Last night, I watched the 20/20 special on Protestant “preaching predators” with my wife and her family, all of us with great alarm. Several have posted on this already, so instead of adding personal commentary, I would rather point you to their articles and the conversation ongoing. I do have a question that I will pose here for your reflection and response:
How should a Convention of autonomous churches hold one another accountable and provide full disclosure of all prospective ministers so as to prevent sexual abuse from happening and promote justice when it has?
ABC’s Video on Demand Preaching Predators
ABC’s Abbreviated Report Preachers Accused of Sins, and Crimes
WHAS 11 report on Sex Offenders Enrolled in Seminary
Sam Hodges of Dallas News 20/20 to Air ‘Preaching Predators’ Segment
Marty Duren’s post Preaching Predators?
Ben Cole’s resolution on Clergy Sex Abuse
Kevin Bussey’s post Do Southern Baptists Need a Sexual Abuse Database?
Nathan White’s post SBC, Sex Offenders, and Pastoral Leadership
Stephen Newell’s post Predators: What Can We Do?
SBC’s database for minister search
** Responses from Baptist Press **
Page Says ’20/20′ Segment One-Sided
STATEMENT: Response to ABC Segment on Sexual Predators in Ministry