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CP ‘a cause for joy,’ Page says
Baptist Press
October 05, 2011
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CP ‘a cause for joy,’ Page says

CP ‘a cause for joy,’ Page says
Baptist Press
October 05, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Cooperative Program (CP) allocation

budget ended its fiscal year with its first increase since 2007, a moment that

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee President and CEO Frank

Page said was a “cause for joy” in light of economic hard times.

The Cooperative Program allocation budget finished its Oct. 1-Sept. 30 fiscal

year with receipts up 0.06 percent and combined CP and designated giving for

the year up 0.17 percent, although total receipts were 3.98 percent below

budget, according to Page.

The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches

and individuals for distribution according to the 2010-11 SBC Cooperative

Program Allocation Budget.

The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ method of supporting missions and

ministries of state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Page applauded the increase in light of 2010’s large decrease in receipts and

the badly depressed economic conditions churches are facing. The CP allocation

budget was down 4 percent last year.

A total of $191,878,645.16 in CP gifts was received by the Southern Baptist

Convention during the fiscal year from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2011 –

up by $115,492.29 (0.06 percent) from the previous fiscal year’s

$191,763,152.87.

During the 2010-11 fiscal year, an additional $191,878,065.75 in designated

gifts brought the fiscal year’s overall giving for national and international

missions and ministry to spread the Gospel to $383,756,710.91, or 0.17 percent

above the previous year’s $383,087,678.95 combined figure.

“While this is a slight increase of $115,492.29,” Page said of the yearly CP

allocation budget total, “when placed in the context of last year’s $8 million

decline in the SBC portion of the CP, it is an encouragement and a cause for

joy. We know that our nation continues to struggle in what one friend of mine

called ‘this generation’s Great Depression.’

“Given the tremendous economic trials so many of our people face, I want to say

a special thank you to the many faithful Christ-followers who have given so

faithfully to the Lord’s work,” Page added. “I also want to say thank you to

the many pastors who are leading their churches to significantly turn around

their Cooperative Program giving. I am traveling throughout this convention,

thanking people and encouraging them as much as I possibly can. I am so

grateful that many are having a renewed commitment to and understanding of the

good work that is happening through the Cooperative Program. Many state

conventions are working hard to maximize every dollar and to increase

contributions to national ministries. Please continue to encourage our state

conventions in the good work they are doing.

“I stood at the convention this year in Phoenix, Ariz., and stated several

principles by which we will operate. One of those is celebration and

encouragement. I just simply want to say thank you to Southern Baptists today

for the encouragement you have given to the work of Southern Baptist missions

and ministries by your faithful giving. May God bless you all!”

For the month of September, CP receipts totaled $17,403,090.27. Designated

year-end giving of $191,878,065.75 was $553,539.67, or 0.29 percent above gifts

of $191,324,526.08 for the previous fiscal year. A total of $5,560,064.86 in

designated gifts was received in September, up $1,543,927.78 (38.44 percent)

over the previous month’s $4,016,137.08.

For the SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, the year-end total of

$191,878,645.16 was $7,943,445.02 (or 3.98 percent) below the $199,822,090.18

budgeted to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North

America.

The total includes receipts from individuals, churches, state conventions and

fellowships for distribution according to the 2010-11 Cooperative Program

Allocation Budget.

Designated contributions include the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for

International Missions, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American

Missions, Southern Baptist World Hunger Fund and other special gifts.

State and regional conventions retain a portion of church contributions to the

Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program to support work in their

respective areas and forward a percentage to Southern Baptist national and

international causes. The percentage of distribution is at the discretion of

each state or regional convention.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor and senior writer

Mark Kelly.)

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