Welcome to The Cutting Edge, a series of online postings to assist you in your missions journey.  It is designed with you in mind.  We want to give you ideas about how to create a missions climate in your church and provide training modules to lead you to a deeper understanding of what it means to be an effective leader.  We intend to keep you updated about new mission resources that will help you be on the cutting edge!  From this page you will be able to move to multiple sections that will enhance your knowledge of how Southern Baptists do mission work in California, across the nation and around the world.  Each month the postings will be updated and will include the following:

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Events

This section of The Cutting Edge will keep you updated on training opportunities, women's events, regional leadership skills development seminars and many other activities planned by the California Woman's Missionary Union/Women's Ministries state teams. Check here frequently for current information about these upcoming events. morebutton

Online training
Online Training

As part of our Leadership FasTrak, training seminars will be posted on The Cutting Edge to enable you to participate in the Woman’s Missionary Union/Women’s Ministries FasTrak two-year certificate program. The online training will be in an interactive format meet the requirement of 8 seminars to earn the leadership certificate.  Coming soon! morebutton

Lesson for Today
Lessons for Today

A series of devotions based on women of the Bible, these articles will provide you with food for thought, material for your own quiet time with God and a base for presenting deovtion in women's groups.  The series is written by Ann Iorg.  Ann lives in Mill Valley where her husband serves as the president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  morebutton

Gatherings
Gatherings

Women love to get together! Because of that, new ideas are needed all the time to keep these "gatherings" fresh and innovative.  Gatherings includes a variety of themed events complete with invitation, decoration, icebreaker, games and devotion ideas.  These ideas will give you a springboard of ideas to make your women's events creative, energized, and successful!  morebutton

Picture Yourself
Picture Yourself

Picture Yourself features ways women can participate as individuals or groups within California, in the U.S. or overseas. Information about short-term mission trips, cultural sensitivity training seminars, and testimonies from women who have experienced life in other cultures are presented to encourage readers to engage in ministry in a variety of settings. morebutton

Plain and Fancy
Plain and Fancy

As women serve in leadership positions in communities, workplaces and churches there are many opportunities to share Christ and be advocates for other women. It is hoped these articles will motivate readers to search scripture and reflect on God’s call for their lives. morebutton

 

Four-Questions
Four Questions

This new section of The Cutting Edge is being written by Ann Iorg who has worked many years with preschoolers and children.

The four questions she raises will help parents and teachers alike address important areas of spiritual development of youngsters ages 4 through 12 especially.

Watch this section for all four questions and a discussion of each! morebutton

At Your Fingertips
At Your Fingertips

At your fingertips highlights new mission and ministry resources that are available for purchase through IMB, LifeWay, Woman's Missionary Union, New Hope, Holman, or NAMB. Two resources will be reviewed each month so watch for the hot-off-the-press releases that will help you grow spiritually, plan effectively, and learn about ministry opportunities. morebutton

UpLifting
Uplifting!

Each month Uplifting! will feature ways to incorporate prayer activities into all of your events.  Articles in Uplifting! will be in four categories: Prayer Events; Your Personal Prayer Life; Prayer Walking; and Idea Notebook.  Coming soon will be updates on critical mission prayer requests and for new ways to energize the prayers of your women’s groups.  morebutton

A Woman's Point of VIew
A Woman's Point of View

A Woman's Point of View features different women's thoughts on a wide variety of topics of special interest to women.  The purpose of these articles is to provide you with a broad biblical basis for dealing with an issue, devotional-type comments on the topic, suggestions for dealing with the issues and recommended reading.  All articles are anonymous. morebutton

Tool Box
The Toolbox

The Toolbox presents brief articles for leaders of women's groups to use as they plan and prepare for women's involvement in their churches and communities.  Whether you need basic steps in beginning a women's ministry or a community evangelistic outreach activity, you will find user-friendly resources for missions education for all ages and to effective planning for maximum results.  morebutton

How To
How To

How To provides women with the practical steps involved in making their mission and ministry groups function better, attract more attention, and be more viable in their settings. How To focuses on the basics of things such as designing newsletters, reaching out to women who need support, hosting evangelical events, and helping women grow spiritually and seek His plan for their lives. morebutton

Language Resources
Language Resources

Language Resources has been developed to provide various language groups information about upcoming training and fellowship events.  Articles will be written/posted in Spanish, Korean, Chinese or English. Be sure to tell language leaders you know about this new part of The Cutting Edge! morebutton

As you go
As You Go

This new section of The Cutting Edge will present ministry opportunities for you, your mission/ministry group, your church and your family. Some of the ideas involve a long-term commitment. Other postings will make you aware of what a variety groups are doing across our nation and around the world. morebutton

Set1Free
Set1Free

Interested in a new, fresh idea for ministry? WorldCrafts has just introduced a new line of handcrafted items to launch its Set1Free campaign. The Set1Free campaign currently highlights nine artisan groups working with women at high risk of human trafficking. WorldCrafts partners with artisan leaders around the globe who abide by Fair Trade Federation guidelines. morebutton