LOUISVILLE—Financial contributions to the Cooperative Program rose by more than $255,000 in April over the previous month, in part because churches that had canceled some worship services during the winter have been catching up on their giving.
Gifts in April totaled more than $1.9 million.
“The generosity of Kentucky churches and their commitment to the many ministries and initiatives funded by the Cooperative Program is reflected in their giving,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “This money will allow committed Baptists to continue spreading the gospel message throughout Kentucky, across the U.S. and around the world.”
Eight months into KBC’s fiscal year, giving to the Cooperative Program reached $14,277,952. That’s down $67,682 from the same period last year.
Lowell Ashby, leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Finance & Business Services Team, said Cooperative Program giving is only 2.65 percent behind last year despite the wintery blasts of January and February that forced intermittent cancellations of worship services across the state.
“Still, we appear to be on track to meet our budget goal of $22 million by the end of the fiscal year in August,” Ashby said.
Ashby said Lottie Moon offerings are down $341,852 compared to last year. “We were already over $5 million at this point last year. So far this year, we’ve received $4.67 million.”
The Eliza Broadus offering, meanwhile, is up 1.3 percent over last year, at $1,151,640. And Ashby said he expects a strong Annie Armstrong offering.