Missions Education and Ministries

Linda ClarkWelcome to the missions education information page! The articles in this section are written to provide you with the latest resources and information to help you and your church fulfill our missions mandate.

Every month’s postings will include ideas you can use in your small group setting, emphases for use in worship services, projects your church can do to share Christ in your neighborhood and community, and information about Southern Baptist mission efforts around the world.

l serve as SEIBA’s missions education consultant and would be glad to work with you, your pastor, and church missions development team to help you develop a strategic approach to engaging in missions efforts in our region, in Indiana, in North  America, and overseas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by texting me (502.595.8473) or via email: lclark1213@hotmail.com  I am available to speak to women’s groups and retreats and to make mission presentations.

The theme for 2019 is “Unshakable Pursuit” and it speaks both to God’s pursuit of us for His salvation and work as well as how we should approach discipling others to live on mission for Jesus. Finding how we can share Christ naturally is one of a believer’s greatest discoveries. As churches in our association embrace our strategy of having more gospel conversations, learning about missions can be a very real part of reaching out in God’s love to others. Please don’t hesitate to call me or email me if you need missions resources or information. I look forward to hearing from you!

In His Service,

Linda Clark

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Transformed is Coming!

Transformed 2021 is happening! Two events are planned:

   March 13 – Graceland Baptist Church, New Albany

   April 10 – Northside Baptist Church, Marion

This year’s events will be very different in structure in order to meet COVID-19 restrictions. 

The one-day events will be main stage only with no breakout sessions. “Awestruck” is the theme and guest speakers and virtual breakout leaders will address the Psalm 140 theme scripture.

Virtual breakouts will be available for viewing to those who attend the live event or elect to attend virtually. A list of topics will be posted on the SCBI website. Go to scbi.org/Transformed to register and for specific information about the events.

Transformed Registration Scholarships for SEIBA Women:

Three registration scholarships are available for the southern event held March 13. The deadline to apply is February 24. Contact Linda Clark at lclark1213@hotmail.com for information.

Wives of senior pastors are given free registration. Visit the SCBI website for more information.

Missions While Social Distancing

Everything has drastically changed during the last several months, hasn’t it? Being involved in missions-related activities has not remained untouched. Following are a few ideas that might help you plan what you can do during this time.

#1 – Consider that contributions to existing ministries may be down. You and your group may decide to focus on purchasing needed supplies rather than volunteering as you’ve done in the past. Don’t abandon the ministry! Make a list of needed supplies, gather the items and ask a non high-risk member to make a doorstep delivery.

#2 –Quilting and sewing projects can be done individually. Knitting and crocheting for pregnancy centers are always welcome. Go online to Pinterest for sewing patterns.

#3 – Focus on what one person can do alone. Make a concerted effort to pray for missionaries (use Prayer Patterns in each issue of Missions Mosaic for specific requests and lists of missionaries on their birthdays). Writing notes of encouragement is a solitary activity. Cook dishes for someone living alone or families in crisis and make porch deliveries.

#4 – Begin a one-on-one online mentoring emphasis. Two women meet at agreed days and times; watch the enthusiasm for missions and spiritual growth increase!

#5 – Take advantage of national WMU’s online mini courses on WorldCrafts and Human Trafficking. As a group decide how you can help your church become aware of poverty and human exploitation issues. 

#6 – Encourage group members to listen to the podcasts by Sandy Wisdom-Martin (national WMU Executive Director) and special guests as they discuss a variety of topics of interest during this time of social distancing. Go to wmu.com and type “podcasts.”

#7 – Local projects: *homemade cookies for first responders   *birdhouses or posters for senior care facilities   *sidewalk chalk messages to delivery persons   *gift frozen cookie dough to neighbors to bake when wanted.

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