Cooperative Program at Work for You
The ministries of California Southern Baptist Convention are possible because of the Cooperative Program. When your church gives through CP an abundance of resources become available to assist your congregation in its ministries and mission of fulfilling the Great Commission.
The state convention 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 CSBC ministries and Southern Baptist Convention ministries.
In 2018, CSBC messengers approved a $6.6 million Cooperative Program budget for 2019. Of that amount, $4,092,000, or 62 percent, remains in California for state missions and ministries including:
- CSBC Church Planting Initiatives Team assisting churches to begin new congregations.
- Count the Cost, leadership development and training, and age-level ministries through the Church Revitalization Initiatives Team.
- Evangelism support, student evangelism and discipleship, Disaster Relief, volunteer mobilization, women's ministry and support for missions education are California Cooperative Program ministries through the Evangelism & Missions Initiatives Team.
- Small Church Initiatives Team to help with the unique challenges facing smaller membership congregations.
Also included in the budget are allocations of $132,000, or 2 percent, for California Baptist University, and $66,000, or 1 percent, for The Baptist Foundation of California.
The SBC receives $2,310,000, or 35 percent, for world mission causes.
- Gifts through the Cooperative Program, allow Southern Baptists to fund and send nearly 9,000 missionaries around the world to share Jesus. The North American Mission Board and International Mission Board are able to strategically deploy these missionaries because of the Cooperative Program.
- Six Southern Baptist seminaries (including Gateway Seminary in Ontario, CA) also are part of the ministries supported through the Cooperative Program. They train the "called" to lead and minister in churches, and prepare missionaries sent around the world.
These are just some of the ways the Cooperative Program is at work for your church. The Cooperative Program means you are never on your own in Great Commission actions. Discover the resources CP makespossible for you and your congregation.
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