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Associational Leaders Answer: Why I Support Missions through the Cooperative Program

Built upon the premise that we can do more together than any one church can do alone, the Cooperative Program (CP) is an integral part of who we are and how we operate as Southern Baptists. In observance of CP month during the month of April, the BRN communications staff asked associational leaders what they see as the value of churches cooperating financially to fund missions through CP. Ken Cordray—Baptist Association of Southwest Pennsylvania Moderator and Pastor of Living Faith Community Church, Coraopolis, PA The CP might be the most unique and effective means of giving to missions in the world. When talking to people who are not part of the SBC, the Cooperative Program is usually the one thing that is mentioned by them more than anything else. Think about it: Thousands of churches partnering together for the Gospel in tangible ways to fulfill the Great Commission. Quite simply, this is what we are called to do! I am thankful for the opportunity to personally, faithfully, and generously give in this way, and to lead my church to do the same. While I have been blessed by being able to give and lead others to give, I have also been on the receiving end of CP gifts.  My wife Paula and I moved to Pittsburgh about 5 years ago to start Living Faith Community Church. By God’s grace exhibited through the generosity of...

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Mutiplying Churches Team Members Answer: Why I Support Missions through the Cooperative Program

Cissy McNickle—Church Planter’s Wife, Grace Falls Church, Absecon, NJ My husband, Buff, and I moved from Tampa, Florida to plant a church in Atlantic County, New Jersey. We have been here a year and a half. Most people think we are crazy to leave Florida to come to the Northeast, but so far I have LOVED it. Seasons are amazing! Our very small church plant supports the Cooperative Program because we believe in the vision of the North American Mission Board and our own BRN. We believe that God has called each one of us as individuals to make a difference in our communities, and we believe that as we all pool our resources we can make a difference far beyond our own individual capabilities. As church planters, we have received the generous giving of churches all across the nation through CP. Churches that gave from thousands of miles away are making a difference on the Atlantic coastline. And the people in Atlantic County to whom God is calling us are blown away that others from all over the country believe in what God is doing in NJ and the nation so much that they would give, not just to their own community, but to ALL! I believe this is what the Kingdom of God should look like. We are blessed and privileged to be a part of this incredible Convention, and we will continue...

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BRN Pastors Answer: Why I Support Missions through the Cooperative Program

The Cooperative Program (CP) flourishes when pastors are impassioned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ going out to their “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth” and lead their churches boldly in sacrificial giving. The pastors who answered our query: “Why do you support missions through the Cooperative Program?” have just such a heart. Kenny Craig—Pastor of Chambersburg Baptist Church, Chambersburg, PA Since my early years, supporting CP through giving and praying has been important to me. I grew up in a church that faithfully supported missions through CP, and as an adult I continue that support. What a privilege it is to be part of the cooperative effort of many to support individuals and families who are called to missions! Our CP gifts help them stay in the mission field to which God has called them. These missionaries can be assured of prayer and financial support in the midst of everyday life situations that are likely quite different than the comforts we take for granted. As a pastor, I encourage our congregation to support the Cooperative Program as a vital means of reaching the world for Christ. While we can’t all go to the ends of the earth, our prayers and our gifts through CP are making a real difference in the kingdom. May God continue to bless this most important work. Darius Nable—Pastor of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Cherry Hill, NJ On behalf...

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Healthy Churches Team Members Answer: Why I Support Missions through the Cooperative Program

In 1925, Southern Baptists attending the annual convention, and concerned about the best way to get the Gospel to the whole world, voted to approve a plan for financing worldwide missions. With their vote, the Cooperative Program (CP) was born. For today’s blog post, BRN communications staff asked members of the BRN Healthy Churches Team to share why they support missions through CP. Kim Grueser—BRN West Healthy Churches Consultant and Pastor of Pittsburgh Baptist Church, Pittsburgh, PA Since its 1959 inception, Pittsburgh Baptist Church has passionately supported the Cooperative Program. It is consistently in the top ten giving churches of our state convention. Last year we were recognized by the International Mission Board as one of a couple hundred congregations across our denomination for a high member-to-dollar giving ratio. Why do our members support missions through the Cooperative Program? The answer is simple: discipleship. The Bible clearly commands churches to financially invest in mission activity and our church fully identifies with her denomination. These are matters of scriptural integrity and leadership. Both are by-products of discipleship. For fifty-five years teachers, deacons, pastors and others have discipled members about supporting missions through the Cooperative Program. Every continuous ministry of a healthy church centers in discipleship. Randy Johnson—BRN Philadelphia Healthy Churches Consultant and Pastor of North Pointe Community Church, Limerick, PA I met Christ April 9, 1987, in Dallas, TX. Two years later I surrendered to serving Him in a full-time vocation. My first pastorate was in Wichita...

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BRN Leaders Answer: Why I Support Missions through the Cooperative Program

April is Cooperative Program (CP) month across the Southern Baptist Convention, and this coming Sunday (April 12) is designated for the observance in Southern Baptist churches nationwide. To highlight the emphasis, the Baptist Resource Network communications staff asked leaders from across the BRN to share why they support missions through CP.                                                         Brian D. King Sr.—BRN President and Pastor of Ezekiel Baptist Church, Philadelphia, PA In May of 2001, as a young pastor accompanied by the chairman of our deacon’s ministry, I met with former DOM Dr. Frank Miller at a local diner to discuss becoming members of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our church was relocating from West Philadelphia to the Southwest section—an area with only one existing church to serve a community of over three thousand people. I had no idea how to prepare my church for transitioning from a traditional mode to one that would be more kingdom-focused. After speaking with Dr. Miller we joined SBC that day. As a direct result of the support we received from our local association, state convention and Lifeway Christian Resources, our church grew from 200 to over 700 members. At one time our Sunday School was on life support, but through the resources and training available, our Sunday School is now thriving. The Black Church Family and Leadership Conference, supported through CP, gave me the forum to expose my church to the totality and unity needed for our church to do kingdom work. Today our...

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