Leading Students with WMU in Mind

As you lead your student group, I’ll bet the last thing on your mind is the list of WMU objectives. Before you flip past it in your next WMU Catalog or Year Book, take some time to think through each one. You might be surprised how integral these points are to our shared faith.

Pray for Missions

When was the last time you led your group to pray for a missionary? What about praying for someone you knew needed to feel the love of Christ? Praying for missions is no small thing. When you bring these prayers and petitions before God, it solidifies them in your own heart and often motivates you to action.

Engage in Mission Action and Witnessing

As followers of Christ, our faith must move us to action. It’s never enough to simply “feel” for someone who needs Christ. Share that love with them, my friend! And help your students see that they too are a valuable part of the mission of God.

Learn About Missions

Lifelong learning is a cornerstone of our faith in Christ. When we think we know all there is to know about God’s work in this world, something is terribly wrong. Model this thirst for knowledge for your students! Encourage them to learn about how people are sharing the love of Christ all over.

Support Missions

We live in a culture devoted to the idea that it is better to receive than to give. Show your students how to give! Help them see that it is possible to support our missionaries and balance a budget at the same time.

Develop Spiritually Toward a Missions Lifestyle

It’s not about a “one and done” mission trip. Nor is it about dropping the check off for Annie and Lottie each year. A missional lifestyle encompasses the whole person. Literally changing a life to reflect the love of Christ to a world in desperate need of good news. Ultimately, this is what we want to teach our students to become.

Participate in the Work of the Church and Denomination

We’re part of an extensive network of men and women committed to service in the name of Christ. Open up that new world of possibility to your students by talking about the agencies, mission boards, and various ministries of our Southern Baptist family.

You’ll be amazed at what you see in your students as you walk them through these objectives. And you may find that you have changed along the way too.


Zachariah Seanor is the student ministry consultant for Challengers and Youth on Mission.

 

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