Do you WMU?
Interested in starting a new age level organization at your church or a church-wide WMU?
WMU has age appropriate resources, and easy to use, affordable, curriculum to help your church start a missions education ministry. Explore the steps you need to take and the questions to ask to get started!
2. Ask questions. What does your church currently have in place for missions education? See, Questions to Ask Before Starting a New Age Level Organization.
3. Meet with your pastor(s) or existing WMU leadership in your church. Share your heart for missions education and desire to start a new age level organization at your church.
4. Determine how many groups and leaders you will need based on the size of your church and estimated attendance. For children and youth organizations make sure two adults are present in each class at all times for safety reasons.
5. Order materials (originally published by SC WMU) for your age level organization.
6. Begin promoting the new age level organization six to eight weeks before you plan to get started. Use your church bulletin, church newsletter, email blasts, church website and bulletin boards to promote your first meeting.
7. Have a kick-off meeting.
Invite parents to your first children’s age level organization meeting (GA’s, RA’s, CA’s). Find out what they already know about missions! Then, introduce them to the mission and vision of this new missions education ministry! Tell them what it will look like and what they can expect.
Youth and Adult age level organizations add excitement to your first meeting with icebreakers, coffee and desserts. Always find out what they already know about missions! Then share an overview of the mission and vision of the new missions education ministry! Tell them what it will look like and what they can expect.
What are the missions education needs of our children, youth or adults?
What do our children, youth or adults know about the Bible's missions message?
What way(s) do our children, youth or adults need to learn how to pray for missions needs?
What do our children, youth or adults know about giving financially to missions?
What do our children, youth or adults know about missions offerings?
What are our children, youth or adults currently learning about missions? How and where do they get that information?
What types of hands-on missions involvement would challenge our children, youth or adults?
What steps do we need to take to start missions education/missions discipleship in our church?
If your church or group has not had a WMU or one of the age-level groups in the past 24 months, you could be eligible for a 20% discount on subscription materials through our partnership with National WMU. Please contact Amanda Martinsen, Leadership Development Consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-882-2344 to get started.