The Cooperative Program is our collective effort to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention’s missions and ministries. Browse below to read articles, watch videos, and learn more about how your church’s Cooperative dollars work together to fulfill the Great Commission.
For every $100 given to the Cooperative Program, here is how it is spent:
Stays in Maryland and Delaware to help strengthen and start churches
World Missions Ministries
International Mission Board – $18.65
North American Mission Board – $8.43
Executive Committee and SBC Operating Budget
Theological Education Ministries
Seminaries – $8.11
Library and Archives – $0.09
Christian Ethics and Religious Liberty Ministries
Maryland & Delaware Baptists are committed to advancing the Gospel through national and international missions by sending 37% of Cooperative Program receipts to the SBC.
Please use any of the videos about Cooperative Program to show to your congregation.
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Cooperative Program Means Cooperative Partnership
Seeing the Gospel Before Hearing the Gospel
Juntos (versión en español)
The Parable of the Three Farmers
We Can do More Together
An Uncommon Place
Important Gospel Work
More Than Enough
Cooperative Program Collegiate
What is the Cooperative Program?
Benefits of the Cooperative Program
- It presents a uniﬁed and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
- It provides long term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church’s budget, it provides consistency and stability.
- It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that “we can do more together than alone.”
- The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced Acts 1:8 strategy.
- It levels the playing ﬁeld, and makes a place at the table for small and ethnic churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel (large churches, small churches, new churches, growing churches, graying churches, and ethnic churches).
What Does the Cooperative Program Support?
LOCALLY, your gifts to the Cooperative Program assist in the strengthening and starting of churches throughout Maryland, Delaware and beyond. More pointedly, your gifts help churches like yours reach their communities with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Cooperative Program giving from BCM/D churches support church revitalization, pastoral support, children’s ministry, ministers’ counseling, Disaster Relief, unreached people groups, church security, church planting, and church planter development. God has placed the BCM/D in one of the most diverse and strategic areas in America, and we seek to help churches succeed in their God-given tasks.
Nationally and Internationally, the Cooperative Program supports missionaries through the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board; future pastors, missionaries and church leaders who now attend our six Southern Baptist seminaries; as well as the efforts of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, who seeks to preserve our religious liberties and to be a voice on the critical issues of our day.
In short, the Cooperative Program is our collective effort to fulfill the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20.
How Does the Cooperative Program Work?
You give yourself first to God (II Cor. 8:5). 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 Maryland, Delaware, and around the world through The Cooperative Program. This amount is then sent to the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware.
Messengers at the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware Annual Meetings from your church and other churches across our two-state convention decide what percentage of Cooperative Program gifts contributed by local congregations stay in the BCM/D to support local missions and ministries. The percentage to be forwarded to the SBC for North American and international missions and ministries is also determined at this time.
Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting from across the country decide how the gifts received from the states will be distributed among SBC entities. These gifts are used by SBC entities to send and support missionaries, train pastors, and other ministry leaders; provide relief for retired ministers and widows; and address social, moral, and ethical concerns relating to our faith and families.
The bottom line – people around the world hear the gospel and receive Christ!
How do I Give?
The best way to start is by giving generously to your local church. Beyond that, the Finance Office of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware is happy to help you participate in the Cooperative Program. We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to call 800-466-5290. You can also give online.
Cooperative Program Brochure
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