seminar gets underway, First Baptist Church will have a free movie, “Faith Under Fire,” beginning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11. The film is based on the 1980 shooting of the First Baptist Church of Daingerfield, Texas.

The seminar will be the following day, Aug. 12, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost of admission is $69.

Ehr said that the church contacted SheepDog Siminars because they are the leader in church security and safety conferences. Ehr said that since seeing the church that he attended while in seminary featured on CNN in 1999 — when a gunman walked into the church killing seven people and wounding seven others — he has realized the importance of having preventative measures in place to protect the house of worship.

“Although we do not need to live in panic about what could happen we do need to be prepared,” Her said. “Therefore we are hoping that church leaders and others will come away from the conference with a plan to better protect our homes, churches and community.”

Ehr said that many people would be speaking at the event. Jimmy Meeks will address the role of a SheepDog who protects a flock of sheep from a wolf that seeks to ravage them. Carl Chinn — who survived a shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. — who will share her experience on what it is like to survive a shooting. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who will speak on how to prepare the mind when coming in contact with a violent person.

“Any interested person is welcome to attend,” Ehr said. “In fact, people have already registered from Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, and Missouri. Church leaders, first responders, school teachers and others concerned about the growing problem of violence in our country will benefit from the teaching that equips people to better serve as a protector for one’s family, church and community.”