Some Rock Hill, South Carolina, pastors are seeking new ways to protect their congregations.
The Herald report more than 500 church leaders attended a safety seminar with police at First Baptist Church of Rock Hill last week.
The event was created in response to the Charleston church shootings in June.
The York Baptist Association is stressing to its churches to be prepared for anything.
Earlier this month, WSOC-TV reported about Charlotte pastor Brenda Stevenson, who plans to arm herself during services. She leads the congregation at New Outreach Christian Church and is in the process of getting a concealed carry permit.
Several members of the church said they also plan to carry weapons to provide security.
Stevenson was inspired by the Charleston church shootings as well as two recent shootings at movie theatres in Louisiana and Tennessee.
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