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The Cooperative Program has a bright future if Southern Baptists learn about its astonishing impact for missions and ministry around the world, SBC Executive Committee president Frank S. Page said during a question and answer session with students and faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary March 23. The Fort Worth, Texas, seminary welcomed Page to this session immediately after he spoke in a chapel service.
"I am cautiously optimistic," said Page, a graduate of Southwestern Seminary. "There is caution because in the twenty-first-century world, most every movement is toward societal giving, back to where we were before the Convention started the Cooperative Program in 1925." He explained that societal giving involves "each entity, each organization, seeks its own donors for its own causes."
The Convention is "moving in that direction," he said, calling societal giving "the twenty-first-century mentality" and noting t...