The SBC Executive Committee closed their fiscal year books the other day and has reported the results:
- Cooperative Program gifts: Down $3,677,719
- Designated gifts: Up $2,361,345
Note that these are the Cooperative Program and designated gifts that are received and channeled through the Executive Committee, not total CP gifts (most of which stay with the various state conventions), nor gifts given directly to our entities. Most of the designated giving would be the Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon offerings.
The figure are self-explanatory.
- Southern Baptist churches are giving less to the Cooperative Program, a decrease of 1.92% from the previous year.
- Southern Baptist churches are giving more in designated funds, an increase of 1.24% from the previous year.
Here's something to chew on: Southern Baptists gave more through the Executive Committee in designated giving than they did in Cooperative Program giving and thereby demonstrated that in support of our SBC entities, we prefer societal giving. I didn't check if this is a historic first or not. I suspect it is a first in our lifetime.
Cooperative Program $188,001,275
Designated Giving $193,106,285