Re: Sexual Misconduct Article from the Houston Chronicle

Re: Sexual Misconduct Article from the Houston Chronicle

February 13, 2019 

The Charleston Baptist Association is grieving with all fellow Southern Baptist Churches, Conventions and Associations over both the many reported cases of sexual misconduct from the survivors and those in leadership positions who committed these acts.  We share in Dr. Russell Moore’s response, “The report is alarming and scandalous, the courage and grace of these survivors is contrasted with the horrific depravity of those who would use the name of Jesus to prey on them.” (President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) www.russellmoore.com/2019/02/10/southern-baptists-and-the-scandal-of-church-sexual-abuse/

Yesterday, I met with the CBA Administrative Team and we affirmed that while we are an association of autonomous churches who cooperate together in the shared mission of making disciples of Christ, we are also a family of churches who align and associate together through interdependent relationships that share biblical beliefs and values.  Therefore, as associated churches of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, “Our approach is seeking to encourage policies and practices that protect children and the vulnerable from sexual abuse in autonomous but cooperating churches, all the while promoting compliance with laws and providing compassionate care for those who have survived trauma.” (Dr. Gary Hollingsworth, Executive Director/Treasurer)

Just a few weeks ago, our State Convention sent out a mass mailing about a statewide training event on a daylong Sexual Misconduct Conference focused on addressing the risk of sexual misconduct and child sexual abuse in ministry environments. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 12 at Lexington Baptist Church and will be led by Rob Showers, a leading attorney and a member of the SBC Executive Committee. For more information & to register: http://www.scbaptist.org/sexualmisconductsummit/

Should you or your church be contacted by any media outlet to make a response, I would encourage you to direct them to our South Carolina Baptist Convention Communications Director, Lara Gopp.  I believe it is most helpful to have one voice (from the convention’s perspective) to provide a more unified message.  Lara’s email is laragopp@scbaptist.org if you wish to send any inquires her way.

We join Dr. Hollingsworth’s burden and passion to call us all together and “…join our hearts in unified prayer for the victims of those mentioned in the report, for wisdom for all in leadership positions, and that somehow God might use this in some way to help us clearly share the hope of the Gospel.” 

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love...But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.” Ephesians 5:1,3

 Sincerely in Christ,

 Craig Tuck

Executive Director of Missions
Charleston Baptist Association