Archive for September, 2015

It’s Time to Increase Our Giving Through the Cooperative Program


Increasing your church’s financial giving through the Cooperative Program is like your church giving more money through your Ministry Budget. Just as it moves up your financial base of support in your church, it moves up the overall financial base of our Great Commission ministries of our Southern Baptist Convention.

The Answer is Through the Cooperative Program

Over ninety years ago, the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention became weary of continual pleas for support from the various ministries of our convention. This is why the Cooperative Program was born. It became the unified strategy for financial support of the ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The easiest way for churches to consistently support the ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Cooperative Program is by inserting a regular line item in their budget. This provides the church consistency in their financial support and gives the ministries of our convention consistency in receiving funds.

This is a much better option than our SBC ministry leaders spending time making multiple appeals to our churches to support the work of our convention. It just makes sense for pastors, associational employees, state executives and their employees, and all Southern Baptist entity Presidents and employees to talk about one thing: The Cooperative Program.

A Humble Appeal for Increasing Your Church’s Financial Support Through the Cooperative Program 

If I were an employee of our Southern Baptist Convention or a missionary, I would rather the churches increase their giving through the Cooperative Program than having to continually raise my own financial support from multiple churches. The Cooperative Program is something every church can support financially regardless of the size of their membership. This is our agreed upon, unified, strategic financial plan; therefore, we do not need to minimize nor undermine it in any way. Through the Cooperative Program, each cause shares financial resources proportionately.

While some may want to designate monies or support only some of the ministries of the convention, this does not provide a healthy way to support the entire work of the Southern Baptist Convention. Blessing just one ministry at the exclusion of others eventually hurts other ministries of the Great Commission. There is not one pastor I know that appreciates a church member who only designates their contributions around the Ministry Budget of the church. This creates an unhealthy culture. Conversely, we believe in the autonomy of the local church and will honor and appreciate what you believe God wants your church to do.

Therefore, the financial priority of each of our churches should be to support the Cooperative Program. I want to appeal to each of our churches to increase your financial support through the Cooperative Program. As well, for the sake of the gospel, please do so sacrificially and do so as soon as possible. Increasing your church’s support through the Cooperative Program is the greatest way you can forward the work of reaching the world for Christ. Not one of us can adequately support any one cause, but all of us together can pray, plan, give, cooperate, and support every cause.

If You Are Concerned About Missionaries Coming Home

If you are concerned about some of our missionaries having to come home and the decrease of our missionary forces, the greatest thing your church can do to help turn it around is increase your giving through the Cooperative Program. It helps build our base of support financially, which in turn will increase our ability to reach the world.

Pastor and church leaders, please go to your finance committee, deacon body, church board, elders or whoever is key to leading in the decisions of your church financially and appeal to them to increase your church’s financial support through the Cooperative Program as soon as possible.

This helps us reach our states, our nation, and our world for Christ. This financial decision is a gospel decision. In order for us to push back on the lostness of our world by advancing the gospel, we must increase our giving through the Cooperative Program. If we are going to reach the nations, we need to increase our financial support through the Cooperative Program. If we are going to reach the nations, as well as help every gospel endeavor we do together within our own respective state and across America, we need to increase our financial support through the Cooperative Program.

I pray your church will join my church and other churches that are stepping up during this time and increasing our financial giving through the Cooperative Program. Thank you for considering this request.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

Senior Pastor, Cross Church
President, Southern Baptist Convention


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This Week at Cross Church | An Exciting Sunday Awaits Us at Cross Church

Al Mohler-blogThis Sunday will be an exciting Sunday at Cross Church! Our Pinnacle Hills and Springdale campuses will hear one of the foremost scholars in American Christianity, Dr. Albert Mohler. He is the President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Mohler is a personal friend, a trusted colleague, and a great convictional leader. Bring others with you to hear Dr. Al Mohler.

Tim Lee-blogOur Fayetteville and College Avenue campuses will hear Evangelist Tim Lee, one of the greatest evangelists in the American church. This Vietnam Veteran is a true American hero, paying a high price for our nation’s freedom. Tim Lee is a great friend, a trusted man of God, and one outstanding American hero. Gather people to hear Tim Lee. God will use him greatly to win others to Christ, but also to encourage you in your daily walk with Christ!

Pray For Us

This past week, I have been in Nashville leading and speaking as the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. I leave tomorrow morning, along with Dr. Al Mohler, to be a part of an incredible symposium about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. It will be held on the campus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.

Please pray for me as I make a very important presentation on Tuesday morning. I leave on Wednesday morning to fly to Tampa, Florida, for a Global Missions Conference and then back home early on Thursday morning to be at the Summit Business Persons Luncheon at our Pinnacle Hills location.

Future Awaits Us

The future awaits us here at Cross Church! There are so many wonderful opportunities before us, and we must be wise and discerning relating to all. May I ask you to begin to pray about increasing your financial commitment to our Ministry Budget giving when we begin our 2015-2016 Ministry Budget on October 1? Our new budget will be $18.1 million. Thank you for giving to this wonderful ministry.

Jeana and I Love You,

Ronnie W. Floyd