It’s a daunting mission to reach the world with the gospel, yet it is what Christians are called to do (Matthew 28:18-20). For any single church the Great Commission is overwhelming; but when we work together, the possibilities are endless. Through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists are doing together what no single church can do on its own.
Since its launch in 1925, the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program (CP) has been dependent upon the cooperation of individuals, churches, state conventions and Southern Baptist Convention entities – working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with everyone. Very simply, CP asks Southern Baptist congregations to cooperatively give a portion of their mission dollars to ensure that people in California, the United States and across the world hear the Good News of Jesus. CP is the most effective, efficient, comprehensive and strategic means for taking Jesus to every person in the world.
If “two are better than one” (Ecclesiastes 4:9), how much better are nearly 45,000 Southern Baptist churches across the United States working together to fulfill the Great Commission? With a global population exceeding 6.5 billion (including 38 million in California) and a commission to share the gospel everywhere, we must enhance our cooperative efforts if we are to fulfill Christ’s command.