Now, that attack has many pastors–from Washington D.C. to Knoxville–reviewing their churches' safety measures in order to prevent similar violence from occurring closer to home as church violence continues to soar.
Rolling Out, an African American news site, noted that the Atlanta incident is one of five attacks on largely black congregations within the last year. But other pastors say the attack, perpetrated by a former church employee who resigned this summer, is a warning for all churches that are generally open and welcoming.
Regardless of security precautions, church-related violence has been on the rise for the past decade. According to Carl Chinn, a former Focus on the Family building engineer who tracks church crime and violence statistics, 115 attacks–63 of which resulted in at least one fatality–have occurred so far in 2012, up from ...1