CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than a month after the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church, the Lowcountry is continuing to heal. Meanwhile, local churches continue to be targets. Bullet holes and shattered windows were discovered Wednesday and Bethel AME Church on James Island.
That's a prime example why Trident Technical College is offering a church safety seminar, to teach church leaders how to be proactive instead of reactive.
Lt. Frank Jackson, homeland security officer with the Berkeley County Sheriff's office, said the horror of June 17 still replays in his mind.
"It's come home, it's come home," said Lt. Frank Jackson, referencing the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting.
He said it is now time to recognize churches are often targets.
"There's three things people not in church would come to do: kill, steal and destroy," said Lt. Frank Jackson.
In the seminar, Lt. Frank Jackson will teach the importance of surveillance cameras, protecting church finances and limiting the number of entrances into the building
He said, although church is a place of refuge, you still must be aware.
"We must be watchful while we're praying," said Lt. Jackson.
Reverend Stanley Johnson is a pastor at Covenant Life Church in Summerville. He said, pastors have an obligation to protect the church.
"The bible teaches us to be sober, to be vigilant, to be alert," said Rev. Johnson.
"Make sure that we embrace people, but be aware that there could be some people who have a wrong purpose," said Rev. Johnson.
The goal of the class is to move forward, never forgetting the past.
"This is the healing that we need," said Lt. Jackson. "The love that was expressed during this time of the whole thing is phenomenal."
For more info. on the church safety seminar, click here:http://www.tridenttech.edu/about/ttc/ttc_news.htm
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