A couple weeks ago, I was in a small church in eastern Michigan. As I pulled out my iPad, I opened the “Settings” panel and searched for a WiFi network. The only network I found was completely open and unsecured.
After inquiring with someone from the church, I found out that their entire WiFi network was unsecured, with the desire and intent to allow anyone who is in the building to use their network. Continue reading
At the end of August 2012, our church held our annual event, “Rockin’ From the Roof”. This event draws a very large crowd every year, and requires a significant number of volunteers to help out. This year was no exception, as we drew about 3000 people to the event, with about 300 volunteers throughout the day. Continue reading
In one of the many email newsletters that I received already this week, I found an interesting article that was cross-posted between the Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com) and BeliefNet (http://beliefnet.com). This article talks about parishioners legally carrying concealed firearms in their church, and can be found at: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/should-worshippers-be-able-to-bring-guns-to-church/. Continue reading
You will see me refer to the Safety Team all throughout this series as the Safety Team Ministry. This is because I believe that any Safety Team that works within a church, or para-church, organization must be a true ministry at its very heart. Your first response might be, “Of course it’s a ministry. It’s something that the church does. By definition it’s a ministry.” Continue reading
As I write this, two days have passed since a horrific mass murder at a crowded midnight opening of “The Dark Knight Rises” movie. During one of the scenes of this dark comic book movie based on the “Batman” franchise, a killer went out and retrieved several weapons through a propped-open exit door. He then walked in and tossed at least one gas-type grenade (tear gas or smoke), and then calmly started shooting people in the audience. As of today, 12 people were killed and 58 were wounded enough to require a trip to the hospital. This psychopath injured or killed 70 people, and terrorized an unknown number more. Continue reading