Leaders in the Kentucky Baptist Convention have endorsed a recommendation to end the convention’s cooperation with dually aligned churches that continue providing support to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in the wake of CBF’s new policy ending a ban on LGBT employees.
Last Saturday, The KBC Mission Board and Administrative Committee endorsed a recommendation offered by the KBC Credentials Committee that would make it so KBC congregations that give to CBF will no longer be considered in cooperation with the state affiliate of the Southern Baptist Convention.
The Committee on Credentials was directed following reports of CBF’s new hiring policy allowing for LGBT individuals to apply for non-leadership positions to review the situation involving CBF (that has 1,800 member churches) and KBC (which has 2,400 member churches), and make a formal policy recommendation at KBC’s annual meeting in November.
According to a fact sheet justifying the committee’s recommendation, there are about 25 churches that have given financial support to the KBC in the last two years that currently give to CBF. Meanwhile, there are 13 KBC-affiliated churches that have not supported KBC in the last three years but are listed as partner churches with CBF.
“The committee plans to reach out to the churches before the KBC annual meeting to let them know about the motion they are presenting,” the fact sheet states. “If approved by convention messengers, the committee will again reach out to the churches to give them an update and see if they still plan to provide financial support to the CBF and be sure they know that individuals can send donations directly to the CBF instead of asking their church to send them.”
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Source: Christian Post