Be Amazed. Be Prepared. Be a Missions Leader.

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Before Missions Leader: WMU Planning Guide 2019–20 went to press, a prepublication review copy was emailed to several people. I loved the response from WMU executive director Sandy Wisdom-Martin: “This is an amazing resource. Every page is rich with content.”

This will be your response as well when you peruse Missions Leader. It is more than a calendar-driven resource for the year ahead. It is a resource to help you as a leader. Here are some of the things you will find in its 96 pages:

Leadership Tools

Claudia Johnson of Christian Women’s Leadership Center provides several tools just for you and your leadership team:

  • Five Healthy Boundaries in Ministry—Begin the new church year by establishing healthy boundaries in ministry to help leaders avoid burn-out and stay focused on the “why” of serving.
  • Administration: A Strategy for Servant Leadership—Gain a new perspective on working with people, seeing the whole picture, and keeping the goal in mind.
  • Christian Leaders Share Their Faith—Prepare to share your salvation story by answering 3 questions.
  • The Beautiful Dance of Leading and Following Well—Learn 3 secrets great leaders know about great followers, and download exclusive digital content: a professional development planner to use with your leadership team.
  • Love Your Neighbor as Yourself—Get to know your neighbors better so you can share God’s goodness with them.

Missions in Your Church

  • Working with Your Pastor—A caring approach to support your pastor and his family provides insights to help you know how to pray and how WMU can help him and the church.
  • Enlisting a Missionary Speaker—Churches of every size and location can host a “real live missionary” in person or by video chat.

Planning for the Year

  • Leadership Retreat Plan—A retreat this summer will help your leadership team pull together for a great year of missions.
  • Curriculum Charts—A chart for each month shows what each missions group will study, the featured missionary, Scripture, and special emphasis.

Planning for Each Quarter

  • Devotional—Explore the 3 objectives of the Unshakable Pursuit emphasis and the current critical issue of refugees in devotionals for each quarter.
  • Leadership Team Meeting Plans—Plan before each quarter begins to help your team be more effective.
  • Quarterly Emphases—Find information about and ideas to get your church involved in the state missions emphasis, Global Hunger Sunday, the Week of Prayer for Baptist Associations, the Baptist Women’s World Day of Prayer, the Week of Prayer and Mission Study for International Missions and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Focus on WMU, Children’s Missions Day, the Week of Prayer and Mission Study for North American Missions and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, Cooperative Program Sunday, and Christmas in August.

Missions Involvement Opportunities

Learn more about WMU ministries and how your church can get involved. The Project HELP pages include practical suggestions for learning about refugees, praying, and meeting needs.

Stay Connected

Check the directory of state WMU offices and Southern Baptist entities for phone numbers, physical addresses, and email addresses or websites. A listing of WMU web addresses will help you go directly to pages that you need.

Missions Leader is truly an amazing resource. This is the time to get your copy, go through every page, then start planning for a new year. Starting early will help you pray, plan, and prepare personally and with your leadership team.

Joy Bolton serves as WMU churchwide and associational lead strategist for WMU.


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