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Join us in Dallas on October 3-5, 2019. The American church is facing an abuse crisis. Is your church doing all it can to be safe for survivors and safe from abuse? Churches should be a refuge for those who have experienced abuse. But, too often, survivors haven't found the protection they deserve and the care they need from the church. Are you ready to join us in changing that?

The ERLC and SBC Sexual Abuse Advisory Group are partnering together to present Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis, at the Gaylord Texan on October 3-5, 2019. This event will feature survivors, experts, pastors, and advocates who will seek to equip Christians on the subject of abuse and related issues to empower their churches in the process of becoming safe for survivors and safe from abuse.

Through a mix of speakers, panels, and breakout sessions, leaders will listen to the stories of survivors, learn from the experience of experts, and leave equipped with the tools they need to address abuse.

We don't want finances to be a barrier to someone attending. That's why we are offering a steeply discounted launch rate for this event, with special pricing for bivocational pastors, small church pastors, church planters and students.  That's why we are committed to reinvesting any proceeds from this conference back into the ERLC's work on abuse. That's why we also have a limited number of conference registration scholarships available

We want every church to return home after the conference equipped to do three things: share about abuse, care for the abused, and prepare for abuse prevention. The conference will address a variety of topics in order to tackle important questions that every church must address:

  • How should we make sense of the abuse crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention?
  • What can churches do to strengthen their efforts to prevent abuse?
  • How can churches care well for those who have been abused?
  • Who should churches partner with in their communities as they respond to abuse?
  • How can we listen to and learn from the stories of survivors?
  • Why should we lament the crisis of abuse? What should that corporate sorrow look like?
  • How can churches take intentional steps on abuse without using church polity as an excuse for inaction?
  • Why is the church often not seen as a refuge for survivors? Can that be changed?
  • What are practical steps your church can take right now to be safe for survivors and safe from abuse?
  • How can we improve awareness about abuse among those in our churches and communities?
  • What are common myths about abuse and how can we correct them?
  • How should Christians address physical abuse, emotional abuse, and verbal abuse?
  • Is your church doing all it can to address the abuse crisis?



Hotel Information

The event will take place at the iconic Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.

To make reservations please call 877-491-5138 and ask for ERLC National Conference 2019. This is a toll free 24/7 number. 

Reservations can also be made online at the following link:

The rate is $209 plus $20 resort fee and taxes, and guests responsible for all charges.

Room reservations must be made on or before 09/10/2019.  Room reservation requests after this date will be subject to hotel availability at the rack rate.

Check in is 3:00 p.m. CT with check out at 11:00 a.m. CT.


Schedule subject to change

Thursday, October 3

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Registration/Exhibit Hall open

1:00-5:30 p.m. Afternoon Session

  • The Church’s Response to Abuse is a Gospel Issue - Russell Moore
  • Survivor Story - Susan Codone
  • Abuse and Mental Health: Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Trauma - Kay Warren
  • Survivor Story - Megan Lively
  • Overturning Myths Related to Sexual Abuse and the Church - J.D. Greear
  • Panel:  Sexual Abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention - Phillip Bethancourt (moderator), J.D. Greear, Beth Moore, Amy Whitfield, Ronnie Floyd

5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner Break

7:00-9:15 p.m. Evening Session

  • Survivor Story - Jackie Hill Perry
  • Rid of My Disgrace: The Work of Christ and the Effects of Abuse - Justin Holcomb
  • The Courage to Confront the Crisis of Abuse in the Church - Beth Moore
  • Light in the Darkness: Abuse and the Hope of the Gospel - Gary Haugen

Friday, October 4

8:30-9:30 a.m. Breakout Session 1

  • Panel: Learning from Survivors: The Truth about What Helps and Hurts in the Healing Process - Trillia Newbell (moderator), Susan Codone, Kelly Rosati, Mary DeMuth, Andrew Schmutzer
  • Panel: God Made All of Me: What Your Student Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Parents Can Do to Protect Kids  - Ashlyn Portero (moderator). Faye Scott, Justin Holcomb, Randy Stinson
  • A Refuge for the Broken: Abuse, Adoption, and Foster Care - Lifeline Children's Services

