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Through the Cooperative Program, Florida Baptists are partnering together with Southern Baptists throughout the world to change lives of men and women, boys and girls with the saving message of Jesus Christ.
By doing together what we cannot do alone, lives are being transformed simultaneously in communities near and far through the commitment of Florida Baptists to take the Great Commission to their neighborhoods and around the globe.
Every time you drop a dollar in the offering plate of a church that participates in the Cooperative Program, your dollar is multiplied by gifts from others and together we are helping someone hear about Jesus.
That person may live on your Main Street, in Miami, Milwaukee, Malawi or any point in between. When given through the Cooperative Program, your gift reaches from your home across the globe.
By giving through the Cooperative Program, a portion of your dollar empowers the fulfillment of the Great Commission in Florida, the nation and world. Your gift mobilizes a mission force of more than 10,000 persons serving throughout the nations and allows you to share in touching hearts and changing lives.
How, you may wonder?
Consider the Great Commission, a personal directive from Christ to all of His followers to: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt. 28:19
Your church voluntarily sends a percentage or a specific amount of their regular offerings to the Florida Baptist Convention. The State Convention retains a portion for ministries, missions and evangelistic efforts in the state—and even in your own hometown. Another portion is then sent to the Southern Baptist Convention, which distributes your money to the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board and six seminaries.
So you see in a very real sense, your dollar carries out the very last directive Jesus gave to His disciples when He said, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
Through your gift, you are partnering with other Florida and Southern Baptists to provide a gospel witness in your hometown—Jerusalem; your state—Judea; and your nation—Samaria—and the world.
How do busy church leaders promote the Cooperative Program while keeping in balance the many other important items that clamor for their attention? Here are a few helpful suggestions. Pick the suggestions that will work best in your church setting and emphasize the importance of the Cooperative Program.
1. PRAY. Lead in a special time of prayer for the work of missions through the Cooperative Program during the worship service. Pray for our missionaries, our seminary teachers, and the Florida Baptist Convention staff. Missionary Moments is a resource to use for this prayer time. Click here.
2. USE MATERIALS. Use Cooperative Program materials as a bulletin insert. The Florida Baptist Convention’s 2014 Budget Brochure “Doing together what we cannot do alone” tells the story of what your Cooperative Program gifts are accomplishing. (2014 CP Budget Allocations) Additionally, a number of great resources are available to you (see below). For additional copies click here to e-mail.
3. SHARE FACTS. Share with your members something specific that is being accomplished through the Cooperative Program:
4,822 international missionaries are funded through the Cooperative Program.·
7,300 Florida Baptist volunteers are trained in disaster relief, making the Southern Baptist Convention the third largest disaster relief provider in the nation. ·
105 new churches were started last year in Florida.·
1,500 students are being trained through theological education provided in Florida.·
49,000-plus new Christians were baptized and taught to share their faith through
evangelistic outreach emphases.
4. DOWNLOAD VIDEOS.
Download a compelling mission video from our Media Source
. These short stories can be played during the worship service.
Southern Baptist rant about CP!
Latest Cooperative Program Video