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Stewardship on a denominational, church, or individual basis is an act of worship. How wonderful it is when Christians can collectively practice good stewardship. More than a year ago the chief financial officers of Southern Baptist Convention entities reported that the SBC had realized savings of more than $2 million through cooperative purchasing agreements.
This effort to leverage the collective buying power of SBC entities and free up operational funds for ministry began about four years ago at the national level. Eight agreements have now been completed for copiers, vehicles, software, hardware, long distance and cellular telephone service, office supplies, and relocation. Thirteen national organizations and nine state conventions have participated in these cooperative purchasing agreements.
"We felt it was a matter of Christian stewardship to explore ways to save money on these items so that more could be used for missions and ministry," Jim Carter, vice...