Group Styles

Women on Mission groups are built around Bible studies, prayer, mission action, witnessing, and mission study. Establishing a Women on Mission group is not difficult or complicated. There does not have to be a long roster of “officers” or a large leadership team. Naturally, some structure will follow growth— so be prepared for that! Growth is a naturally desired outcome of beginning any new missions group.

Women on Mission functions primarily through small groups whose members seek to accomplish God’s missions purpose in the world. While Women on Mission groups relate to all of the WMU objectives, one or more of the objectives may be chosen as a special focus of a group. Common organizing interests include missions learning, missions praying, mission action, and Bible study. Group members then determine when, where, and how often their group will meet.

The meetings and activities of Women on Mission groups can take on many forms depending on the audience or target group. Groups may choose a group name, which helps identify the group, especially when there is more than one Women on Mission group in a church.


Missional Small Groups

No matter the task, there are many ways to complete it! Accomplishing the purpose of Women on Mission is no different. The important thing is knowing what those purposes are then determining a strategy that fits the group.

In WMU the purposes are called WMU objectives. They are

  • pray for missions
  • engage in missions action and witnessing
  • learn about missions
  • support missions
  • develop spiritually towards a missions lifestyle
  • participate in the work of the church and the denomination

The meetings and activities that accomplish the purposes can take on many forms depending on the audience or target group. Be sure to find the one that is right for the women you relate to. 

Tips for inviting women to come:

  • Plan and implement a strategy for reaching new members.
  • Place announcements in the church bulletin. Copy and personalize promotional flyers from the Women on Mission Leader to position in places where women gather, especially women’s restrooms. Ask key communicators in Sunday School classes to distribute flyers.
  • Mail invitations with information about the topic of study, and encourage each member to bring a potential new member with her.
  • Provide a snack, or plan small meetings at various popular lunch locations for the working women.
  • Remember when striving to reach new members, it is not about what is convenient for us but what is convenient for the people we are trying to reach.
  • Friendliness and flexibility is key! Imagine how you would want to be welcomed into a new group, and let that guide you and your team.
  • And it’s always true that nothing beats a personal, one-on-one invitation.

Suggested Resources:

Missions Mosaic, monthly subscription, $20.99
Women on Mission Leader, quarterly subscription, $14.99 (print)
Women on Mission Leader,  $3.99 (per quarterly download)
Women on Mission Resource Kit, quarterly subscription, $39.99

All items may be purchased at www.wmustore.com or by calling Customer Service at 1-800-968-7301.
Note: The Women on Mission Resource Kit includes the same meeting plans as the Women on Mission Leader but comes with two double-sided 11-by-17 posters; and one 22-by-17 double-sided poster containing a detailed missions event for women of all ages and stages that can be used for enlistment, promotion, fellowship, or mission action. 

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Traditional Women on Mission Group

Your audience: Women who are missions minded 
Led by: Women on Mission group facilitator 
Focus: Learning about missions, supporting missions, and developing spiritually toward a missions lifestyle

At a glance . . .

A traditional Women on Mission group is built around the six WMU objectives. This group uses the three feature articles (Missionary Spotlight, Bible Study, and Prayer) in Missions Mosaic with accompanying plans in the Women on Mission Leader as choices around which to build its meeting. Mission action is a component of the meetings as well.

A traditional Women on Mission group has a targeted missional focus. Groups who want to have a specific missional focus relating to one area such as learning about missionaries, prayer, Bible study, and/or mission action.

Resources Needed: Missions Mosaic and either Women on Mission Leader or the Women on Mission Resource Kit.

Additional resource: WMU Year Book

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Women on Mission Outreach Team

Your audience: Women who are hands-on and community focused 
Led by: Women on Mission group facilitator 
Focus: Evangelism, mission action, witnessing, and WMU ministries

At a glance . . .

The activities can be ongoing or one-time events.

Ongoing projects can include soup kitchens, food pantry, Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC) / Christian Men’s Job Corps (CMJC) site, pregnancy crisis center, or other weekly or monthly ministries. These may be church-sponsored or community-sponsored projects.

One-time activities would include shoe box ministry, meals for families in need, missions trip through Missionsfest or FamilyfestBaptist Nursing Fellowship, or church-planned missions trip, raking leaves for the elderly in the fall, painting a school room, or any event with a beginning and ending date.

Evangelism activities can include projects such as distributing copies of the JESUS film, being intentional with tract distribution at various locations, participating in an evangelistic program/training of the church, etc.

This group will focus on the ministries of WMU which include: Pure Water, Pure Love, Missionsfest, Familyfest, CWJC/CMJC, Baptist Nursing Fellowship, WorldCrafts.

Additional mission projects ideas may be found in Missions Mosaic.

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Women on Mission Affinity Group

Your audience: Women with common interests/hobbies and/or in the same life stages 
Led by: Women on Mission group facilitator 
Focus: The six objectives of WMU as they relate to the specifics of the affinity group

At a glance . . .

Meeting times should be determined by the needs of the various groups. Career women may choose to meet during the lunch hour; preschool moms may choose to meet during nap time or in the evenings when fathers are home; retirees may enjoy morning meetings. No guidelines area needed for when and how long to meet, allowing for flexibility within the busy schedules of today.

Program is planned based on the needs of the audience.

