Your Church in Mission We will look at: • specific mission activities • Coordination pointers for all ministries • Provide resources for use at your churches
How to Grow Mission, Outreach, & Mission Teams in Your Church Our mission is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Mission & Outreach Goals: * Educate members on missions, missionaries, and financial support of missions. * Equip all our members and leaders to serve more deeply in ministry by giving them the opportunities to serve. “Each one should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1Peter 4:10
Recruit and nurture project/team leaders. • Each ministry needs a coordinator. Look at who has a passion for missions, is a leader, well organized, and flexible. • Check with your Pastor, VIM team leaders, and other ministry coordinators for leaders they recommend. • Match them with their ministry passion. • Ask them to prayerfully consider this ministry. • Clearly explain their responsibilities. Such as: Mission Team leader – they are the organizer, keep the team focused on Christ, team leader training is available, delegate duties to team members, etc. • Contact them for monthly updates and ask if they need any assistance.
Choose a mission project. • What does Jesus say? Look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Two Great Commandments. • Find ministries for which your members have a passion in your community, Kansas, and the world. (see resource list and resource persons to contact on next page.) • Have opportunities for people of all ages, skills, and talents. • When passions change it’s time to reevaluate the ministry and move on as the spirit leads. Don’t continue a ministry just “because we’ve always done it”. • “The project can be for relief, rehabilitation, or development. Development is not done to people or for people but with people.” When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert
Resources • Kansas West Conference office & website - http://www.kswestumc.org/ or 316-684-0266 / 1-800-745-2350 • VIM coordinator & Disaster Response coordinator • VIM & Disaster Response videos • VIM Voice newsletter • Trainings scheduled for VIM team leaders & Disaster Responders • Mission Award Application • Commission on Global Ministries (conference committee) • General Board of Global Ministries - http://new.gbgm-umc.org/ • United Methodist Committee On Relief (UMCOR) • GBGM Missionaries and Missionaries supported by the Kansas West Conference • Mission Partner Program • Missionary Covenant Relationship Program • Check United Methodist church websites for ministry ideas • Mission books – see list
Let’s look at some different ministries We are a Christ-centered, mission-oriented, growing church. Here are some of our ministries. Both members and non-members are invited to join us in sharing God’s love. Contact the Church office.
Homeless lunch ministries You can assist by preparing sack lunches or assist with the hot lunch.
Church Food Pantry You can help by bringing non-perishable food and baby items to the church.
Christmas Basket Ministry You can help donate, prepare, and/or deliver the baskets. • Join us in December
Ministry to Nursing Homes & Shut-ins Contact the church office to assist.
Bingo We always have room for more players to join our fellowship and fun! The dates are listed in the newsletter or call the church office for next date and location.
Operation Christmas Child Your Sunday School Class can donate items and prepare the boxes. Join us in November 2nd to 5th grade Sunday School Class
Grace Partnership Neighborhood Meal You can help prepare and/or serve the next meal. Contact the church office.
Volunteer at Habitat for Humanity You can volunteer ½ or all day. There is work for all skill levels. Join us Spring thru Fall.
Emergency Food Packs and Hygiene Kits for United Methodist Open Door You can bring canned food and hygiene items on our next collection date.
United Methodist Open Door Come join us at UMOD in Wichita by calling their volunteer coordinator at 267-4201
Disaster Response Preparedness You can sign up to be a disaster responder and attend one of our United Methodist disaster response basic training classes.
Disaster Response Kits You can bring items for United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) disaster response kits. We will ship them to the Depot.
Home Repair Ministry You can help by assisting with the next project. Put your name on our list in the church office. • A group helped the Walter family load their moving van on a Saturday.
Local work days Mennonite Housing workday Help us plan our next workday
Join our mission teams • Our purpose is to make a Christian difference through our participation in Hands-on mission activities. • Join us on any of our mission teams. There is work for all skill levels. Rio Bravo, Mexico Cookson Hills, Oklahoma Joplin, Missouri
Rio Bravo, Mexico Thank you to everyone that helped make this possible!!!! Ramirez family receiving a Bible and house warming gifts. 20th family in Mexico to receive a house and God’s love.
Cookson Hills, OklahomaJoin us this year Floor repair. A new roof on Eric and Livey’s house.
Joplin, Missouri – Disaster Relief • Our mission, as part of the body of Christ, is to lift up Jesus Christ by responding with prayers, time, labor, financial help and love.
Get church members involved. • Mission education ie. special mission study during SS, hold a church wide mission celebration, etc. • Add new ministries to meet the ministry interests of the volunteers. • There will be Prayers, Payers, and Players involved in the ministries. • Be intentional about inviting members to participate. Potential volunteers usually don’t respond to casual information. • Present accurate information and the assurance that the time, abilities, and monies invested in the ministry will make a definite difference. • Encourage participants to invite others. Some ministries will be opportunities for involvement of non church members in your community.
Grow spiritually & share your faith as a part of an outreach ministry. John Wesley taught that as we are in mission, God will transform us as God works through us to transform others. Church members will grow in their own faith as they witness to others by word and service. Many people will experience serving in mission as their primary pathway to conversion. Serving will precede the more traditional pathways of worship attendance, Bible study groups, etc. “Change The World”
Those involved in a ministry have the opportunity to not only tell others about Jesus Christ…….. Presentation of Bible
…….but to demonstrate Christ’s love and the gospel to them which can have an even greater impact. Cooling off in a bucket of water Children helping to paint
Plan for Funding • Set the budget, • Example: Mission team needs to include travel, food, building materials, VBS materials, lodging, etc. How much will each team member pay? How much needs to be raised? • Check your church budget. • Don’t get bogged down in too many fundraisers. One or two should be plenty. • Examples: A fundraising/awareness meal after church with a freewill offering, dessert auction or a chili cook-off, etc. • Ask for support from your church’s UMM, UMW, Sunday School classes, etc. • Start a mission fund to receive undesignated money, such as from selling grocery store certificates, recycling aluminum cans, etc. • Partner with another church.
Kansas West ConferenceMission Award • See conference website for application: • Mission Award • Excellence in Mission Award
Global Mission Partner Program GBGM Missionary • Covenant Relationship Program ($5 per member or $2500 per church) Mission Partnership • UM Leaders & Missionaries in another country ($2 per member or $1000 per church)
Partner with a church or school in the U.S. or another country Zimbabwe Chabadza PartnershipHonduras Initiative
Team VIM program • Many different types of VIM teams • Work for all skill levels but check with the team leader. • Most teams are 1 to 2 weeks long • Opportunities for youth, family, adults, Rver’s
U.S. Construction TeamsHomes, Churches, and Schools Painting Building a wheel chair ramp
International Construction teams Churches, homes, clinics Laying the block walls with the guidance of a local mason Mixing concrete
Medical Teams Dental Medical
Disaster Response Teams Greensburg Galveston
Youth Teams Drama presented in a local park Construction
Think about how you can share the gospel and Christ’s love in your community or around the world by being in ministry, forming a mission team, or serving as an individual VIM.