This Year in Challengers

In the 2018–19 church year, WMU begins a new focus on the emphasis Unshakable Pursuit, highlighting Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “My dear friends, stand firm and don’t be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile” (CEV). We want students to understand that as believers our unshakable pursuit is to know God more, show His love unconditionally with others, and be about making disciples who make disciples.

This year’s curriculum will continue building on what students have studied over the past couple of years, when students went back to the basics in Acteens, Challengers, and Youth on Mission. Extending this focus, students will explore biblical characters during this church year who faced a variety of challenges but pushed through those obstacles in order to pursue Christ more fully.

Students face more challenges in this postmodern, post-Christian world than the adults who lead them can sometimes imagine. Missions discipleship is a significant opportunity for students to be exposed over and over again to the truth of the gospel of Christ, and challenged to fully live out their faith as Christ calls all believers to do.

We want students to not only learn the truths in the Bible, being able to parrot the obvious Sunday School answers when asked, but also to be challenged to live out their faith on a daily basis. Faith is more than information gathering and sharing that students do through school and social media and a variety of other outlets. Faith should be transformational.

Through this year’s curriculum, our desire is that students be stretched to live out their faith as a result of growth and transformation in their spirit that far exceeds head knowledge, grasping perhaps for the first time what it means to truly pursue Christ.


Monthly Missions Topics for 2018–19

September 2018
Missions Focus: Appalachian Mountain Ministry
Scripture Focus: Luke 5:17–26

October 2018
Missions Focus: Romania
Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 17:1–16

November 2018
Missions Focus: Clarkston, Georgia
Scripture Focus: 2 Kings 5:1–15

December 2018
Missions Focus: Refugees
Scripture Focus: Matthew 2:13–23

January 2019
Missions Focus:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Scripture Focus: Daniel 3

February 2019
Missions Focus:
Scripture Focus: Acts 9:26–31

March 2019
Missions Focus:
Portland, Oregon
Scripture Focus: Acts 9:36–43

April 2019
Missions Focus:
Northern Africa and Middle East
Scripture Focus: John 19:16–42

May 2019
Missions Focus:
Cleveland, Ohio
Scripture Focus: Acts 1:1–11

June 2019
Missions Focus:
South Asia
Scripture Focus: Esther 4

July 2019
Missions Focus:
Scripture Focus: Acts 6

August 2019
Missions Focus:
Chicago, Illinois
Scripture Focus: Nehemiah 2:1–20

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