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Why Missions Discipleship Is Important for the Church

“WMU helped me learn to look outside myself and recognize the needs of others and try to help them. My involvement in missions groups at an early age helped me understand other cultures very different from my own and helped me develop a worldview. Teaching missions groups showed me the power of God to change a young life into someone He could work through to accomplish His will.” —Shirley Cox

Missions discipleship is grounded in the command of Jesus to His disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20 CSB).

Through Challengers, teenage boys will:
• discover God in their everyday experiences,
• go beyond the ordinary in their relationships with God,
• experience God for who He is,
• become witnesses to God’s faithfulness,
• gain a greater understanding of missions and how God is at work in the world, and
• participate in God’s awesome work in the world.

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Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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How to Start Missions Discipleship in the Church

1. Seek out leaders. The suggested way of organizing WMU in a church is to have a WMU director and missions groups for any or all age levels. Or the WMU director, the pastor, or another church leader may lead missions awareness and involvement activities.
2. Order resources. Using WMU resources will help you plan missions involvement and share information that is timely, inspiring, and challenging. Missions Leader: WMU Planning Guide is a great overall resource to help you get started.
3. Plan. Form a WMU leadership team to plan and coordinate the work of WMU. Quarterly meetings are suggested, but each team determines the frequency of planning meetings.
4. Invite. Involve your church in missions and equip them to share Christ. Invite people to participate in churchwide opportunities and in age-level groups.
5. Work with other leaders to provide multiple opportunities. Collaborate to offer different ways to involve everyone in the church in missions. Continue to start new churchwide activities as well as age-level groups as needed. Consider how you can utilize WMU Compassion Ministries— Project HELP: Mental Health, Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps, WorldCrafts, and Pure Water, Pure Love—as a springboard for missions involvement.
6. Communicate. Keep your church informed about missions activities, groups, and projects.

For more information about starting myMISSION, visit wmu.com/adults (select “myMISSION”).

To learn more about leading myMISSION, visit wmu.com/howtoleadadults.

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For questions about starting or leading churchwide WMU:

National WMU: Contact Joye Smith, lead strategist for adults and multicultural audiences, at jsmith@wmu.org or (205) 991-4980.

State WMU: Find links to state WMU websites at wmu.com/statecontacts.

Contact your local Baptist association, your state WMU office, or national WMU for training opportunities.