Happy New Year Book!

It’s that time again—time to start planning for the new year. The new year in WMU, that is.

When you think about planning for WMU, the WMU Year Book most likely springs to mind. For years, it has been the annual planning resource for church WMU leaders. It outlines the WMU emphasis, provides monthly plans for each WMU age-level organization, and highlights ways to be involved in WMU ministries. Still, you may have found it, well, incomplete.

In order to do more detailed planning each quarter, you have needed a subscription to Missions Leader. The quarterly kit provides implementation ideas for the emphases on the Southern Baptist Convention’s calendar, along with leadership tools and color posters.

Complicated, isn’t it?

Not anymore. WMU has put everything you need to plan for a successful year of missions education and involvement in one resource. And all those other helpful things like posters? Throughout the year, supplemental materials will be posted as exclusive digital content on wmu.com.

Planning Made Simple

Welcome to Missions Leader: WMU Annual Planning Guide 2018–19. It’s the Year Book’s big picture content with Missions Leader’s practical how-tos thrown in.

The new 96-page resource is divided into 8 sections. The first 5 sections focus on planning with an overview of the emphasis and the year’s curriculum (pp. 6–25) and meeting plans, devotionals, and emphases for each quarter (pp. 26–60). The sixth section (pp. 61–73) shows you how to get involved in serving and supporting missions with Project HELP; WMU trips; Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps; Baptist Nursing Fellowship; Pure Water, Pure Love; WorldCrafts; and the WMU Foundation. The seventh section (pp. 74–89) features the resources you need to lead your church and each age level as well as families and others (like those whose first language is not English) to be on mission. The last section (pp. 90–96) provides encouragement to discover and develop leadership gifts and skills and things a leader needs to know, such as her state WMU’s contact information, LifeWay’s website, and the friendly URL for the GA blog.

Choosing the Best

Whether you have a full WMU leadership team or you are a team of 1 leading churchwide WMU, you probably can’t do everything laid out in this resource. So pick those things that best suit your church’s missional goals. Plan for a year of learning about missions, praying for missions, giving to missions, serving in missions, and supporting missions, and lead your church to develop spiritually toward a missions lifestyle.

Making the Switch

Have questions about what the changes to leadership resources mean for you? We have answers. Still not sure about something? Contact Kristy Carr, ministry consultant for churchwide and associational leadership, at kcarr@wmu.org or (205) 991-8100.

And don’t forget to order your copy—as well as copies for each member of your leadership team and organization leader—of Missions Leader when it is released in March. Find it on wmustore.com or call Customer Relations at 1-800-968-7301. 

Kathleen Penton is the editor of Missions Leader.

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