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Acts of Violence on Church Property a Real Threat -- Sheepdog Seminars for Churches Offers Solutions

Contact: Sheepdog Seminars, 817-437-9693, jimmy@churchsafetyseminar.com

FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 31, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- It is hard to imagine that something of the following nature could take place, but it did: An 18-year-old has been charged in the brutal rape and beating of a 70-year old nun in the United Sates (reported on December 13, 2013). According to the report, she was walking in a parking lot behind the church when she was approached by a man who choked her, punched her, then threw her to the ground where she was assaulted and raped.

Since 1999, over 450 people have died a violent death on church and faith based property. That's more violent deaths than in schools during that same time period. And estimates are that 10 to 23 children are sexually assaulted on church or faith based properties every day of the week.

Sheepdog Seminars for Churches will begin its 2014 tour in Denver, Colorado on February 21-22 (followed by Ft. Worth in March, Virginia Beach in April, Wichita, Kansas in September).

The 2-day seminars feature Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman (ret.), Carl Chinn, Jimmy Meeks and others. The Denver Seminar includes David Works, who was shot at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Co in 2007: two of his daughters were shot and killed in the same incident. The Sheepdog tour will awaken churches to the reality of violence on faith based property, and what steps can be taken that can reduce the risk of such violence. In 2013, 28 people died a violent death on church or faith based property. In 2012, the number reached 75.

The seminars founder, Jimmy Meeks, is a 33-year police officer and 40-year minister. Jimmy and his wife Julie were married at the First Baptist Church in Daingerfield, Texas - the sight of the 1980 shooting in which 15 worshipers were shot; 5 killed. Carl Chinn was part of on-site security at New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 2007 when a gunman entered onto that campus.

The first Sheepdog Seminars for Churches was held at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas in May of 2013. Over 600 attended. Wedgwood is the sight of the 1999 shooting wherein 14 worshipers were shot - 7 of whom were killed. For more info go to www.sheepdogseminarsforchurches.com

To reach us, you may call 817.437.9693, or email Sheepdog Seminars at jimmy@churchsafetyseminar.com