NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists in six annual state convention meetings addressed issues related to protecting children from victimization.
Four conventions passed resolutions expressing concern that recent hate crimes legislation will threaten religious freedom.
Messengers to state convention meetings in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio offered a variety of ideas for preventing child victimization. In most cases churches were encouraged to perform background checks on employees and volunteers who work with children, and LifeWay Christian Resources materials to prevent the possibility of child abuse were cited. The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, meanwhile, recommended the Texas-based Child Guard Systems during a session of their annual meeting and Alabama Baptists were encouraged to access their state convention's guidelines for churches to use when dealing with sexual misconduct. Read More