Church Offers Weapons Training to Reach Men

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A local Church of Christ in Ohio calls its concealed weapons program an outreach to the community.

A church in rural Marengo, Ohio is offering concealed weapons training to its members to try and increase attendance among men, according to The Daily. Jeff Copley, a preacher at the local Church of Christ, explained that “church has done a good job with coffee klatsches or whatever, but we haven’t really reached out to guys. And guys in Morrow Country, they shoot and they hunt.”

“Jesus advises his disciples to sell their cloak and buy a sword,” Copley told The Daily. “He instructed his people to be prepared to defend themselves. It’s really hard to find someone in our congregation that doesn’t shoot somehow.”

The 10-hour course fulfills the state requirement for a concealed weapons permit, and hundreds of people have enrolled in the class. Other churches have since followed suit and offered similar classes; Central Baptist Church in North Carolina calls their concealed weapons classes “another avenue to reach people.”

“We promote responsibility. We don’t endorse violence,” said Rev. Ryan Bennett. “It’s just another way to draw people in.”

The Daily also explained that concealed carry licenses have seen a boom in demand in recent years. In Ohio, for example, county sheriffs issued nearly 50,000 new licenses last year, compared to just over 22,000 in 2007.

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  • John Correia

    This is not a new trend. I am a pastor in Arizona and an NRA certified pistol instructor. I do CCW classes all the time. In many places this is not new or innovative. :)

    • Hersh, or is it HARSH

      Does this make you a “Pistol Packin’ Pastor”? I’m joking here… my Dad years ago (in the 50’s & 60’s) had us all sing Pistol Packing Mama as we drove back and forth across this country (I’m a Navy Brat). I can’t remember the song anymore, just the name. Hope you don’t mind me reminiscing on your post.

      My point is, Jesus brought them in using food… an everyday interest/need. If we do our best at engaging them long enough to share the gospel message and then leave the results to the Lord we will have done all we are called to do regarding “Reaching the Unsaved” (That’s just the beginning of Discipleship).

      We are called to do our very best, NOT be perfect, and I believe wholeheartedly we can do a much better job!!! If God is willing to use a Donkey… certainly He can use a bunch of Jackasses. We just need to be willing.

      Some people believe we have to be ready, which for many really means, never being ready so they never have to do anything.

      For me, it took many, many people all doing their part cracking through my hardheartedness. Was everyone theologically correct and mature? No!!! Did I care? No! Did God use them to break my heart of pride-fulness? YES!!! Is that what really matters? YES!!! We need to pray up, get up and speak up!!! It’s that simple

  • A. C. Quinn

    Where such classes are conducted is not the problem. When a church uses this as a tool to reach men, it becomes a problem, at least in my thinking. I understand that men and women are to be drawn to Christ through the gospel of Christ which is “…the power of God unto salvation.” Romans 1:16