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Church Family,

Our culture is aware of the neglect and mishandling of abuse in our churches and workplaces. Look at these statistics from

– Every 98 seconds another American is assaulted.
– One out of three women and one out of four men have experienced sexual violence involving physical contact at some point in their lives.
– More than a third of all sexual assaults involved a victim who was under the age of 12.
– One in four women and one in six men are sexually abused before they turn 18.
– 60 percent of child sexual abuse victims never tell anyone.
– Every nine minutes, Child Protective Services substantiates, or finds evidence for, a claim of child sexual abuse.
– Three out of four female adult victims knew their offender.
– More than 700,000 women in the United States are sexually assaulted each year, or one every 45 seconds.
– 90 percent of child victims of sexual abuse know the perpetrator.
– Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 995 will walk free.

These statistics are staggering and heartbreaking. We, the church, must do something. The Caring Well Conference provides churches with a clear pathway to enhance their efforts in preventing abuse in their congregations as well as caring for abuse survivors. This weekend conference will help pastors, pastoral staff, and all church members understand their role in both preventing abuse and caring well for those who have been abused.

FBCTLH has partnered with the Florida Baptist Convention and the Florida Baptist Association in making the Caring Well Conference FREE. Our guest speaker is Brad Hambrick. Brad is the Pastor of Counseling at The Summit Church in Durham, NC, and serves as Instructor of Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Brad is the General Editor of Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused. You can download a free PDF of the book here:

I would like to encourage you to be a part of this weekend. Below you will find the breakdown of the schedule and the registration links. Please share this information with your friends. This event is open to the community.

Conference Schedule
Friday Night, April 22, 6-9 PM
This night is reserved only for pastors, pastoral staff, and their spouses. Brad will have a special time focused on church leadership and the pastoral staff’s role rooted in Matthew 18 and Romans 13. There will be a time of discussion. Dinner will be provided.

Saturday Morning, April 23, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday morning is open to the public. All church lay leaders and believers are welcome to join us. There will be two sessions: “Asking the Right First Question” and “How to Care Well for the Abused.” There will be a light continental style breakfast.

Sunday Morning, April 24
Brad will be preaching in both of FBCTLH’s services as well as hosting a question-and-answer session during the Sunday Morning Bible Study time in the Fellowship Hall.

Jacob Chilton
Associate Pastor of Family and Discipleship Ministries