Help your church's mission team create a missions plan for the entire year.
A balanced Acts 1:8 mission strategy will include opportunities for church
members to reach their community or local association, state, North America and
the ends of the earth. If your church doesn't have a mission team, talk to your
pastor about starting one. Help your church embrace a church-wide and
year-round commitment to missions awareness, involvement and partnerships.
We've provided you with some ideas on ways to involve church members in
missions and ministry all year long. Some mission trip opportunities may
be close to home and some may take you overseas. Now's the time to start
planning that summer mission trip.
Host a Valentine's banquet at your church where instead of the traditional
focus, your church will express its love by adopting a people group to pray for
internationally and minister to locally. Choose one or more people groups to
focus on at the banquet, preferably groups that are represented in your
community. Along with the hearts and candy, display pictures of missionaries
and the people groups they're reaching as well as cultural and demographic
information on each table. Enlist youth to represent each people group by
dressing up in the fashion of that culture and have them serve their
corresponding table. You might even serve traditional dishes. Invite
missionaries who are reaching these people groups to come and speak at your
banquet. Instead of Valentine's Day cards, write letters of encouragement and
support to missionaries of your adopted people group. Also, locate members of
the people group locally and reach out to them with acts of kindness.
For information about different people groups visit www.peoplegroups.info.
Contact your associational office or state convention to speak with
missionaries who are reaching these people groups. Make this missions awareness
a month-long emphasis.
Help your church celebrate the Week of Prayer for North American Missions by
creating a Week of Prayer bulletin board. Many churches have a bulletin board
located in a high-traffic area that's set aside to inform members about mission
opportunities in the church. Decorate the board with the names and faces of the
eight Week of Prayer missionaries -- there's one for each day of the week. A
map that shows the locations of each missionary is a nice touch. Include your
church's goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. For more on how you can
pray for your missionaries, visit www.anniearmstrong.com.
Enlist the help of the men in your church to set up a free oil and lube
change and general car maintenance operation at your church for single women.
This is especially helpful for widows, divorced women and single moms,
providing both a ministry and an evangelistic outreach.
May kicks off the busiest moving season of the year. More than 21 million
Americans move between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Welcome newcomers to
your neighborhood and invite them to church. Get a group together and make
welcome baskets for people who move into your community. Include information
about your church as well as coupons to local businesses.
The Chamber of Commerce can provide you with the names and addresses of
people who recently have relocated to your area.
Host an On-Mission Celebration at your church. Invite North American
missionaries and International missionaries who are home on furlough to set up
a booth that represents their area of service. For information on how to plan
one of these events call 770-410-6037.
Many churches plan short-term mission trips for the summer. Join the mission
team from your church and make a difference in your local area, state,
throughout North America, or the ends of the earth. World Changers and PowerPlant provide
pre-packaged mission trips for youth groups. Visit www.world-changers.net and www.power-plant.net. The Bridge, an
online volunteer information system, offers mission projects for both
individuals and groups. Visit thebridge.namb.net.
Host a Backyard Bible Club for the kids in your neighborhood. This is a
great way to get to know your neighbors and bring a life-changing message to
Be sure to check out the Summer Issue of On Mission and our article
to Host a Backyard Bible Club.
It's back-to-school time again. Organize a back-to-school drive at your
church encouraging members to donate backpacks and school supplies. Distribute
filled backpacks to families in need or donate them to a local shelter.
Plan a WorldCrafts Party at your church and raise money for missions.
WorldCrafts is a ministry of Woman's Missionary Union that imports handmade
items from around the world. This ministry assists women and men who live in
poverty in providing for their families. The party will allow attenders to
learn about the countries from which the items are imported. When you purchase
these items you support missions while buying great gifts for your family and
friends. For a party kit call 800-968-7301 or visit www.wmustore.com.
Volunteer to serve Thanksgiving Dinner at your local homeless shelter or
downtown mission. Help your church prepare and deliver holiday food baskets for
families and individuals in need.
In addition to promoting the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering goals at your church, encourage
people to include missions trips and missions giving in their New Year's
resolutions. Post reminders of the need using pictures of missionaries,
pictures of people groups, correspondence and prayer needs for North American
and International missions. This is also a good time to advertise mission
opportunities for the spring and summer months.
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