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CP giving among Great Commission Task Force members' churches ranges from 1 to 18 percent

 

 

During the recent Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., messengers voted to approve a Great Commission Task Force. The vote authorizing the task force charged it with studying how Southern Baptists can work “more faithfully and effectively together in serving Christ through the Great Commission.” The following information about task force members is provided as background for our readers:

Leader, Johnny Hunt, SBC president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock. Church’s Cooperative Program (CP) giving for 2008: $432,977, or 2.48 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $17,450,278.

Chair, Ronnie W. Floyd, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale, Ark., and The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Ark. Churches’ combined CP giving for 2008: $324,500, or 2.2 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $14,719,954.

Daniel L. Akin, president of Southeastern Seminary and member of Wake Cross Roads Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $55,000, or 4.7 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $1,170,469.

Tom Biles, executive director of Tampa Bay Baptist Association in Florida and member of Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Fla. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $583,997, or 4.17 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $14,016,658.

John Cope, senior pastor of Keystone Community Fellowship, North Wales, Pa., near Philadelphia. Church’s CP giving for 2008: No reports provided for any year.

David Dockery, president of Union University in Jackson, Tenn., and member of Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, Tenn. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $161,166, or 4.19 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $3,845,168.

John Drummond, member of St. Andrew Baptist Church, Panama City, Fla. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $188,887, or 9.92 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $1,904,314.

Kathy Ferguson, soon-to-be wife of pastor of First Baptist Church, North Mobile, Ala., in Saraland and current director of women’s ministries at The Church at Pinnacle Hills, Rogers, Ark., for the past four years. Ferguson previously spent more than 10 years in Denver where her late husband, Rick, was a pastor. Church’s CP giving (The Church at Pinnacle Hills combined with First Baptist Church, Springdale, Ark.) for 2008: $324,500, or 2.2 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $14,719,954.

Donna Gaines, wife of pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $295,881, or 1.32 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $22,360,639.

Al Gilbert, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, N.C. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $300,000, or 3.42 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $8,766,638.

Larry Grays, senior pastor of The Midtown Bridge Church, Atlanta. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $1,800, but no undesignated gifts/offerings amount was reported. No undesignated gifts/offerings amount provided for any year.

J.D. Greear, lead pastor of The Summit Church, Durham, N.C. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $55,500, or 1.77 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $3,139,456.

Ruben Hernandez, associate Spanish pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, Texas. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $400,000, or 1.44 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $27,800,000.

Harry Lewis, senior strategist for partnership missions and mobilization at the North American Mission Board and member of First Baptist Church, Woodstock. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $432,977, or 2.48 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $17,450,278.

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Seminary and member of Highview Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $226,467, or 3.47 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $6,529,724.

Michael Orr, pastor of First Baptist Church, Chipley, Fla. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $239,611, or 18.34 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $1,306,522.

Frank Page, immediate past president of the SBC and pastor of First Baptist Church, Taylors, S.C. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $571,512, or 9.36 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $6,107,981.

Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and member of First Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $32,593, or 3.5 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $931,226.

Roger Spradlin, co-pastor of Valley Baptist Church, Bakersfield, Calif. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $437,359, but no undesignated gifts/offerings amount was reported. The last reported undesignated gifts/offerings amount was 2005, which was $4,891,763 with $257,099, or 5.26 percent, given to CP.

Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, Fla. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $810,089, or 10.76 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $7,528,976.

Simon Tsoi, trustee of the International Mission Board, retired pastor and member of Valley Chinese Baptist Church, Mesa, Ariz. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $4,284, or 7 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $61,197.

J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention and member of North Metro First Baptist Church, Lawrenceville. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $372,078, or 13 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $2,862,098.

Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church, Lutz, Fla. Church’s CP giving for 2008: $583,997, or 4.17 percent of undesignated gifts/offerings of $14,016,658.

Editor’s Note: Information about CP giving taken from LifeWay Christian Resources’ Southern Baptist Directory Service.