Southern Baptist churches in Kentucky have given nearly $17.8 million through the Cooperative Program over the past 10 months, and need to contribute $4.7 million in the next two months to meet the budgeted goal of $22.5 million for the fiscal year that ends Aug. 31.
“Our churches are showing their dedication to spreading the gospel around the world by giving to the Cooperative Program,” said Paul Chitwood, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention. “These gifts help support ministries in Kentucky, across the country and around the world. And I appreciate the commitment of our churches to join together to take the gospel to the lost.”
Lowell Ashby, head of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s Finance and Business Services Team, said contributions will have to remain strong in July and August.
June contributions exceeded $1.6 million.
As of now, Ashby said Cooperative Program contributions are less than 1 percent below where they were at the same point last year.
“We need two significant months of CP gifts to finish the course,” Ashby said. “Last year, we received over $1.9 million per month in July and August. The last two months of this year could be critical in matching last year’s total of $21.8 million.”
Ashby said churches also need to be mindful that the 2014 fiscal year will end on a Sunday.
“That will most likely push some of this fiscal year’s CP receipts into next year unless the churches make a diligent effort to send in their August contributions before, say, Aug. 28,” he said. “We’ll keep the books open until Sept. 3 to allow more August gifts to be counted in this fiscal year.”