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The Cooperative Program Stage and Platform provides an opportunity for messengers to the 2019 SBC annual meeting to “listen in” on a variety of hard-hitting, relevant panel discussions.

Pastor David Landrith Says, "Yes!"

"A Simple Challenge—BIG Results!"
In Phoenix, Arizona, Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, issued a challenge to pastors and churches to consider increasing their Cooperative Program contributions by one percent of the church's undesignated receipts. "The effect of this simple challenge would be almost $100 million dollars more for missions and ministries across the SBC," Page said. It's a simple challenge with the potential for BIG results! Challenging churches to increase missions giving through the Cooperative Program is nothing new in SBC circles; but, for the messengers in the room on that day, this simple challenge was immediately seen as something good, something relevant, and most of all, something achievable!

"That's Our Video!"
No one in the room that day took more notice of Page's "1% Challenge for CP" than David Landrith, pasto...

Yesterday, our new church was pleased to send in our first gift to the Cooperative Program, the cooperative giving plan of our denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention. As leaders of the church, we believe in what we are doing together in our denominational family. The Cooperative Program gives our church the opportunity to partner with other churches in our denominational family to be involved in all kinds of work. We are glad to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. (A Blog Post From Ed Stetzer, Grace Church Life Blog)

The really interesting thing about this blog post is this. It was posted March 19, a full month prior to the April 17 launch of Grace Church, Hendersonville, Tennessee! This new church plant began giving their missions dollars through the Cooperative Program before they officially launched! Grace Church's senior pastor, Ed Stetzer, was recently asked about the 1% Challenge for the Cooperative Program, and this was his response.

"I like the 1% challenge...

It was just before Christmas and the temperature outside was below freezing. Anyone would have done precisely what I did when I opened the door. I paused to take it all in.

The lights in the house were off except for the flickering Christmas tree lights bouncing from one vintage ornament to another. Beautifully wrapped presents were piled high around the tree and there was the unmistakable aroma of popcorn in the air. The recently stoked fire cast a compelling orange glow on my three boys and wife, all gathered around the fireplace watching a movie on television. A big bowl of popcorn was on the tapestry ottoman in front of the fireplace and my youngest, wrapped in a vintage quilt, had his pillow and was asleep on the Oriental rug on the floor. The other two boys were on the floor propped against the sofa. Sharon was tucked in the corner of the sofa under an afghan nursing a mug of hot chocolate. The scene could easily have been a Christmas card. It was one of those Kodak moments you couldn't duplicate if you wanted to.

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