Keeping our sanctuaries safe: Security Expert will advise Flint church leaders

Keeping our sanctuaries safe: Security Expert will advise Flint church leaders

The places we pray should be sacred and safe, but following the recent tragedies in Charleston, Pittsburgh and New Zealand, many admit they are not.

“Now more than ever it’s vital for places of worship to take control of their parishioners’ safety,” according to . Mark James, Executive Director of Panther Protection Services.

The security expert will address church safety on March 28 at Flint Southwestern Academy. His 8:30 a.m. presentation entitled “Providing Safe Physical Spaces in Faith Based Organizations,” is a part of Flint Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (Flint ReCAST) Resiliency Week events.

 “Security and protection are like dressing in the winter, best done in layers” said James. “Faith leaders must take charge in securing the safety of their parishioners. The session is designed to teach churches, mosques and synagogues how to more effectively mitigate risks by enhancing their security protocols based on assessment and prioritization and not merely emotion.  At a time when most security programs merely focus on risk management, which is what do we do we do at the point of crisis, our focus is risk mitigation, which is how do we get in front of the crisis.”

Mark James was invited to Flint by Calvary United Methodist Church Pastor and Flint ReCast advocate Greg Timmons, who believes that safety should be a priority in every home, community center and place of worship.

Editor’s Note: Flint ReCAST is a partnership between the City of Flint and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, the University of Michigan-Flint, and Genesee Health System. Learn more at and on Facebook @FlintReCAST.  Additional questions regarding the session should be directed to Kris Johns at 810-348-4437. 



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