The Southern Baptist Convention has voted to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle claims of sexual abuse. Delegates representing some 47,000 Southern Baptist churches gathered at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala., approved an amendment making it explicit that an individual church in the Convention can be expelled if it mishandles or covers up sexual abuse cases and is establishing a special committee to evaluate such claims against churches. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C., called the move a "defining moment." "Protecting God's children is the mission of the church," he said. Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC's executive...
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Southern Baptists Vote To Hold Churches More Accountable For Mishandling Abuse Claims