Cooperative Program

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 the missions and ministries of both the Alabama Baptist State Convention (SBOM) and the Southern Baptist Convention  (IMB, NAMB)

About The Cooperative Program

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 the missions and ministries of both the Alabama Baptist State Convention (SBOM) and the Southern Baptist Convention  (IMB, NAMB)

  • It presents a unified and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
  • It provides a long‐term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church budgets, it provide consistency and stability.
  • It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that “we can do more together than alone.”
  • The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced strategy.
  • It levels the playing field, and makes a place at the table for all churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel.

Cooperative Program awards were presented to (l to r) Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Vestavia Hills, in Birmingham Baptist Association, for largest amount of undesignated receipts ($799,200); Chip Starnes, pastor of FBC Bay Minette, in Baldwin Baptist Association, for largest percentage of undesignated receipts (21 percent); and Ed Cruce, pastor of Fairfield Highlands Baptist Church, Midfield, in Bessemer Baptist Association, for largest per capita amount of undesignated receipts ($344.60 per resident member).

The History of the Cooperative Program

Since its inception in 1845,

 the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission —the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the “societal” approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns, and frequent emergency appeals which greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptist. Some entities took out loans to cover operating costs until pledges or special offerings were received.

In 1919,

the leaders of the SBC proposed the 75 Million Campaign, a five‐year pledge campaign that, for the first time, included everything –  the missions and ministries of all the state conventions as well as that of the Southern Baptist Convention. Though falling short of its goals, a God‐given partnership of missions support was conceived – The Cooperative Program.

Since its launch in 1925,

the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program has been dependent upon individuals, churches, state conventions, and SBC entities cooperating, working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person on the planet.

You and other Alabama Baptists’ gifts through the Cooperative Program last year equaled 6.5% of all the undesignated gifts to all 3,208 churches.

The following amounts reflect giving from Alabama Baptists in 2017:

  1. Cooperative Program Receipts: $37,828,886 (94.6% of Budget: $40,000,000 )
  2. Myers Mallory Receipts: $1,142,515
  3. Total Receipts: $65,026,460

2017 Gifts were distributed as follows:

  1. Total Gifts to SBC: $36,031,023 (55.41% of total receipts)
  2. Total Gifts to IMB: $20,813,612
  3. Total Gifts to NAMB: $10,481,727
  4. Total Gifts to the two SBC Mission Boards: $31,295,339
  5. Percentage of total receipts from Alabama to the 2 SBC Mission Boards: 48.13%
  6. Total Gifts through SBOM $10,629,668.56

2017 Ministry Highlights

  • You supported over 7,800 missionaries around the world.
  • Exposed more than 44,000 college students to the Gospel through Alabama Baptist Campus Ministries events and groups.
  • You gave the largest dollar amount given by any state convention.
  • You gave the largest per capita gift of any state convention.
  • You gave 6.5% of undesignated receipts.

And much more!

Actual 2018 percentages are:

  • SBC Mission and Ministries 50%
  • Alabama Baptist Missions and Ministries 50%

Your church’s gifts through the Cooperative Program are distributed according to this formula as approved by the messengers at the Alabama Baptist Convention.

For a detailed accounting of where your church’s 2017 gifts were put to work

jswedenburg@alsbom.org.

For a copy of the 2019 Cooperative Program budget

call Jim Swedenburg direct at 334-613-2283, toll free at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283 or email  jswedenburg@alsbom.org.

The following amounts reflect giving from Alabama Baptists in 2017:

  1. Cooperative Program Receipts: $37,828,886 (94.6% of Budget: $40,000,000 )
  2. Myers Mallory Receipts: $1,142,515
  3. Total Receipts: $65,026,460

2017 Gifts were distributed as follows:

  1. Total Gifts to SBC: $36,031,023 (55.41% of total receipts)
  2. Total Gifts to IMB: $20,813,612
  3. Total Gifts to NAMB: $10,481,727
  4. Total Gifts to the two SBC Mission Boards: $31,295,339
  5. Percentage of total receipts from Alabama to the 2 SBC Mission Boards: 48.13%
  6. Total Gifts through SBOM $10,629,668.56

Cooperative Program Day
Sunday, April 7, 2019

Every Alabama Baptist church should draw attention to the Great Commission and Great Commission ministries supported by the Cooperative Program. Please pray for these ministries and for the hearts of the people who support the Cooperative Program.

Pray
There should also be significant prayer that gifts through the Cooperative Program will increase. Without the Cooperative Program, Alabama Baptists and Southern Baptists would be just another group of folks unable to see beyond their own needs.

Give
When we give through the Cooperative Program we are making an investment in fellow Christians and in those who have not heard.

Participate
The Cooperative Program is the lifeline of missions work in Alabama and around the world. In order to raise awareness of the Cooperative Program in your congregation, please consider implementing some of the following suggestions for Cooperative Program Day:

  • Show a video clip in your service that highlights the Cooperative Program.
  • Arrange to have a state missionary come to your church to speak about the Cooperative Program.
  • Free Cooperative Program Resources such as bulletin inserts, informational brochures, video clips, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, children’s resources, missionary moments, and other promotional materials are available at www.cooperativeprogramresources.org.

For more information, please contact State Missionary Jim Swedenburg in the Office of Cooperative Program & Stewardship Development at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283, jswedenburg@alsbom.org

October is designated as Cooperative Program Month across the Southern Baptist Convention.
Every Alabama Baptist church should draw attention to the Great Commission and Great Commission ministries supported through the Cooperative Program. Please pray for these ministries and for the hearts of the people who support the Cooperative Program.

There should also be significant prayer that gifts through the Cooperative Program would continue to increase. Without the Cooperative Program, Alabama Baptists and Southern Baptists would be just another group of folks unable to see beyond their own needs.

The Cooperative Program is the lifeline of missions work in Alabama and around the world. In order to raise awareness of the Cooperative Program in your congregation, please consider implementing some of the following suggestions for Cooperative Program Month:

  • Have a Sunday School lesson or sermon series focus on stewardship and the Cooperative Program and how it impacts the lives of people in your community, your country, and around the world.
  • Show a video clip or use a PowerPoint in your service that highlights the Cooperative Program.
  • You can have a state missionary come to your church to speak about the Cooperative Program.
  • Give your church members more information about the Cooperative Program.

Free Cooperative Program Resources such as bulletin inserts, informational brochures, video clips, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, children’s resources, missionary moments, and other promotional materials are available at CooperativeProgramResources.org.

Other Resources:

For more information, please contact State Missionary Jim Swedenburg direct at 334-613-2283, toll free at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 283, or via email at jswedenburg@alsbom.org

Cooperative Program Resources

Free Cooperative Program Resources such as bulletin inserts, informational brochures, video clips, posters, bookmarks, DVDs, children’s resources, missionary moments, and other promotional materials are available at CooperativeProgramResources.org.

Order free resources on our CooperativeProgramResources.org

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