Local church talks about how to stay safe following the Texas church massacre

VINTON, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Church officials around the country are even thinking about how to keep their members safe.

Before the parking lot fills up at New Testament Baptist Church in Vinton, eyes canvas the entire campus.

"When we come in every morning, the guys will do a building check, make sure exterior is secure and while we are inside, everyone that is coming and going, we keep an eye on.", says Eric McGeorge who serves as security for the church.

With church shootings in Charleston, SC in 2015, in Tennesee and now in Sutherland Springs, Texas, security has been part of everyday service at New Testament Baptist Church for some time now.

The church community has sent prayers to the community of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

"We pray for every church to move forward with caution and for every church to get a team together of people that can watch, be on guard and be trained. I think training is absolutely essential as far as how to respond to different situations.", says church Pastor Jay Richards.

This particular church has a volunteer team that monitors all church events, trains once a month, and meets with Roanoke County Police Department's Community Response Team.

"It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. It could be one or two people with common thinking as long as they are working in unity and working for the Lord, counting on him. Then He will give everyone the strength and knowledge.", says McGeorge.