By KAREN L. WILLOUGHBY
DES ARC, Ark. (BP) – “Because of the Cooperative Program, we get to be a part of everything,” Melvin York, pastor of First Baptist Church in Des Arc, Ark., for 17 years, said. “With the Cooperative Program, you get to support missions at every level in every area.”
The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ method for financially supporting state, national and international missions and ministries.
“We practice missions,” York said. “I don’t have to preach it. My folks practice it…. Last year we marked $1.5 million to missions since I’ve been here, this little ol’ country church, and $1.1 million of that has been through the Cooperative Program.”