Because many of our churches do not have a regular missions education emphasis, it can seem difficult to involve adults in mission projects and in learning about Southern Baptists’ mission efforts around the world. Here are some things that might help as you seek to create a missions climate in your church.
First, use the materials that come during the year to promote special mission offerings – the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions and California Mission Offering. Setting a goal for your church and encouraging gifts to these offerings is a way to keep missions in front of your members.
Second, plan mission projects that are family-friendly. Projects such as visiting convalescent homes, collecting food for the needy, participating in “Christmas in August,” hosting an evangelistic block party, or making hygiene kits for migrants are things families can do that will educate them about the needs of people in their community.
Third, purchase their age-level learning sessions and have a churchwide night of learning about the country chosen by the International and North American Missions Boards. These studies come with teaching suggestions and picture packets for easy use with preschoolers, children, youth and adults. What a great way to teach everyone about missions!
Fourth, use Missionary Moments (free from the CSBC Associate Executive Director’s office) in worship services for simple, brief mission cameos. You could also use Prayer Patterns that lists missionaries and their birthdays for each day of the month; this is an excellent way to “put a face on missions” so missionaries are remembered in prayer on their special day.
Resources That Might Help You…
Go online for current international, national, and state missions information: