​Through 17 years of tracking deadly force incidents, some trends are solid. In the categories of weapons used by criminals, we have consistently seen 55 - 60% of them used firearms. Knives (and other cutting / stabbing weapons) have held 2nd place through the years at around 16%. Fire (including bombs and Molotov cocktails) and Automobiles battle for 3rd place year after year. The current total sees Fire ahead by only 2 incidents. The big difference between these two is the number of actual homicide victims – far more people are killed in an automotive attack than in a fire attack.

So these are the 3 big killers: firearms, stabbing weapons and automobiles. 

Ministry Violence Statistics Updated 2/19/17

Consider these and other statistics by clicking on the green button below.

The best security plan is one developed with good and relevant information.

The data on this page is only that associated with deadly force incidents and suspicious deaths at churches and ministries in the U.S.. The data is dynamic, but gathered from enough incidents that trends are stabilizing.

There is no agenda to prove anything other than the importance of intentional security and safety by every ministry – regardless of size. I record the data as I am able to confirm it, allowing others to reach conclusions on other statistics (such as church shootings, domestic violence in church, church homicides or other details related to developing a church security plan).

I am especially grateful to many who have written or met with me regarding their personal experience in some of the stories. Many have sent me stories that I missed along the way. I am grateful for every clarification, correction and revelation provided by all of you. Your information will help make ministries safer everywhere.

If you know of incidents not found, or have personal experiences with any of those stories found in the CHURCH CRIME HISTORY tab, please write me – the more we all know, the better prepared others will be.