Jason Hunter, pastor of First Baptist Church of Clarion, Pennsylvania, is thankful for the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving to support missions and ministries all over the world.
In particular, Hunter says he appreciates how, through the International Mission Board, missionaries are fully vetted, trained, and given the opportunity to work full-time on the mission field because of the generous giving of churches.
Through the Cooperative Program, cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention each month. That way, every Southern Baptist church has the opportunity to touch lives locally, nationally and internationally.
“By giving to the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists can keep missionaries out on the field all the time,” Hunter stressed.
“I can’t imagine what it would be like for me as a pastor, if for nine months I preached in my church, and then all the sudden, I had to leave and go raise my funds and come back after a three-month layover and pick up where I left off,” he explained.
“By giving to the Cooperative Program, we’re able to keep missionaries in the field all the time.”
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