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State Conventions Lead Out in National Cooperative Program Mid-Year Increase

The national portion of Cooperative Program Allocation gifts topped $100 million at the mid-point of the 2017–2018 SBC fiscal year for the first time in almost a decade (see charts B and C). The national CP increase is largely attributable to CP gifts forwarded by cooperating state Baptist conventions (see chart A). The 41.49 percent to SBC causes is the highest in history and only the fourth time since 1925 the division has topped 40 percent.

Two state conventions forwarded special CP gifts in addition to their convention-approved budgeted amounts mid-way through the SBC’s fiscal year. In May, the Dakota Baptist Convention forwarded $25,000 above its budgeted monthly giving as an additional gift to CP. In March, the Montana Southern Baptist Convention forwarded an additional $11,000 from its 2017 income overage to the SBC’s portion of CP.

These special gifts are in addition to budget plans to forward larger percentages to SBC causes adopted by twenty state Baptist conventions during their fall annual meetings.

At its 2017 annual meeting, Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists voted to increase its portion of CP gifts to 32 percent for distribution to Southern Baptist missions and ministries while retaining 68 percent for in-state use, a shift of ten percentage points from the previous year’s 22/78 split.

Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware messengers increased its CP funding allocation for SBC causes, from 43.5 percent to 48 percent, with plans to reach a goal of 51 percent by 2020.

In Alabama, a major adjustment of the convention’s stateside ministries budget allowed messengers to reach the convention’s long-term goal of 50 percent to SBC causes two years earlier than its “parity plan” of 50/50 by 2020 called for.

The Alabama Baptist State Convention joined five other conventions—Southern Baptists of Texas (55/45), Florida (51/49), and Iowa, Nevada, and Ohio (50/50 each)—that forward half or more to the Southern Baptist Convention with no “shared ministry” calculations.

Michigan and Missouri joined Alabama in eliminating shared ministry expenses in their budgets. Ten state conventions retained the category, ranging from 1.19 percent in Maryland/Delaware to 18.89 percent in Wyoming. Others keeping priority items in their budgets are Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.

Seven other state conventions voted to increase national CP gifts for SBC causes by more than 1 percent. These include Arizona, Arkansas, Dakota, Kansas-Nebraska, New England, Pennsylvania/South Jersey, and Tennessee.

State conventions in California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Utah/Idaho, Baptist General Association of Virginia, and West Virginia voted to increase the SBC portion in amounts ranging from .10 to 1 percent.

A few state conventions reported greater increases to the SBC portion of their budgets. Those hikes, however, have little effect once adjustments are made for prioritized “shared ministries” items and/or reductions to the respective state convention’s overall budget goal.

Thirteen state conventions made no change in the percentage amount forwarded to SBC causes; the remainder decreased the percentage.

Based on the state convention budgets adopted in 2017, the amount projected to be sent to the Executive Committee for SBC causes is $193,500,000 according to William Townes, vice president for Convention finance at the SBC Executive Committee.

Growth in total CP giving will depend on whether Southern Baptist churches prioritize their missions giving through the Cooperative Program. Total CP gifts from churches in 2017 continued a multi-year decline, hitting the lowest amount since 1999 (see chart A).

Despite the almost twenty-year downward trend in church gifts through the Cooperative Program, this mid-year report indicates the SBC is on track to receive its budgeted CP goal for 2017–2018 through state convention allocations.


A. Total Cooperative Program, with Division between State Convention and Southern Baptist Convention Missions and Ministries, Fiscal 2007–08 through Fiscal 2016–2017

Year Undesignated Gifts to the Churches, LifeWay Report Total CP from the Churches, EC Report Percent Undesignated Gifts to CP State Share of CP, EC Report National Share of CP, EC Report National % of Total CP
2007–08 9,013,807,646 541,898,661 6.01% 343,819,507 198,079,154 36.55%
2008–09 8,961,684,260 520,355,537 5.81% 326,044,905 194,310,632 37.34%
2009–10 8,911,796,522 495,168,022 5.56% 308,647,362 186,520,660 37.67%
2010–11 9,023,216,896 487,884,065 5.41% 301,498,029 186,386,036 38.20%
2011–12 8,891,673,582 481,409,006 5.41% 294,768,525 186,640,481 38.77%
2012–13  8,769,026,657 482,279,059 5.50% 298,859,256 183,419,803 38.03%
2013–14 8,748,114,744 478,700,850 5.47% 297,729,271 180,971,579 37.80%
2014–15 9,154,427,472 474,272,984 5.18% 290,501,682 183,771,302 38.75%
2015–16 9,216,198,700 475,212,293 5.16% 284,743,512 190,468,781 40.08%
2016–17 not yet available 462,662,332 n/a 270,713,506 191,948,826 41.49%

