Churches, like schools, are a target for those seeking to do evil. This fact was startlingly and tragically brought front and center with the incident in the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. It is unfortunate that churches of all religions need to look differently at the security of their members and visitors. An open and inviting atmosphere is in direct conflict with protecting people. Also, the different uses and occupancy loading of a church facility through a typical week causes other security concerns.
Here is an article that was published days before the tragedy in South Carolina: Security Considerations for Houses of Worship. Our team hopes it helps churches think through some of the aspects of what will make sense for their facilities and people.