Speakers lining up to visit churches for Cooperative Program Sunday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) - Celebrate Cooperative Program Sunday on April 8 and reserve a speaker to share how gifts from Kentucky Baptists are planting churches, supporting missionaries and taking the gospel to the ends of the earth.

Kentucky Baptist Convention speakers are always in demand, but never more so when Southern Baptists observe CP Sunday. Church leaders are encouraged to reserve a KBC speaker soon at www.kybaptist.org/cp as availability shrinks in April. Speakers can be reserved throughout the year to explain how individual and corporate gifts to the Cooperative Program are changing lives and bringing people to Christ.

"Working together we can do so much more," said KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood. "There is no church in Kentucky, by itself, that can minister to 1,200+ abused and neglected kids, assist thousands of students with their education, plant 50 new churches, provide equipping and encouragement to hundreds of pastors and thousands of church leaders, do disaster relief ministry every day in several places around the world, and, every day, feed the hungry, provide housing for the homeless, love the refugee, and so many other things.

"But, through the Cooperative Program every church in Kentucky can do all of that and more," Chitwood said.

Because of the Cooperative Program, Chitwood said Crossings Ministries had the opportunity to preach the gospel to more than 12,000 students at camp last year and led hundreds of young people to receive Christ.

CP played a role in local churches baptizing more than 13,000 new believers in 2016 by offering missions education, evangelism conferences, Sunday school workshops, regional consultants and missions partnerships - just to name a few.

"There are thousands of North American and international missionaries and church planters serving our Lord worldwide only because of gifts through the Cooperative Program sent from our state convention to the Southern Baptist Convention," Chitwood said.

The Cooperative Program supports more than 10,000 missionaries through the North American and International Mission boards, helped plant 4,550 new churches outside the U.S. and led more than 87,000 people to Christ.

"I'd also be happy to stand before your congregation, meet with your finance committee, or provide a host of resources that explain the CP and how it is being used to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ," Chitwood said, "as would any of our leaders at the Baptist building."

Churches can find more information about the Cooperative Program, order printed materials and schedule speakers at www.kybaptist.org/cp.

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