The story of God’s leadership through WMU is a story worth telling. And the telling of a story that is 125 years old it is worth repeating.
Sometimes we make missions so complicated, or use such unfamiliar terminology, that new churches are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
I asked Dr. Dan Rupp, church-planting strategist for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, how missions leaders can make sure missions is an integral a part of new churches. He replied:
Do you believe your church can change the world? Do you believe your church body can transform your community?
Seriously, do you believe it?
You should and you must! With the leading and power of the Holy Spirit connecting to your obedience to love, lives can be changed and God’s Word can be proclaimed in ways you have never imagined.
• Do some research to find families or groups in your community who go hungry. Talk with the manager of a homeless shelter or government-assisted housing complex to discover where best to carry out this experience. Ask for permission to bring a meal to these people one night.
• Choose a night when families normally enjoy a family dinner at home. Give each church family the name and address of a needy group. Give details on how to orchestrate the supper time experience in their home to household leaders only.
A true understanding of hunger is difficult. Most of us indulge in three lavish feedings a day plus snacks. Our bellies are rarely empty.
How are you going to respond to your child’s bully? You get a call from the elementary school’s vice principal telling you your child has been detained for kicking another child. You can’t believe your child would do this unprovoked.
Sure, you can do it all yourself this year! You work with a lot of creative, intelligent, and dependable people who will contribute their time and energy. For this church year you can come up with your own theme, make posters, write articles, print books, plan curriculum, and more . . . for all ages in your church.
Or, you can let us help you!
Ever wanted a magazine written to support and inspire you? If you are a WMU director or leader, there is such a magazine! It is the quarterly, 48-page, Missions Leader®. It includes articles devoted to leadership development, the WMU emphasis, calendar items, and Project HELP.
In Live Sent, author Jason C. Dukes explains we are designed to be living messages from God—genuine love letters addressed to the people we encounter in the marketplace and the workplace. He issues a challenge to “rethink our lives so that we love God and love people and embrace our God-given mission.”
But I really do work better alone!
Some people believe it is easier to do a job ourselves than to work to enlist someone else.
Embrace God’s mission by building strong relationships with others. To collaborate means to work together. As a missions leader, you can be more effective if you engage others to help in your missions tasks.