Update: 11 October 2020

The Legal Review Team has completed their review of the ECAP standards and will now send the revisions back to the Expert Panel (drafting committee) for their input. Check back to this page in the coming months for the public review and comment phase.

A team of experts including investigators, attorneys, pastors, risk managers, school leadership, victim advocates, and abuse prevention experts have been assembled to establish abuse prevention standards in ministry. Spearheading our team of experts is attorney, Theresa Sidebotham. Theresa speaks around the country on the topic of abuse prevention and has led numerous abuse investigations. Sally Wagenmaker, board president of the Christian Legal Society, is serving as ECAP general counsel and leading the Legal Review Team.

The formal standards process will require a legal review, a public review and comment phase, and board approval. These criterions will be made public as the basis for the accreditation program. Organizations that demonstrate compliance will receive the ECAP “stamp of approval” and be visibly recognized as members. Accredited members will undergo periodic review and a process will be established to evaluate incidents or allegations of abuse.

Initially, the expert panel met prior to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Caring Well Conference on October 1-3, 2019 in Dallas to draft child protection standards for the evangelical community.

The Legal Review Team:

  • Sally Wagenmaker, General Counsel, ECAP
  • Robert Showers, Simms Showers, LLP
  • Cindee Coffee, General Counsel, Southeast Christian Church
  • Alexandra M. Ableitner, Corporate Attorney, Church Mutual