You have probably already read at the most of the news sites or feeds that Pastor Fred Winters of First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL. was shot and killed as he preached Sunday morning. As a pastor it worries me more and more that something like that could happen in our area and in our church. The thing that worries me most is not that I would be the target, but that other innocent people, perhaps children would be targeted as well. I do believe that it is time that churches put together a plan to have armed security guards available during their services.
I grew up in Knoxville, TN and would have never thought that a pastor would be killed in his pulpit in that city, but it did just last year. You may think it will never happen where you are wither, but reality says we need to be prepared.
Please pray for Pastor Fred Winters family and the church he pastored.