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Baptists’ CP giving shows Nov. increase; Chapman praises Baptist giving habits

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program in November of $16,062,329.70 were 16.40 percent above the total for November 2000, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.

“Southern Baptists have responded generously to meet the many needs of their fellow Americans in New York City and Washington, D.C., following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11,” Chapman said. “Yet, even while giving so generously to relief causes, Southern Baptists have remained faithful in their support of SBC missions and ministries by giving sacrificially through the Cooperative Program. I am personally blessed by the hearts of Southern Baptists and remain even more convinced that in cooperating we can reach the world.”

In designated giving during November, meanwhile, the total of $3,769,431.85 was 2.72 percent above November 2000’s $3,669,470.10, an increase of $99,961.75. November’s $16,062,329.70 in CP Missions gifts to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America was $2,263,575.69 above November 2000 gifts of $13,798,754.01.

In year-to-date CP giving, $28,752,679.38 has been received, compared with $28,288,415.58 in 2000-01, marking a $464,263.80 or 1.64 percent increase.

In year-to-date designated giving, $7,083,714.41 has been received, compared with $5,934,656.70 in 2000-01, marking a $1,149,057.51 or 19.36 percent increase.

For the SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, the November receipts of $16,062,329.70 were above the budgeted $14,858,239.92, or 108.10 percent of budget.

The SBC Cooperative Program total includes receipts from individuals, churches, state conventions and fellowships for distribution according to the 2000-2001 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.

The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ method of supporting missions and ministry efforts of state and regional conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention. 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 percentage of Cooperative Program contributions they receive from the churches to support work in their areas and send the remaining funds to the Executive Committee for national and international ministries. The percentage of distribution is at the discretion of each state or regional convention.

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