They said the goal of the training is not to make people paranoid, but to empower them with the right tools should they ever need them.
"I've got the family here and there are other families around as you can see, that really needs to be inspired to think safety", DeFuniak Springs resident Bronco Lane said.
"Churches, pastors - they're busy; they've got a lot of things going on", Wohlrabe said.
He says the memorial was a way to honor the victims without focusing on the shooting.
Just one month after the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, we find ourselves pulled back into an all-too-similar story.
Protecting the church's most vulnerable is important.
"There are so many families who have lost family members, and it occurred in a church, in a place of worship", the Texas governor, Greg Abbott, had said during a press conference on the evening of the shooting. We need more attention to the role of gender and gendered violence rather than falling back on narratives of mental illness alone. A UPS worker who had made a living delivering packages for the people of this region said that he was glad that so many people had gathered in the area despite the tragedy.
Religious protection fight looms over same-sex marriage bill
Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate. The Human Rights Law Centre said Paterson's bill was "a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination".
Some churches hire professional security. Now, Delmarva law enforcement officials are taking a stand to make sure that churches and businesses are prepared to deal with an active shooter situation. That's why I, along with other Christian leaders and pastors, have signed a petition to start this urgent and necessary conversation and to demand action.
Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter was among the slain, said November 12 in a brief address, "We have the power to choose, and, rather than choose darkness, like [the gunman] did that day, I say we choose life", according to CNN. "So they may not be visible, but they are there".
If someone feels like the news and exposure of all those incidents are starting to affect their lives, it's best to limit their exposure to the news and social media, they said.
"I want everyone that walks in there to know that the people who died lived for their Lord and Savior", Pomeroy said according to CNN.
While many churches have long had plans for floods or tornadoes, Wohlrabe said violence and bloodshed in a church has always been seen as a societal taboo.
"Even here in our community, here in our church, we were affected", Wheeler Avenue member Marcia Curry said in an interview. He noted Pomeroy had raised the possibility of tearing down the facility at some point in the future, but that was a personal reflection, not a statement of the church body's decision.