Church cooperation is the cornerstone upon which we founded Next Steps South Carolina (NSSC). In 2007, the Department of Social Ministries, Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina interviewed ministry leaders of Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington (www.samaritanministry.com ), Lazarus Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA (www.historicchristchurch.org), and The Cooperative Ministry (www.coopmin.org), Columbia, SC in order to pattern Next Steps South Carolina along the lines these successful ministries. All three were built around partnerships with Episcopal and churches of other Christian denominations in their respective communities. We believe that churches can work together to make a difference—and be enriched in the process. We look forward to the coalition of NSSC Cooperative Churches to grow in communities throughout South Carolina.