Faith Community Remains a Target

Advisory

Faith Community Remains a Target

Aware

In a briefing designed to assist the faith community deter, prevent, or disrupt terrorist threats in their congregations U.S. federal law enforcement and counter terrorism agencies reported they have investigated more than 100 threats to religious institutions in the past year. There have been roughly five major incidents since 2017, which have involved churches and synagogues resulting in death or injury. They warn churches remain highly attractive to terrorist organizations. Officials also warned domestic actors will continue to pose a lethal threat to faith communities and are concerned about lone offenders and the continued cycle of radicalization to violence.

Christians are reminded to call local law enforcement or 911 to report any constitutionally unprotected suspicious activity such as those who are:

Providing material support to violent groups Engaging in violent messaging via email, online, or social media

Participating in surveillance activities including service times, entry/exits and parking lots

Acquiring suspicious quantities of ammunition, explosives, hydrogen peroxide, acetone, gasoline, propane or fertilizer,

Conducting activities using storage facilities to construct explosive devices

Ready

CEN continues to monitor the threat/risk situation and advise there are no known active threats at this time to the Christian community. However, churches are wise to maintain awareness, prepare their congregations spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically to share Christ in the midst of any crisis large or small. ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch, ReadyCity

CEN Advisors and State Safety Security Officers stand ready to assist you or your congregation implement a plan to keep your congregations safe. ReadyChurch training will help you develop emergency plans, manage resources, conduct risk/threat assessments and prepare each congregant to be part of an overall response.

Learn more about becoming a Safety Security Officer in your church or community CEN SSO 101 webinar.

Please God, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord and help me. Please hurry to my aid, O God, You are my helper and my Savior. O Lord do not delay! Psalm 70:1,5

There

Pray
  • For those in church leadership nationwide to be mindful of the safety of their flock and take responsible appropriate actions. Acts 20: 28 -29
  • For church and ministry Safety Security teams to have the wisdom of Solomon and the willingness of Esther to stand in the gap. John 15:13
Care
  • For first responders by encouraging and thanking those who are charged with protecting the flock.
  • For you own church security team and consider how you can you support the team.
Share
  • CEN’s ReadyChristian, ReadyChurch and ReadyCity books with your church leadership including security team to turn any crisis into an opportunity for the Gospel.
  • Your name, contact information, and your church emergency plans with local law enforcement so they know you are ready to stand with them for support in any crisis with the Gospel.

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