Hobbies are one way to form an affinity group. Walkers or joggers can pray for the needs of church members, missionaries, and the neighborhood as they exercise. Knitters may meet together while working on a project and use the time to pray for the recipient of the project. Quilters might meet together to make quilts for hospitals that specialize in childhood cancer. The quilts can be given to the child to be used as he goes through chemo or radiation treatments. The list of possibilities is endless!

Affinity groups focused on life stages may include speakers, studies, and missionaries who find themselves in those same stages. Mothers of preschoolers are concerned with parenting skills. These women may be interested in learning how missionaries raise preschoolers far away from home without family support. Career women may be interested in learning how missionaries use career skills on the mission field.

Sports related groups can use their interests in sports for reaching out, learning how missionaries use sports for evangelism, and meeting new friends who may become group members. Those interested in running may join a neighborhood running club, providing water for the group as a ministry of the church.

Groups around the country often share their missions projects ideas and activities with other readers through Missions Mosaic.

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Sisters Who Care Group

Your audience: African American women 
Led by: Women on Mission group facilitator 
Focus: The six objectives of WMU

At a glance . . . 

More and more African Americans are being appointed as missionaries. Highlighting these men and women will inspire others to be a part of what God is doing around the world. Here are some tips for your group:

The elements of the meeting are chosen from issues and resources that are relevant for African American women.

Determine the missions focus area for the joint meeting. For example, if a group wants to deal with poverty, then choose (1) a Bible study, (2) a missions education element, and (3) a mission action project that all center around poverty. This approach will bring a sense of unity and cohesiveness.

Groups who want to have a specific missional focus relating to one area such as prayer, mission action, witnessing, Bible study, or contemporary missions should subscribe to Missions Mosaic and the Women on Mission Leader or Resource Kit to get the greatest benefit of meeting plans and ideas; these items may be purchased at www.wmustore.com or by calling Customer Service at 1-800-968-7301.

Meetings should address community needs. Knowing about and planning solutions for community needs brings relevance to the group.

The monthly themes, missionaries, Scripture passage, and special emphases are in the WMU Year Book. This may be purchased at www.wmustore.com or by calling Customer Service at 1-800-968-7301.

Learn more about Sisters Who Care.

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Combined Women on Mission and 
Women’s Enrichment Ministry Groups

Your audience: Women in your church 
Led by: Dual leadership from both groups 
Focus: The six objectives of WMU

At a glance . . . 

Many churches have both missions and ministry groups as a part of the programming for women. Many times, women feel divided if the groups are exclusive. Christ desired that our churches model “many parts working together as one”. One way to do this is to provide opportunities for joint meetings between these two groups. Achieving this goal takes special planning. We’d like to help you plan ahead, with the following suggestions:

  • Form a planning team including members from Women on Mission and women’s enrichment ministry. The team will be responsible for all the planning and deciding on the different elements of the meetings. The meetings will be team led.
  • Determine the missions objective for the joint meeting. For example, if a group wants to deal with poverty, then choose a Bible study, a missions education element, and a mission action project that all center around poverty. This approach will bring a sense of unity and cohesiveness.
  • Prepare a lesson plan for the missions education element. For example, how missionaries are meeting needs of people living in poverty.
  • Prepare a lesson plan or choose already prepared materials for the Bible study in keeping with the determined objective.
  • Plan the mission action project, activities, or field trips/events that are relevant to the objective. These may be a part of the event or planned for a later date. Multiple projects can be selected with time allotted for participants to choose. Or one project can be chosen for the entire group. Field trips may be taken on another date.
  • Determine the number of leaders necessary to fulfill each job assignment. Each leader will then choose team members to help complete the assignment.

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Women on Mission Groups with Women’s Enrichment Ministry Component 

These groups will have a strong missions component that includes an element of women’s enrichment ministry. 

Your audience: Women in your church 
Led by: Women on Mission group facilitator 
Focus: The six objectives of WMU

At a glance . . .

The Women on Mission leader facilitates the meetings and activities of the group.

Meetings are missions driven. The primary focus of the meeting is learning about missions through materials provided by WMU (Missions Mosaic, International Mission Study, missional books from New Hope Publishers).

The leader will be intentional in incorporating an enrichment component. Why should I be concerned about missions? How does it affect me? What changes need to be made in my heart for the desired outcomes? What does the Bible say about this issue? These are just a few of the questions to consider when planning the enrichment component.

Recruit additional leaders as necessary. The women’s enrichment ministry leader may facilitate the Bible study as a special guest.

Plan events that include Bible studies, testimony/sharing time, and a time of celebrating what God has done.

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Although the following is not a Women on Mission group, Women on Mission can participate and provide the missions resources needed for meetings and activities.

Women’s Enrichment Ministries Group 
with Missions Component

Your audience: Women who enjoy in-depth Bible studies 
Led by: Women’s Ministry leader

At a glance . . .
This group is enrichment driven with an intentional missions element at each meeting. This group will be attractive to those women who enjoy in-depth and ongoing Bible studies.

Women’s enrichment ministry leader facilitates meetings.

Meetings will include ideas for mission action projects, missions trips, and missions involvement opportunities such as the Weeks of Prayer. Projects that are aligned with the Bible study may be particularly enticing.

Enlisting women who have participated in the focused projects or trips to share testimonies or just be available to answer questions will enhance the meeting.

Receive regular and current updates for missions ideas and projects through Missions Mosaic and Women on Mission Leader; Both of these items may be purchased at www.wmustore.com or by calling Customer Service at 1-800-968-7301.

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