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More states promise larger CP gifts

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — More state conventions are committed to sending a larger share of Cooperative Program dollars to Southern Baptist causes worldwide by reducing the portion they keep for ministry within the state.

Kentucky Baptists set the pace for next year when messengers to their annual meeting approved a 5.54 percent increase to the national Southern Baptist Convention. Sixteen of the 41 state conventions and fellowships will increase the percentage of CP dollars sent beyond their states in 2011, most of them making the change at a time when their own in-state budgets were cut.

Only eight state bodies increased their own budgets for next year, a half-dozen kept them flat, and the majority made cuts as extreme as 13.6 percent for the Baptist General Convention of Texas and nearly 10 percent for Kansas-Nebraska. Of the 24 state conventions and fellowships that passed lower budgets, seven did so while increasing the share of dollars sent to national and international causes, including Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Minnesota-Wisconsin, Dakotas, Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, and North Carolina.

Summaries of convention annual meetings follow:

 



ALABAMA –Messengers approved a $43 million budget, down from $46 million for the current year, while continuing to send 42.5 percent to SBC causes.

ALASKA –A $2.1 million budget was approved for 2011, up 3 percent over the current budget, while maintaining an allocation of 33 percent to SBC causes from Cooperative Program gifts by Alaska’s churches.

ARIZONA– A 2011 budget of just over $5 million represents a .9 percent increase over the current budget, while increasing the portion of CP gifts forwarded to SBC causes from 26.016 percent to 26.05 percent.

ARKANSAS – Messengers approved a flat budget of nearly $21.5 million for 2011, with a 0.2 percent increase for SBC causes to 42.57 percent.

CALIFORNIA – A 2011 budget of just over $11 million was approved, a 4.6 percent decrease from the current budget, with the portion sent to SBC causes remaining at 30 percent.

COLORADO – Messengers approved a 2011 budget of $3.74 million, slightly lower than last year while increasing the percentage of CP contributions to the Southern Baptist Convention to 29.75 percent, up .25 percent.

DAKOTAS – Messengers approved a 2011 budget of $1,305,484, a $15,800 decrease from 2010, while increasing by .5 percent the portion of CP contributions forwarded for national and international missions causes to 16 percent.

D.C. – A $1,079,431 budget for 2011 was approved, representing a decrease of 5.1 percent from the current year, with 35 percent of undesignated budget receipts allocated for Southern Baptist and American Baptist causes.

FLORIDA – A 2011 budget of $31.7 million, 6.2 percent lower than the current year, was approved, continuing to send 40 percent to SBC causes

GEORGIA – Approval was given to a $45 million budget for 2011, which is a $500,000 decrease from the current year, and which continues to allocate roughly 41 percent to the national and international work of the Southern Baptist Convention.

HAWAII – Messengers approved a slightly higher budget of $3,171,123 for 2010, while continuing to send 31.5 percent of CP receipts to SBC causes.

ILLINOIS– Messengers approved a flat budget of $6.85 million, and kept the percentage of Cooperative Program dollars sent to national and international causes at 43.25 percent.

INDIANA – The nearly $4.7 million budget represents a decrease of $102,929, while increasing the portion forwarded to national and international missions and ministries by 1 percentage point to 37.5 percent.

IOWA – A 2011 budget of $1,875,128 was adopted, down 1.2 percent from the current year, while the amount of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to national and international missions and ministries remains at 20 percent.

KANSAS-NEBRASKA – A 2011 budget of $5.19 million was approved, nearly 10 percent below the current year’s budget, while continuing to allocate 32 percent of CP receipts for SBC causes.

KENTUCKY – A flat budget of $23.5 million was approved, with the SBC allocation increased from 38 to 43.54 percent following passage of a task force proposal that will move the state convention to a 50/50 division within a decade. If a 2011 challenge goal is met, 66.9 percent of the additional income will go to SBC causes.

LOUISIANA – Louisiana Baptists approved a 2011 budget of $21,284,217, down $1.2 million from the current year, while continuing to send 36.49 percent to SBC causes.

MARYLAND-DELAWARE – Messengers approved the 2011 budget of $6,023,335, down $245,700 from the current year, while continuing to send 41 percent of CP gifts to SBC causes.

MICHIGAN – Messengers approved a 2011 budget of $3,091,308, down 4.65 percent from the current year. The portion of Cooperative Program receipts forwarded beyond the state to SBC causes was reduced from 30.5 percent to 25 percent.

