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  • CP unites beyond finances, church planter says

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (9 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Peter Yanes
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Though the Cooperative Program unites Southern Baptist churches in giving money for missions, it also helps believers acknowledge they need each other in the daunting task of reaching the nations for Christ, a church planter with an international background said.

    "We learn to cooperate more in missions giving, sending and partnering because of the Cooperative Program's unifying spirit, realizing that we need to be together because of the enormous demands of the mission field," Peter Yanes, a North American Mission Board church planting catalyst in Philadelphia, told Baptist Press. Read More

  • National CP ends fiscal year 4.31% over goal

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (18 days ago)

    The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year $8.14 million over its 2016–2017 budgeted goal and $1.41 million over the previous year's CP Allocation Budget gifts, according to Frank S. Page, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee. Read More

  • CP speeds Central Asian outreach for Movement Church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 03, 2017 (18 days ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- A young Richmond, Va.-area church saw the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program this summer while helping a Central Asian village build water wells.

    "The work is thrilling," said Cliff Jordan, a church planter and pastor of the eight-year-old Movement Church, where about 250 people attend Sunday morning worship. Jordan appreciates International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries who laid the foundation for his mission team to arrive in the village and make a difference in a relatively short time, he told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Dakotas raise CP percentage, welcome new pastors

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (22 days ago)

    PIERRE, S.D. (BP) -- A healthy increase in financial support, new pastors and denominational recognition highlighted the 2017 annual meeting of the Dakota Baptist Convention.

    Known in the two-state convention as its "Baptist Gathering," the Dakota annual meeting took place Sept. 21-22 at the Ramkota Pierre Hotel in Pierre, S.D. Its theme -- "Building up the body of Christ together: revitalizing our churches" -- was drawn from Ephesians 4:11-13.

    "I thought it was very uplifting, very good," said Debby Bogart, wife of Capitol Heights Baptist Church's pastor Bob Bogart in Pierre. "One of the things that was really good for me was hearing all the different messages. As a pastor's wife you're busy in the church so it was good to sit back and be fed. We heard a lot of useful messages to take back to our churches." Read More

  • The Cooperative Program -- then & now

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (23 days ago)

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) -- It failed. Then it worked out far better than anyone could have imagined.

    Here's the story of what befell Southern Baptists in the 1920s, yet ultimately emerged in a different form and succeeded as the Cooperative Program.

    Back in the mid-1980s Southern Baptists tried an interesting but questionable stewardship campaign called "Planned Growth in Giving." Instead of challenging believers to tithe -- the biblical practice of giving 10 percent of their income to the local church -- the campaign suggested that new givers start with a lesser percent and gradually move toward 10 percent. After only a few years the campaign was dropped. Pastors and members alike simply did not believe that advocating anything less than a tithe was biblical. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: A matter of love

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (23 days ago)

    Among the things Randy Bennett loves are his wife and children, ice cream, his pickup truck and, all the more, the Lord and Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program. "I am part of a body of believers who are taking seriously God's command to go the ends of the earth to tell people about Jesus," he writes. Read More

  • CP a timely lifeline & calling for Fermín Whittaker

    by Erin Roach, posted Friday, September 29, 2017 (23 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Carmen Whittaker
    MENIFEE, Calif. (BP) -- Fermín Whittaker was a lonely seminary student in Canada, far from his home in Panama, when God used the Cooperative Program to hook his heart and set in motion a lifetime of support for unified Southern Baptist missions and ministry.

    Whittaker, executive director emeritus of the California Southern Baptist Convention, told Baptist Press he was saved at age 12 in a Baptist church in Panama, discipled by a Southern Baptist missionary and later made his way to Canada to enroll at a Baptist seminary. Read More

  • CP withholding found to be 'lower than anticipated'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A committee established in February to study "the current reality in Southern Baptist life of churches either escrowing or discontinuing Cooperative Program funds" concluded that fewer than two of every 1,000 Southern Baptist churches diverted CP funds during the past year.

    "This percentage was lower than anticipated," and reasons for diverting CP funds "varied as much as the number of churches identified," according to the final report of the CP Study Committee, an ad hoc group created by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's CP Committee. Read More

  • Young leaders, CP among Page's topics at SEBTS

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (one month ago)

    WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Frank S. Page addressed a range of topics in chapel, a panel discussion and a video interview at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, underscored the involvement of young leaders in the SBC and its Cooperative Program during his Sept. 7 visit to the Wake Forest, N.C. campus.

    In chapel, Page drew from the apostle Paul's words in Philippians 3 on the ... Read More