When Someone Disrupts the Church Service
How to respond to a disruptive—and possibly dangerous—person.

The feature article this week on ChurchLawAndTax.com, a sister site of ours, looks at the delicate balance between ministry and safety. In "Dealing with Dangerous People," we go deeper into how church staff and lay leaders should approach an individual who may pose a threat to the church.

The article is timely for a number of reasons, including an incident last week in which an intoxicated man disrupted a church service in Louisville, Kentucky.

The types of threats addressed in the ChurchLawAndTax.com article include:

  • Someone armed with a weapon;
  • Someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Someone violating a restraining order from a custody battle;
  • Someone with anti-Christian sentiments.

Our piece includes guidance regarding how to approach someone who is acting suspiciously with the right words, gestures, and, if necessary, physical contact.

ChurchSafety.com, our sister site, offers the following electronic resources for local churches to address the question of confronting disruptive–or potentially dangerous–individuals and how to train staff and lay leaders to respond:

* Confronting Gun Violence at Church

* Protecting Your Church From Crime and Violence

* Dealing with Dangerous People

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