Colorado shootings reflect big threats at megachurches

Overflowing offerings, well-known preachers
With megachurches come megacrowds, megamoney and, increasingly, mega–security concerns.

The crowds—anywhere from 2,000 to 20,000 worshipers each weekend—can be an attractive target for a deranged shooter. Overflowing offering plates are tempting to thieves, and well-known preachers can become high-profile targets.

The shootings December 9 at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and a Youth With a Mission training facility in the Denver suburb of Arvada—which left five people dead, including the assailant—reflect the security nightmares facing some of the country’s largest churches. Many of those churches now employ armed guards to protect human, financial and physical “assets.”

 

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