Baptist and Reflector
FRANKLIN — In a year when most churches across Tennessee could not meet in person for several months, Tennessee Baptists continued to faithfully meet missions and ministry needs in the state and around the world.
Tennessee Baptist Convention churches gave $2,824,225 through the Cooperative Program in October.
Tennessee Baptists gave a total of $34,203,543 through the Cooperative Program during the 2019-20 budget year which ended Oct. 31. The amount was $516,061 or 1.51 percent below what was given last year. The total also was $796,457 or 2.28 percent below budget needs.
Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, noted that when COVID-19 first hit, leadership prepared to see a dip of 20 to 40 percent in CP gifts.
“Because of the faithful and truly sacrificial giving of Tennessee Baptists, while we did miss our Cooperative Program goal, it wasn’t by 40 percent or even 20 percent. We missed our $35,000,000 goal by 2.28 percent.
“Looking at the glass another way, during this year of global pandemic and economic shutdown, our missions and ministry glass is right at 98 percent filled! Praise the Lord!
“Thank you, Tennessee Baptists, for your generous Great Commission giving.” B&R