Relevant to the many current discussions about SBC and systemic abuse, I just went live with my “SBC Abuse Solutions” website. I’ve been contemplating this kind of site for several years, as a centralized place to bring together various writings I’ve done on the SBC, to help people identify, research, and resolve systemic abuse.
Researchers may especially appreciate that I’ve provided details/links for each official SBC entity: nonprofit corporation’s legal name, address, webpage on the SBC site, entity website, EIN (unique Employer Identification Number issued by the IRS to a 501c3 non-profit corporation), ProPublica profile page (which links to required Forms 990s), and any recent official statement(s) regarding sexual abuse issue. Accrediting agencies are included for the six SBC seminaries.
It seemed only natural to develop my writings about the SBC into a case study site. I’ve participated in SBC churches/ministries for 30 of the last 45 years and have written a lot lately about overlaps between toxic systems and problems in the SBC. The site is about 75% finished. I plan to complete the rest this month.
I’ve designed it for those who believe that SBC local churches and official entities NEED to change–and that we CAN implement genuine and long-lasting systemic changes. But I’m reminded of the old joke:
How many psychiatrists does it take to change a lightbulb?
Just one, but the lightbulb really, really has to want to change!
Same with the SBC — does it, as a wider system, really really want to change or not? The SBC churches and entities dealing with abuse issues has been a ver-r-ry slo-o-ow train comin’ . And it may or may not ever get to the station. However, 2020 looks to be a watershed year for Southern Baptists, as they must decide whether to make significant progress on systemic abuse as a larger community, or practically guarantee their irrelevance for evangelism, missions, and discipleship in a world where 1 in 3 women is victimized by sexual abuse/violence — same in America, and about 1 in 4 men. With that percentage of the global population reeling from the effects of such trauma, how can we not try to ensure that we get how to minister to abuse survivors and ensure that our organizations are safe places for people to congregate?
SBC Abuse Solutions is likely the most detailed case study I’ll ever produce with background info; analysis of system issues; and practical guidelines for processes to evaluate problems, implement change procedures, and follow through with relational and organizational repairs.
I hope these reference + resource materials help repair damages inflicted during past and present abuse situations in the SBC, and foster stronger intervention into current cases, ministry to survivors, and systemic safeguards for prevention of victimization in the future.
And with that, now I go hide in my office and keep my nose to the grindstone to work on editing the rest of the material for this SBC site, and then continue with the training materials on how to identify and deal with malignant people and toxic systems.