Evil Invades Sanctuary by Carl Chinn
The Case for Security in Faith-Based Organizations
Carl Chinn was introduced to the need for security while serving as Building Engineer for Focus on the Family – a Colorado ministry founded (and led at the time) by Dr. James Dobson. Like others in faith-based management, Chinn had dismissed the subject of emergency readiness & inside security through much of his career, considering it an inconvenient distraction of debatable importance. After all – isn’t that what 911 is for?
Experiences changed his views on the subject.
In 1996 he was a responder in a standoff with an angry gunman who took hostages at the Focus on the Family ministry. Following the attacker’s trial, Chinn began researching and writing on the subject of criminal and other incidents in North American ministries. In 2005, he and others began to develop an intentional security program for New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He was one of the team of responders who engaged the killer on 12/09/2007.
Chinn now speaks to faith-based operators and law-enforcement groups on the subject of lessons learned in ministry security.
Carl and his wife Deana raised their 5 children in the Colorado Springs area and now enjoy 12 Grandchildren.
Faith-based organizations must increase their awareness of, and preparation for, the accidental, criminal, and environmental hazards capable of compromising their primary ministry purpose.