02 Executive Summary

  • Overview
  • Main Allegations and Issues Surrounding Prestonwood Baptist Church
  • Main Systemic Issues ~ No Predator Registry in the Southern Baptist Convention

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Overview

This blog focuses on alleged negligence by leaders of Prestonwood Baptist Church (PBC) of Plano, Texas, in their failure to report known/suspected child sexual abuse by staff member John Langworthy, and alleged subsequent refusal to take responsibility for this failure. It includes posts and pages that document, analyze, interpret, and comment on relevant events and issues in the #PBCSilentNoMore awareness campaign.

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Main Allegations and Issues Surrounding Prestonwood Baptist Church

Summary

The Key Allegations and Issues Surrounding Prestonwood Baptist Church section on Page 05 Allegations and Analysis describes and analyzes specific questions that remain unanswered and issues that remain unresolved in how PBC leaders dealt with the situation of John Langworthy’s sexual molestations of PBC victims and other individuals related to them or to the overall situation.

Allegations and Issues: 1989-2013

Church culpability in failing to report alleged child sexual abuse incidents involving John Langworthy that occurred at the church in the 1980s.

This includes an allegation by a victim’s mother that Prestonwood Pastor Neal Jeffrey conducted a private conversation with her minor child about alleged abuse by Mr. Langworthy, without parental knowledge or consent.

Also, there are considerations of how the church’s dealings with Mr. Langworthy put more children at risk of potential abuse after he was fired from Prestonwood Baptist but not reported to the police.

Hostile treatment of church members and of reporters who sought to find out details of the story.

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Main Systemic Issues

~ No Predator Registry in the Southern Baptist Convention ~

Lack of Southern Baptist Convention registry of sexual predators, even after years of efforts to bring that about. This is a systems problem particularly because Southern Baptists are not a “denomination” in the usual sense, with a denominational headquarters that dictates policies and procedures. Instead, SBC stands for Southern Baptist Convention … and by “convention” is meant more of an association of like-minded local churches and agencies who cooperate together on issues and activities of common interest. The SBC places significant emphasis on the independence of the local church, and this is part of what stalls any notion of a convention-wide registry of sexual predators. According to a 2011 article on FBC Jax Watchdog, “In October 2006, there was a huge discussion of [a Southern Baptist Convention predator registry] on the BaptistLife forums, and [Christa Brown]compiled a FAQS page based on the questions asked at that time. For those interested, it’s here.

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