PADUCAH –Kentucky Baptists were thanked, and also did the thanking today, for outstanding support of the Cooperative Program, the unified giving method adopted by the Kentucky Baptist Convention in 1925 that funds an array of missions and ministries.
The gratitude was expressed by Kentucky Baptists attending the convention’s annual meeting at Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah.
In announcing the churches reaching different CP giving milestones, KBC Associate Executive Director Curtis Woods reminded Kentucky Baptists that working cooperatively is one of the “four pegs” of the KBC’s “big tent.”
The other three pegs are a high view of Scripture, commitment to the Great Commission and agreement with the Baptist Faith & Message.
During fiscal year 2012-13, the top three churches in total giving to missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program were:
- Severns Valley Baptist Church, Elizabethtown
- Lone Oak First Baptist Church, Paducah
- Eastwood Baptist Church, Bowling Green
The top three churches in per capita CP giving during the same period were:
- Countryside Baptist Church, Morganfield
- Mexico Baptist Church, Marion
- Briensburg Baptist Church, Benton
Kentucky Baptist churches that reached a “lifetime” total of $1 million in missions support through CP during the past fiscal year were:
- Horse Cave Baptist Church
- Memorial Baptist Church, Murray
- Simpsonville Baptist Church
- Sinking Fork Baptist Church, Hopkinsville
- Buck Grove Baptist Church, Ekron
- Lowell Avenue Baptist Church, Campbellsville
Reaching the $2 million in “lifetime” CP giving this year were Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion and Rich Pond Baptist Church in Bowling Green.
Reaching a “lifetime” total of $8 million in CP support was First Baptist Church of Paducah.
Reaching the $11 million milestone in “lifetime” giving through CP was Severns Valley Baptist Church.
Tim Burdon, pastor of Mexico Baptist Church in Crittenden County, received the CP Distinguished Leadership Award. Some members of the congregation were on hand to congratulate him and also to receive thanks from Kentucky Baptists for their commitment to cooperative giving.
Mexico Baptist Church currently contributes 25 percent of its undesignated receipts to missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program. The church with an average Sunday worship attendance of 225 even increased their CP support during a building campaign.
Learn more about the Cooperative Program at www.kybaptist.org/cp.
by Dannah Prather, KBC Marketing and Media Relations