"I am passionate in my belief that contributions through the Cooperative Program are high value gifts for the furtherance of Kingdom enterprises," Page said. "Our collective efforts through global missions and evangelism, domestic church plating, affordable ministerial training and preparation for our pastors and other church staff, and a voice of conscience ringing in the halls of government can and will make a difference for eternity," Page said. "While we are grateful for every dollar we receive through the Cooperative Program, I long to see the day when our SBC entities are funded at 21st-century levels of ministry need.
"We continue to pray for the economic recovery of our people and our churches and hope to see this recovery play itself out in increased financial support for these Kingdom endeavors."
As of April 30, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled $109,763,948.25, or 100.09 percent of the $109,666,666.69 year-to-date budgeted amount to support Southern Baptist missions and ministries globally and across North America. The total is $4,365,046.85 less than the $114,128,995.10 received through the end of April 2012.
The convention-adopted budget is distributed 50.2 percent to international missions through IMB, 22.79 percent to North American missions through NAMB, 22.16 percent to theological education, 3.2 percent to the SBC operating budget and 1.65 percent to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. If the convention exceeds its annual budget goal of $188 million dollars, IMB's share will go to 51 percent of any overage in Cooperative Program allocation budget receipts. Other ministry entities of the SBC will receive their adopted percentage amounts and the SBC operating budget's portion will be reduced to 2.4 percent of any overage.
Designated giving of $133,044,493.26 for the same year-to-date period is 1.68 percent, or $2,192,557.73, above gifts of $130,851,935.53 received at this point last year. This total includes only those gifts received and distributed by the Executive Committee and does not reflect designated gifts contributed directly to SBC entities.
The Cooperative Program is a program of giving through which a local church is able to contribute to the various ministries of its state convention and to the various missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention with a single contribution.
Traditionally, state and regional conventions have acted as collecting entities for Cooperative Program contributions. They retain a portion of church contributions to the Cooperative Program to support work in their respective areas and forward a percentage to Southern Baptist national and international causes. The percentage of distribution from the states is at the discretion of the messengers of each state convention through the adoption of the state convention's annual budget.
April's CP allocation receipts for SBC work totaled $14,411,893.39. Designated gifts received last month amounted to $14,130,275.65.
The end-of-month total represents money received by the Executive Committee by the close of the last business day of each month. Month-to-month swings reflect a number of factors, including the number of Sundays in a given month, the day of the month churches forward their CP contributions to their state conventions, the percentage of CP contributions forwarded to the SBC by the state conventions after shared ministry expenses are deducted and the timing of when the state conventions forward the national portion of Cooperative Program contributions to the Executive Committee.
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