The Cooperative Program is the heart of Southern Baptist missions and ministries to Illinois and the world. IBSA sends 43.25% of Cooperative Program gifts received from IBSA churches to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international ministries, and is the fourth largest percentage of all the other Baptist state conventions. The amount retained for missions in Illinois is used in four strategic areas:
IBSA staff provides training for more than 22,000 Illinois Baptist church leaders in areas such as evangelism, Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, church health, worship, student and family ministry and much more.
In partnership with local associations, IBSA staff and missionaries plan to start at least 30 new churches this year, while we continue to support churches started the last two years. Many of those churches are designed to reach the growing ethnic population of Illinois the growing generation of unchurched young adults.
IBSA will conduct at least 24 different missions awareness events this year, and work with churches and local associations to mobilize as many as 25,000 missions volunteers into their Acts 1:8 mission fields.
IBSA helps generate prayer, financial and volunteer support for more than 10,000 missionaries in North America and throughout the world – almost 100 here in Illinois – who are on the field because of the sacrificial gifts of Southern Baptists through CP and special missions offerings.