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What If the Sunday School Answer Is True?

Last August, I moved back to college early for a week of training for a leadership organization I was a part of. I had the opportunity to get to know students who I would work with for the upcoming school year, and I wanted to make a good first impression.

One of our meetings focused on motivation. We ended up breaking off into pairs to discuss our individual source of inspiration and purpose.

I immediately knew my answer: Christ is my source of motivation. However, did that sound like a cop-out? I was afraid that my partner would look at me like I just stepped out of Sunday School. It was my first chance to get to know this group, and I didn’t want to be labeled as the goody-goody church girl.

Despite these excuses running through my head, I knew in my heart that I needed to share the truth. God is my purpose, my life, and the reason that I live the way I do. He calls us to preach Christ and His gospel, even if people view us as weak or unintellectual.

WMU Names National Acteens Panel

National WMU has named four mission-minded teens with outstanding character and credentials to serve as missions influencers on the 2016 National Acteens Panel.

They are Sarah Golden of Eastern Hills Baptist Church in Pike Road, Ala.; Hannah Hutton of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas; Jemima Louis of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas; and Ana Sandoval of Freeman Heights Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.

Acteens is WMU’s missions organization for girls in grades 7-12 to help them grow in their relationships with God and their peers. Together they live a missional lifestyle, develop leadership skills and become actively involved in ministry.

“Of all the things we learn, Acteens most importantly develop an ability to love,” said Louis. “The organization develops a love for serving, a love for others and a love for God.”

All four panelists have been involved with Acteens for six years and have demonstrated a commitment to service through the local church.

Hutton claims that being an Acteens member has helped her share the gospel within her sphere of influence.

Let's Get Started

“Pastor, where do I get started?”

Having served as a pastor for many years, I’ve heard that question countless times. Getting started on a new project can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t believe you have the needed tools to accomplish the work.

Being a missions leader can be a difficult job! It’s okay to be honest about that and understand that training is needed to be the best leader possible.

At national WMU, we know your struggle. That’s why we try to provide the very best missions education materials possible for you, your missions organizations, and your church.

If you are considering starting a missions organization or if you are new to missions, you might want to check out our “Get Started” videos. These videos offer great ideas on starting Children in Action, Girls in Action, or Royal Ambassadors.

As you have time, check out the following videos:

Seven Ways to Help Children Who Are Grieving

“Why did GiGi have to die?” “I really miss my daddy!” “Why did my mommy have to go to live in heaven? I need her here with me!” “My brother was the best brother ever.” All of these are real statements I have heard from preschoolers and young children in my church over the past 2 years. Grandparents, mothers, fathers, siblings. Our preschoolers and young children have experienced significant losses. And, we have struggled to help them through their grief.

I pray that the following suggestions will be helpful when you are called on to minister to preschoolers who are dealing with death:

Building a Philosophy

Let’s talk some more about our role as myMISSION leaders.

Here are some questions to help you decide how you will lead and what kind of leader you want to become. This would make for a good journaling activity. Think about each question and journal your answers so that you can come back in a few months and evaluate how you are doing.

Let It Go!

I had the privilege of being a part of an associational WMU celebration that included a mealtime and great opportunity for fellowship. I love meeting people and wanted to engage in conversation with the people around me whom I’d just met.

As I engaged in conversation with a woman seated across from me, I quickly learned that she was a part of the associational WMU leadership team. I thanked her for serving and she very quickly began sharing with me that she would be resigning her leadership position by the end of the year. She told me she no longer felt she should be serving on the leadership team because she was not needed. I asked her why she felt she wasn’t needed. The reason—the associational WMU director was not delegating or relinquishing any responsibilities to her. Under those circumstances, I believe we would all come to the same conclusion.

She went on to say, “Have you heard the expression that with some people it is their way or the highway? That’s what I’m dealing with.”

Sharing Intentionally

Time and again, God has put in my path people who needed to hear about Jesus. Unfortunately my life story is not one of reaching people for Jesus but one of missed opportunities. Too often, I’ve stood in a funeral home confronted with the reality that the chance to tell this person about Jesus is gone forevermore.

Recently I read a column by Chip Warren, minister of education at First Baptist Church in Albertville, Alabama, about focusing on evangelism. He said this requires setting a specific goal for evangelism, devoting time to ministries that lead to telling others about Jesus, and understanding that personal evangelism is the “DNA” of evangelism.

Suddenly I saw that I must be intentional about witnessing or else I will continue to squander opportunities. I must

  • make a plan for sharing the gospel daily and weekly and then act upon it;
  • seek situations that will allow me to tell someone about Jesus;
  • let sharing about Jesus become as essential to me as breathing is.

Leigh Pritchett lives in the southeastern United States, a missions field that is “white unto harvest.”

Participate in Children’s Ministry Day

Each February, thousands of children across North America participate in ministry projects on the same day:Children’s Ministry Day. 

Since 2008, more than 170,000 people have taken part in CMD! WMU invites all children in grades 1–6 to participate February 13.

This year’s theme is All for You and the theme verse is Mark 8:34 (NIrV): “Jesus called the crowd to him along with his disciples. He said, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must say no to themselves. They must pick up their cross and follow me.’”

Lead your church to plan a hands-on CMD project that involves children in direct ministry to unchurched community members. Use these ideas to get started:

Hot Fudge Cake and the Gospel (Part 2 of 3)

As I waited for the waiter (how ironic is that), my mind traveled back several hours to an assignment given in one of my classes. The professor wanted us to share the gospel with 5 people during the semester. I had already decided on the 5 lucky winners who would receive my gospel presentation, but here I was about to share the gospel with a perfect stranger who hadn’t made the list.

I suddenly realized that perhaps God had a list and it trumped my plans. I was going to have to revisit that list and eat some humble pie as soon as I finished this hot fudge cake and a conversation with my waiter.

As the young man approached my table, I did exactly what I had agreed with God I’d do: I opened my mouth. Truly, I was going to be as surprised as he was with what I was about to say, because I didn’t have a clue. Knowing God was providing the words, I was hoping for something profound and theological. I quickly blurted out, “You seem like a nice young man. Are you a Christian?”

“No,” he replied, “but I’d like to be.”

Author and speaker Kimberly Sowell calls women to live beyond themselves and surrender their lives fully to Christ.

CMD 2016: Save the Date!

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
CMD 2016 is coming,
What will you do?

Children’s Ministry Day 2016 (CMD) is this Saturday, February 13. I hope you already have plans to join children and missions leaders all across the country for a great day of service to share God’s love with the unchurched in your community, association, or state. But, if you don’t, it’s not too late!

Choose a hands-on missions project that will actively involve children in helping others and proclaiming the love of Jesus. Would one of these ideas work for your group?

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