How the Cooperative Program Works
It all starts with you! You give back to the Lord a portion of what He has provided for you. This may be your tithe (10% of your income) or an offering. Share this gift with your local church.
Each year, your church prayerfully decides how much of its undesignated gifts will be sent to California Southern Baptist Convention for the Cooperative Program. With more than 2,200 California Baptist churches, CP helps expand your church's mission efforts to the entire world.
California Southern Baptist Convention decides what percentage of CP gifts will be designated for ministries reaching California for Christ. CP gifts that remain in California are used for beginning new congregations, evangelizing the lost, strengthening churches and their leaders, mission education, disaster relief, Christian education at California Baptist University and so much more.
CSBC sends remaining CP gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention for world mission causes. Most of these gifts fund the strategies of the International and North American Mission Boards, including deployment and support for nearly 10,000 missionaries. Six SBC seminaries (including Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in California) and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission also are supported through the Cooperative Program.