These questions may seem odd for church leaders to ask. Sadly, they're necessary. Acts of deadly violence at churches continue to make headlines.
With more than 135 deadly-force incidents occurring on ministry premises in 2012, church leaders must address how best to protect the people who come through their doors each week.
To help ministry leaders handle these challenges, Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company and Christianity Today are co-sponsoring "Guns at Church: What Ministry Leaders Should Know," a free webinar with noted church legal expert Richard Hammar at 11 a.m. (CDT)/12 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, August 14.
During this one-hour event, church leaders will learn:
- A ministry's responsibilities in preventing acts of violence against their congregations.
- The potential liabilities that ministries face in their safety and security efforts.
- Legal issues to consider while formulating a ministry's "concealed carry" (CCW) policy.
- How to balance a ministry's CCW policy with local CCW laws.
Rich will review court decisions, various state and federal laws, and best practices, and take questions from participants to help churches of all sizes thoughtfully and responsibly address their security needs.
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