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Northeast Church,
Braselton, Georgia

Russ Harbin, pastor of Northeast Church in Braselton, Georgia, came to see the importance of the Cooperative Program through the merger of two churches into the one he currently pastors.

Harbin became pastor of Hoschton Baptist in Braselton in January 2010. Located just down the road was Zion Baptist Church, a congregation with dwindling membership. Each church had a need that the other could meet.

“They [Zion] had what we needed, a building,” Harbin said. “They [Zion] wanted what we [Hoschton] had, people.”

So Zion and Hoschton became Northeast Church, which formally launched in December 2011.

“God has done more . . . by bringing us together than when the churches were on their own,” he said.

Despite his love of cooperation, CP wasn’t at the forefront of Harbin’s thinking when he began his pastorate. As an itinerant evangelist for fifteen years before arriving at Hoschton, his focus was on other aspects of Southern Baptist life.<...

The Southern Baptist Convention’s mission work, ethnic diversity, and vast network of cooperation will be on display at a fifteen hundred square foot Cooperative Program booth in the exhibit hall at this year’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

On a platform stage area, visitors to the CP booth will see approximately thirty interviews with missionaries, ethnic fellowship leaders, seminary students, pastors, state convention executives, entity presidents, and others as a way of highlighting the broad array of ministries supported by CP. The booth will feature two high-definition video screens displaying the interviews and Twitter feeds.

The CP booth traditionally has been staffed by the Executive Committee. This year’s exhibit is presented in partnership with the North American and International Mission Boards and will be positioned alongside the NAMB and IMB booths.

“The Cooperative Program exists to fuel missions and ministry, and it’s important that the Executive Committee promote the Cooperative Progra...

Central Baptist Church has been a vital component of its neighborhood since its founding in 1950. And its impact for God's Kingdom has proven immeasurable.