Safety in the sanctuary: Teaching churches how to handle mass shootings inside their walls

Paul Lee, left, and Jimmy Meeks set up for the Sheepdog seminar Friday, January 29, 2016 at Brainerd Hills Baptist Church.

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Safety firstHere some tips from Jimmy Meeks and others that are applicable for all churches, regardless of size or design:› Create a security task force from volunteers in the congregation; they can figure out evacuation routes and keep the congregation aware of what to do if there ever is a violent attack.› If task force members plan to wear their weapons in church, require them to get firearms safety training if they do not have a law enforcement or military background.› Church members stocking a food pantry, bundling care packages or any other task that requires them to use just one room in the church should keep the rest of the church doors and windows locked.