One Sacred Effort: The Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists

Overview

The preamble of the original constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention describes the purpose of the SBC as ?eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the whole denomination in one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.? These words are not only historically significant; they convey the mission and purpose and distill the distinct facets of the SBC Cooperative Program. One Sacred Effort looks close at this unique and enduring ministry operation.

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Overview

The preamble of the original constitution of the Southern Baptist Convention describes the purpose of the SBC as “eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the whole denomination in one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.” These words are not only historically significant; they convey the mission and purpose and distill the distinct facets of the SBC Cooperative Program. One Sacred Effort looks close at this unique and enduring ministry operation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805431636
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,471,746
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Chad Brand is associate professor of Christian Theology at Boyce College of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

David E. Hankins is executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He has served as vice president for the Cooperative Program of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. In this position, he gave direction to the development and promotion of Cooperative Program ministries and giving for Southern Baptist churches, state conventions, and the SBC.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Preface xi
Introduction 1
1 The Baptist Vision 5
2 The New Testament Church: Charismatic, Congregational, Centrifugal 28
3 Toward a Theology of Cooperation 53
4 Churches on Mission: Following and Funding the Great Commission 78
5 The Southern Baptist Convention: Stewards of a Larger Work 90
6 Getting Down to Business: The Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting 100
7 The Distribution System: Allocating the Cooperative Program 110
8 Network to the World: Southern Baptist Organization 118
9 The Entities That Serve Southern Baptists 126
10 Inspiring Confidence in Cooperation: The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention 145
11 Tensions, Trends, and Troubles 160
12 Future Challenges: The Cooperative Program in the Twenty-first Century 178
Conclusion: From Good to Great: The Cooperative Program and the Kingdom of God 205
Endnotes 215
Index 237
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