By Student Resourc... on January 15, 2016
What is Youth on Mission?
- Youth on Mission is a missions organization for students ages 12–17 or in grades 7–12.
- Youth on Mission offers students in your church opportunities to grow in their relationships with God and their peers.
- Youth on Mission helps students learn that they can be a part of God’s work in the world.
- Youth on Mission allows you to provide coed missions education for your students.
Who can be in Youth on Mission?
- Any student, ages 12–17 or in grades 7–12, who wants to participate can be a member of Youth on Mission.
- Church membership is not required.
- Youth on Mission can include students from the same church or from different churches in a community.
- Your church may incorporate Youth on Mission within an ongoing aspect of your student ministry program. Students will participate by virtue of their place in your total program.
- You may choose to have multiple Youth on Mission groups based on age, location, interests, or schedules.
Who leads Youth on Mission?
- One or more adults help lead Youth on Mission.
- A balance of adult men and women leaders is ideal.
- Adult leaders make up the Youth on Mission planning team.
- The planning team should work cooperatively with the church’s youth or student minister.
Where do leaders get their ideas?
- The Youth on Mission plan book contains: Youth on Mission how-to, ideas for a year of Youth on Mission experiences, monthly topics, and weekly missions experiences.
- Each unit of study in the plan book includes: a Bible study activity, learning activity, missions activity, cultural experience, missionary ministry, and worship service.
- A new Youth on Mission plan book is published each year.
- Information from the plan book can be used to add a missions component to the overall youth program of a church.
What else do Youth on Mission do?
- The Youth on Mission plan book includes mission project ideas.
- Projects may arise in response to needs in your community.
- Youth on Mission may sponsor a project for all students or members of your church.
Youth on Mission Point Teams
- High-school aged Youth on Mission can participate in North American missions trips on a Youth on Mission Point Team.
- Students in 10th grade or above can serve on an international Point Team.
- Point Team applications are due to your state WMU by December 1. (Deadline varies by state.)
- Contact your state WMU office for more information.
- Associational and state Youth on Mission events provide opportunities for students from several churches to meet together for camps, retreats, and other activities.
When should our group meet?
- Work with your church’s WMU director and student minister to decide the best meeting time for your group.
- Your group can choose to meet every week or once a month.
- If your group meets once a month, focus on the missions Bible study and one of the other key areas for the month.
How do I find leaders?
- Ask WMU or student leaders in your church to recommend potential Youth on Mission leaders.
- Consider asking students’ parents or college students to lead Youth on Mission.
- Try to keep a balance between male and female leaders for your group.
How do I interest students?
- Start with a core group of students.
- Advertise your group to all of the students in your church.
- Involve students in the leadership of Youth on Mission.
- Include new seventh-graders in your group.
What resources do Youth on Mission need?
- Every Youth on Mission leader needs a copy of the current Youth on Mission plan book.
- The WMU Year Book gives a preview of study materials and special projects for the year, plus a list of resources and information about WMU ministries.
How do I start?
- Order a copy of the current Youth on Mission plan book for each leader in your group.
- Download a sample of Youth on Mission curriculum from wmu.com/getstarted.
- Talk with the leaders and students in your church about a time and place for Youth on Mission meetings.
- Contact your state WMU office for more information about upcoming training events.
- Contact your associational student consultant. Call your local Baptist association for his/her phone number.
- Contact your state Youth on Mission leader. Call your state WMU office for more information.
- Contact the Student Team at national WMU by calling (205) 991-8100 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.