LOUISVILLE – Kentucky Baptists’ giving through the Cooperative Program in May was the highest for that month since 2007.
Contributions made through the CP in May totaled $1,956,476, exceeding the monthly spendable budget goal by $135,882.
Last month’s giving was well above totals for May in recent years, according to Lowell Ashby, leader of the Kentucky Baptist Convention Finance and Business Services Team.
“The last time we had such a good report in May was in 2007 when Kentucky Baptists contributed nearly $2.3 million,” Ashby said. “We are so pleased and grateful for this support of missions through Cooperative Program.”
CP giving for fiscal year 2011-2012 remains nearly 5 percent below what is needed to reach the $23.5 million budget passed by messengers to the 2011 KBC Annual Meeting, however, “with these near-record receipts for May, total CP giving for the first nine months of the fiscal year currently exceeds the adjusted spendable budget by more than $370,000,” Ashby added.
KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood said he hopes the sacrifice demonstrated by Kentucky Baptists in May is a sign of CP support to come.
“I hope this is a sign of renewed confidence and commitment to the Cooperative Program,” Chitwood said. “It is especially humbling to see this kind of support at a time when there are so many families that continue to struggle financially because of the weak economy and high unemployment.”
Learn more about the Cooperative Program and how it funds missions and ministries in Kentucky, North America and the world at www.kybaptist.org/cp.
The Kentucky Baptist Convention is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of nearly 2,400 autonomous Baptist churches in Kentucky. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Louisville, including: missions work, ministry training and support, church development, evangelism and more.