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CP Trending Up at Year’s End; EC Calls for Continued CP Support
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CP Trending Up at Year’s End; EC Calls for Continued CP Support

CP Trending Up at Year’s End; EC Calls for Continued CP Support

A resolution adopted by the SBC Executive Committee urged CP giving “more than ever” in response to the IMB’s personnel reduction. Photo by Morris Abernathy.

EC calls for increased CP to remedy IMB shortfall
by David Roach, posted Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — In response to the International Mission Board’s announcement of a personnel reduction, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has adopted a resolution urging Southern Baptist churches to give “more than ever before” through the Cooperative Program.

The resolution, which was adopted without opposition, stated, “At this urgent hour of desperate need in our nation and around the world, we, the members of the SBC Executive Committee, pledge to encourage and lead our churches to give more than ever before through the Cooperative Program in 2015 and beyond. We also call upon all cooperating Southern Baptist churches prayerfully to join us in doing more than ever before.”

The resolution was adopted during the Executive Committee’s Sept. 21–22 meeting in Nashville, where President David Platt and other IMB leaders addressed questions from EC members. The IMB had announced previously that it would reduce its total number of missionaries and staff by 600-800 in light of expenditures that exceeded revenues by $210 million over the past six years.

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EC members heed call to increase CP for IMB
by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 29, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — Since adopting a resolution in September pledging to “encourage and lead” their churches to “give more than ever before through the Cooperative Program,” at least 17 of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s 79 members have already recommended increases in CP giving at the churches where they are members. The proposed increases are intended to help the International Mission Board amid revenue shortages.

According to reports sent by EC members to chairman Mike Routt, proposed increases range from .2 percent to 2 percent of church budgets, though not all reporting members stated their recommendations as a percentage of undesignated receipts.

Routt told Baptist Press even at churches where a CP increase is not possible for the upcoming budget year, EC members “continue to use their influence to lead their congregations in exemplary missions giving.”

The average CP gift from churches of EC members in 2013-14 was 7.58 percent of undesignated receipts, 2.11 percentage points higher than the SBC average of 5.47 percent for the same period.

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CP surpasses budget projection for fiscal year
by Staff, posted Friday, October 02, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year $1.1 million over its 2014–2015 budgeted goal and $2.5 million over the previous year’s Cooperative Program allocation budget gifts, according to Frank S. Page, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee.

The SBC received $189,160,231.41 in CP allocation gifts for the year. This amount is $2,592,620.78, or 1.39 percent, more than it received during the last fiscal year, and is $1,160,231.41, or 0.62 percent, more than its budgeted goal of $188 million.

“We are grateful to every church and individual who believes in and supports the Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists,” Page said.

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CP starts fiscal year 3.26% over budget projection
by Staff, posted Tuesday, November 03, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 0.18 percent above last year’s opening month of the convention’s fiscal year and 3.26 percent above the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Page.

As of Oct. 31, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled $16,048,439.92, or $29,259.07 above the $16,019,180.85 received in October 2014.

“We are tremendously grateful that for the second year in a row Cooperative Program receipts received by the Executive Committee exceeded the previous October’s gifts and surpassed our projected budget goal for the first month of the fiscal year,” Page said.

“We continue to work at helping our cooperating churches see the vision of what we can accomplish when we work together — sustaining a global missions and ministry enterprise to the glory of God by going, sending, planting and training laborers for the harvest.”

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Churches, States Respond to CP Missions and Ministry Vision

Editor’s Note: Each fall, forty-two cooperating state Baptist conventions hold their annual meetings. Fifteen conventions held their meetings in September and October. Twenty-seven held their annual meetings during the first three weeks of November. Baptist Press carries news stories from each state convention as the stories are received from the communications offices of the respective state conventions. These news stories are bundled in a story collection. This year’s story collection will contain all state convention annual meeting news stories once they have been received and published.

The headlines on these pages include a news story about 4,422 churches that increased their giving through the Cooperative Program by one percent (or more) of their church’s budget and news stories pertaining to state convention annual meetings that had been received and published in Baptist Press through November 6. BP Style is retained in the headlines and news stories.

Churches, States Respond to CP Missions and Ministry Vision

Terry Turner is founder and pastor of Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas, a congregation that wasn’t satisfied to just accept the 1% CP Challenge, but increased their giving by 2 percent. Photo courtesy of Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church.

1% CP Challenge met by 4,422 churches
by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 01, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page has personally signed letters to more than 4,400 Southern Baptist churches that have met or exceeded the 1% Cooperative Program Challenge.

Recognized for their contributions are 3,846 congregations that met the challenge for the first time during the 2013-14 fiscal year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30) and 576 that met the challenge for two consecutive years, said Ashley Clayton . . .

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Minn.-Wis. Baptists increase CP, reduce budget
by David Williams/Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist, posted Friday, November 06, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (BP) — Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists will increase the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes despite reducing their overall budget by more than a third due to a shift of North American Mission Board funds.

“Refresh” was the theme of the 32nd annual meeting of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, Oct. 23-24, at Midvale Baptist Church in Madison, Wis. . . .

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New Mexico

N.M. Baptists increase CP, stand for marriage
by Staff/Baptist New Mexican and Baptist Press, posted Friday, November 06, 2015

RUIDOSO, N.M. (BP) — Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New Mexico increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to Southern Baptist Convention causes and decried the U.S. Supreme Court’s nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

Gathering Oct. 20-21 at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso, N.M., 293 messengers represented 104 of the convention’s 335 cooperating churches. . . .

