James 4 tells us: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…Be wretched, mourn, and weep…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.”
The investigation into sexual abuse allegations and the actions and responses of our SBC leadership has been underway since last fall. This past Sunday, the report* of Guidepost Solutions’ investigation and findings was made public. That 288-page report communicates that survivors of abuse and advocates for change were met with “resistance, stonewalling, and even outright hostility” from some members of the Executive Committee of the SBC when they shared their stories of abuse or when they spoke out in favor of cultural and structural changes.
We are saddened and grieved as the reports of sexual abuse, the cover-ups, the dishonesty, the lack of integrity and more were revealed in the findings of the report.
With the release of the Sexual Abuse Task Force Report, this is a call to prayer for the churches of the SBC, seeking God together in humility as we lament, repent, and prepare for the days ahead.
Read full response from Region 6 AMSs here.
Prayer prompt guide for your church is available here.