- The summit is a historicattempt by the evangelical world
to publicly address abuse in the church,
and it has caught the attention,
not just of survivors, but church leaders.
- I have been raised in thechurch, and I have never seen
anything like today, ina gathering of this kind.
- [Heather] Bible studyleader Beth Moore kicked
off the meeting, noting a recentreport on widespread abuse
within independentfundamental Baptist churches.
- So the question comes to us again,
shall the church stand idly by?
I've been told by a numberof fellow Christians,
I just don't readarticles like that, Beth.
Moore told CBN News the church
must stand ready for these stories.
- One of the things Ireally wanna push back on,
is this thing that says,
I just can't stand to hear about it.
Listen, if people can go through this,
we can listen to their stories.
- [Heather] And from the appearance here,
people are preparing.
More than a thousand individuals attended,
or live-streamed, the event.
40 faith-based groupsalso watched remotely.
Conference speaker and church consultant,
Nancy Beach, says she sees a desire
by many ministry leaders, to learn more.
- I do think the fact that somany people are streaming in,
and many organizations are doing that,
is a sign that there's a need,and there's a call for help.
- This has been an issue in our churches.
It's not just the Catholics,it's not just fundamentalists,
they've all been in the news lately.
It's also evangelicalchurches, and we gotta address
some cultural issues within the church.
- [Heather] The summit putan emphasis on pastors,
calling for greater accountability.
- I would say, an unaccountablepastor is both unbiblical
and unhelpful, and can even be dangerous.
I think pastors need to be
in accountable community with others.
- I also think that whatwe're exploring here is
as much an abuse of power,as it is sexual sin.
- [Heather] Perhaps the biggest message,
survivors must be heard.
- When they become thepriority for us, for all of us,
for all of us in leadershipand servant leadership
and lay leadership, whateverit may be, that's health.
- For many churches,getting involved in an event
like this is an important first step,
and it might just signal to survivors
that change is possible.
Reporting in Wheaton, Illinois,Heather Sells, CBN News.