The Cooperative Program
Concord Baptist is an autonomous congregation. It is self-governing, owns its own property, and chooses under the Lord how to govern and direct its life. One choice we have made is to cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention. The Southern Baptist Convention is the largest Protestant Denomination in the United States, with over 40,000 congregations. Concord chooses to work with these other churches to promote missions, education, and other Christian endeavors.
The Cooperative Program is the mechanism by which through our prayers, giving and other support we work with other Southern Baptist churches in the cause of Christ’s kingdom. We choose to send a portion of our undesignated offerings each week to be put to work through the causes of Southern Baptists. A portion of those monies remain in South Carolina to support our state convention office, and three Baptist universities (Anderson U, Charleston Southern, and North Greenville College). The remainder of those funds then make their way to Nashville, TN where they are divided among the national causes of our convention. The largest portion of those funds goes to support international missions. Southern Baptists support over 5,000 full-time missionaries in over 120 countries around the world. The second largest portion goes to support mission efforts in North America. Southern Baptists support over 5,000 home missionaries. The third largest portion goes to help support our six seminaries, which are devoted to training the next generation of pastors, missionaries, and Baptist scholars. Southern Baptists have more people preparing for ministry than any other denomination in America. There are also other causes, such as the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, and many benevolent ministries, which are supported through these funds.
We believe that by working with others we can get more done than we would working by ourselves. The New Testament knows nothing of a purely independent church that seeks to work alone in advancing the kingdom. We are thankful to be a part of a great convention. Click here to learn more about Southern Baptists.