Cooperative Program giving declines during first 6 months of 2014
Aug 10, 2014
By BARBARA DENMAN
Florida Baptist Convention

JACKSONVILLE (FLBaptist)—Giving by Florida Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program continued to decline during the first six months of 2014.

From January through June, churches gave $15,186,208 through the Cooperative Program, $556,090 or 3.53 percent below the $15,742,298 given in 2013.
 
According to Stephens Baumgardner, director of Business Services at the Florida Baptist Convention, “the bottom in CP giving does not appear to be in sight.”
 
“The Budget-Allocations Committee and the State Board of Missions as a whole will have to make some difficult decisions; looking at all we do so that we can stay within our budget means.”
 
Baumgardner said other state conventions in the Deep South “are experiencing the same phenomena. It’s a disease impacting every one of the traditional states.”
 
The decrease in the first six-months giving will affect the 2015 budget planning, which will be determined when the State Board of Missions’ Budget-Allocations Committee meets in August. The 2015 budget is based on receipts from June 1, 2013- May 31, 2014 and is expected to be less than the 2014 budget. 
 
Meanwhile, Florida Baptists are striving to evenly divide CP receipts 50-50 percent between state and national SBC mission causes. Currently, 43 percent of all receipts are earmarked for SBC causes; and 57 percent are designated for Florida causes.
 
During its meeting this past May, the Board voted to seek to reach the 50-50 percent division by 2017, a year earlier than previously planned.  
The 2014 budget of $30.5 million distributes CP monies between the Southern Baptist Convention, $13,115,000, or 43 percent; Florida Baptist Convention, $17,385,000, which includes $3.3 million earmarked to Florida institutions and agencies.
 
Increases were reported in “Florida only” funds given by churches to remain within the state ($118,149, which was up from $17,008 in 2013), while designated funds given for special offerings and specific mission causes decreased ($7,832,802 in 2014 compared to $8,015,689 in 2013).
 
Beginning on this page is a summary of 2014 and 2013 Cooperative Program and 2014 miscellaneous gifts from churches received in the state convention office from January through June. Gifts from “at large” churches are those affiliated with the state convention but not with a local association and are listed by church under the heading “Church at Large.” 
 
Churches are encouraged to check the listing carefully and inform Steve Baumgardner, director of the Business Services Division, at 800-226-8584, ext. 3040 or sbaumgardner@flbaptist.org, if corrections are needed. Each church and mission is urged to use the convention remittance form when sending gifts to the state convention office. Additional forms will be supplied upon request. 
 
Click here for a summary of 2014 and 2013 CP gifts and 2014 miscellaneous gifts received in the State Convention office from January through June.
 

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