Draper, UT – Following the May 22 release of the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Task Force Report, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention issues the following statement:
The details in the Guidepost Solutions report are egregious and deeply disturbing. We are heartbroken for the victims of sexual abuse. There is no level of sexual abuse nor mistreatment of women, children, or men that is acceptable. In honor of the courage of the survivors who came forward to report abuse, and for the sake of righteousness in our denomination, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention heartily affirms the recommendations of the Sexual Abuse Task Force Report.
In addition, we ask the messengers, churches, and those in leadership positions in the Executive Committee, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention to pray for God’s wisdom, compassion, and strength to make the necessary changes to ensure the safety of all who attend our churches.
We encourage you to read the full Guidepost Solutions report, consider their recommendations, and review the additional resources listed.
Task Force Updates (sataskforce.net) – Guidepost Solutions Report
- State Convention website: Legal – Utah Idaho SBC (uisbc.org)
- State Convention’s insurance carrier: Ministry Pacific Insurance Services: Protect your church congregation from sexual misconduct. — MINISTRY PACIFIC or your church insurance carrier’s resources
- Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission: Home – ERLC; and their Caring Well Initiative
Dr. Jared C. Jenkins, Utah-Idaho SBC Convention President
Matt McGukin, Utah-Idaho SBC Executive Board Chairman
Rob Lee, Utah-Idaho SBC Executive Director