Open Carry in Texas and the Church

Something for church leaders to consider from this week’s Ministry Briefing:

The people of Texas are now able to openly carry gun holsters and rifles in public after a law made it legal for open carry for the first time since 1871. Private property owners and businesses can still ban open carry guns or ask gun holders to leave. Open carry is also banned from schools, hospitals, nursing homes, sporting events, and airport security checkpoints.

Source: Fox News Insider

Why does this matter for church leaders?

Guns are a hot topic in this country right now and regardless of your position,  you most likely have one. Churches need to know where they stand when it comes to guns… not necessarily from a political standpoint, but from a practical standpoint:

  • Does your church allow or encourage open carry during worship services?
  • How about concealed carry?
  • Has your policy been clearly communicated to your congregation?
  • What happens if a member of the congregation disregards this policy?
  • Does your church have a policy?

What is YOUR church’s policy on guns in worship services?


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About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through MinistryBriefing.com and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.