Church security seminar returning

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 4/7/20

Magen 2021: A Gathering of Guardians, which is a church security seminar, is already in the planning stages to be held next year at Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland.The announcement was made to …

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Church security seminar returning

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Magen 2021: A Gathering of Guardians, which is a church security seminar, is already in the planning stages to be held next year at Westwood Baptist Church in Cleveland.
 
The announcement was made to the Cleveland Daily Banner by organizer Joe Gilbert, Westwood’s director of security, and comes on the heels of the first seminar, which was held Feb. 29 at the church.
 
The event will be held on a Saturday in late February, Gilbert said.
 
This year’s event was a huge success, according to Gilbert, who said approximately "... 725 attendees from 135 churches came to the event." 
 
As a result, due to demand, he's already planning a follow-up seminar for next year.
 
The seminar — organized to help churches "consider how to address security threats motivated by hate, personal vendettas, publicity and many other ill-conceived motivations" — attracted attendees from several surrounding counties and states.
 
The term “Magen” is  Hebrew for guardian, protector or shield.
 
Speakers at this year’s seminar included Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson, Bradley County Sheriff Steve Lawson, Tennessee state Sen. Mike Bell, local attorney Matthew Coleman, retired ATF Agent Neil Harper and FBI Special Agent Jeff Nix, and Jerry Stout from the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security.
 
Gilbert said speakers for next year’s event will be announced at a later date.
 
For more information, contact Gilbert at 423-584-3969 or by email at jmgilbert98@gmail.com
 
 
 

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