TWW wishes to be a support to those folks who are introducing child sex abuse resolutions at SBC conventions in various states. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If your state's convention or legislature is introducing such resolutions, please feel free to send us the information and we will post it. TWW stands firmly behind any effort to highlight and prevent child sexual abuse in churches.
We also commend those who would stand up to protect our children. In North Carolina, Pastor Tim Rogers of Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indian Trail, is championing this resolution. Good for you, Tim! Far too many pastors and churches prefer to protect their "imagined image" over protecting the children.
We, in particular, draw attention to this part of the resolution. It never ceases to amaze us that self-proclaimed leaders would affiliate with individuals or churches which have a poor history in advocating for the children harmed by predators.
we encourage all denominational leaders and employees of the North Carolina Baptist Convention to utilize the highest sense of discernment in affiliating with groups and or individuals that possess questionable policies and practices in protecting our children from criminal abuse
RESOLUTION ON SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
The 2013 North Carolina Baptist Convention, November 11-12,
Greensboro, North Carolina
WHEREAS, The Bible is clear in its affirmation that children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3–5); and
WHEREAS, The Lord Jesus demonstrated His love for children by encouraging them to follow Him, correcting those who hindered them, and condemning those who harmed them (Matthew 18:3–6; Mark 10:13–14); and
WHEREAS, The sexual abuse of children remains an ever-increasing criminal offense with more than 1.8 million reported victims of sexual abuse by more than 750,000 child abuse perpetrators identified in the United States alone; and
WHEREAS, Tragically, instances of sexual abuse have been perpetrated within Southern Baptist congregations, churches of other denominations, and other Christian ministries; and
WHEREAS, The 2013 Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Houston, Texas considered and adopted a similar resolution supporting victims of child abuse, both recognizing the abuse of children as a potential threat within Christian congregations and urging all Southern Baptists to perpetuate a culture of protection within our respective children’s ministries; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the North Carolina Baptist State Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, November 11–12, 2013, call upon all North Carolina Baptists to stand with our Lord Jesus in loving and protecting children as He does; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we remind all North Carolina Baptists of their legal and moral responsibility to report any accusations of child abuse to authorities in addition to implementing any appropriate church discipline or internal restoration processes; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we likewise call upon all North Carolina Baptists to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials in exposing and bringing to justice all perpetrators, sexual or otherwise, who criminally harm children placed in our trust; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we strongly urge North Carolina Baptist churches to utilize background checks like those provided through LifeWay Christian Resources (www.lifeway.com/backgroundchecks), databases of sexual predators such as the US Department of Justice sex offender database linked at SBC.net (www.SBC.net/localchurches/ministryhelp.asp), or other relevant resources in screening all potential staff and volunteer workers, particularly those who minister to children and youth; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage pastors and church leaders to develop and implement sound policies and procedures to protect our children; and be it further
RESOLVED, That we encourage all denominational leaders and employees of the North Carolina Baptist Convention to utilize the highest sense of discernment in affiliating with groups and or individuals that possess questionable policies and practices in protecting our children from criminal abuse; and be it finally
RESOLVED, That we urge all North Carolina Baptists to pray for children who are victims of abuse, to stand for their protection from abuse, and to support safe and healthy children’s ministries in our churches and communities.
Submitted by Tim Rogers, Indian Trail, NC, messenger representing the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indian Trail, North Carolina on October 4, 2013.