Nate Adams, Executive Director of the Illinois Baptist State Association, issued a statement on the Guidepost Solutions report on the SBC Executive Committee’s handling of sexual abuse claims in the denomination, which was made public on Sunday (May 22).
“Along with many others, I am grieved over the information released today by the SBC’s Sex Abuse Task Force, including the detailed findings in the Guidepost Solutions report. I’m grateful for the Task Force’s concisely stated recommendations, which I’m sure will receive sober and serious considerations by messengers to next month’s Southern Baptist Convention in Anaheim. While the focus of the Task Force’s work has been at the national SBC level, any network of churches, including our association of churches here in Illinois, should carefully examine its own practices in responding to victims of abuse, as well as assisting churches in prevention. IBSA is doing so and remains committed to continuing transparent and proactive processes to assist churches in protecting the vulnerable and ministering to those who have experienced abuse.”
To access the full report and the task force’s recommendations, click here.
IBSA voluntarily began its own internal review of the reporting and prevention processes it engages with member churches following the IBSA Annual Meeting in November.