During the fall, most churches set aside time to celebrate international missions. This often takes place as a missions emphasis church service, but can also involve many other activities, both during the week and after your church service.
As you or your church’s mission committee plan for these types of events, here are some tips to keep in mind from Christian Reformed World Missions. These tips will help you get more people involved in your church’s celebration:
1. Use a Variety of Techniques
Different messages speak to different people. If you want a variety of members of your church to be involved in the work of missions, have more than one type of missions-emphasis event. Try hosting them in different locations and at different times too.
2. Don’t Expect Everyone to Give Everything.
Many people think that they are simply too busy to get involved with a new project or event. Help them see that they, too, can take part in your church’s mission work while still acknowledging their busy schedules. See step 3 for more help with this.
3. Your Church has gifts–use them!
Everyone in your church has different talents—help them realize how they can use these to get involved in missions. Ask those who love to cook to make a new dish at a fundraiser. Let those who have a gift of hospitality host missionaries in their home.
4. Repeat Yourself
Along with people’s busy schedules comes the challenge of making sure everyone heard your message. You may have to ask people more than once to get involved. You may have to try an event a few different times to get a good idea of people’s response.
5. Look at the Big Picture
Don’t forget to remind people of the larger scope of what you are doing. Although it can seem like a lot of work at times, the effort your church puts into missions has a common goal. Help people see how they play an important role in with their own gifts.
What about you?
Do you have any examples of missions emphasis events that went well? Feel free to share them here!