DALLAS (ABP) – A 10-member committee seeking a successor to Daniel Vestal as the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship executive coordinator met for the first time in Dallas in early January.
The initial meeting focused on members of the group getting acquainted, building consensus on a process and describing a timeline in liturgical terms.
“I’d say where we are right now is prayerful discernment,” said George Mason, chair of the search committee and pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas. “This is really the Lenten season of our journey together as a committee. We are praying, we are reflecting and we are listening for direction from God.”
Mason said the committee is receiving nominations and applications through the secure e-mail address, CBFsearchcommittee@gmail.com, and encouraged the Fellowship community to respond with names. The committee also created an online questionnaire to survey the Fellowship on qualities needed in the next executive coordinator.
Mason said it is unlikely the committee will have a candidate by the time Vestal officially retires on June 30.
“We are not going to rush through this,” Mason said. “This is a crucial time for the Fellowship, and we are going to take this task seriously and follow a deliberate and Spirit-led process.”
Lance Wallace is communications director for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.