Updated on January 29, 2017
We wanted to give you an update on the information below that we provided on January 18, 2018 - specifically a timeframe. We anticipate that Mr. Fredricks’s investigation should be concluded by the end of February.
Below was originally posted on January 18, 2018:
(We had two separate statements posted regarding independent counsel. This has resulted in confusion, therefore we have removed the two statements leading to confusion and have posted the clarifying statement below about the independent organizations.)
Recent events have confirmed the need for wise, experienced, and independent counsel to help us examine all aspects of Andy Savage’s ministry at Highpoint and the actions we in leadership have taken, as well as to examine our policies and practices to ensure the absolute safety of students and children entrusted to our ministry. To that end, Highpoint Church has hired two independent organizations to help it wisely evaluate and respond to recent events.
Highpoint has engaged Scott Fredricks, a partner with the law firm of Cantey Hanger in Fort Worth, Texas for the purpose of evaluating the church’s actions with respect to Andy Savage’s ministry at Highpoint. Mr. Fredricks is a respected Christian attorney with experience guiding churches and other organizations through similar circumstances. His investigation will include a review of past and current actions of the church and its leadership concerning Andy Savage’s ministry, the impact of those actions, and advising Highpoint as it makes decisions about the future of ministry at Highpoint.
Highpoint’s primary priority is to ensure it is doing all it can to protect families and children involved in its ministries. Accordingly, the church has also retained MinistrySafe to assess and enhance its existing child protection policies and practices. MinistrySafe exists for the purpose of assisting child-serving ministries in the creation of safety systems to protect children from sexual abuse. (See MinistrySafe.com and MinistrySafeInstitute.com). The principals of MinistrySafe are attorneys who litigate child sexual abuse cases representing victims, and their consulting services to secular and ministry clients are unabashedly victim-centric. Highpoint has asked MinistrySafe to conduct an assessment of Highpoint’s current training, policies, screening practices, and supervision in ministries serving minors at Highpoint Church and then to help us implement any enhancements that are needed.
Highpoint Church is prayerfully considering the direction God has for ministry at Highpoint and particularly how Highpoint can be a better witness of God’s love for the hurting.