By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
For the first time in five years (since the 2010-11 budget year), Cooperative Program gifts from Tennessee Baptist Convention churches not only are up over the previous year, but they are above projected needs midway into the budget year which ends Oct. 31. The increase also is only the second increase since 2007.
After six months of the current fiscal year (which ended April 30) Tennessee Baptists have given $17,749,300, an increase of $672,460 or 3.9 percent over the previous year. The total also was $624,300 or 3.65 percent over projected budget needs. [Read more…]