SBC State Conventions: Statement of Principles on Abuse

The state conventions in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention are committed to partnering with the Sexual Abuse Presidential Study Group to equip churches and ministries in our respective states to engage the issue of abuse with compassion and care. Our desire is for the churches and ministries in our states to become safe for survivors and safe from abuse. We also want our state conventions to be a model for compassionate care. To this end, our state conventions collectively commit to continue and expand our existing efforts and to the following shared statement of principles:

Our state conventions will continue to address sexual abuse issues 

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

Our state conventions will care for abuse survivors

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

Our state conventions will continue to prepare for abuse prevention 

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