BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (RNS) — Matt Chandler, pastor of a Texas megachurch whose former youth minister has been charged with sexual molestation, addressed the scandal before a group of Southern Baptists and said his “imperfect church” takes abuse allegations seriously.

The church’s handling of the alleged abuse,  which Chandler said occurred at a church camp more than six years ago, was the subject of a New York Times story this week. Chandler addressed the matter during a meeting of Baptist 21, a group that held a luncheon between sessions on the first day of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual two-day meeting.

Chandler listed some of the actions his church took after hearing from a church family in early 2018 that their daughter was molested.

“In September

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