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State convention increases CP giving 15 years in a row


HARRISBURG, Penn. (BP) — For each of the last 15 years, the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey has increased its giving through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ channel of empowering its missions thrust throughout the world.

Penn/South Jersey doesn’t plan to stop. Executive Director David Waltz’s goal is that the two-state convention, which consists of 375 churches and missions, continue increasing its CP percentage each year until it forwards 50 percent of the gifts from its congregations. At 24.8 percent this year, it’s nearly halfway to its goal.

Sometimes the state convention – which is located in a “new work” (non-southern) area of the nation – increases its CP giving only a tenth of a percent or a quarter of a percent from one year to the next, but over time, that adds up, Waltz said.

The state convention received $863,784 in CP gifts from its member churches in 2005 and sent $213,354 – 24.7 percent – for disbursement to SBC entities according to percentages voted on by messengers to the SBC’s annual meeting.