ROBINSON, Ill. (WTHI) - It's meant to be a place of healing but now, even churches can be the scene of horrific violence.
Highland Church of Christ in Robinson, Illinois has a security team made up of church members but they're raising the stakes by taking part in a training exercise they won't soon forget.
With the help of the Robinson Police Department and a training expert from Lincoln Trail College, church members acted out a series of active shooter drills Saturday morning.
Instructor Chris Forde says, "We do the scenarios in a way that are very realistic and we do try to get that adrenaline going in people so that they can understand how they're actually going to respond in a real world scenario like this."
The exercises force you to think and take action.
"What happens in any situation like this is you have that natural fight or flight response but the first thing that's going to happen to everybody is there's going to be that moment of freeze."
Church members say there are five to six hundred people in the pews on any given Sunday.
Security team member John Brimberry says, "Every church needs to see this. They need to see the active shooter. They need to get in their head just exactly what they need to do just in case something like this does happen. They need to have a plan."
Forde says, "The reality is we're seeing more and more of this kind of thing happen so we want to make this training available to people so they know what to do in a situation like this."
If you'd like to participate in active shooter training like this, start by reaching out to your local police agency.