Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders: Statement of Principles on Abuse

The Officers of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) stand in agreement with the goal of the SBC Presidential Sexual Abuse Study to equip churches and ministries in our associations to engage the issue of sexual abuse, especially in a church setting, with compassion and care. Our desire is for the churches in our respective associations to be safe havens for survivors and safe from abuse. We also call on our associational leaders and ministries to be models of compassionate care. To this end, we call on Associational Mission Strategists collectively to commit to the following statement of principles:

Our associations will share about abuse

We will educate churches and ministries in our associations to understand abuse by:

Our associations will care for abuse survivors 

We will equip churches and ministries in our associations to care well for abuse survivors by:

Our associations will prepare for abuse prevention 

We will support churches and ministries in our associations to prepare to prevent abuse by: