As I get older and gradually acquire more wisdom, I become more willing to repeat the words of those who can sums things up more elegantly than I can. After all, why reinvent the wheel? My friend Kevin had a particularly astute observation regarding the recent Charleston shooting and church emergency preparedness. This paragraph sums up what prepared church leaders should be doing now:

If you’re a church leader, and your church does not have a disaster plan, MAKE ONE, for God’s (literal) sake. That plan should cover fire, armed intruders and whatever natural disasters are common to your region: A church in Saskatchewan probably shouldn’t worry about a hurricane, but a blizzard that traps in a congregation overnight is a very real possibility in such climes.

Read the whole thing (it’s short) but take it seriously and take steps now to protecting your flock. Having faith is great, combining faith with preparation is better still.