IMB news office
RICHMOND — International Mission Board trustees heard recommendations May 22 from the firm conducting an external examination of IMB’s handling of past allegations of abuse and sexual harassment and IMB’s present policies and practices.
IMB President Paul Chitwood responded immediately with an apology to victims and a pledge for the future.
Kathryn Nash, leader of the examination task force from Gray Plant Mooty (GPM), presented findings from the firm’s external examination during a trustee plenary session.
In her statement, Nash reviewed the scope and process of the firm’s examination and various recommendations resulting from the work that had been done.
“IMB has an opportunity to be a leader within the Southern Baptist Convention in prevention and response efforts,” Nash said.
“GPM’s recommendations will enable the IMB to improve its efforts to protect its personnel and their families and those who interact with its personnel and their families and to effectively and appropriately respond when there is an allegation of child abuse or sexual harassment (including sexual assault).” B&R