After posting the article/video yesterday I received a few emails with questions. I believe every incident should be examined in light of helping others should they find themselves in this type of situation. As always, there are many ways to approach it, but often there are good, better and best options:
Greetings Glen and thanks for the message and the video clip, which I would like to discuss with you here.
Question: I wish I had seen it from the start of the interuption, to see where the subject came from and how he got on the stage. He was way to close before their Safety or Security Team members got to him.
Answer: It appears he came from the side using the stairs. They appeared to have people stationed at the front of the auditorium. One other criticism I received is they didn't have anyone standing right up front protecting the pastor. This is the difference between a standard protection detail and the balancing act of providing security in church. Most churches/pastors don't want to appear heavy handed, and I can't blame them. Having a security person standing at the front of the stage during the sermon would be a bit distracting and give the pastor an aura of self importance in need of a bodyguard. However, depending on manpower, people could be stationed at the side of the stage or near the orchestra to intervene more quickly. I do not have information on whether people were placed in these locations.
Question: I also wonder why they took him out up the center aisle so he could continue to disrupt the service with his shouting. It would seem to have been better to go out a side door close to the stage, which I would think would have been quicker.
Answer: Not knowing the lay out of the church, I can't say if there were exits toward the front of the room. However, given the fact that anyone can allege anything at anytime, I see no harm in allowing your activities to be seen by a host of people in the auditorium or to be videotaped while doing them. I think the men did a great job of assessing the person. They didn't see any weapons, and simply escorting him out was an appropriate response. The congregation was already interrupted, so I don't see where 30 seconds more interruption really caused a problem.
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