The BCM/D is a cooperative missions and ministry organization made up of more than 500 autonomous Baptist churches in Maryland and Delaware. A variety of state and worldwide ministries are coordinated through its administrative offices in Columbia, Md., including: disaster relief, ministry training and support, church planting, evangelism, missions and more.
Since 1925 Southern Baptists have partnered together to do cooperative missions through the Cooperative Program.
How is all this possible?
- Simply put, it begins with you. You give yourself first to God (2 Cor. 5:8). Next, out of gratitude and obedience to God for what He has done for you, you commit to give back to Him, through your church, a portion of what He provides. This is commonly called a tithe and represents ten percent of your income (Lev. 27:30, Mal. 3:10).
- Your church decides the next step. Every year your church prayerfully decides how much of its undesignated gifts will be committed to reaching people in your state and around the world through Cooperative Program (CP) Missions. This amount is then forwarded to your state Baptist convention.
- During the annual meeting of your BCM/D, messengers from your church and other churches across the state decide what percentage of CP Missions gifts contributed by local congregations stays in your state to support state and local missions and ministries and how much is given to the SBC.
More specifically, the Cooperative Program money you give not only supports local initiatives but also supports the International Mission Board, which supports approximately 5,624 missionaries who are engaging 655 people groups, of populations greater than 100,000, around the world; and the North American Mission Board, which supports church planting and evangelism efforts resulting in more than 1,000 new evangelistic churches each year.
The Cooperative Program also supports the six Southern Baptist seminaries, which are training our next generation of leaders; and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which gives a “voice” for Southern Baptists in political arenas.
The bottom line is – people around the world hear the gospel and receive Christ because of your generosity.