Pine Bluff clergy preparing churches for active shooter situations

Pine Bluff clergy prepare churches for active shooter

The mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas has church members across the country on edge.

That's why Jesse Turner, chairman of the Pine Bluff FCC, is making sure he prepares churches in Pine Bluff for any dangerous situation that may arise.

“We're trying to get some training together, we've been talking with the Pine Bluff Police Chief to get some training together for our houses of worship,” he said.

Turner said he's pairing with the police department, the Jefferson County's Sheriff’s Office, and pastors throughout the city to help educate the church community.

“We want to be prepared in case it does happen and stop it before we lose 26 people,” he said.

Kerry Price Sr., Pastor of the Breath of Life Church, said they've been practicing security for years.

“We have security, we've had it for years,” he said. “When someone comes in this church with a bag, we check it, when someone looks suspicious, a few men go and sit close to them.

“The devil knows his time is short and he is trying to take as many people with him as he possibly can, so therefore the church must be prepared."

Price said it's time for the people of God to put in some overtime.

“I blame the Christian community because we need to be doing what the Lord tells us to do," he said. "We need to be out in the street telling people about the Lord Jesus Christ, going to the prison witnessing to people, all of those things. If we don't take action, things will keep on happening."

The FCC meeting will take place Wednesday at 10 a.m. at New Saint Hurricane Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

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