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CP gifts down for month of December

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program in December of $14,610,892.95 were 4.81 percent below the total for December 2000, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Morris H. Chapman.

December’s $14,610,892.95 in CP Missions gifts to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America was $738,765.15 below December 2000 gifts of $15,349,658.10. In designated giving during December, meanwhile, the total of $4,998,529.32 was 21.56 percent above December 2000’s $4,111,941.14, an increase of $886,588.18.

In year-to-date CP giving, $43,363,572.33 has been received, compared with $43,638,073.68 in 2000-01, marking a $274,501.35 or .63 percent decrease.

In year-to-date designated giving, $12,082,243.73 has been received, compared with $10,046,597.84 in 2000-01, marking a $2,035,645.89 or 20.26 percent increase.

For the SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, the December receipts of $14,610,892.95 were below the budgeted $14,858,239.91, or 98.34 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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