B. Mid-Year SBC CP Allocation Budget Gifts, 2007–2008 through 2017–2018

Year Mid-Year National CP Gifts from All Sources
2007–08 104,513,493
2008–09 100,625,647
2009–10 99,404,879
2010–11 98,501,244
2011–12 97,764,591
2012–13  95,352,055
2013–14 94,359,024
2014–15 96,337,084
2015–16 99,315,836
2016–17 98,348,238
2017–18 100,706,827

C. Cooperative Program Allocation Budget/Designated Contributions Received from State Baptist Conventions and Other Sources
MID-YEAR REPORT
October 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018

Cooperative Program Allocation Budget Change from Prior Year
Contribution Sources 2017–2018 2016–2017 Dollar Change Percent Change
Alabama 9,204,378.65 8,760,821.11 443,557.54 5.06
Alaska 111,146.44 109,963.29 1,183.15 1.08
Arizona 515,993.76 455,760.15 60,233.61 13.22
Arkansas 4,768,090.09 4,647,310.49 120,779.60 2.60
California 1,119,802.30 1,075,331.21 44,471.09 4.14
Colorado 319,015.40 313,644.71 5,370.69 1.71
Dakota 77,230.25 46,257.32 30,972.93 66.96
DC 9,510.64 1,722.87 7,787.77 452.02
Florida 7,380,504.51 7,345,620.13 34,884.38 0.47
Georgia 9,381,211.68 8,577,743.10 803,468.58 9.37
Hawaii Pacific 146,072.51 283,717.83 -137,645.32 -48.51
Illinois 1,178,840.19 1,138,746.73 40,093.46 3.52
Indiana 503,630.35 314,128.32 189,502.03 60.33
Iowa 224,458.08 149,227.37 75,230.71 50.41
Kansas-Nebraska 409,873.67 356,032.38 53,841.29 15.12
Kentucky 5,284,151.29 4,962,980.02 321,171.27 6.47
Louisiana 3,588,994.87 3,754,002.38 -165,007.51 -4.40
Maryland-Delaware 814,821.64 799,199.01 15,622.63 1.95
Michigan 154,229.17 164,358.14 -10,128.97 -6.16
Minnesota-Wisconsin 77,255.47 53,177.62 24,077.85 45.28
Mississippi 5,854,417.03 6,002,464.52 -148,047.49 -2.47
Missouri 3,144,428.28 2,994,514.27 149,914.01 5.01
Montana 90,813.23 74,516.25 16,296.98 21.87
Nevada 299,566.50 284,050.49 15,516.01 5.46
New England 70,605.91 74,203.25 -3,597.34 -4.85
New Mexico 462,155.81 355,967.42 106,188.39 29.83
New York 116,517.22 126,270.57 -9,753.35 -7.72
North Carolina 5,996,951.10 5,852,958.60 143,992.50 2.46
Northwest 390,001.82 390,007.75 -5.93 0.00
Ohio 1,119,590.92 1,120,730.73 -1,139.81 -0.10
Oklahoma 5,221,157.11 5,145,971.48 75,185.63 1.46
Pennsylvania-South Jersey 140,075.06 108,847.70 31,227.36 28.69
Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands 1,070.92 1,868.14 -797.22 -42.67
South Carolina 5,572,103.25 5,608,649.45 -36,546.20 -0.65
Tennessee 7,858,857.40 7,680,875.05 177,982.35 2.32
Texas (BGCT) 5,019,312.79 5,396,130.70 -376,817.91 -6.98
Texas (SBTC) 7,619,058.79 8,006,258.93 -387,200.14 -4.84
Utah-Idaho 100,732.91 89,755.46 10,977.45 12.23
Virginia (BGAV) 446,226.31 496,579.31 -50,353.00 -10.14
Virginia (SBCV) 2,258,859.75 2,246,478.38 12,381.37 0.55
West Virginia 249,345.07 236,652.17 12,692.90 5.36
Wyoming 55,205.21 53,807.14 1,398.07 2.60
         
Subtotal 97,356,263.35 95,657,301.94 1,698,961.41 1.78
         
Churches and Individuals 3,350,563.28 2,690,936.40 659,626.88 24.51
         
Grand Total $100,706,826.63 $98,348,238.34 $2,358,588.29 2.40

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Summer 2018
Volume 26, Issue 3
June 2018