Two large newspaper organizations in our State recently released a combined report which compiled an archive of allegations of sexual abuse, assault, and other serious misconduct involving Southern Baptist leaders and other church officials. While others are responding to the denominational and leadership aspects of this, we at FBC Salado wanted to respond in our local context.
First, as followers of Christ we grieve with and for anyone who has been a victim of these sort of circumstances. God created His people to thrive in relationships, and when they are treated in unfortunate ways we know it also grieves the heart of our Creator.
Second, as a Body of Christ we are compelled to turn to the Lord during times of challenge and difficulty, and encourage all Believers to do the same, praying for God’s healing, peace, and guidance.
Finally, we pledge our continued diligence in maintaining multiple avenues of safety and screening for those who serve in and through our church. These systems include: abuse awareness training, extensive screening processes, safety policies & procedures, thorough background checks, and ongoing maintenance of employee and volunteer profiles.
We have a highly-trained, sensitive, and accountable staff who work to ensure our ministries all have highly-trained, sensitive, and accountable volunteers. In addition to our Family of Faith, we also all have personal families of our own whom we love and cherish deeply. No less so does our Heavenly Father treasure all of us as His children and desire a deeper more meaningful experience of life and faith for us. So strive with us to become more Christlike, and pray with us to feel the Father’s love over us all.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” (Romans 12:9–11)
Your FBC Salado Staff