How the Cooperative Program works

July 27, 2020

The Cooperative Program (CP) is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts to support the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) and the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) missions and ministries.

How does the CP work? It begins with every believer in every church. As we give ourselves to God through our time, talents and treasures, we give back to Him a portion of what He provides to us. The way we use our money is a direct reflection of our heart’s priority. We all should be putting God’s mission at the forefront of our priorities, finances included.

Then, your church decides the next step. Every year your church prayerfully decides how much of its budget will be committed to reaching people in your state and around the world through the CP. This amount is then sent to the BSCNC.

As Baptists support missions and ministry together through the Cooperative Program, a familiar adage proves true: We can accomplish more together than we ever could apart.

The mission of the BSCNC is to impact lostness through disciple-making. With more than 5.8 million people in North Carolina who don’t know Christ, lostness abounds across the state. We pray and are seeking a movement of disciples who make disciples in their own neighborhoods.

One unique characteristic of Baptists churches is their autonomy. Churches are always in the driver’s seat to make the big decisions in terms of how missions and ministry are conducted. As a participant in the CP, your church can send messengers to the Annual Meeting of the BSCNC to conduct this business. Your church and other churches across the state then decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations support local missions and ministries through the BSCNC and the SBC.

In June, churches send messengers from across the country to decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among SBC entities for ministry and missions. These gifts are used by SBC entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and assist other ministry leaders. In addition, the SBC provides relief for retired ministers and widows, and addresses social, moral and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families.

As Baptists support missions and ministry together through the Cooperative Program, a familiar adage proves true: We can accomplish more together than we ever could apart.

by Will Taylor  /  Communications  /  Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

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