05 Feb: An Answer to Last Week’s Question

Last week’s message was about an incident which happened to an FBSN member in which she ended with the questions; Did they do the right thing? What would Jesus do? The most thoughtful answer came from FBSN member Kurt Owen. Kurt has been in ministry for over 30 years and was a private investigation and executive protection contractor prior to (and continuing in) his ministry. Kurt’s response; In praying about last week’s story and having dealt with well over 100 of these situations in ministry, there remains no one simple answer. What Would Jesus Do? Though we lay hold of The Mind of Christ daily (I Cor 2:15), we don’t have perfect discernment. He does. I hope I am getting it right; He knew He was getting it right. However, there are applicable principles. Our security teams must be prepared (trained) naturally as well as spiritually. Trained to be true…

29 Jan: Mental Problem or Spiritual Problem?

This week’s article is a question by FBSN member J.A. Next week will be an answer from another FBSN member. Here is J’s story. About a year ago, I shared challenges my church has faced in dealing with disturbing behavior by congregants.  Recent events caused me to revisit this topic. An elderly man – I’ll call him “Bob,” has attended my church intermittently.  He comes for a few months, disappears a year or two, then returns.  He distributes handwritten flyers around town to anyone who will take them.  The last time he disappeared was after our pastors met with him and told him to cease and desist with the flyer distribution.  Why?  Because he had written the name of our church on the flyers and outlined our churches’ doctrine of polygamy.  The problem is, our church does not practice, teach, believe, promote, or preach polygamy. Prior to this, I had…

22 Jan: 1999-2019 DFI Study, 3rd of 3 Parts

For the first time in three years, today’s TAI will be longer than 400 words. There is just a lot to process with this report. Last week I mentioned the story that significantly influenced the DFI (Deadly Force Incident) research. Kristen French didn’t attend the church where she was abducted while walking through the parking lot. It occurred on a Thursday while nothing was going on at the church. Her abductors were a normal looking husband and wife. No firearms were involved. Those things illustrate the need to evaluate statistics correctly to capture the most critical things for any security program to consider. Let’s unpack some of the data and summarize it into actionable strategies. The following statistics are gathered from 21 complete years of studying the most violent situations connected to faith-based organizations (FBO’s) in the U.S. The complete data can be found and downloaded at https://fbsnamerica.com/deadly-force-statistics. At the…