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ARITF, state leaders discuss reforms, path forward

ATLANTA (BP) — State convention representatives from around the country met with members of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF) March 28 to share the status of their state convention’s response to sexual abuse prevention reforms and learn from others.

BCM/D executive director fights for abuse prevention for those with disabilities

DAGSBORO, Delaware (BP) – For Tom Stolle, the executive director and chief financial officer for the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D), advocating for protection of the vulnerable is deeply personal.

Johnny Hunt sues SBC, EC and Guidepost

NASHVILLE (BP) – Longtime pastor and former SBC President Johnny Hunt has filed suit against the SBC, the SBC Executive Committee (EC) and Guidepost Solutions. The suit seeks unspecified damages related to allegations of defamation and the invasion of privacy based on accusations made against Hunt in the 2022 Guidepost report stemming from an investigation into the alleged mishandling of sexual abuse by the SBC EC.

Ministry Check website ‘nearly impossible’ but can be done, Blalock says

NASHVILLE (BP) – Doing what some have called impossible is the goal of the pastor leading a key SBC task force. Marshall Blalock, chairman of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARIFT), believes the creation of a ministry check website is possible.

ARITF releases video interview with Samantha Kilpatrick of Guidepost’s ‘Faith-Based Solutions’

NASHVILLE (BP) – In a video interview, Marshall Blalock, chairman of the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF), talked with Samantha Kilpatrick of Guidepost Solutions about the organization’s new Faith-Based Solutions division and plans for the upcoming Ministry Check database.  

Former pastor arrested in second Alabama county on child sex abuse charges

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (BP) -- Former Chalkville pastor Kenneth Daniel was released from one jail and taken to another Feb. 27, where he was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

Former youth pastor sentenced to 60 years for sex-related crimes

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BP) – A former youth pastor at an Arkansas church has pleaded guilty to 13 sex-related crimes involving minors.

ARITF shares new information on proposed Ministry Check website

NASHVILLE (BP) – An update on how the “Ministry Check” website will function and the process to determine if someone is credibly accused of sexual abuse was issued Monday (Feb. 27) by the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF).

Blalock gives details on ARITF work, Barber names replacement member

NASHVILLE (BP) – Marshall Blalock says it was a long process to recommend Guidepost Solutions to the SBC Credentials Committee as the firm which would establish and maintain a “Ministry Check” website database for those credibly accused of sexual abuse.

ARITF recommends Guidepost Solutions to build ‘Ministry Check’ database

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF) announced it has made a recommendation to the SBC Credentials Committee to utilize Guidepost Solutions in establishing and maintaining a “Ministry Check” website database for those credibly accused of sexual abuse.