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The Cooperative Program

The world’s most effective system for missions giving is the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through offerings from all our churches, the Cooperative Program produces about $190 million for missions work every year. Each time you give to your church, a small portion (whatever percentage your church chooses) goes through the Cooperative Program to the mission field, starting in Illinois and then to the whole world.

For every dollar you give to your church, someone somewhere in the world is touched by the Gospel. 

The Cooperative Program in Illinois

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:

Strengthening Churches
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.

Starting Churches
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.

Sending Christians
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.

Stimulating Stewardship
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.

CP bulletin inserts

April 2013 Mission Illinois insertIllinois Missions is a free bulletin insert designed to help Illinois Baptists cooperate to reach our state and the world for Christ. To order inserts in lots of 50, call (217) 391-3119 or e-mail MissionIllinois@IBSA.org.

About the 'CP Rant' video

CP GuyCP's far reach told in 'Rant' video
The new Southern Baptist Convention "CP Rant" video communicates to younger generations the vitality and necessity of the Cooperative Program, incorporating humor, fact and colloquial terms, said the team of Louisiana Baptists who produced the video. Learn more about the new CP "Rant" video.

The Cooperative Program and you

How can you be involved in the Cooperative Program?

Pray. Pray regularly for your Southern Baptist missionaries in Illinois and around the globe. “Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers.” Matthew 9:38 (HCSB)

Go. Be involved in some sort of missions endeavor. You are God’s missionary right where you live. “Go...and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19 (HCSB)

Give. Out of love for the Lord, give regularly to Him through your church. “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse.” Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)

For more information contact:

(217) 391-3119
MissionIllinois@IBSA.org

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