Acteens Leader Training

"Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" -Mark 8:34 (NIV)

Throughout its history, the effectiveness of Acteens has depended on leadership. It is safe to say that one person with a passion for missions can impact an entire group of teenagers. The beginning point is a desire for students to be involved in missions.

Whether you are a new leader just starting Acteens or a leader with an expanded program, take a moment to answer these questions:

  • What are the missions education needs of our students?
  • What do our students know about the Bible's missions message?
  • In what ways do our students need to learn how to pray for missions needs?
  • What do our students know about giving financially to missions?
  • What do our students know about the Cooperative Program and the missions offerings?
  • What are our students currently learning about missions? How and where do they get that information?
  • What types of hands-on missions involvement would challenge our students?
  • What steps do we need to take to start missions education/missions discipleship in our church?

You may wish to ask several key women to answer the questions and use them for a discussion starter about Acteens in your church. Let the answers to the questions above guide you in planning for Acteens in your church.

2015-2016 Missions Curriculum Focus Flyer

Leader Guide

By encouraging missions education for teen girls, WMU meets and anticipates the ever-changing needs of your missions efforts. With a comprehensive student focus, this guide is essential for missions leaders who are serious about leading teenagers in Acteens. 

Purchase your own copy of the Acteens Guide for Leaders. This guide has a comprehensive missions focus and is essential for Acteens leaders!

Print version (W126107) - $5.99 plus s&h

Download version (E126101) - $4.99

Leader Training

Encourage every Acteens leader to participate in leadership development on a regular basis. All church leaders should develop basic leadership skills. Acteens leaders will also need training in specific understandings and skills for their leadership role.

Training is available through self-study of WMU and Acteens resources, online training, associational and state WMU conferences, and conferences at national WMU events.

  • Leading Acteens - Whether you have been asked to lead an existing Acteens group or you are starting a new group, you are on an exciting journey! God is inviting you to lead teenage girls to understand and be radically involved in the mission of God. While this is a wonderful opportunity, it can be challenging to know how to get started. We join you in preparing for this leadership role. This is a wonderful place to begin. This course offers a variety of interactive learning activities that will introduce you to the basic information needed to lead Acteens. You will also have opportunities to apply what you are learning to your Acteens group for your church setting to help you get started with confidence.
  • Other WMU leadership courses are also available. (Note: these links will redirect you to, WMU's site for online leadership training.)
  • For information about Acteens trainings, events, and personal consultations in your state, contact your state WMU office.

How to start Acteens in your church?

It's important to remember that there are many ways to do Acteens. Groups can meet as often as they are able-from weekly to once a month. Students are encouraged to lead meetings or plan meetings alongside adult leaders. Students may choose whether they will participate in MissionsQuest. Leaders should feel comfortable to design the Acteens program in their to church to fit the needs of the students.

  • Talk with the WMU leadership team in your church.
  • Talk with other women in your church who might be interested in leading or assisting with your Acteens group. Plan to meet to discuss the ins and outs of Acteens and how Acteens might work in your church.
  • Order copies of The Mag for each student and Acteens Leader for each leader in your group. The Mag is the colorful, monthly magazine that helps teenage girls learn about and be involved in missions in the real world. Acteens Leader contains all of the essential items for leading Acteens. It includes ideas for planning and organizing, complete plans for Acteens meetings, personal Bible studies, stories about missionaries, the missionary prayer calendar, and other resources.
  • Talk with your associational Acteens consultant. Ask her for contact information for leaders with excellent Acteens organizations in your association. Talk and meet with that church's Acteens leaders. Observe their meetings. Interview their girls to see what they like about Acteens. Get ideas from them for getting started, enlisting leaders, and building excitement.
  • Talk with the leaders and teenage girls in your church and community to schedule Acteens meetings.
  • Contact your state Acteens leader for training information.
  • Attend associational, state, and national training sessions.


  • Contact your associational Acteens consultant. Call your local Baptist association for her contact information.
  • Contact national WMU at

Additional Resources

Use these resources to help you understand the Acteens curriculum and organization.

Ignite: An Experience to Spark Compassion for People Who Hurt (CD)

This interactive experience is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding about those who hurt and ideas for putting faith into mission action as they minister to hurting individuals around them. The CD contains leader instructions, student handouts, and promotional materials.

W156105  $19.99

Making It in the Real World
The Reality Game of Life and Poverty (CD)

Making It in the Real World is designed as a life-sized game board and should take about two hours to complete. The CD includes game instructions, all the signs and game board pieces needed to play, debriefing instructions, and more. While very similar to the original version of the game, the revision updates poverty statistics and adds elements to make it easier to use.

W146106  $19.99


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