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As I’m sure you know, while we had a beautiful worship service last week, the one at First Baptist in Sutherland Springs Texas could not have been more different. This small church is now grieving 26 dead and 20 injured. You can read a good synopsis of the story  here.  The last public statement of the shooter was, “Ah f___. I’m a wreck.” 

And there’s the problem.

Without Christ, the world is a wreck, and from Cain on, Satan continues to use people to bring hell to earth. The Bible teaches this truth. Last week we witnessed it. So, what is a church to do? 

The Bible uses the illustration of a local church being like a flock of sheep, led by shepherds (pastors and elders), who get attacked by wolves (Acts 20:28). It is the shepherd’s job to intentionally teach, encourage, nurture, and defend the flock. It’s our intent to defend AnchorPoint not only from wolves who are false teachers, but also from physical predators.  

That’s part of the reason for Renovate 250, to make our children’s department both larger and more secure. We are getting prices at putting exit doors in front of our worship building also, as that was an issue in Texas. For now a sledge hammer seemed like the most effective solution, besides being rather fun to use.  

The elders have appointed a security team led by Jeff Downs, supported by elder Lawrence Walsh, which monitors all three of our buildings and parking lot. The security team is a bit like the shepherd’s sheep dog; gentle most of the time, but always alert, constantly willing to stand between the wolves and the sheep. I asked Jeff to give us an overview of what they are currently doing. Below is his response: 

AnchorPoint Church has a physical security and safety team, the AnchorPoint Church Security Team (APST). This team currently consists of ten individuals, eight of which are licensed/permitted concealed carry permit holders. 

The team uses a scheduling tool to help ensure there is physical security present at each worship service and other major AnchorPoint Church events. In addition to security, the APST will assist with medical situations and emergency events. Recently, the APST lead has solicited membership of a trained emergency medical technician (EMT) and a licensed medical professional from another medical discipline. Both will begin team participation in the New Year. 

During AnchorPoint Church services, there are a minimum of two and up to four active APST members on duty. We intentionally keep the posts relatively confidential. When on duty, each team member is in possession of a two-way radio as are other key AnchorPoint Church individuals. In addition to these team members, there are other congregational members prepared to support the security team at moment’s notice. In addition to the aforementioned training, APST members have completed “Places of Worship -Threat Survival” by GLOBALone Defense Solutions, which had as a focus active shooter survival.    

The APST CY18 calendar includes: 

  • Practice Drills

  • Team training events

  • Security team capability improvements

  • Documented AnchorPoint Church Emergency Preparedness Plan 

If you are willing to serve in a ministry having the goal that others may live, then please contact Jeff Downs to volunteer for an APST position. Please note that there is screening involved prior to APST participation.  

We need everyone at our Church Services to be vigilant! If you see or know (domestically) something, say and do something. If something or someone doesn’t look right (DLR), get up and report the DLR to one of us. We have 2 to 3 people on duty and can’t see everyone everywhere.  

Thanks, your brother in Christ, Jeff

 

It’s our desire to make AnchorPoint the safest place you can be in Rio Rancho, for you and your children. Let’s pray for Gods wisdom and help for our security team – and don’t forget to thank them for their service this Sunday, when we will study James 4:13-17!

 

 Acts 20-28 (NIV2001) Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. 30Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. 31So be on your guard!