Begun in 1948 by 15 churches cooperating for mission impact, the Northwest Baptist Convention today is a regional network of more than 500 churches across Oregon, Washington and northern Idaho. Our mission is to encourage and empower the churches of the Northwest Baptist Convention toward a spiritual vitality that results in a growing gospel witness and in the continuous planting of healthy, reproducing churches.
The Cooperative Program is an agreement among Southern Baptists churches, Baptist state and regional conventions like the Northwest Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention to work together in Great Commission ministries. It is a financial channel of cooperation through which mission dollars are combined into a unified budget supporting the Southern Baptist missionary, education, and benevolent ministries in each state, the nation, and throughout the world.
The Cooperative Program makes it possible for individuals and churches to do something about fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) across the street and around the world. Through the Cooperative Program, the mission of a single church is extended to ministries for the needy, the sick, the aged, and the lost, as well as the support of about 12,000 North American and international missionaries.
Each local church decides what percentage of its undesignated offerings will be shared through the Cooperative Program. These funds are then sent weekly or monthly to the Northwest Baptist Convention offices in Vancouver, WA.
The NWBC then distributes Cooperative Program dollars received from Northwest churches according to the budget adopted by messengers at the NWBC annual meeting. This budget divides Cooperative Program dollars between Pacific Northwest ministries and Southern Baptist Convention ministries, including the Pacific