FIRST-PERSON: Preserve CP’s reach | Baptist Press

Frank Page

Frank Page

NASHVILLE (BP) — The longer we live, the more we realize that actions or decisions have consequences — sometimes unintended consequences that absolutely cannot be foretold or foreseen. But more often they are foreseeable.

Scripture instructs the wise person to “count the cost.” This exhortation aptly applies to conversations concerning the continuing value of the Cooperative Program within the Southern Baptist Convention.

In recent years, some within our convention have suggested new funding modalities for our mission work. I understand why they do so. Support for our current methods of cooperative giving and special mission offerings has failed to raise the kind of dollars needed to propel an aggressive global vision while simultaneously maintaining a strong home base of ministry. Continue reading

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