The Cooperative Program
of missions is integral to the Southern Baptist genius. In the early
days of our Convention, churches were bombarded with special appeals
from various mission causes. The material resources of each ministry
were dependent upon the persistence and eloquence of the spokesmen.
This societal approach to missions was uneven and exhausting.
In 1925, Southern Baptists chose to join the causes of state and
national missions in a denominational plan of unified giving. This
Cooperative Program laid the foundation
for extraordinary growth and fruitfulness. The Partners
in the Harvest campaign celebrates the 75th anniversary of the
Cooperative Program in the year 2000 with goals of 1 million baptisms,
unprecedented volunteer mission involvement, and $750 million in
Cooperative Program and other missions gifts.