Sisters Who Care (SWC) is part of a national organization of Baptist women 18 and older, of all races, ethnic backgrounds and classes. The national parent group is Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU), a church-based organization that seeks to enable women to understand the call of missions, to embrace that call, then to live it out by growing spiritually toward missions and by becoming involved in mission action.
WMU provides experiences for all women to come together to seek, see and celebrate what God is doing in their lives and through them in their community, association, state, nation and world. The beauty of SWC/WMU is that women can take advantage of resources provided by WMU to address the concerns of their communities, and the information can be customized to meet specific needs. WMU makes available books, magazines, brochures and posters to help publicize events as well supporting the ongoing work of WMU and other mission organizations and women’s ministries.
It is important to understand that Sisters Who Care is not a separate organization but rather an approach to
- embracing and
- living the mission of God.
The term "sister" resonates in the African-American community both spiritually and ethnically. Members of SWC are committed first and foremost to their membership in the household of faith and to the work the Lord has commissioned us to do: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything [the Lord has] commanded ... ” (Matthew 28:19-20).
This means Sisters Who Care groups will seek to
- increase members' knowledge and understanding of the Savior,
- support fellow believers and
- positively influence the world for Christ.
SWC is an integral part of WMU and its efforts to include and encourage women to be radically involved in the mission of God. Sisters Who Care is fully committed to the focus and over-arching mission of WMU and seeks to motivate African-American women to join with other Southern Baptist sisters in fulfilling the Great Commission.
How to Start or Grow SWC in the Local Church
Your involvement in missions can make a huge difference. If your church has never had any other WMU age-level organizations or WMU leadership, please contact us so we can advise you on what to do next to begin a new organization. If your church already has Sisters Who Care, and leadership training or advice are needed to help your group grow, let us know.