JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) - The Florida Baptist Convention’s unprecedented decision to begin giving more of its Cooperative Program (CP) dollars to the Southern Baptist Convention than to the state signals a sacrificial commitment to the Great Commission, newly elected Executive Director J. Thomas Green told Baptist Press.
Green, who began serving June 8 as executive director/treasurer of the convention, has pledged beginning in 2016 to send 51 percent of CP gifts to the Southern Baptist Convention for international and national causes, and to keep only 49 percent within Florida for Baptist missions and ministries.
"I believe we are in the midst of an amazing moment of ministry for the church and we must respond in a sacrificial manner," Green said. "The Great Commission and the Great Commandment compel us to respond with generosity in order to reach the world for Christ."
If 2016 CP gifts received in Florida mirror the 2015 budgeted amount of $28,800,000, the funding shift would spell an additional $2.88 million in gifts to the SBC Executive Committee, with $1,445,000 of the increase going to the International Mission Board, and $656,000 to the North American Mission Board, according to state figures.