WMU® offers organizations and approaches, as well as ministries, that enable every member of the church to learn about missions, become involved in missions, and live a missional lifestyle. WMU offers many opportunities to fulfill the six objectives of WMU that are at the heart of missions education.
Through the organizations and approaches, adults, students, children, and preschoolers learn about the work and needs of missionaries. There are opportunities to participate personally in missions projects as well as develop a missions lifestyle—something for everyone.
Do not worry if your church is small and cannot offer all of the organizations or approaches. Offer those that meet the needs of your congregation. Many churches begin with only one children’s organization. Some begin with an adult organization. What works well in one church may not work in another. Perhaps a combination of approaches, organizations, and churchwide activities work best for your church. The important thing is that all people have the opportunity to radically participate in the mission of God.
What Can WMU Do for My Church?
*2008 Annual Church Profile, Southern Baptist Convention
Each benefit (mentioned above) is an outgrowth of the objectives of WMU:
WMU provides a variety of opportunities to involve all church members. These may be one-time events, short-term activities, ongoing projects, and awareness opportunities.
Examples of church member involvement:
Missions for All Ages: Organizations and Approaches
For churches interested in growing and strengthening Christ followers through missions education, WMU offers ongoing missions organizations and approaches for boys and girls, men and women, and coed groups in all-age levels.
Families on MissionTM—families with preschoolers and children
Change the World Through Focused Ministries
Involvement in ministries provided by WMU can excite change in the world. Ministry opportunities rely on the initiative and participation of the church, association, and state WMUs.
If nothing else, WMU has a history of flexibility! Since 1888, WMU has worked with local churches, associations, state conventions, and national entities to provide missions education organizations for all ages in the local church.
Throughout the Bible, God’s desire and instruction for His people is that they be involved in His mission of making Himself known among all nations.
The term missions is the work of God through His people—the church—by which the gospel of Jesus is extended in word and deed to all the people in the world.
For followers of Christ, missions is an integral part of being a believer. WMU is a channel in a church that can help them find their way.ShareThis