A recent conversation about healthy churches brought an illustration from seminary days to mind.
The church education professor was emphasizing five major programs of a church.
- Pastoral care
He illustrated it as a puzzle piece roof on top of the outline of a church building. That is still how I often define a healthy church.
February 8-14 is Focus on WMU Week in Southern Baptist churches, a great time to look at mission education through WMU in YOUR church. Not only a time to recognize preschoolers, children, teens and adults who gather to pray for missions and learn about missions, but to celebrate how they give to missions and how they DO missions.
Remember the time the RA and GA had a penny drive to do their part toward the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering – and included a little fun while doing so (even if the children’s minister took a pie in the face afterwards)?
What about the Acteens who collected towels for kitchen and bathroom towels for a man whose home had burned – a man who was not part of their church, in fact, one they didn’t even know? Or the young women, of myMission age, who went to New York City on Memorial Day to serve alongside a North American missionary for the weekend?
Don’t forget the Women on Mission who weekly work the food pantry, in Jesus’ name, lovingly boxing non-perishables for those who would go without!
Here are 5 ways to celebrate them:
- Set up a “Missions Done” display in the church, showcasing photos of their work in the past 6 months, with the goal being one table for each age-level organization.
- Gather up all the children (whether or not your church has GA, RA or Children in Action) and participate in Children’s Ministry Day™ (information at wmu.com/CMD). They’ll be among thousands across our convention doing the same on the same day!
- Ask a GA and a GA leader to lead the church to pray for a Louisiana Baptist church planter during the Sunday morning worship service.
- Ask the RAs and their leaders, wearing their RA vests, to assist the ushers as they receive the Sunday morning offering.
- Using cardboard testimonies or a poster contest, ask mission education members – all ages – to share how they DO missions through WMU in your church. Share those in the opening moments of a worship service
During this week, thank God for missionaries who serve and the WMU members – of all ages – who pray for them daily.
These church members live missionally every day.