Cooperative Program

 

 

As a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, we are committed to supporting missions through the Cooperative Program. The CP is an incredible effort of unity and sacrifice among millions of Christians.

 

 

How does it work?

 

It begins with you. You give yourself first to God (2 Cor 8:5). Then out of love and obedience to God, you commit to give through UBC a portion of what he provides for you (Lev 27:30, Mal 3:10).

 

Then UBC gives a portion of what God provides for it to the Cooperative Program. This amount is then forwarded to the state Baptist convention.

 

During the annual meeting of the state convention, messengers from our church and other churches across the state decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations stays in the state to support local missions and ministries. The rest is forwarded to the Southern Baptist Convention for North American and international missions.

 

At the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, messengers from across the country decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among its ministries. These gifts are used by Southern Baptist entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and other ministry leaders; provide relief for retired ministers and widows; and address social, moral, and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families.

 

The bottom line – people around the world hear the gospel and receive Christ.

 

 

 

What does it do?

 

In state, churches work together through our convention to support a wide array of ministries and missions including: evangelism efforts, children’s homes, volunteer missions, missions education, new churches, colleges and universities, collegiate ministries, camps, and much more.

 

Through the International Mission Board, Southern Baptists support over 4,000 missionaries who are engaging 787 people groups across the globe.

 

Through the North American Mission Board, church planting and evangelism efforts are coordinated that result in more than 1,000 evangelistic churches planted each year.

 

Through our six Southern Baptist seminaries (Southern, Southeastern, Midwestern, Southwestern, Golden Gate, and New Orleans) Southern Baptists train in excess of 16,000 pastors, missionaries, and future church leaders each year.

 

Through the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptists address social, moral, and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith. They also provide print resources that offer scriptural responses to the moral and ethical problems of our culture.

 

Although they receive no Cooperative Program support, LifeWay Christian Resources, Guidestone Financial Resources and the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) actively promote Cooperative Program in publications and missions resources.

 

 

What is its potential?

 

If “two are better than one” (Eccl 4:9), how much better are more than 16 million? This is the current membership in more than 45,000 Southern Baptist churches across the United States. May God continue to use the cooperative program in the advance of his kingdom!

 

 

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