A defining characteristic of Southern Baptist churches is that offerings are collected throughout the year and those monies are combined from all churches to maximize their impact for God’s Kingdom around the world.  Many of these offerings are given priority during specific times of the year, but the funds are collected year round.  The main example of this is the Cooperative Program.  NBC churches contribute to the Cooperative Program and NBC, in turn, sends 50% of these funds onto other national and international ministries.  These respective offerings are listed below: