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SBC leaders respond to DOJ investigation

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has been informed that the United States Department of Justice has initiated an investigation into the SBC that will include “multiple SBC entities,” according to an Aug. 12 statement from all SBC entity leaders and SBC President Bart Barber.

Barber says implementation task force strengthened by different perspectives, backgrounds

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) ­– Diverse experiences and opinions related to the SBC and sexual abuse among members of the recently-named Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF) will enhance that group’s ability to present recommendations at next year’s annual meeting, said SBC President Bart Barber in a video release.

Barber names abuse task force members

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber has announced the members and leaders of those making up the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF).

Blalock, Keahbone encabezarán el Grupo de Trabajo de Implementación de Respuesta al Abuso

NASHVILLE (BP) – Dos pastores bautistas del sur con experiencia reciente en liderazgo para abordar el abuso sexual en la SBC desempeñarán funciones similares en el Grupo de Trabajo de Implementación de Respuesta al Abuso (ARITF).

Ex líder del ministerio juvenil se declara culpable de cargos de abuso sexual

COVINGTON, La. (BP) – Un ex trabajador juvenil se declaró culpable de cargos de abuso sexual. Darrell Jay English, de 50 años, se declaró culpable en el Tribunal del Distrito Judicial 22 el 18 de julio.

Former youth ministry leader pleads guilty to sexual abuse charges

COVINGTON, La. (BP) – A former youth worker has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges. Darrell Jay English, 50, entered the plea in the 22nd Judicial District Court on July 18.

California churches preparing for state’s new child protection measures; CSBC hosting webinar

FRESNO (BP) – A recently-enacted California state law that requires additional levels of abuse prevention training and implementation complements Southern Baptists’ resolve to care for children, one state convention leader said. And, it provides a window into the future for other states.

‘Very high priority’: Barber reveals criteria for new task force appointees

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber has unveiled his desired skill set for appointees to an Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force approved by messengers at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting.

Send Relief establishes fund to support survivors of sexual abuse

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Following the recent report that addressed how Southern Baptists have handled sexual abuse allegations in the past, Send Relief is seeking to be a part of the solution by establishing a survivor care fund.

Marshall Blalock reflects on service with Sexual Abuse Task Force

Charleston, S.C. (BP) – Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charleston, S.C., said one of the spiritual lessons he learned through serving on the Sexual Abuse Task Force was how to “think and act with more compassion.”