The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptist churches working together to reach “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the World”.
HOW DOES THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM WORK?
- It begins with you! You give yourself first to God (II Cor. 8:5). Next, out of gratitude and obedience to God for what He has done for you, you commit to give back to Him, through your church, a portion of what He provides. This is commonly called a tithe and represents ten percent of your income (Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10).
- Your Church decides the next step. Every year your church prayerfully decides how much of its undesignated gifts will be committed to reaching people in your state and around the world through The Cooperative Program. This amount is then forwarded to your Georgia Baptist Mission Board.
- Messengers at the Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meetings from your church and other churches across the state decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations are applied to your state missions and ministries. The percentage to be forwarded to the SBC for North American and international missions and ministries is also determined at this time.
- Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting from across the country decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among SBC entities. These gifts are used by SBC entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and other ministry leaders; provide relief for retired ministers and widows; and address social, moral, and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families.
The bottom line – people around the world hear the gospel and receive Christ!
The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.
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COOPERATIVE PROGRAM ARTICLES
During 2020, your Cooperative Program giving reiterated that pastors are heroes, churches are the priority and Georgia is the mission field. Even during a pandemic, the mission of God moved forward in 2020 in creative ways. The pandemic forced Georgia Baptists to consider new methods for sharing the gospel and discipling new believers when person-to-person […]
GBC President Kevin Williams, pastor of Villa Rica First Baptist Church, shares his thoughts on his time in office, and what the GBC’s 200th anniversary means to the convention. Question: What would you hope to see happen within the convention this year? My goal from the very beginning has always been to try and engage […]
Thank you for giving faithfully to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. We love you and are praying for you. Your partnership is so valuable as we continue working together to reach the lost in Georgia and beyond. We would like to update you on a change we are making in our financial department at the […]
David Melber serves as the chief operating officer, and among his duties is the responsibility of ensuring that all financial resources received through the Cooperative Program and other offerings are gratefully received, responsibility managed and correctly disbursed. Dr. Gerald Harris conducted the interview. Question: How does your background qualify you to assist in planning budgets, […]