Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptists are a fellowship of almost 16 million members in approximately 45,764 churches in all 50 states and Canada. These churches work together through approximately 1,174 associations, 42 state conventions, and the Southern Baptist Convention to accomplish through voluntary cooperation far more than they could ever do alone.

The Southern Baptist worldwide missions enterprise is funded in large part through the unique, efficient, and equitable Cooperative Program. A portion of the undesignated tithes and offerings of individuals received by SBC churches becomes Cooperative Program dollars. In 2009, these churches sent over $520 million through the Cooperative Program to their state conventions to support work within the state and the Southern Baptist Convention. As determined by messengers to the annual session of each state convention, a percentage of these Cooperative Program receipts is sent to the SBC Executive Committee for distribution to SBC entities. In 2009, an average of 63 percent of total Cooperative Program receipts was used for state convention ministries, and roughly 37 percent was forwarded to the SBC for national and worldwide ministries. Messengers to the 2010 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention held in Orlando, FL approved the SBC CP Allocation Budget for 2010-2011 of $199,822,090.

View SBC Cooperative Program receipts.

State Conventions

The ministries and missions of your state convention are also made possible by your church’s CP Mission’s gifts. Here are just a few of the many ministries CP Missions supports in your state.

  • Evangelism. State evangelism conferences, state youth evangelism conferences and much more.
  • Volunteer missions. In coordination with the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board, many state Baptist conventions offer numerous volunteer missions opportunities throughout the year. These provide laypersons the opportunity to serve along side long-term North American and international missionaries.
  • Mission’s education. From literature to conferences, your state office provides many means for you to learn about missions.
  • Church planting. Your state equips and supports individuals to be effective church starters in areas where there may be no Southern Baptist churches.
  • State Baptist colleges and universities. Along with support for your state schools, your CP mission’s gifts help to train new pastors and ministers through the six Southern Baptist seminaries located throughout the U.S.
  • Collegiate ministries. Summer mission trips, scholarships, and Baptist Collegiate Ministries on college and university campuses.
  • State camps. Many state Baptist conventions own and operate state Baptist camps and conference centers.
Statistics collected from the 2010 Book of Reports and the 2010 Annual Church Profiles