The Cooperative Program is a financial channel of cooperation between the state conventions and the Southern Baptist Convention. When you make an undesignated gift to the Lord through your church, you directly support the missionary, education, and benevolent work in your state convention. You also support the work of the Southern Baptist Convention here in the United States and all over the world.
The essence of the Cooperative Program is to fulfill the Great Commission. Jesus’ command to witness in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth was not optional, but mandatory. The Cooperative Program compels us to be a witness at home and around the world at the same time.
The Cooperative Program encourages Baptists to participate in the full range of God’s kingdom work in our world. Sometimes people only want to support a particular ministry or a special endeavor, but CP is all-encompassing. Our vision is enlarged to include everything from evangelistic penetration in the Third World to strengthening Christian colleges at home.
The Cooperative Program is safe. Accountability has been, is, and will continue to be an encouragement to generous giving. Mississippi Baptists know where our money goes and what it does.
In 1845 Southern Baptists decided to put all of the mission efforts under one convention organization. Each agency elects trustee boards to oversee their operations, but everyone also operates under the umbrella of the Southern Baptist Convention. The work of these trustees ties each area to the larger convention.