CP: an answer to endless offerings
I sense that "Cooperative Program" (CP) is an idea that is getting new life among Baptists. This concept of unified giving and support for our priority ministries was born in 1925. At that time, churches were faced with a large number of ministries that solicited support from the local church. The "CP idea" was to have one offering for many ministries, working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person in the world.
Is history repeating itself? Have we come back to the place where churches are overwhelmed with offerings and fundraisers? I am hearing from many church leaders who believe it’s time to unify our giving and keep our focus on the organizations that are the most efficient with our God-called assignment. That’s what CP does best.
It has been many years since the Biblical Recorder published the list of church giving records. In this week’s issue we have given you a list of the churches who gave the most dollars to CP last year. There are four categories showing the top 25 churches in four ranges of church size. I hope you will take a moment to view the list.
In the next edition of the Recorder, we will publish the list of all churches’ gifts through Southern Baptists’ major offerings. Most, if not all Baptist associations, and many Baptist state conventions publish a similar list. Many N.C. Baptists have been asking for it, so we will be glad to make this information available. We hope it will encourage greater giving for Great Commission work.
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