How does the Cooperative Program work?
Each Florida Baptist congregation determines what percentage of their budget should be allocated to the Cooperative Program. That percentage is sent to the Florida Baptist Convention, which retains a portion and sends the remainder to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee in Nashville for distribution.
In 2015 the Florida Baptist Convention will send 45 percent of these gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention. That percentage will climb in the next few years until Florida Baptists are evenly dividing (50-50) CP gifts between Southern Baptist and Florida Baptist causes.
The 45 percent sent by Florida Baptists to the Southern Baptist Convention is divided primarily among the International Mission Board, 50.41 percent; North American Mission Board, 22.79 percent; and six SBC seminaries, 21.92 percent. A little less than five percent is distributed among SBC Historical Archives, Ethic and Religious Liberty Commission and the SBC operating budget.
It is through this money that Florida Southern Baptists support 4,816 international missionaries among nearly 901 people groups; North American church planting and evangelism efforts; and educate more than 16,000 future missionaries, pastors and church leaders through the work of six seminaries.
Without Cooperative Program giving, missionaries would be spending time enlisting financial support instead of on the mission field sharing the gospel. Others would be forced to work secular jobs for support.
Cooperative Program gifts retained in the state are divided among Florida Baptist Convention programs of missions, ministry, and church planting, 80.52 percent, and Florida Baptist institutions and agencies, 19.48 percent.
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