LOUISVILLE—Financial contributions to the Cooperative Program hit a five-year high in January, despite harsh winter weather that has hurt church attendance in parts of the state.
Lowell Ashby, leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Finance & Business Services Team, said Cooperative Program receipts reached $9.23 million for the first five months of the fiscal year, which began Sept. 1.
“This is the highest level of Cooperative Program giving since the 2008-2009 fiscal year, a reflection that Kentucky Baptist churches continue to prioritize cooperative giving as they recover from the economic recession,” Ashby said. “This puts us in position to reach our $22 million revised budget goal for the fiscal year.”
Ashby said receipts were running about $222,000 ahead of last fiscal year as of Jan. 31.
“This is wonderful news, considering the many important ministries the Cooperative Program funds,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “This means more resources to help Kentucky churches, to bolster Baptist Campus Ministry programs, to support overseas missions, to plant new churches, and to do so many other things that help us toward the goal of reaching Kentucky and the world for Christ.”