Arizona CP giving drops in ’23, bounces back in January ’24

By Elizabeth Young | Feb 22, 2024

A child suffering from malnutrition is comforted by a Southern Baptist worker in Central Asia. Your church’s gifts through the Cooperative Program go to support missions and ministries in Arizona, North America and around the world. IMB Photo

After nine consecutive years of increases in giving through the Cooperative Program by Arizona Mission Network churches, giving in 2023 failed to keep pace with the previous year. However, January 2024 giving was almost record-setting.

Cooperative Program gifts last year totaled $3,704,452, which was $134,895, or 3.6%, less than the 2022 amount.

The 2023 total was also $89,048, or 2.3%, below the budget requirement of $3,793,500.

Despite the downturn, the AZMN ended the year in the black by $23,235, with income of $4,051,424 and expenditures of $4,028,189. Income included the portion of Cooperative Program funds retained in Arizona, funds from the North American Mission Board, event fees and special gifts.

“I want to say thank you for your faithful and generous giving to the Cooperative Program,” said David Johnson, AZMN executive director. “I know that many churches have experienced financial hardship this past year due to the economy.”

Arizona Southern Baptists giving through the Cooperative Program, “enabled us to finish the year in the black and still give $1,928,621 to national and international missions through the Cooperative Program, Arizona Baptist Children’s Services, and the Arizona Campus of Gateway Seminary in addition to funding our work here in the state including Christian Challenge and other ministries to our churches,” Johnson said.

In 2023, another step was taken in reaching Arizona Southern Baptists’ Centennial Vision goal of giving 50% of Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries outside the state by 2028. Last year, 40% of Cooperative Program receipts  — up from 39% in 2022 — were forwarded to the Southern Baptist Executive Committee for distribution to national and international ministries. This marked the ninth consecutive year for an increase, resulting in a total rise of 14 percentage points.

For 2024, the percentage distribution remains at the 2023 level, with a 40-60 split between the SBC and Arizona, respectively. The AZMN Cooperative Program budget goal for this year is $3,769,975.

“Giving so far in 2024 has been remarkable,” Johnson said.

For January, Cooperative Program giving by Arizona churches was $432,595 — the second highest monthly total ever, topped only by giving in January 2008. The January 2024 total was $133,612 above the January 2023 amount and was $129,115 above the monthly budgeted amount for 2024.

“That is a great start to the year and gives us some buffer for the rest of the year should there be any shortfall,” Johnson said. “We are grateful to God for His provision and thankful for the generous giving of Arizona Southern Baptists. It is a beautiful thing when we cooperate together to make disciples in Arizona and around the world!”

For 2023, giving to the Arizona Mission Offering posted an increase, but giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions were both down.

Gifts to the Arizona Mission Offering were $177,588, up $7,191 (4%) from 2022.

Gifts to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions were $722,659, down $115,371 (-16%) from 2022.

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gifts were $434,872, down $77,643 (-17.8%) from 2022.

Learn more about the Cooperative Program and find resources to share with your church here.

Read the stories of Arizona Southern Baptists who are serving in Arizona and around the world in ministries supported by your church’s Cooperative Program giving. Download or order the AZMN 2024 Missions Prayer Guide here. You may also download bulletin inserts and PowerPoint slides to share with your church family on this page.

Elizabeth Young is director of communications for the Arizona Mission Network of Southern Baptists.

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