With tragic mass shootings becoming more common, a Southern Baptist leader has some ideas about the role a local church can play when tragedy strikes a community.
Ted Elmore, a veteran pastor who is prayer strategist for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, says the Church needs to be ready to respond.
“When something like that happens,” he says of terrible incidents such as the August 3 El Paso shooting, “the community is numb. There's the feeling that I never thought it would happen here.”
In fact, Elmore has authored a booklet “Incident Preparation and Recovery” that helps church leaders plan for emergencies.
Yet all problems are really spiritual problems, Elmore tells OneNewsNow, so the Church’s proper response is to pray. That prayer includes asking God for protection, he adds.
“I'm going to ask Him for His protection,” Elmore says. “I'm not going to wait till something happens and then say, God, where were you?"