BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist Convention churches ended the 2011-12 fiscal year on a positive note.
Churches sent $3,375,877 through the Cooperative Program in October.
For the year, churches gave a total of $35,684,975, a increase of $920,577 or 2.6 percent over the 2010-11 budget.
This year marked the first time CP receipts in Tennessee exceeded $35 million since the 2008-09 budget year.
The amount, however, fell $1,065,025 or 2.90 percent below budgeted needs. The TBC operated on a $36,750,000 budget for the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31.
TBC Executive Director Randy C. Davis noted that “Tennessee Baptists have given sacrificially and faithfully to reach well over 97 percent of our missions and ministry budget as a network of churches for the fiscal year.”
The TBC leader observed that from 2007 thru 2010, Cooperative Program giving fell just over $3,129,000 or 8.6 percent.
“In the last 24 months, we have seen Cooperative Program giving increase by well over $1 million, or 3.3 percent,” he said.
“I believe we are seeing a very hopeful and positive trend across our state in CP giving. Our focus is becoming sharper on the ‘fields ripe already unto harvest’ both locally and globally.
“Whether it is across our neighborhoods in this wonderful state or in the most dangerous countries around the world, Tennessee Baptists are making incredible strides in carrying out Great Commission work,” Davis observed.
“On behalf of all of our Great Commission Partners (the Southern Baptist Convention and Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes, Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes, Tennessee Baptist Foundation, The King’s Academy, Carson-Newman College and Union University) thank you, Tennessee Baptists for giving through the Cooperative Program.”