Note: I am a long-time supporter of the Cooperative Program of the SBC. It is a hallmark of how Christians and churches can cooperate toward the goals of the Great Commission. Here is an article which hopefully sheds some light on how cooperation can work when done right.

One of the key concepts in Southern Baptist life is represented by the word “cooperation.” It is the desire of our churches to work together to accomplish more as a fellowship than one congregation could do alone. Today is Cooperative Program Sunday—a day when Southern Baptists celebrate the spirit of cooperation with one another. The idea of the Cooperative Program dates back to 1925, when our convention chose to look for the right kind of method to accomplish more toward missions, evangelism, and church growth—doing it together.

This is the foundation on which not only the convention is based, but also our state association and the local association. It is our privilege to serve together, combining our efforts as well as our financial resources to work toward completing the task of evangelism and missions. Cooperation allows the stronger churches to support the struggling churches, and all of the churches to work together in the fields that are ready for harvest.

Next week, we have an opportunity to put feet to our cooperative spirit by joining one of our struggling sister churches during the evening worship service. Join me as we worship together with other Kaskaskia Baptist Association churches meeting together in St. Elmo for an evening or worship, prayer, and support.

“Everyone should look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4)