Southern Baptists approve abuse task force, say abusive pastors should be banned

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention got his first marching orders on Wednesday (June 16). Messengers to the SBC’s annual meeting directed President Ed Litton to set up a task force to address concerns Southern Baptist leaders have mistreated abuse victims and mishandled allegations of abuse. The denomination’s … Read more

Sex abuse survivors call for system-wide audit of Southern Baptist Convention

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(RNS) — Eight survivors of sexual abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention have issued a statement ahead of the opening session of the denomination’s 2021 meeting calling for an outside organization to oversee an audit of sexual abuse within the denomination. A motion calling for a system-wide audit was first announced by Todd Benkert, pastor … Read more

‘Preserve the base’: Leaked audio of SBC leaders shows reluctance on dealing with sex abuse

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(RNS) — Newly released audio clips from a Southern Baptist whistleblower appear to corroborate accusations Southern Baptist Convention leaders were reluctant to take action against churches accused of mishandling abuse. The audio contains a recording of Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC’s Executive Committee, telling SBC leaders in an October 2019 meeting that he is … Read more

Pressure mounts for an independent investigation of SBC Executive Committee handling of abuse

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(RNS) — The chairman of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee plans to call for an independent investigation into the committee’s handling of sexual abuse claims when it meets next week in Nashville, Tennessee. Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, California, said he would also support a proposal from two Southern Baptist … Read more