Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton shared an update July 20 on the work of the task force that will review the SBC Executive Committee’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.
The information comes amid a backdrop of conversations and pushback continuing to circulate around social media related to his use of others’ sermons without giving public credit. Some are calling for a more extreme response than the apology he initially provided in late June, while others contend the matter is settled.
Regarding the work of the task force, Litton said he believes messengers want a “transparent and thorough review so that we may know the truth and receive recommendations of how to improve on the way sex abuse cases have been handled,” along with “an audit for the procedures and actions of the newly formed credentials committee.”
The task force has met once, Litton said, and will send out a press release when members settle on a firm for the independent review and a contract has been signed. The task force will then outline the nature and scope of the review. An update also will be released in early 2022, and a full report will come one month before the SBC Annual Meeting scheduled for June 14–15, 2022, in Anaheim, California, Litton said.