Missouri CP, mission gifts show slippage - Word&Way

Missouri CP, mission gifts show slippage

Missouri Cooperative Program receipts forwarded to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee through the first six months of the SBC's fiscal year are down $198,016 — or 6.19 percent — from the previous year.

The Missouri Baptist Convention forwarded $2,999,539 to SBC causes through CP between Oct. 1, 2005, and March 31, 2006. Last year, the MBC forwarded $3,197,555 during the same period.

By contrast, the national total is running 1.86 percent above the pace for 2005 with total CP receipts of $100,444,191 to date in 2006 compared to $98,606,116 the previous year.

During March 2006, the SBC share of CP gifts from Missouri stood at $525,165, up $8,597 — or 1.66 percent — over $516,568 forwarded in 2005. National Cooperative Program receipts were up 17.5 percent for the month.

Designated giving to the SBC continued to lag in March for Missouri Baptists, with a March 2006 total of $582,512 total, more than $40,000 less than the $622,831 in March 2005.

Lottie, Annie lagging in Mo.

Six-month figures from the Executive Committee show Lottie Moon gifts for international missions from Missouri totaling $3,001,546 in 2006, more than $81,000 less than the same period a year ago. The percentage decline is more than 2.6 percent.

Missouri's Annie Armstrong gifts for North American missions stood at $234,060 through the six-month period in 2006, more than $70,000 off the 2005 pace. The percentage decline is more than 23 percent.

Other designated gifts from Missouri for the current six-month period are $291,065, well behind the $357,313 pace of the previous year. (04-20-06)