Midlands church talks security after Texas church shooting
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Church security became a top priority after Dylann Roof walked into Mother Emanuel church in 2015, fired shots and killed nine innocent people.
Now, church leaders are once again having to re-visit their own policies when it comes to safety.
For many, it is hard to believe that anyone could attack a sacred place like a house of worship.
So how do you strike a balance between maintaining both a welcoming and secure environment?
Tim Bupp, senior pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia says violence should never be the answer but there are certain measures any church can take.
"I don't know what kind of security will secure you from something like that unless you have armed guards surrounding the church and certainly that's not the presentation of Jesus Christ."
But make sure you have elders or ushers that are assigned on certain Sundays to make sure they keep their eyes open for things that might be happening.
Churches can also consult local law enforcement about security questions.
Many agencies will do a walk-through of a church and conduct training with church staffers.
This church tragedy brings back horrible memories for the families of the Charleston church shooting.
Chris Singleton lost his mother to gun violence at Emanuel AME church in June 2015.
He posted a series of tweets just hours after he learned about the Texas church shooting including the quote " hard to breathe thinking that 20 more people were killed in a place of worship. Gun violence is real and needs to be stopped."