The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their un-designated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries.
These funds directly support the Baptist Convention of New England (BCNE), the North America Mission Board (NAMB), and the International Mission Board (IMB).
The BCNE supports over 300 churches and church plants in New England while NAMB and IMB support around 4000 church plants or missionaries each respectively.
The benefits to being a part of the Cooperative Program are:
- It presents a unified and comprehensive budget, throwing a funding blanket over statewide, national and international missions and ministries.
- It provides a long‐term sustainability for our entities. When a church makes their missions giving as a percentage of their church budgets, it provide consistency and stability.
- It adheres to our long term Baptist principle that “we can do more together than alone.”
- The Cooperative Program mitigates competition between entities thereby allowing a balanced Acts 1:8 Strategy.
- It levels the playing field, and makes a place at the table for small and ethnic churches. Every church can stand hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder, on level ground, as partners in the gospel (large churches, small churches, new churches, growing churches, graying churches, and ethnic churches).