Dear Pastor or church leader,

If you are like us, you have been sickened and saddened by the articles published by the Houston Chronicle concerning sexual abuse by clergy and volunteers in the Southern Baptist Convention. Some of you may be asking how can we respond and what can we do about this?

We know that everyone is very concerned that we reach a quick and effective response to assist our churches in dealing with this situation. While we all know that each church is autonomous and that every church makes their own decisions concerning hiring staff and securing volunteers, there are things that the Hamilton County Baptist Association can offer our churches to assist in thoroughly vetting new staff and volunteers.

We want to be proactive about this.

We have asked Vicki Hulsey, Childhood Specialist from the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, to lead a seminar dealing with Reducing The Risk of Sexual Abuse for our local churches. She will be sharing how we can protect our children, youth and local churches in the hiring of staff and the enlistment of volunteers and developing policies and guidelines for the safe operations of our ministries.

The date of the Seminar will be in the evening of April 1 at 6:30 at the Hamilton County Baptist Association’s office located at 4062 South Access Road, Chattanooga, 37406. Please plan on attending if possible and invite your church leadership to this meeting. Please put this on your calendar. See you on April 1.

Date: April 1st

Time: 6:30pm

Location: HCBA Offices (4062 S Access Rd 37406)