LOUISVILLE—Financial contributions to the Cooperative Program declined in February, the result of a series of wintery blasts that forced many churches across the state to cancel Sunday services.
Lowell Ashby, leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Finance & Business Services Team, said Cooperative Program receipts reached $1,411,879 for the month. That was down from $1,654,018 in February 2013, a $242,000 drop.
“As the snow fell and the temperatures dropped in February, so did the offerings in many local churches and that obviously impacts CP giving,” Ashby said. “I would attribute that to both missed and poorly attended Sunday churches services. Another factor impacted CP could be anticipated increases in church utility bills and other expenses resulting from one of the worst winters in recent memory.”
Cooperative program giving totaled $10,641,123 for the first six months of the fiscal year, which began Sept. 1. That’s down by only $20,442 through February last year.
The Eliza Broadus offering bucked the decline, bringing in $1,111,102 since Sept. 1, compared to $1,106,762 over the same time period last fiscal year.
“We’re hoping that as the weather moderates and spring arrives we’ll see a rebound in giving to support the ministries of the local church as well as the Cooperative Program,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “This funding is vital to so many ministries that are helping to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ.”