NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Giving to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program in January 2001 was 5.70 percent below the total for January 2000, according to Morris H. Chapman, president and chief executive officer of the SBC Executive Committee.
A total of $15,576,822.05 was received in January to support Southern Baptist CP missions and ministries globally and across North America, compared to the $16,518,423.15 received in January 2000.
For the fiscal year to date, October 2000 through January 2001, CP giving is .29 percent ahead of the same period a year ago, $59,214,895.73 as compared to $59,044,455.38.
In designated giving during January 2001, the total of $19,477,495.88 was 20.82 percent below January 2000’s $24,599,243.22. For the fiscal year to date, designated giving is 13.36 percent below last year’s pace, $29,524,093.72 as compared to $34,075,815.65.
For the SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, the year-to-date receipts of $59,214,895.73 are $3,216,100.73, or 105.74 percent, above the budgeted $55,998,795.00. The monthly receipts showed the $15,576,822.05 received as 111.27 percent above the budgeted amount of $13,999,698.75.
The SBC Cooperative Program total includes receipts from individuals, churches, state conventions and fellowships for distribution according to the 1999-2000 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, world hunger 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.