Youth For The Gospel

Vision Baptist Mission to Host Youth for the Gospel Events Despite Toxic Culture Concerns

Vision Baptist Mission has announced that they will be hosting their Youth for the Gospel events at three churches. Despite recent accusations of a toxic culture within Vision Baptist Church and Vision Baptist Mission, the organization is moving forward with the events, which will be held at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC, Fairview Baptist Church in Athens, TN, and Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

Speakers at the events will include VBM President Jeff Bush, VBM North America Regional Representative Dr. Jim Roberts III, VBM General Director Travis Snode, and Deputation Director Ty Pepperdine. However, what’s concerning is that these young people will be the next generation of Vision Baptist Mission Abused and abusers. These young people will be recruited and taught the Toxic culture of Vision Baptist Mission outlined in Survivors of Austin Gardner and Dear Vision Baptist.

It’s worth noting that the pastors of the three churches hosting the events are all VBM’s Pastoral Advisory Committee (PAC) members. Pastor Ryan Crowder, a former PAC member, leads Philadelphia Baptist Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, while Pastor Matt Herrell, vice chairman of PAC, leads Fairview Baptist Church in Athens, TNPastor Luke Wilkerson, chairman of PAC, leads Southside Baptist Church in Knoxville, TN.

Pastoral Advisory Committee (PAC)

This news comes amidst the ongoing accusations of sexual and physical abuse by former Vision Baptist Church founding pastor Austin Gardner. Survivors of Austin Gardner have come forward with numerous accounts of abuse, prompting the launch of a campaign called Dear Vision Baptist, which demands a full and independent investigation into the allegations.

Despite these allegations, Vision Baptist Church and Vision Baptist Mission have limited the scope of the investigation, stating that they will only investigate the accusations made by one survivor, Becky Earnhart. This is unacceptable, and the fact that VBM is moving forward with their Youth for the Gospel events shows that they are not taking the accusations seriously.

Parents should be wary of the toxic culture inside Vision Baptist Mission Board and Vision Baptist Church. Limiting the scope of the investigation shows that the current leadership can not be trusted with the next generation of Pastors and Missionaries. It’s important that those in leadership take the accusations seriously and commit to creating a safe and healthy environment for all members of their organization.

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