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What does margin look like and what is your next move to get it?
The Cooperative Program Stage provides an opportunity for messengers to the SBC annual meeting to hear firsthand reports about a variety of SBC missions and ministries, and “listen in” on panel discussions on important issues for Southern Baptists.

As the graphic below shows, the Cooperative Program is the heart of Southern Baptist missions and ministry; it is what "pumps" the resources to each area, making these possible on a national and international scale.

How the CP Heart Works

Churches in your state work together through your state convention to support a wide array of ministries and missions including: evangelism efforts, children's homes, volunteer missions, missions education, new churches, colleges and universities, collegiate ministries, camps, and much more. Each Baptist state convention also forwards a portion of its receipts to the SBC Executive Committee to fund missions and ministry on a larger scale.

Through the International Mission Board (, Southern Baptists support more than 5,100 missionaries who are engaging 950 people groups...