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Church size no factor in giving big to Cooperative Program

 

Giving through the Cooperative Program is a way to touch the corners of the world, according to Earldene McCorvey, pastor of Calvary Church in Waycross.

The church, which averages about 100 each Sunday morning, has raised its Cooperative Program giving over the past three years. Last year it was one of the top churches in its size, giving 22 percent of undesignated funds through the Cooperative Program.

"We're giving to the Cooperative Program because we're spreading the gospel everywhere," McCorvey said. "We've increased it because of the expenses of things. We try to consider that the cost of living is going up and prices are going up. That's the cost of spreading the gospel."

The Cooperative Program is the way Georgia Baptists partner together to spread the gospel and fulfill their commitment to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. In 2004, Georgia Baptists gave $47,476,746 through the Cooperative Program.

"It's the best way we know to use our money to further the Kingdom," said Curtiss Moore, pastor of White Plains Church in White Plains. The church - in a town with "more cows than people" - has increased its giving over the past three years.

"It's been a tradition for our church to be involved in missions. We may not send people because we're not a big town, but we believe our responsibility is praying and giving so the mission work can be done," Moore said.

"We've stood behind the Cooperative Program because we feel that through it we fulfill the Great Commission, as well as Acts 1:8. Sometimes as a small church we have to adjust our budget, but we don't take away from the Cooperative Program. It's the first line item on our budget."

For more information contact the GBC Cooperative Program office at ahill@ga.org or (770) 936-5240 or at (800) RING-GBC.

Cooperative Program gifts may be sent to: Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director, Georgia Convention, 2930 Flowers Road South, Atlanta, GA 30341-5562.