August 16, 2019
On October 24 and 25, American Church Group of Arizona, in coordination with Scottsdale Bible Church, will be sponsoring a two-day Southwest Church Safety and Security Summit.
This summit, designed for safety and security teams, pastors, board members and church staffs, will provide two days of training and networking to help establish or enhance security and safety teams at houses of worship. Speakers will include nationally known experts in their respective fields to provide attendees with outstanding training from years of combined experience in the field of church safety and security. Mark Fritts, Safety and Security Director of Mission Community Church in Gilbert, Arizona, is one of the experts slated to speak at the summit.
“This Summit is absolutely one that ministries cannot miss out on,” says Fritts. “No matter what your experience level is at your church, you will take away some much-needed information when it comes to making sure your ministry is safe and secure. We have a diverse line-up of speakers, some who have experienced the danger of armed intruders with the intent to harm, and fortunately, survived to tell us!”
One of the speakers Fritts is referring to is long-time pastor Tim Remington, Lead Pastor at The Altar Church in Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho. Following a church service in 2016, Remington was shot six times by an assailant who struggled with mental Illness. Pastor Remington survived and has returned to the pulpit to deliver the message of forgiveness and grace.
“Even if you feel that your church has integrated the upper echelon of safety and security teams,” says Fritts, “you would still benefit from attending this summit to hear the speakers’ stories and lessons learned from events that have risen over the past several years.”
The Southwest Safety and Security Summit will be held at Scottsdale Bible Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Find out more information on the summit regarding pricing, special attendee hotel rates, and how to register.
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