15 Jan: 1999-2019 DFI Study: 2nd of 3 Parts

Last week the FBSN released the updated Deadly Force Incident (DFI) study of the worst of all faith-based related violence in the U.S. That information now captures data from 21 years of learning from the 2,183 incidents in the study. It is not just numbers. It is an effort to help us get better at protection. This week I want to document the history of the study, in the 2nd of 3 parts of that release. In 1996, I began writing a book about security in faith-based organizations (Evil Invades Sanctuary was published in 2012). To establish a baseline confirmation of the need, I researched crime at ministries. A surprise emerged in that research, in how many of those incidents had violent deaths, or the potential for such associated with them. The quantity of such attacks was undocumented, so I developed methods of tracking. National news stories would break regarding some…

08 Jan: DFI Study Updated through 2019

My professional life’s effort is to keep innocent people safe when they gather to worship or serve at their faith based organization. The DFI (Deadly Force Incident) Study was an effort on my part to track the most violent crimes associated with faith-based organizations across the United States. That study now belongs to the Faith Based Security Network (www.FBSNAmerica.com) where a team of people continue the study for that membership association. One of my requests in giving the study to the FBSN was that they would continue to make it available to the public. The purpose of the DFI study is to confirm the need for intentional FBO Security by; Determining the frequency of deadly force violence associated with Faith Based operations Categorizing lessons learned for improved readiness Establishing a public record of all incidents The DFI study tracks the most violent (homicide or suicide potential) incidents at all major…

01 Jan: Faith & Mission

The most critical thing for us to do in 2023 is to keep the faith and stay on mission. What prompts me to say this was being aware of a young lady going through a tough time. As 2023 dawns on her life and yours, I was drawn to the 22ndchapter of Luke. When I heard her story this week, I thought of Christ telling Peter, “Satan has asked to sift you all like wheat.” A few details about that statement in context are; This conversation took place during the last supper. It followed a segment of the supper conversation where the disciples were discussing who among them would be the greatest. Jesus told Simon he had prayed for him regarding Satan’s request. It is curious to me that Jesus didn’t pray Satan’s request wouldn’t be granted. Not only that, but Satan’s request seemed to be for all the disciples,…