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Cooperative Program giving: 1.23% above last year’s pace

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Year-to-date contributions through the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program are 1.23 percent above the same time frame in 2005, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.

As of May 31, 2006, the year-to-date total of $134,091,968.39 for Cooperative Program (CP) Missions is $1,630,045.02 above the $132,461,923.37 received at the same point in 2005. For the month, receipts of $16,496,303.09 were 1.73 percent, or $289,713.39, below the $16,786,016.48 received in May 2005.

Designated giving of $147,781,595.66 for the same year-to-date period is 6.09 percent, or $9,577,034.88, below gifts of $157,358,630.54 received at this point last year. The $15,908,923.13 in designated gifts received last month is $10,137,400.97 below the $26,046,324.10 received in May 2005, a decrease of 38.92 percent.

For the SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, the year-to-date total of $134,091,968.39 is 105.94 percent of the $126,576,836.64 budgeted to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America.

The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ method of supporting missions and ministry efforts of state and regional conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention.

The Cooperative Program total includes receipts from individuals, churches, state conventions and fellowships for distribution according to the 2005-06 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.

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