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First Baptist Springdale, Ark., cutting TV ministry for CP giving

 

SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Pastor Ronnie Floyd of First Baptist Church here announced to members June 27 that monies previously earmarked for national and international television broadcasts will soon be used to increase the church’s giving to the Cooperative Program.

The announcement was made to all four services with the input and backing of First Springdale’s Board of Directors, said Floyd. In a post on his blog at ronniefloyd.com, he stated the redistribution will send the church’s Cooperative Program giving for 2010-11 to $500,000, an increase of $100,000 from the previous reporting period.

“We are praising God for this decision our leaders have made with us. Therefore, when September 30, 2011 arrives, we will have seen our Cooperative Program giving double over the past four years in some of the worst years of economic challenges in our history,” Floyd wrote June 28.

He added how his time as chairman on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force played into the decision.

“The entire experience of some of our Southern Baptist Convention leaders questioning the [GCRTF]’s recommended Great Commission Giving, saying that it jeopardizes the Cooperative Program, never made sense to me at all. Why? Well, I knew [First Springdale’s] growing commitment to the Cooperative Program,” he said, following with a rundown of the church’s CP-giving increase from $243,000 in 2007-08 to $400,000 for 2009-10.

According to the post, over the years First Springdale has utilized television coverage through the former ACTS network, WGN in Chicago, and most recently through DayStar, a national and international Christian-based network in Dallas, Texas.

The direction change isn’t permanent, said Floyd, but for “a season of time, two or three years or perhaps for a long time beyond” and came with soul-searching in making the decision that will lead to the final broadcast July 18.

“I had to ask myself several hard questions: Is the pure Gospel being preached on this channel by someone besides me? The answer is yes. Is this the best way to appropriate monies so the Gospel can go where it has never been before? The answer is no. While exceptions to this might be justifiable on a secular network, I felt the answer was no on this network, even though we had witnessed many come to faith in Christ,” he stated.

“I felt for us to allocate more monies so that more missionaries could go to North America and to the nations of the world would at this time be more beneficial for Kingdom work.”