Two teenage boys, 15 and 16, were apprehended by police in Hillsboro, OR after they broke into three churches (two Presbyterian churches and a Mormon church) in order to destroy the church property. They emptied out closets and smashed computers and other tech equipment. The church leaders are hoping to help the boys learn from their mistakes and to take steps in addressing their anger.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
With so many churches relying on technology, a break in can be devastating financially. However, these churches focused on helping the teens involved.
- The bigger picture for ministry: While it’s devastating financially for these churches to deal with a break-in, they put ministry first by seeking the best for the teens who committed the crime.
- The impact in the community: This is an important news story that can help people give the churches involved the benefit of a doubt.
- A reminder about church security: How secure are the windows and doors in your church? Do you have an alarm that would go off if an intruder broke a window? Consider ways to safeguard your church from break-ins.
How can your church put the needs of your community first?
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