Confronting Gun Violence at Church

Church Law and Tax Group.

This article equips clergy and lay leaders with tips and information to prepare for the reality of gun violence in houses of worship.


assessing readiness and procedures, how to interact with the media, pros and cons of hiring security guards, installing security cameras, stories of congregations that have experienced gun violence

Best For

clergy, lay leaders, and judicatory personnel of any faith tradition


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Suggested Uses

  • Assess your congregation's readiness and safety procedures when it comes to gun violence by reading this article with clergy and lay leaders to create new safety policies.
  • Consider the pros and cons of hiring security guards and taking other safety precautions after reading this resource.

About the Contributor

Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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