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 Cooperative Program.
One Sacred Effort describes the history and purpose of the Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists. This purpose underlies much of what it means to be a Baptist. Authors Chad Owen Brand and David E. Hankins offer this narrative to help you understand and appreciate the cooperative spirit of the Baptist tradition.
About the Authors
CHAD OWEN BRAND is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and associate dean for Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College. Dr. Brand is an editor of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary and has written scholarly articles for publications such as Trinity Journal and the Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. He resides in Louisville, Kentucky.
DAVID E. HANKINS earned a B.A. degree in religion from Dallas Baptist University and the M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. After twenty-five years of pastoring, Dr. Hankins served as vice president for the Cooperative Program with the SBC Executive Committee (1998-2004), where he gave direction to the promotion of Cooperative Program ministries and giving for Southern Baptists. David is now executive director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention. He and his wife Patty reside in Alexandria, Louisiana.