Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF) leadership may revisit the organization’s policy on hiring homosexuals after they replace retiring Executive Coordinator Daniel Vestal and the organization finishes its re-visioning process.
CBF Moderator Colleen Burroughs has suggested that revisiting the policy could become a priority. On April 19-21 a conference on Sexuality and Covenant – co-sponsored by Mercer University and CBF – will be held at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga.
In an official statement March 8, Vestal defended CBF’s 12-year ban on hiring homosexuals.
“My own conviction is that the foundation of a Christian sexual ethic is faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman and celibacy in singleness,” said Vestal, who plans to retire in June after more than 15 years at the helm.
Vestal was also clear to point out that he does not speak for the Fellowship. The next executive coordinator search committee is slated to meet in April.
When CBF’s Coordinating Council meets April 15 they will be looking at revisions to the 2012 Task Force Report submitted Feb. 23.
The task force, which was appointed in 2010, was given the responsibility of charting the organization’s course for the next two decades.
The task force’s final report will be made available no later than 30 days prior to the organization’s general assembly June 20-23 in Fort Worth, Texas.