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Ind. Baptists called to ‘lift Him up’
by Staff, posted Thursday, November 05, 2015

PLAINFIELD, Ind. (BP) — Gathering around the theme “lift Him up,” messengers to the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana voted to continue for a second straight year forwarding a record percentage of Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention causes.

Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis acted as host to the Oct. 12-13 gathering, though the meeting was held at The Palms Conference Center in nearby Plainfield, Ind., in order to accommodate needs for seating and exhibition space. . . .

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Calif. Baptists celebrate 75 years, increase CP
by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Tuesday, November 03, 2015

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (BP) — With the theme, “Until It’s Finished,” California Southern Baptists celebrated 75 years of ministry in the Golden State, adopted a budget with an increased percentage to the Southern Baptist Convention and re-elected their president during their annual meeting Oct. 27-28 at Valley Baptist Church. . . .

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New York

N.Y. Baptists reject name change, increase CP
by Staff, posted Tuesday, November 03, 2015

HENRIETTA, N.Y. (BP) — Messengers to the Baptist Convention of New York voted not to change the convention’s name and asked the body’s executive board to report next year on “the best plan to significantly increase” BCNY giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.

Gathered Sept. 27-29 at All Nations Church in Henrietta, N.Y., messengers also voted to increase the portion of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to SBC causes by 2.5 percentage points. In addition to 83 registered messengers . . .

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Colo. Baptists’ theme: ‘revitalized church’
by Colorado Baptist General Convention Staff, posted Monday, November 02, 2015

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BP) — The 60th annual meeting of the Colorado Baptist General Convention focused on the theme “The Revitalized Church” from Revelation 2:4-5. . . .

The convention’s Cooperative Program allocation after shared expenses will be 49.5 percent for Colorado ministries and 50.5 percent for SBC ministries, with a goal of a straight 50/50 allocation in the next few years with no shared expenses. . . .

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Dakotas increase CP percentage to SBC causes
by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (BP) — The Dakota Baptist Convention increased its giving again to the SBC Cooperative Program missions and ministries — by one-half percent for 2016 — during its annual meeting.

This brings to 23 percent the amount forwarded from CP giving by the two-state convention’s 26 churches in North Dakota and 62 churches in South Dakota to Southern Baptist national and international causes. This continues CP percentage increases from 16 to 20 percent in 2014 and from 20 to 22.5 percent in 2015 . . .

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Kan.-Neb. Baptists increase CP to SBC causes
by Eva Wilson/Baptist Digest, posted Wednesday, October 21, 2015

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BP) — Messengers to the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists increased the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they will forward to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries and affirmed both biblical marriage and the sanctity of life during the convention’s annual meeting Oct. 12-13 at Blue Valley Baptist Church in Overland Park, Kan.

“One Mission” was the theme of the Kansas City-area gathering, which drew 287 registered messengers and 80 visitors . . .

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Alaska Baptists, at 70-year mark, give thanks
by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, October 16, 2015

PALMER, Alaska (BP) — Constancy, change and unity all were part of the 70th annual meeting of the Alaska Baptist Convention, Sept. 28-30 at First Baptist Church in Palmer. . . . This is the third year for Alaska to send 36 percent of its Cooperative Program dollars to Southern Baptist Convention causes. In 2013 the CP allocation was 33 percent to global causes . . .

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Nevada Baptists unify in missions sacrifice
by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, September 25, 2015

RENO, Nevada (BP) — It was no accident that the Nevada Baptist Convention increased its Cooperative Program percentage to 50 percent last fall of the offerings received from the 200 Southern Baptist churches in the state.

“I’m excited to say we’re in the game,” said Kevin White, the convention’s executive director since 2012 in the state he calls home. “The Cooperative Program enables us to be a part of the grand scheme of God to reach lost people for Him . . .

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Increases proposed for SBC, Fla. ministry
by Barbara Denman/Florida Baptist Convention, posted Thursday, August 27, 2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) — Saying “we can impact the world” by sending 51 percent of Florida’s Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention while simultaneously increasing funds to reach Florida, Executive Director-Treasurer Tommy Green presented a $29 million budget for 2016 to the State Board of Missions’ Budget-Allocations Committee.

The committee unanimously approved the proposed 2016 Cooperative Program budget Aug. 13 to send $14,790,000 — or 51 percent — to the SBC and retain $14,210,000 — or 49 percent — for ministry within the state.

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Texas beyond-budget receipts recommended for SBC
by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Thursday, August 20, 2015

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Executive Board has voted to recommend that 100 percent of beyond-budget 2016 Cooperative Program receipts be forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.

SBTC messengers will vote on the recommendation during the convention’s Nov. 8-10 annual meeting at Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston.

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Ala. proposed budget continues toward SBC parity
by BP Staff, posted Thursday, August 20, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (BP) — Trustees of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions have unanimously voted to recommend a 2016 Cooperative Program budget of $40 million, with 53 percent funding state convention ministries and 47 percent going to Southern Baptist Convention ministries.

The SBOM’s Aug. 14 budget recommendation reflects the Alabama convention’s move toward “a point of parity or equitable distribution” of CP funds between Alabama and SBC missions and ministries, Rick Lance, SBOM executive director, told trustees.

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