September 28th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
DALLAS – Texas Baptists continue their faithful strong giving to the Baptist General Convention of Texas this year as Texas Baptist Cooperative Program receipts through Aug. 31 are at more than 99 percent of the convention’s budget.
Gifts to missions through the Cooperative Program, a missions co-op that serves as the primary funding mechanism for Texas Baptist mission work, are running at 99.8 percent of the BGCT budget. Giving patterns to the convention are nearly identical to last year.
Convention staff members are spending below receipts. Expenditures are at 96 percent of current receipts.
Through August, Texas Baptists have given more than $22 million to mission work through the Texas Baptist Cooperative Program, including church-starting efforts, food ministries, clothing ministries, evangelistic outreaches and collegiate ministry work. An additional $10 million has been given through the Cooperative Program for worldwide causes such as the Southern Baptist Convention, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the BGCT worldwide. Another $15.6 million has been given by Texas Baptists to offerings such as the Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions.
BGCT Treasurer Jill Larsen is thankful to every Texas Baptist for sharing their resources with their respective churches. Through the cooperative giving of Texas Baptists, each individual giver is having an impact across the state and beyond.
“Our churches have been faithful in their giving,” Larsen said. “Texas Baptists have been faithful in giving to their churches. We give God all the glory for that.”