Celebrate, Evaluate, and Look Ahead

For many small churches, WMU and Women on Mission or Baptist Women are synonymous. Perhaps 1 or 2 groups of women of various ages meet monthly to learn about missions, pray for missionaries, and develop a missions project. The pattern rarely changes.

Instead of doing the same thing with your adult missions group, celebrate what worked, evaluate what didn’t, and enter the new church year ready to pray, learn, support, and develop a missions lifestyle.

We celebrate during Focus on WMU in February with a recruitment dinner cooked and served by the men of the church. We evaluate our monthly missions projects determining what was successful and what wasn’t. Successful projects have included collecting change in baby bottles for a pregnancy center; providing Christmas gifts for a family in need; having a churchwide collection for Pure Water, Pure Love; and making pillowcase dresses for an overseas missions trip. Areas our group will work on include recruiting new members, expanding to more than 1 group, and looking for ways to be more involved in our community. Lastly, we consider the objectives of WMU and whether our group is meeting them. These are praying for missions, engaging in mission action and witnessing, learning about missions, supporting missions, developing spiritually toward a missions lifestyle, and participating in the work of the church and denomination. While I believe there is room for improvement in all 6 areas, our group is on the move to break the pattern.

Lynn Durham is a Kentucky pastor’s wife with a heart for teaching women how to increase their faith.

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