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Why is there an admission charge for people who want to attend ERLC’s Caring Well Conference?

The Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission (ERLC) is hosting their 2019 conference in Dallas, October 3-5, 2019, called the Caring Well Conference.

Join us in Dallas on October 3-5, 2019. The American church is facing an abuse crisis. Is your church doing all it can to be safe for survivors and safe from abuse? Churches should be a refuge for those who have experienced abuse. But, too often, survivors haven’t found the protection they deserve and the care they need from the church. Are you ready to join us in changing that?

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I sent out the following tweet this morning because I was bothered by the sales tactics of “hurry and buy now, before the price goes up.” It screams business and $$, not what a responsible Christian organization would want to do to protect the vulnerable from sexual harm.

It looks like I erred about the rate doubling in the above tweet . . . but still.

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Yes, I understand venues are expensive. But this makes no sense to me. Put donation boxes at the doors, but I have a problem with charging money to support an issue the SBC created by not having safeguards in place and holding abusers accountable, including cover-ups. This should be a gift to the Body of Christ – especially considering the complacency that we’ve seen for decades, and the harm already done.

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5 thoughts on “Why is there an admission charge for people who want to attend ERLC’s Caring Well Conference?”

  1. Well at least neither of the Gibbs are featured speakers !
    That being said, this screams of greed driven marketing, ” act now or the price goes up ” . People HATE that amateur marketing move that doesn’t even work.

    Next it will be: ” if two or more of your children have been molested by a perv in our network you qualify for the meet & great with the speakers for only an extra $39. Out of network $89 “.

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  2. Hmm sounds eerily like a presentation I heard on the Equifax fiasco. Their initial plan was to offer 2 years of free credit monitoring, then they were going to send out letters to all the people who signed up saying, “well, really, hackers like to sit on the data until people let down their guard, then they steal their identity.” So, their incompetence and deceit then turned into a way of making profit.

    I feel the same about the SBC. Now that everyone is thinking about dealing with abuse, why not put on an expensive conference with all the big names.

    I’m thankful, at a minimum, that people like Rachael D. and Boz T., aren’t going to pull their punches about what has happened in the SBC. In a sense, I pray one of two things happens – the most hopeful being that the SBC wakes up about its abusive culture, and the less hopeful, that a bunch of people realize that the SBC is about keeping the outside of the plate clean, while justifying an abusive culture and walk out the door.

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  3. Seriously, what is wrong with the SBC. Where were these speakers at this event before the SBC was forced to at least appear they care about sexual abuse? With all the money the SBC has, this event should be free in every way-including hotels, food, etc. I am sorry to say this but I think the SBC leaders are hoping this major issue will go away because they are accountable for ignoring and enabling sexual abuse.

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  4. With all the money the SBC has, this event should be free in every way-including hotels, food, etc.

    Furtick Mansions and Private Jets (for the Ministry) are expensive.

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  5. Let’s get real here. Robert Jeffress owns a spectacular new $130M building. There would be no rental fee. Volunteers could serve in most capacities. The only cost would be some staff for Tech Arts, coffee bar/cafe & security. Parking is free. If that building is not big enough? Close to both airports is Jack Graham’s Taj Mahal which seats 7,000!

    The SBC doesn’t need to use any fancy hotel, let alone The Gaylord. They picked it so thousands of pastors could run this nice boondoggle through on their church credit cards. It is a destination resort & they can bring the kids. Had they waited 2 months they’d have the spectacular Christmas ice carvings extravaganza.

    This isn’t just about bribing SBC members to attend. It’s about SEDUCING the very few advocate speakers scheduled to speak. The SBC is the largest denomination in the US with a mighty publishing arm and is one of the largest online book sellers in the world. Look at who they invited? Almost all have a book they are marketing or one scheduled to drop soon. A number of the scheduled speakers were abused by relatives or others, NOT clergy, which has an entirely different dynamic.

    JD Greear is deliberately dangling a “24 carat” carrot in front of the survivor speakers. “Play nice with us and we have the power to wire you into one of the largest speaking and book selling circuits in the US. Loosen your position on the criticism and you’ll get to wake up in other Gaylords, experience fine dining, be placed in front of thousands of pastors some of whom will pay you to speak at their churches and conferences as well as placing your books prominently inside of their church bookstores.”

    Anyone who doubts the ability of the Christian Industrial Complex to seduce authors and speakers does so in ignorance. Until you’ve sat in the green rooms, witnessed the highly charged, ultra love bombing, celebrity fueled money grabs, you can’t really understand it. It’s a visceral and heady experience. Once you are an in demand speaker, honorariums can run $5,000-$20,000 per gig, plus book sales. Each conference a speaker books, leads to far more. If they set up a personal 501(c)3 they could be making 6 figures tax free in no time. This is such a teeny tiny price for the SBC to pay to defang their critics and make this abuse debacle go away.

    I’m not saying this will work on all the speakers. What I’m addressing is the SBC’s pattern for resolving conflicts and scandal like this, based on over a decade of in depth research and analysis.

    This is also why they refused to book advocates who don’t have books/related products to sell, nor want to be part of the Industrial Complex, like the bloggers. These are the folks who understand the issue best and have, by far, the most experience with how these churches wound victims in myriad ways. They understand what churches need to do NOW to become safer. Why book survivors of non-clergy sexual assault when they’re are plenty of well spoken clergy abuse victims? It is a natural human response to be non-critical or non-confrontational towards people who have expertly love-bombed and broken bread with you.

    We must see this for what it is – world class manipulation. Control the advocacy talking heads; control the abuse narrative. Shame on the SBC and anyone who falls for this.

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