Church Sexual Abuse

Independent review finds no evidence of sexual abuse coverup by Summit staff member

"There is no evidence that Bryan Loritts discouraged anyone from reporting sexual abuse when he was pastor at a Memphis church, according to an independent review launched by his current employer, The Summit Church." - BPNews

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“...in our desire to protect our institution (to protect the name of Christ) we take the path of the scoffer”

On Prov. 15:12 "It would do us well, as institutions and individuals, to consider what areas of our lives and our systems that we’re not willing to run towards the microscope. If we’ll listen to our anger it can help us. Often it is those truth-tellers which stir us up to anger that will give us the key to understanding our blind spots." - SBC Voices

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The Summit Church Admits Falling ‘Short of the Mark’ in Vetting Bryan Loritts’ Handling of Abuse Case

"...the North Carolina megachurch helmed by Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear, has hired an independent firm to investigate concerns regarding Pastor Bryan Loritts, a recent hire from Tennessee. At Loritts’ previous church, his brother-in-law engaged in sexual abuse, was prosecuted, and served jail time" - C.Leaders

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New hiring guide to help churches prevent abuse (it's free)

"A manual providing guidance on hiring staff members and selecting volunteers is the latest Southern Baptist resource designed to help churches prevent sexual abuse.... The free guide, which is available at caringwell.com/hiring, describes itself as 'a first step for church leaders on what to consider' when seeking, screening and choosing staff or volunteers." - BPNews

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Arkansas Baptists seek dismissal of sexual abuse lawsuit

Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC): "Plaintiff Fields incorrectly claims that the ABSC was in control of the church and the pastor and therefore should have known about and prevented the alleged abuse. ... The ABSC denies ever exercising any control over Millcreek or any other Arkansas Baptist church.

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