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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Monday Missions Projects – Schedule a regular weekday morning for mission projects such as preparing healthcare kits for a crisis shelter, packing backpacks for needy school children, or stocking the shelves of the church food pantry.

Prayer Walking Upgrade – Ask adults in community groups to adopt an area near your church to do prayer walking: the neighborhood school, community facilities like the police department or city hall.

Benevolence Ministries – Some churches use benevolence funds as an opportunity to talk with recipients, counsel them, and share Christ. Decide as a group to volunteer a specific day once a month.

Adopt a Church Planter and Family – Community group members can introduce church planters to influential community leaders, politicians, business owners, and local craftsmen who may be of help to the planter as he and his family make community connections. Get current information on planters from SEIBA’s office.

Befriend a Church Planter’s Wife – Take her to lunch, remember her birthday, pray for her, and encourage her as she helps her husband establish a new church.

Friendship Food – Cook extra lasagna or ham and deliver it to a senior who is unable to get out due to illness or care giving responsibilities.

Be Creative in Outreach - *Bake cookies for a high school sports team who has a weekly meal in your church’s gym.  *Invite young mothers in the neighborhood to tea and share the gospel with them.  *Knit or crochet prayer shawls for patients or those grieving (patterns on Pinterest)  *Make receiving blankets for a crisis pregnancy center.  *Write to recovering wounded soldiers (address on Pinterest).  *Pray for missionaries on their birthdays (monthly list in Missions Mosaic Magazine. Order at www.wmu.com/curriculum).

Gearing up for Vacation Bible School

If your church is holding VBS this summer, consider using “Tell the Story” as an additional resource to help you minister to children and their families in your neighborhood and community. Produced by Woman’s Missionary Union, this resource contains stories and a story cloth that can be adapted for short-term mission trips. User friendly, it will help you customize your summer outreach.  Go to wmu.com/catalog for more information and how to order. This packet is also available in Spanish.

The Best Thing Since Peanut Butter!

Missions Mosaic, the monthly missions magazine for adults, contains valuable information about current mission efforts, ideas for promoting missions offerings, testimonies from groups about their projects, a calendar of missionary birthdays for daily prayer, Bible studies, and spiritual growth in missions features.

The magazine is available in print or digital form and can be subscribed to by going to wmu.com/missionsmosaic.  Order your copy today and begin an exciting missions journey!

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