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Morning Session

  • Facts vs. Myths: Understanding Who Child Sexual Abusers Actually Are - Gregory Love
  • Survivor Story - Jennifer Michelle Greenberg
  • Skillful Screening - Kimberlee Norris
  • Panel: Protecting the Vulnerable: Understanding The Church's Role in Preventing Abuse - Phillip Bethancourt (moderator), Samantha Kilpatrick, Carol Hogue, Kimberlee Norris

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break

1:30-2:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2

  • Practical Steps for Abuse Prevention, Part 1: Improving Awareness and Understanding the Grooming Process - Gregory Love
  • Panel: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Abuse (Women Only) - Katie McCoy, Trillia Newbell, Jennifer Michelle Greenberg
  • Partners in Compassion: How Churches Can Connect with Community Partners to Prevent and Care for Abuse (series of short talks)  - Karla Siu (social workers), Samantha Kilpatrick (prosecuting attorneys), Dan Powers (child advocacy centers)

3:00-4:00 p.m. Breakout Session 3

  • Practical Steps for Abuse prevention, Part 2: Effective Screening and Prevention Policies and Practices  - Kimberlee Norris
  • On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Abuse  - Diane Langberg
  • Panel: What Every Man Needs to Know about Abuse (Men Only) - Andrew Walker (moderator), Andrew Schmutzer, Brad Hambrick, Chris Moles, Boz Tchividjian

4:30-5:30 p.m. Breakout Sesssion 4

  • Practical Steps to Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused - Brad Hambrick
  • Panel: Shepherding the Flock: What Pastors and Church Leaders Can Do to Address Abuse - Dan Darling (moderator), Vance Pitman, Ben Mandrell, Dean Inserra
  • A Light in the Darkness: Addressing Domestic Violence and Other Non-Sexual Forms of Abuse - Chris Moles and Leslie Vernick

5:30-7:00 p.m. Dinner Break

7:00-9:25 p.m. Evening Session

  • Walking with the Broken: Caring Well for Friends and Family who Have Experienced Abuse - Jamie Ivey
  • Winter Inside the Church and Hope for Spring - Boz Tchividjian 
  • Panel: Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused - Brad Hambrick (moderator), Diane Langberg, Karla Siu, Leslie Vernick, Chris Moles

Saturday, October 5

9:00-11:45 a.m. Morning Session

  • Suffering and the Heart of God: How Trauma Destroys and Christ Restores - Diane Langberg
  • We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis - Mary DeMuth
  • Restoration and the Cycle of Abuse - Herbie Newell
  • What Is a Girl Worth?: A conversation with Rachael Denhollander and Russell Moore on the Church's Abuse Crisis


A: If you need to cancel before July 31st, 2019, please visit the registration page or contact us at and you will receive a full refund. If you are cancelling on or after July 31st, 2019, no refunds will be provided.

A: We are planning to live-stream the plenary addresses and post those sessions on our site shortly after the event. You can get more information and save the date by signing up at We will email you technical requirements as well as promotional materials.

A: A simulcast of the National Conference will be available for free. A simulcast is a live internet broadcast of an event from a single venue into multiple venues – such as your own environment. Thus a simultaneous event occurs in both the origin venue and in many satellite locations — your church, home or laptop.

A: Yes, please go ahead and register your group. If needed, you can register all with the same name. Please send the list of actual names to by August 1. 

A: We know that several churches are planning to livestream the event, but do not have a list of those specific churches. If your church is not simulcasting the event, you can watch the livestream on your own or gather with a small group. 

A: A link will be available on our website the week of the event. 

A: We plan to stream most mainstage content. Please note that most breakout session content will not be available online. 

A:  No, tickets are only needed for those who are attending in person. 

A: For children, who can sit on your lap (under 2) an extra ticket is not required. Please note that this content is intended for an adult audience. 

A: If you have other questions that are not addressed here, please reach out to


Launch rate: 
$69/person through June 20, 2019

Standard rate: 
$119/person through August 7, 2019

Final rate:

*Discounted rates are available for students, church planters, bi-vocational pastors, pastors of small churches and groups.