Engaging in missions involves fervent prayer for the lost and a commitment to go and tell others about Jesus. It also requires us to give sacrificially of our finances. Since 2010, our members have given over $1.9 million to missions through our Great Commission Offering and giving to the Cooperative Program.

What is the Great Commission Offering?

One way we encourage our members to give to missions is through our Great Commission Offering (GCO). The GCO is a missions giving campaign that begins in December and culminates on Easter Sunday. Through the GCO, we support an array of missions efforts occurring locally, nationally, and globally.

The GCO provides us great flexibility in how we allocate our missions dollars by allowing us to support missions efforts historically important to us as Southern Baptists (i.e., Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering) while also giving to other missions efforts our congregation is specifically passionate about (i.e., Reaching & Teaching, Love the Ville, Colorado Church Planting, Oneida Baptist Institute). Although Ninth & O financially supports missions through the other avenues (i.e., Cooperative Program giving, general budget, special offerings), our primary emphasis for missions giving is the GCO. Ninth & O collected $107,018.84 for our 2020 Great Commission Offering. Our goal for 2021 is $90,000.

What am I supporting when I give to the GCO?

Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – 50%

Southern Baptist churches across the globe have given over $4.5 billion to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering since 1888. These dollars support the thousands of Southern Baptist missionaries who have gone onto the mission field through the International Mission Board (IMB).

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering – 18%

Southern Baptist churches have given over $1 billion to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering since 1934. These dollars support the 5,000 plus missionaries and 3,800 chaplains serving through the North American Mission Board (NAMB).

Mission Trip Scholarships – 8%

We believe in the value of short-term mission trips. One way we encourage mission trip participation is by providing financial support for members participating in Ninth & O mission trips.

Reaching & Teaching – 8%

Reaching & Teaching exists to reach the peoples of the world through evangelism as well as provide theological training to pastors around the globe. We currently have four former Ninth & O families serving on the mission field through Reaching & Teaching. You can serve alongside one of these families by going on either the upcoming Argentina or Ecuador mission trips. Over the years we have sent out twenty short-term mission trip teams through Reaching & Teaching.

Love the Ville – 6%

We love our city and are excited to express this love in a tangible way again this year through Love the Ville. Love the Ville consists of various service projects where we mobilize our church to serve the city.

Oneida Baptist Institute – 2%

Oneida Baptist Institute (OBI) is a 6th-12th grade boarding school located in the mountains of southeastern Kentucky where students from across the country and around the world converge to receive a Christian education. If interested in serving these students first hand, sign up for the April mission trip to OBI.

African Children’s Mission – 4%

African Children’s Mission (ACM) serves children in destitute circumstances in both Uganda and Kenya. ACM helps these children by partnering with local churches and communities to provide Christ-centered support through child-sponsorship, discipleship, education, school feeding programs, pastor training, medical clinics, clean water projects, and much more. Ninth & O member David Semeyn is the Executive Director of ACM.

5 Loaves – 4%

5 Loaves seeks to raise awareness and support for underprivileged children in Ethiopia. 5 Loaves operates a day center where children receive meals, medicine, and tutoring in a Christ-centered environment. Several 5 Loaves board members are Ninth & O members.