How are missions funded?
At Flatonia Baptist Church, we are committed to making a difference around the world. To that end, we enthusiastically support the work of missionaries through our prayers, our time, and our financial gifts.
As a part of this strategy, we designate a portion of our monthly budget to support the Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program is a system by which Southern Baptist churches provide financial support to the mission agencies of the Southern Baptist Convention. (For more information about the Cooperative Program, please click here.)
In addition to Cooperative Program giving, our church also designates a portion of our monthly budget to be directed toward specific missionaries and projects chosen by the church. These may be local mission projects, missionaries with ties to our church family, or specific causes that we feel led to support.
Additionally, we place special emphasis on missions giving three times each year when we support special offerings to support mission work happening around the world.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions – The Lottie Moon offering is an annual opportunity for us to partner with other churches from across the Southern Baptist Convention to support mission efforts around the world. Named for a pioneering missionary to China, the offering collected $154 million in 2014, every penny of which went to support missionaries and their work in every corner of the globe.
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions – Collected each year around Easter, the Annie Armstrong offering supports missions in the United States and Canada. The offering is named for Annie Armstrong, whose work led to the formation of the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU).
Mary Hill Davis Offering for Texas Missions – The Mary Hill Davis offering, coordinated by the WMU of Texas, supports mission work in the state of Texas. Named for one of the first presidents of Texas’ WMU, the offering allows us to play a part in reaching our fellow Texans with the love and message of Jesus Christ.