The SBC Sexual Abuse Assessment will span three years and include annual interim reports and periodic updates, culminating, at the end of the three years, in recommendations for reform, education, and abuse prevention and response. These will be presented at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting.
The ERLC Board has commissioned Guidepost Solutions to perform the assessment. Guidepost is the same firm retained by the SBC Task Force to conduct an investigation into the Executive Committee of the SBC.
We recognize that the depth and breadth of abuse in the SBC has resulted in deep damage to many, and it is imperative that these voices and stories are heard. As Christians, honesty, accountability, and truth should guide our efforts, and we deeply desire that this assessment will become the first step in learning the true scope of what we are up against, provide an opportunity for repentance, and to help provide real reforms, wherever they are needed.
Full information on the structure and methodology of the assessment will be released in the coming weeks, along with the letter of engagement and channels for providing information.
We will be working with outside advisors, including members of the SBC Task Force, members of the survivor community, pastors, and expert attorneys, to ensure we are taking a comprehensive and cooperative approach to this assessment. In doing so, we hope to ensure accountability and independence.
The assessment will engage our churches and individuals, and include the ability to report anonymously and will emphasize survivor and community voices through its data-gathering efforts.
ERLC Trustees have already allocated $250,000 as a first commitment toward the project, while stating a further commitment to secure all funding required to complete a comprehensive and thorough assessment.
This is important work for our convention and for your ERLC.