How much do you know about CP?
Take this short quiz to test your CP IQ. Challenge your congregation, Sunday school class members or small group to see how much they know about the engine that drives missions for Southern Baptists in Missouri, throughout North America, and around the world. We provide the correct answers at the end.
1. What is the Cooperative Program?
a) A Baptist form of collective bargaining
b) A self-imposed tax on charitable contributions
c) The funding process Southern Baptists use to support missions and evangelism
d) Annual dues a church owes to belong to the Missouri Baptist Convention
2. What year did Southern Baptists launch CP?
3. Why did Southern Baptists create CP?
a) To more effectively support missions
b) To make it easier for all churches to have a global impact
c) To help avert the financial burden of raising funds for each and every mission effort
d) All of the above
4. In Missouri, CP does not support which of the following:
a) Church planting
b) Partnership missions
c) Christian higher education
d) Children’s homes
e) Collegiate ministries
f) Evangelism / discipleship
g) The Missouri Lottery
5. How much is each MBC church required to contribute to the Cooperative Program?
a) 5 percent of its budget
b) 8 percent of its budget
c) 10 percent of its budget
d) Whatever the local church decides to contribute
6. Nationwide, the average Southern Baptist church contributes about 5 percent of its undesignated receipts to CP. What’s the average in Missouri?
a) 4 percent
b) 7 percent
c) 10 percent
d) Nobody knows
7. How much of Missouri’s total CP giving stays in the state?
a) None of it
b) One third
c) 60 percent
d) All of it
8. Which of the following North American and international missions efforts does your CP dollar support?
a) Keeping thousands of full-time missionaries on the field
b) Supporting six Southern Baptist seminaries in the U.S.
c) Promoting ethics and religious liberty in the public square
d) Supporting the Southern Baptist Executive Committee
e) All of the above
9. What biblical principles does CP affirm?
a) Priesthood of the believer
b) Autonomy of the local church
c) Voluntary cooperation
d) All of the above
10. In which of the following ways does your CP giving come back to your local church? (Select all that apply.)
a) It doesn’t
b) It partially or fully funds training events, evangelism/discipleship conferences, and other resources
c) It provides retirement and insurance benefits to your pastor and ministerial staff members
d) It offers consulting services on a variety of local-church issues, from stewardship to compensation to transitional-pastor ministry
e) It pays an annual cash dividend equal to the S&P 500 Index
11. How many full-time missionaries does CP support around the world?
c) About 9,000
12. What would happen if Southern Baptists stopped giving through CP?
a) Missionaries would have to raise their own support
b) Disaster- and hunger-relief efforts would suffer
c) Fewer young people called to ministry would be able to afford a Christian education
d) All of the above
1. (c) The Cooperative Program is a uniquely Southern Baptist initiative.
2. (b) CP came into existence 80 years after the establishment of the SBC.
3. (d) CP brings many giving advantages to Southern Baptists.
4. (g) If you missed this one, don’t tell the deacons. If you are a deacon, don’t tell the pastor. If you are a pastor, don’t tell us.
5. (d) Each SBC church is autonomous and sets its own budget.
6. (b) Missouri Baptists give through CP at a level above the national average.
7. (c) In recent years, the MBC has increased the percentage it sends to the ends of the earth.
8. (e) The 40 percent of CP giving that goes beyond our state’s borders accomplishes a great deal.
9. (d) CP truly is biblical stewardship.
10. (b, c, d) MBC churches benefit greatly from their faithful giving through CP.
11. (c) CP enables our missionaries to be engaged full-time in the field.
12. (d) CP truly begins with you … and reaches into eternity.