Weekly Update 11.09.17
Like you, my heart is heavy in the wake of the unthinkable violence in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Like you, I have been praying for the victims, their families, that small town, and for our nation.
In the midst of a tragedy like this, and even more so when it happens in a house of worship, the question arises: does Faithbridge take precautionary steps towards preventing this sort of disaster?
Let me answer with a resounding “yes!” Let me highlight three here:
- Every Sunday at Klein, we employ a total of 14 Precinct 4 Constables and Sheriffs and Houston Police officers. Security consultants tell us we run at more than triple the number of cops they would recommend for our sized church, but in this day and age, we feel it is money well spent running above the recommended ratio to have more eyes continually looking for suspicious activity.
- A year ago, we took the entire staff through a professionally structured day-long “active-shooter training” – a training day we found particularly enlightening and empowering. We will be calendaring this event annually, hereon.
- Additionally, we have several “plain-clothed,” armed, off-duty police officers in our midst who identify themselves to us.
Faithbridge parents already know that our kids’ areas are even more secure with clear, strictly enforced check-in procedures, highly-trained and fully vetted staff and volunteers, and a culture we call “Ministry Safe” to protect our most vulnerable and valuable Faithbridgers.
All of this to say: we are going above and beyond to do even more than the prescribed “best practices” for safety of a church our size.
So, what do we do now in the aftermath of Sutherland Springs?
We do what followers of Christ have done every single week for hundreds of years — those who have gone before us and have seen persecution, war, violence and tragedy. Despite all that, they have gathered to worship! For it is in worshipping our eternal Savior, that we are reminded this world is not our home! We were always made for more – rife with faith, love, joy and His all-surpassing peace!
So let not your hearts be troubled, He has overcome this world – and so shall we. Be at Faithbridge this weekend as we congregate to be a bright light in a dark world – through worship, prayer, preaching and celebrating the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday.
God is on the move here at Faithbridge in a fresh way, and many of you have told me you feel this! Let’s keep stepping forward in faith to see what new things he has in store for us.
See you Sunday!