The Cooperative Program (CP) is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of Arkansas Baptist and Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries. When someone in an Arkansas Baptist church gives to their church, the church gives a considerable portion of that gift to missions through the CP. Those CP funds are invested in Arkansas missions, as well as national and global missions.
The Cooperative Program helps fund missions in Arkansas, including Arkansas Baptists agencies, disaster relief, and church planting. The CP also helps fund U.S. and worldwide missions efforts through the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board. The CP even supports theological education through the SBC seminaries and promotes biblical values through the Ethics and Civil Liberties Commission. The CP is the most efficient and effective method for churches to make a wide global impact for the Gospel—and it all begins with Arkansas Baptist giving to their local church.
How your giving to missions through the Cooperative Program has made a world of difference
The following numbers represent lives that have been radically changed by the Good News of Jesus Christ because of your investment in missions through the Cooperative Program.
- Sharing the Gospel over 6,000 times, your Cooperative Program missionaries were directly involved in leading more than 1,200 people to Christ.
- 28 new churches were planted in Arkansas in partnership with 49 established churches. The churches assisted by the Church Planting Team saw more than 600 professions of faith and 158 baptisms.
- Camps held at Siloam during June and July of 2015 resulted in 352 professions of faith, 175 rededications, and 143 decisions for church vocations out of 5,080 participants.
- Baptist Collegiate Ministries on 35 campuses witnessed 448 professions of faith.
- About 200 Southern Baptist Chaplains in Arkansas reported leading 2,000 souls to Christ.
- ABSC Disaster Relief deployed 842 volunteers during nine disasters responses, totaling 70 days of deployment in Arkansas, Michigan, and Texas.
- Pregnancy Care Centers across the state saw 691 babies saved from abortion and 291 people receive Christ.
- 7,970 Community Missions volunteers ministered through literacy projects, food ministries, health ministries, clothing ministries, block parties and camps resulting in 914 professions of faith.
- Over 680 Arkansas college students served in missions and ministries in 27 states and 45 countries. Collegians reported more than 15,000 significant witnessing experiences.
Because everyone matters when it comes to the unengaged and unreached.
How your investment in missions through the Cooperative Program can impact the world
The following goals are made possible through your giving to the Cooperative Program.
Evangelism & Church Health Team
- To lead more people to faith in Christ and baptize more than have been baptized before. Goal:13,000 baptisms.
- To add 75 additional churches to the 350 already enrolled in the Church Revitalization Emphasis.
Church Planting Team
- To train 40 church planting leaders through church planting training.
- To assist in starting 30 new churches and missions.
College + Young Leaders Team
- To train 1,000 collegians to use an evangelism tool.
- To send out two to four Christmas in China/International teams.
- To mobilize 2,000 participants in the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip and provide national/international missions opportunities for 365 participants.
- To reach 1,500 people for Christ through missions discipleship/mobilization events.
More information about the Cooperative Program and its supported SBC missions and ministries
- Southern Baptist Convention Cooperative Program
- International Mission Board
- North American Mission Board
- SBC Seminaries
- Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission