Youth on Mission FAQs

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?
 
Mission Projects

  • 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.

Special Events

  • 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.

Questions?

  • 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 youthonmission@wmu.org.
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