Sexual abuse policy approved for Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) affiliation

The policy "would disallow new or continued affiliation by a church whose senior pastor has been convicted of sexual abuse of a child. The policy also prohibits new or continued affiliation by a church that is found to be "indifferent in their response to child sexual abuse." - BPNews

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Aaron Blumer's picture


Encouraging to see progress on this. 

When will we see independent Baptist state/regional/national organizations act?

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Bert Perry's picture

My take is that they will need to flesh out precisely what they mean by "indifference"--it's a good term, but my experience is that if you give too much leeway in defining it, it will become meaningless.  Good place to start; hiring a convicted sex offender as youth pastor counts.  Or, for that matter, any pastor or ministry director who works with the opposite sex closely. 

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