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SAAG, ERLC share priorities to fight sex abuse in next year

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, entities and leaders will continue to receive guidance in the year ahead from a convention partnership leading the fight against sexual abuse.

Guidance on protecting churches from lawsuits offered by ERLC, SAAG

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and a special advisory group have published the first of a series of state policy “white papers” to encourage the enactment of laws that prevent sexual abuse and enable survivors to gain access to justice.

Kentucky church to investigate Chris Rice, Christian musician, after abuse allegation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A Kentucky church has announced plans to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by Dove Award-winning Christian musician and songwriter Chris Rice.

Slade calls churches to higher standard regarding sex abuse

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – It perplexes Pastor Rolland Slade that certain secular institutions have the good sense to strip professional credentials from sex offenders, while some churches seem to overlook their crimes.

Urban, rural churches benefit from ‘Caring Well Challenge’

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist churches in Los Angeles and rural Tennessee are among those that benefited from the initial year of the “Caring Well Challenge,” and more congregations have the opportunity to do so as the initiative to prevent sexual abuse and care for survivors relaunches.

Sex abuse charge dropped against former children’s minister

DALLAS (BP) – A child sex abuse charge against a former Village Church minister has been dropped because of what the district attorney's office called "a lack of probable cause."

New hiring guide to help churches prevent abuse

NASHVILLE (BP) – A manual providing guidance on hiring staff members and selecting volunteers is the latest Southern Baptist resource designed to help churches prevent sexual abuse.

‘Cares Well’ handbook now available in Spanish

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Felix Cabrera's wish for a Spanish edition of a resource for caring for the abused is now a reality among the churches he serves.

Cedarville University reinstates Thomas White; Akin, Vroegop resign from trustee board

CEDARVILLE, Ohio (BP) -- The Cedarville University Board of Trustees reinstated Thomas White as president Friday (June 26). White had been on administrative leave since May 1, following the controversial hiring and firing of a faculty member accused of sexual abuse. The reinstatement comes as the result of independent investigations into both the hiring of Anthony Moore and Moore's conduct while employed at the independent Baptist school. According to a statement by the board, Husch Blackwell LLP -- the firm tasked with the independent investigation -- "found no evidence that Moore engaged in any conduct of a sexual nature on campus or with any University student or employee elsewhere." The investigation included a "thorough review of all relevant communication" involving White and Moore, the trustees, The Village Church and employment references.

New details emerge in North Carolina pastor’s death

North Carolina pastor Jayson Rowe died by apparent suicide June 2, according to the Conway Police Department. Law enforcement officers were investigating an allegation of criminal sexual misconduct against Rowe when they received a call about his death