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How do we maintain our missions momentum in the church?

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It is a challenge to keep the excitement and commitment to missions high in the hearts of the congregation. Here are some ways to accomplish that:

  • The Pastor: Pastors are the visionary leader of the church. In that role, he/she should talk about missions on a regular basis from the pulpit. This conveys to the congregation that missions are a vital part of the overall ministry of their local church and their beloved pastor.
  • Missionary Speakers: Schedule a missionary speaker in the church at least three times a year. On some occasions you may choose to give the missionary only a portion of the ministry time, especially if the missionary’s gifting is not preaching. Give them five minutes to testify or do an interview with the missionary that you have prepared beforehand with them.
  • Missions Bulletin Board: This is a great way for drawing interest in the missions program of the church. It must be well maintained to be effective.
  • Prayer for the Harvest: Establish ongoing prayer for the harvest and for missionaries who are currently laboring in the mission fields of the world.
  • Short-term Missions Trips: This is one of the most effective ways to fire up people for missions. When a person goes on a missions trip, they are forever touched for the harvest. Plus, they bring that new love and passion back home to the church.
  • Missions Materials: If you have a bookstore in your church, display missions brochures, books, and materials that will stimulate and educate your people concerning missions.
  • Monthly Missions Sunday: Having a planned Missions Sunday each month is a key component in maintaining the momentum that you created through the annual missions conference. It should be on the same week each month to create consistency.

Comments

  1. Phyllis Turner says:

    does missions and evangelism go hand in hand and are they similar

    • Greetings Phyllis,

      In a short answer, evangelism is a part of missions work but not the only part. Evangelism is the sharing of the Gospel in hopes that through that sharing God will communicate His love so much so that the person will accept Jesus as both Savior and Lord of their lives. Evangelism can and should be done by all believers and can and should be done in all places that believers find themselves.

      One of the problems we have Phillis, is that many do not us clear terminology regarding mission. Let’s start with the Great Commissions and then look at other words.

      The Great Commission: This is Christ’s commission (marching orders) for every church corporately. As it is recorded throughout the Bible – The great commission is to Go and make disciples of all nations. In the process of making disciples we need to evangelize, teach, baptize, encourage, discipline, guide, counsel, and so forth. Thus the Great Commission is the purpose of the church, not an optional or extracurricular program in the church.

      Mission: refers to our personal mission, which is the Great Commission. What is your role in fulfilling the great commission that Jesus gave to all of us to make disciples of all nations? Our central mission as believers in Christ – individually and corporately – is to assist this process of making disciples.

      Missions: refers to all the activities necessary to carry out the mission. Every believer is called to participate in those missions activities. As I mentioned above, one of those activities is evangelism (sharing the Gospel one-on-one or to groups of people), but it is not the only one.

      One caution in understanding all of this. Just because I am called to, say, be a teacher, does not mean that I should never evangelize. We are all called to be witnesses unto HIM.

      Now the term Missionary: This term comes from the Latin word “missio.” It means “one sent.” It has historically referred to one sent beyond their “Jerusalem.” Local evangelism and missionary work are not the same things. All church or individual outreach within one’s Jerusalem was considered as local evangelism. All ministry reaching outside of Jerusalem that required one to be sent was considered missionary work.

      Therefore, missionary work requires a team effort to make it happen. Local evangelism can be done by anyone at anytime.

      When there is no distinction between local evangelism and foreign missionary work true foreign missionary work loses out in the process.

      Key point here Phyllis, Not everyone is called to be a cross-cultural missionary. But everyone is called to do missions. We may have different roles to play in missions, but we have been given the same commission.

      Here are some scriptural references regarding the great commission Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8
      Genesis 12:1-3, Psalm 96:3, Psalm 2:8, 1 Peter 2:9.

      Many blessings of God on you Phyllis,
      Dr. Mitch

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