Missions from the Epicenter through the California Southern Baptist Convention††††††††
The Cooperative Program is an agreement among Southern Baptists churches, Baptist state conventions and fellowships, and the Southern Baptist Convention to work together in Great Commission ministries.
It is a financial channel of cooperation through which mission dollars are combined into a unified budget supporting the Southern Baptist missionary, education, and benevolent ministries in each state, the nation, and throughout the world.
The Cooperative Program makes it possible for individuals and churches to do something about fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) across the street and around the world.
Through the Cooperative Program, the mission of a single church is extended to ministries for the needy, the sick, the aged, and the lost, as well as the support of about 12,000 North American and international missionaries.
Ed and Nancy Giddens are International
Missionaries who serve in
personal friend, who enjoys staying in touch with the Epicenter is:
††† Mary Chase. Mary serves as an International Missionary† in Moscow,
Pastor Al Warren writes:
I am proud of what FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH has done for missions! Look at what I read in the latest issue of the California Baptist state newspaper:
First Baptist Church of Galt, California
is†† #11† †in
(to the Cooperative Program Per Capita Giving)
First Baptist Church, Galt, California
†† is†† #2† †in the Delta Valley Southern Baptist Association
(in total dollars to the Cooperative Program--our
combined fund for all missionary work)
Each local church decides what
percentage of its undesignated offerings will be shared through the Cooperative
Program. These funds are then sent weekly or monthly to California Southern
Baptist Convention in
The state convention
office distributes Cooperative Program dollars received from California Southern
Baptist churches according to the budget adopted by messengers at the CSBC
annual meeting. This budget divides Cooperative Program dollars between
Currently, 73 percent of Cooperative Program dollars remains in California for state missions and ministries and 27 percent is forwarded for world mission causes.
The 73 percent of Cooperative Program funds kept in
Church starting, church health, leadership development and missions education all are Cooperative Program ministries of CSBC
Half of the 27 percent of Cooperative
Program gifts sent to the
The North American Mission Board receives an additional 22.8 percent for ministry in the
For questions about the Cooperative Program, contact one of the following: