The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee reported the strongest first two months of a fiscal year since 2009 as contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program exceeded $17.3 million in November 2019.
As of November 30, gifts received by the EC for distribution through the CP Allocation Budget total $32,571,296.53. This exceeds last year’s budget contribution through two months of $31,535,913.44 by $1,035,383.09 or 3.28 percent. The amount given is slightly less than the $32,750,000.00 year-to-date budgeted projection to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America by $178,703.47 or 0.55 percent.
The final amount received in November totaled $17,363,645.09, which was $282,369.01 more than the $17,081,276.08 received in November 2018 and $988,645.09 more than the monthly budgeted amount of $16,375,000.00.
“While we rejoice and give God all of the praise that our new fiscal year is off to its strongest beginning since 2009, we also thank the churches of our Southern Baptist family for their generosity,” said SBC Executive Committee president and CEO Ronnie Floyd in a statement to Baptist Press. “Our pastors, church leaders and churches are demonstrating a growing commitment to reaching every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation. The more we prioritize the Great Commission, the more we will prioritize, elevate and accelerate our giving through the Cooperative Program. We are very optimistic about the path we are on and are looking forward to a great year of financial support towards reaching the world for Christ.”
Designated gifts received in November amounted to $4,004,198.16. This total was $867,671.96 or 27.66 percent above gifts of $3,136,526.20 received last November. This year’s designated gifts through two months amount to $7,857,451.24, which is $1,378,466.43 or 21.28 percent more than the $6,478,984.81 given through two months in the previous 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, Southern Baptist 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.
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Source: Baptist Press