by Baptist Press Staff
NASHVILLE (BP) — Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in June were 2.80 percent above the projected budget through nine months of the current fiscal year and 0.13 percent above the amount received during the same period last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd.
As of June 30, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget totaled $149,580,020.95, or $189,882.46 above the $149,390,138.49 received through the first nine months of the 2017–2018 fiscal year. The fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. The June YTD total is $4,080,020.95 above the $145,500,000 YTD allocation budget projection to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America.
“I rejoice at this report of support for what we as Southern Baptists are doing together — statewide, nationally and internationally,” Floyd said. “The SBC exists to help churches leverage our Acts 1:8 mandate to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person in the world and make disciples of all nations.
“In these summer months, we are praying for all Southern Baptists to practice generosity faithfully so our churches can maximize their evangelistic opportunities through ministries like Vacation Bible School, student and children Camps, as well as local, national and global mission experiences. Our world desperately needs each of us to live and breathe Gospel urgency every single day,” he said.
Year-to-date designated giving of $170,633,259.53 was 2.97 percent, or $5,217,045.83, below gifts of $175,850,305.36 received in the first nine months of last year’s fiscal year. Designated contributions include the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, Southern Baptist Global Hunger Relief, Disaster Relief and other special gifts. This total includes only those gifts received and distributed by the Executive Committee and does not reflect designated gifts contributed directly to SBC entities.
Meanwhile, CP allocation receipts for SBC work for the month of June totaled $15,754,420.34. Designated gifts received in May amounted to $23,528,476.07.
The CP is Southern Baptists channel of giving, begun in 1925, through which a local church can contribute to the ministries of its state convention and the missions and ministries of the SBC through a unified giving plan to support both sets of ministries. Monies include receipts from individuals, churches and state conventions for distribution according to the 2018-2019 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget.
State and regional conventions retain a portion of church contributions to Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program to support work in their respective areas and forward a percentage to SBC national and international causes. The percentage of distribution is at the discretion of each state or regional convention.
The Convention-adopted budget for 2018-2019 is $194 million and is disbursed as follows: 50.41 percent to international missions through the International Mission Board, 22.79 percent to North American missions through the North American Mission Board, 22.16 percent to theological education through the six SBC seminaries and the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, 2.99 percent to the SBC operating budget and 1.65 percent to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. The SBC Executive Committee distributes all CP and designated gifts it receives on a weekly basis to the SBC ministry entities.
Month-to-month swings reflect a number of factors, including the timing of when the cooperating state Baptist conventions forward the national portion of Cooperative Program contributions to the Executive Committee, the day of the month churches forward their CP contributions to their state conventions, the number of Sundays in a given month, and the percentage of CP contributions forwarded to the SBC by the state conventions after shared ministry expenses are deducted.
CP allocation budget gifts received by the Executive Committee are reported monthly to the executives of the entities of the convention, to the state convention offices, to the state Baptist papers and are posted online at cpmissions.net/CPReports.
Reprinted from Baptist Press (www.baptistpress.com), news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.