LOUISVILLE— Fiscal year 2012-13 came to a close with about 30 percent of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s 2,400 member churches increasing support of missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program during the year.
Kentucky Baptists gave $21,779,851 to missions and ministries through the unified giving program Sept. 1, 2012 through Aug. 31, 2013.
“Kentucky Baptists obviously still believe in cooperative missions,” KBC Executive Director-Treasurer Paul Chitwood said.
“As we have made sacrifices to use more of our missions dollars to take the gospel to the nations, it is gratifying to see nearly one third of our churches now increasing their gifts.
“I believe that qualifies for the beginning of a Great Commission Resurgence,” he added.
Receipts for August were just a few dollars shy of $2 million in July, exceeding the monthly budget goal of $1,833,333.
The annual budget goal for support through the Cooperative Program was $22 million.
“With CP receipts coming within 99 percent of budget year, we were able to fund all of our ministry areas by containing our fixed personnel costs,” noted Lowell Ashby, KBC’s business manager and leader of the Finance & Business Services Team.
Messengers to the KBC Annual Meeting approved increasing the annual goal for Cooperative Program giving for Fiscal Year 2013-14 to $22.5 million.
“The higher goal gives Kentucky Baptist congregations the opportunity to join 725 of their sister churches that increased their gifts through CP during the past year,” Ashby said. “We thank all our churches and individuals who partner with the Cooperative Program to reach the world for Jesus Christ.”
KBC recently released the new Cooperative Program brochure, which contains information on how CP works and the budget allocations for the gifts that will be given during Fiscal Year 2013-14.
October is Cooperative Program month in many Southern Baptist churches.
“I hope Kentucky Baptists will take this opportunity learn more about how CP works and the many missions and ministries that are supported through those gifts,” Chitwood said.
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