On Sunday, December 29, a gunman opened fire at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas. When the shooting ended after approximately 6 seconds, two worshippers were dead. The gunman was stopped by Jack Wilson, a 71-year-old volunteer on the church’s safety team. (Wilson is a firearms instructor, a reserve deputy sheriff, and an excellent marksman.) By all accounts, his swift action saved many lives in that church.
First of all, how tragic that three lives (including the gunman) were lost and that the church was disrupted at communion time. We pray for the families of the two men killed before the gunman was stopped. The family of the gunman is undoubtedly hurting and in need of prayer as well.
So, the question that has been posed to me quite often in the wake of this incident – and unfortunately many other church shootings is: Are we safe at Madison? Do we have a team in place to protect the congregation while we worship?
The answer to that question is YES – we are safe, and YES, we do have a functioning safety team. This is a ministry that prefers (for obvious reasons) to operate below the radar, but they are there. Without revealing anything with regard to tactics and strategy, I will tell you that they are very dedicated people who receive ongoing training. They meet regularly and have excellent leadership. Every service we have is monitored by this team in the parking lot, hallways, classrooms, and Worship Center. I thank God for the ministry that they provide.
That is all I want to say about the Madison Christian Church Safety Team. Pray for them as they do their important work. And, do not ever hesitate to speak up. If you see something that just doesn’t look right, just like we tell little children, “See something, say something.” Thank you for supporting all of the efforts to keep you safe at church.