Holistic Discipleship

Holistic Dicipleship

Learn • Pray • Give • Serve • Support

As the world becomes increasingly accepting of all beliefs as true and fewer people recognize their need for salvation through Christ, it’s easy to wonder if Christians truly are responding the call of God to share Christ’s love with all people. Where is the power of the gospel in our world?

WMU seeks to come alongside the church to accomplish the mission of God. From preschoolers to adults, WMU provides relevant resources to learn about and pray for missions, as well as opportunities to apply their knowledge and passion through giving, serving, and supporting missions.

These are the elements of an active missional lifestyle cultivated through holistic discipleship. (Keep reading to learn more or download this 8-page booklet.)

LEARN

 

Since 1888, WMU has involved generations of Southern Baptists in learning about missions and discovering their responsibility and privilege in sharing the love of Christ. Today, WMU promotes missional living through its organizations: 

Ongoing missions education develops believers who understand God’s mission in the world, leading to engaged Christians who are passionate about sharing the love of Christ with others. Involvement in these organizations promotes development of an authentic faith and biblical worldview that compels believers to share their faith. Download free sample curriculum and get started right away!

New Hope Publishers, a division of WMU, shares the same purpose of encouraging Christian believers to understand and be radically involved in God’s mission. Books from New Hope not only minister to the needs of the reader, but also encourage the reader to actively engage in the study of God’s Word. New Hope books address important issues where our witness is needed: orphan carehuman traffickingpovertysuicide, and domestic abuse. While these topics can seem overwhelming, New Hope works to break down these larger issues and help us understand how our churches, families, and communities can make a difference. 

In addition to books for individuals and churches, New Hope also provides digital resources for small groups, book clubs, and discussion groups on NewHopePublishers.com. Small-group study guides, discussion guides, podcasts, videos, articles, and interviews are available for download and use in a variety of ways to encourage discipleship, personal growth, and deep desire to live on mission with God. Whether you like to read a print book or an ebook, New Hope Publishers offers its resources in a variety of formats. 

 

PRAY

 

 

Prayer is a gift from God and believers understand the power of prayer. Through WMU, believers learn how to apply the power of prayer for the spread of the gospel and to pray specifically for needs around the world as they learn of missions needs and current social issues. Those in WMU missions organizations who pray daily for missionaries on their birthdays, using the missionary prayer calendar, will have prayed for every Southern Baptist missionary over a 365-day period literally all over the world. Missionaries know the power of prayer, and routinely share how meaningful it is to them to know members of WMU organizations are praying for them, especially on their birthdays. 

In addition to WMU missions organizations, New Hope Publishers offers a large variety of resources that encourage an active prayer life. From Bible studies and devotionals to books specifically on prayer, these gospel-centered, missions-driven resources help individuals and small groups cultivate a deeper prayer life. Subscribe to Missions Mosaic (which includes the missionary prayer calendar each month) or to shop for prayer resources from WMU and New Hope Publishers on wmustore.com.  

 

GIVE

 

 

WMU believes in the importance of stewardship and giving to missions. WMU actively promotes giving to the two missions offerings which supply approximately half of the annual budgets for the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board. 

In 2015,* WMU helped raise $165.8 million—the highest total in the offering’s 127-year history—for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Since initiating the first offering in 1888, WMU has helped raise more than $4.2 billion through this effort. Also in 2015,* WMU helped raise $58 million for missions work in North America through the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. Since 1907, when official reporting began for the home missions offering started by WMU, receipts total more than $1.6 billion through 2015. All of the funds raised through these two missions offerings go directly to the mission boards to support field personnel as they share the gospel. WMU also continues to actively promote giving through the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention.

All offering and week of prayer resources are distributed through state WMU offices. See wmustore.com for additional resources related to Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong.

*Final 2016 totals for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering will be available in 2017.

 

SERVE

 

In addition to learning about missions, praying for missions, and giving to missions, WMU provides opportunities for people to be involved in missions, since involvement is a part of the discipleship process. This is where people can connect the “why” of missions with the “how.” Every month, WMU missions groups are provided with missions projects that relate to what they are learning. These may be local projects, partnering with others, or working the church to identify and lead in ongoing missions efforts.

WMU also offers a variety of missions opportunities. Whether you want to serve through missions trips such as Familyfest and Missionsfest, provide opportunities for children in your church to serve through Children’s Ministry Day, or become involved with those in your community through Christian Women’s Job Corps/Christian Men’s Job Corps, WMU ministries provide opportunities to use abilities and gifts to 

 

SUPPORT

There are countless ways to support missions efforts through WMU.

One of those is through WorldCrafts, a division of WMU. WorldCrafts develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world. The vision of WorldCrafts is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth. 

WorldCrafts is committed to the in-country partners and artisan groups with whom they work. By investing in product development, maintaining certain levels of product orders, and encouraging sustainable production practices, WorldCrafts helps create viable employment for women and men in poverty; as artisan groups seek to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their workers. 

Your support of WorldCrafts directly makes a difference in lives around the world. 

Visit WorldCrafts.org to see products, resources for hosting a WorldCrafts party, and more.

Pure Water, Pure Love, a ministry of WMU that provides water filters for missionaries, is another way to support missions. Thanks to generous donations from churches and individuals, PWPL provided more than 2,000 water filters and filter replacement parts for missionaries serving in the US and around the world in 2015. In 2005, the ministry expanded to also grant dollars for well projects around the world. Since that time, $612,001 has been granted for well and water projects and providing assistance with disaster relief. In 2015 alone, PWPL made four grants totaling $58,820 to support well projects Ghana, Liberia, and Tanzania.

 

Christians are called to extend the gospel in word and deed to all people. Through a holistic approach, WMU provides opportunities for preschoolers, children, students, and adults to develop as true disciples of Christ who seek to grow in relationship with Him and make Him known. How will you be involved in the Great Comission?

 

 

 
 
 
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