EULESS?Leading churches in Cooperative Program (CP) missions giving were recognized during the annual CP Luncheon Feb. 17 at First Baptist Church of Euless. The lunch was held during the Empower Evangelism Conference.
CP leaders in per capita giving for 2008 were: (100 members or less) First Baptist Church, LeFors; (101-250) Skyline Baptist, Killeen; (251-500) Church at the Cross, Grapevine; (501-750) First Baptist Pampa; (751-1,000) Friendly Baptist, Tyler; (1,001-1,500) West Conroe Baptist, Conroe; (1,501-2,500) First Baptist Rockwall; (2,501-plus) First Baptist Dallas.
CP leaders in total giving for 2008 were: 1) First Baptist Rockwall; 2) First Baptist Houston; 3) First Baptist Dallas; 4) First Baptist Euless; 5) Prestonwood Baptist, Plano; 6) Champion Forest Baptist, Houston; 7) Sagemont, Houston; 8) Great Hills Baptist, Austin; 9) Humble-area First Baptist; 10) Castle Hills Baptist, San Antonio.
The CP missions funding channel begins with churches sending through the SBTC a portion of its tithes and offerings. Of those receipts, the SBTC retains 45 cents per dollar for church planting and missions causes in Texas while the remaining 55 cents of each dollar through the Southern Baptist Convention to fund more than 5,500 full-time international missionaries, another 5,000 North American missionaries and six seminaries, and a social concerns agency.
The SBC’s LifeWay Christian Resources and GuideStone Financial Services receive no CP funding.