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CP Information

What is the Cooperative Program?

The Cooperative Program (CP) is the funding process Southern Baptists have used since 1925 to support missions at the state, national, and international levels. Through CP, the ministry reach of one church extends around the world as 47,000 cooperating churches join hands to fulfill the Great Commission.

How does CP work?

The Cooperative Program begins with you – your tithes and offerings to your local church. Your church, in turn, commits a percentage of its annual budget to the Cooperative Program and sends its CP gifts to the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), which distributes CP funds from more than 1,700 MBC – affiliated churches according to an approved plan.

Specifically, the MBC invests 62 percent of CP giving in Missouri missions and related causes, such as the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, Baptist Homes & Healthcare Ministries, Missouri Baptist Foundation, and Christian higher education, and sends the remaining 38 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

The SBC uses CP funds from Missouri and 40 other state conventions – more than 47,000 local churches combined – to support nearly 9,000 full – time missionaries, six seminaries, and ethics and religious liberty.

Why give through the Cooperative Program?

Your Cooperative Program giving comes back to you – in training, events, evangelism and discipleship resources, church – staff retirement and insurance benefits, and other ministries for the local church.

CP supports evangelism, church multiplication, church revitalization, disaster relief, children’s homes, homes for the aged, Christian higher education, human trafficking rescue ministries, student and collegiate ministries, hunger relief, partnership missions, transitional pastor training, Missouri Baptist news and information, summer missions, and so much more – and that’s just in Missouri.

CP enables every giver and every local church to make an impact for Christ in Missouri, throughout North America, and around the world.

Times of Emphasis

Southern Baptists celebrate Cooperative Program Month in October. This year, Cooperative Program Sunday is October 6. Our office provides CP materials to help your church promote these two events.

CP Informational Resources

Get involved in the Cooperative Program by discovering more through these informational resources: