Security!? In a church?
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.
Consider these and other statistics by clicking on the green button below.
At the end of May 2017, we are seeing fewer incidents than prior years. However, the incidents are deadlier this year than most with there being 42 violent deaths in the first 5 months of 2017. If the year continues this violent, it will be the worst ever, passing 2015 (the year in which 9 were killed in one act setting that terrible record of 77 violent ministry related deaths in one year).
Ministry Violence Statistics Updated 7/19/17