Focus on WMU

Focus on WMU Emphasis: February 9-15, 2015

Engage your church in missions discipleship by calling on them to Surrender, Sacrifice, and Serve!

Suggested Theme: All For You

Scripture Passage: Mark 8:31–38 (NIV)

Emphasis Watchword for 2014-2015: “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me’ ” (Mark 8: 34 NIV).

Interpretation of the Theme:
What does it mean to be give ourselves fully to Christ?  In other words, how can we look at God and declare, "We desire to be All For You?"  During this next year, men, women, boys, and girls will learn three key aspects of discipleship:

  • surrender completely by denying self
  • sacrifice willingly by taking up their cross
  • serve intentionally by following Christ into their community, state, and world

As we are exploring these, age groups will be learn how others are living this out in missions and be guided to live these out through missions projects.


Here are a few ideas:

  • Read the WMU Emphasis book, Secrets to Surrender, and host a book discussion. 
  • Use the Emphasis Resources to reinforce the concept of being All For You!  Hang posters.  Write individual notes. Use the WMU Year Book to conduct the Bible study retreat for the church.
  • Involve all your age level groups in calling your church to missions.  Ask them to lead in a worship service where they can share about what they are learning in missions education.   
  • Plan to support the children as they embark on Children's Ministry Day!

(For additional ideas and details, be sure to check out the WMU Year Book 2014-2015.)


Use music for worship:

"I Surrender All" (#433)
"Let Your Heart Be Broken" (#611, The Baptist Hymnal, 1991)
"Send Me, O Lord, Send Me" (#367)
"The Potter's Hand" (#441)
"The Servant Song" (#384)
"Wherever He Leads I'll Go" (#437)
"Yes, Lord, Yes" (#445)
"No Turning Back" (as recorded by Chris Tomlin)
"One Pure and Holy Passion" (as recorded by Passion)
"I Surrender" (as recorded by Hillsong)
"White Flag" (as recorded by Christ Tomlin)
"Lift My Life Up" (as recorded by Unspoken)

*Hymn numbers are from the Baptist Hymnal 2008, unless otherwise indicated.


Beyond the Focus on WMU Emphasis:

The 1-2-5 Challenge!

Have you heard of the 1-2-5 Challenge?  Believing that missions is important for the whole church, the 1-2-5 Challenge charges churches to be sure all age levels have the opportunity to learn about missions and develop a missional lifestyle!  

  1. Start one new missions education group in your church!  Does your church have a missions organization for all age levels?  Remember, missions is for all stages of our lives. It may look differently as we develop and grow, but it is for everyone. 
  2. Two new leaders!  A new group needs leaders!  Leading can be intimidating, so it is often easier when the job is shared. Once you identify the need for a group, focus on two people who can share leadership of the group. They can divide responsibilities, or they can alternate leading the group!  
  3. Five new members!  Who are you trying to reach with missions education?  Work with the two new leaders to deliver personal invitations to those people. Just because you prepare does not mean people will come!  Help parents understand what missions education means for their children in the discipleship process. Talk to adults about your desire to share the missions calling with them.



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Missions Leader Team Blog

Two years ago while on a missions trip to South Africa, I had the opportunity to participate in food distribution in the local community. The missionaries with whom I was working informed my team that the food had been purchased with Global Hunger Relief funds. It was a thrill for me to have a firsthand opportunity to hand out the bags of food and share with those receiving them.

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