Leaders of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force announced a strategic turn in their efforts today (April 4) related to the plan to establish and maintain a Ministry Check website. They are no longer focused on partnering with one firm to do all the work.
“In the spirit of unity and cooperation, the ARITF met in Atlanta on Monday, March 27, and voted to consider alternative pathways (dividing the work among smaller firms which share our values)” for overseeing the website, according to a statement from ARITF leaders.
ARITF evaluating additional firms
“The ARITF is presently sourcing and evaluating additional firms to assist with the Ministry Check process who meet our qualifications for the highest professional standards,” task force leaders explain in the statement.
“The Ministry Check website is a vital tool in combating abuse. The ARITF possesses an unwavering commitment to the SBC messengers’ mandate to establish a reliable and trustworthy Ministry Check website and to advance true and effective abuse reform across our Convention.”
An archive of previous coverage of the task force and its work can be found here.
April 18 update …
Marshall Blalock, chair of the Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force, shared this clarification of the March 27 decision with The Baptist Paper: