SBC messengers pass motion, resolution on clergy sex-abuse

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LTRP Note: The following news story pertains to this week’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting where issues such as the emerging church and church-related sex abuse of children were topics of discussion. A motion to distance SBC from the emerging church was discussed.

By ABP staff
Published June 14, 2007

SAN ANTONIO — On June 1, the Baptist General Convention of Texas posted online the names of eight convicted sex offenders who worked as ministers in convention-affiliated churches.

The list is the latest development in a heated discussion within Southern Baptist ranks over the prevention of clergy sex-abuse versus the preservation of church autonomy.

It also set the stage for continued discussion of sex-abuse prevention measures at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

At a June 13 meeting of the SBC Executive Committee, Wade Burleson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Okla., presented a motion asking committee members to study the establishment of a national registry of “clergy and staff who have been credibly accused of, personally confessed to, or legally been convicted of sexual harassment or abuse.”Click here to read more.

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