MINNESOTA-WISCONSIN – Messengers adopted a $1,967,513 budget, 4 percent lower than the current year, while increasing the percentage of undesignated receipts for national and international causes from 13 to 13.5 percent.

MISSISSIPPI – Messengers approved a 2011 Cooperative Program budget of $33 million, a 3.2 percent decrease from the current year’s budget, while authorizing a one-quarter percent-of-budget increase in support of Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries to 35.25 percent.

MISSOURI – A budget of $15.1 million was approved for 2011, a slight increase over the current year. The portion sent to SBC causes increases by .25 percent to 37 percent.

MONTANA – The 2011 budget – reduced by $17,282 to $1,501,930 – was passed, with the percentage of Cooperative Program dollars leaving the state for SBC causes remaining at 22 percent.

NEVADA – A flat $2.38 million budget was approved for 2011 while the amount of Cooperative Program funds sent to national and international Southern Baptist causes increased by one-half percentage point to 30 percent.

NEW ENGLAND – A flat budget of $2.98 million was approved for 2011 as was an increase in the portion forwarded to SBC causes to 21.75 percent, a .25 percent increase over 2010.

NEW MEXICO – A 2011 Cooperative Program budget of $4.01 million was approved, representing a reduction of 10.36 percent from 2010, with the portion of CP gifts sent to SBC causes remaining at 30.5 percent.

NEW YORK – A flat budget of $3.19 million was approved, as was an increase in the percentage of Cooperative Program mission funds sent to national and international causes from 27.75 percent to 28 percent.

NORTH CAROLINA – Messengers adopted a $32.7 million budget, 6 percent smaller than the current year while increasing the portion sent to SBC causes by one-half percentage point to 35 percent.

NORTHWEST – A $5.36 million budget for 2011 was approved, representing an 8.4 percent decrease from the current year and keeping the same 25.5 percent allocated to SBC causes.

OHIO – A 2011 budget of nearly $4.7 was approved, representing a decrease of 8 percent from the current year, continuing to send 40.25 percent of CP gifts to SBC causes.

OKLAHOMA – Messengers approved a $24.2 million budget which represents a 7 percent decrease from the current budget, continuing to allocate 40 percent to the SBC national and international missions and ministries.

PENNSYLVANIA/SOUTH JERSEY – The 2011 budget of $3,683,949 represents a 5.02 percent increase and again increases the portion to be forwarded to national and international missions and ministries of the SBC by .1 percentage point to 25.3 percent.

SOUTH CAROLINA – The $29.54 million budget approved for 2011 represents a reduction of more than 8 percent from the current year’s budget while increasing from 40.44 percent to 41 percent the portion of receipts that will be forwarded to the SBC for national and international missions and ministries. Funds received in excess of budget requirements will be allocated evenly among the SCBC’s seven member institutions.

TENNESSEE – A budget of $36.5 million was approved, an increase of half a million dollars; the budget continues to send 40 percent of undesignated receipts to SBC causes. A million dollar challenge budget will divide receipts 50/50 between SBC and Tennessee causes if the budget is exceeded.

TEXAS (BGCT) – Messengers adopted a $38 million budget for 2011, a 13.6 percent decrease from the 2010 budget, while continuing to forward 21 percent to SBC causes in the preferred adopted budget.

TEXAS (SBTC) – A $25.4 million budget was approved for 2011, a 2.55 percent increase over the current year. The amount forwarded to SBC causes remains at 55 percent.

UTAH-IDAHO – Messengers approved a 2011 budget of $2,480,080, down 1.8 percent from the current year, while continuing to forward 25 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptists’ national and international missions and ministries.

VIRGINIA (BGAV) – The $13.35 million budget for 2011 is $650,000 less than the current year’s budget, with no change to the four funding tracks, one of which is pre-set to contribute 
34 percent to SBC causes.

VIRGINIA (SBCV) – Messengers adopted a budget of $9 million, a 2 percent decrease from the current year, while increasing the portion sent to national and international mission causes through the SBC to 50.25 percent, an increase of a quarter percent.

WEST VIRGINIA – Messengers approved a 2011 budget of $2,930,387, up slightly from $2.8 million for the current year, while continuing to forward 38 percent of CP receipts to national and international missions and ministries.

WYOMING– Messengers approved an overall budget of $1.54 million, a .5 percent increase over the current year, while continuing to send 32.5 percent of CP receipts to national and international missions and ministries.

Tammi Reed Ledbetter is news editor of the Southern Baptist TEXAN (www.texanonline.net), newsjournal of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.