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Oklahoma church leaders react to Texas mass shooting

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-07 05:11:27-05

2 Works For You is asking what are local pastors and church leaders doing to keep its members safe in the wake of this latest deadly shooting.

Pastor Charles Moore of the First Baptist Church Summit said his church started beefing up security after the mass shooting at a church in Charleston, S.C.

Moore said his members that have concealed carry permits play an active role in keeping church services safe.

”We’ve gotta keep that atmosphere of worship intact with our members and make sure that they understand while they’re here, they’re safe and they’re secure, but we’re not naive. We know that the world out there and that people will look at the church as a place to attack,” said Moore.

In Muskogee, Pastor Kelly Payne of Timothy Baptist Church, said his church enacted a security team several years ago.

By the time his last service started Sunday night, news already spread about the church shooting in Texas.

“It’s one of those things I didn’t really realize we’d be dealing with in my lifetime, but now that we are you actually just put yourself in their shoes and it immediately begins to hit you in your heart,” Payne said.

Both pastors said those trained security teams patrol the grounds of their churches at every event.

Some churches have also worked with the Muskogee Police Department and received free active shooter training from its officers.

 

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