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The Cooperative Program is the primary mission giving system of churches affiliated with the BCNE. Almost 100 years ago, the Cooperative Program was created because of Southern Baptists' belief that we can accomplish more for God's Kingdom when we work together. Today this principle allows every local church, regardless of size or budget, to fulfill Acts 1:8 by supporting mission work in New England, in North America and around the world.
Here's how it works: at the annual meeting in November, BCNE member churches approve a Cooperative Program mission budget for the following year. The BCNE follows in disbursing all funds designated to the Cooperative Program. Some of the money is kept in New England to support church planting, church strengthening and next generation ministries. The rest is sent to the national SBC office in Nashville. This money is used to fund work through the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, six Southern Baptist seminaries and other related ministries.
How much should churches give to the Cooperative Program?
Each church decides how much to donate each year. Churches are encouraged, but not required, to "tithe" 10% of their undesignated offerings to the Cooperative Program. The minimum annual donation to remain in good standing with the BCNE is $500.
How often do churches give to the Cooperative Program?
Most churches give monthly, although some choose to give quarterly or annually.
How can we make our church's mission giving feel more personal?
Churches are encouraged to "adopt" one or more of our SBC missionaries. If your church isn't already connected with a missionary family, the BCNE office can help.
How is Cooperative Program giving related to giving to my local Baptist association?
Giving to a local Baptist association is separate from giving to the Cooperative Program through the BCNE.