SBC Executive Committee rejects request for system-wide abuse inquiry

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (RNS) — As the delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting gathered on Monday (June 14) in Nashville, Tennessee, for the next day’s opening gavel, the denomination’s Executive Committee rejected a request to broaden an inquiry into its handling of sexual abuse allegations to include all the entities of the SBC. Committee … 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

Southern Baptist Executive Committee hires Guidepost Solutions to review Moore allegations

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(RNS) — Responding to allegations that it has mishandled allegations of abuse in the past, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee announced Friday (June 11) that it had retained a firm to “conduct an independent review of its processes,” according to a statement from Ronnie Floyd, president of the Executive Committee. The review by Guidepost … 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