"Help! My local church just elected me Nazarene Missions International president. What am I supposed to do?"
How do you know if you are fulfilling the purpose of the local church missionary program? Use this checklist to determine what you should be doing as a church missions leader.
With God's help, I will
- Build rapport with my pastor, local council and other local church missions presidents.
- Communicate regularly with my pastor and missions committee or council concerning major emphases and upcoming events.
- Enlist the aid of my district missions president and district NMI council when I need information, inspiration, or advice. I will strive to be a "team player" on my zone and district.
- Pass along exciting missions news from my church to area and denominational church leaders.
- Submit year-end reports on time.
- Prepare for missions council meetings with an eye to effective reporting and input, vision casting and team building, planning and implementing. [ starting a council meeting ]
- Hold missions council members accountable for their assigned promotional emphases and other assignments
- Provide ongoing training to council members, giving them written job descriptions and providing resources materials including examples of what has been successful.
- Emphasize the importance of Mission Priority One, urging my church to exceed expectations in:
- Spreading missions information
- Mobilizing prayer support [ praying for missions ]
- Funding missions efforts through sacrificial giving
- Involving children and youth in missions activities [ family-friendly mission trip ] [ youth missions education ]
- Set goals for my church -- with the input of the pastor and council -- for each of the major NMI missions emphases and keep those goals before my congregation.
- Assure my church's participation in each special emphasis, making sure that all missions offerings are sent in on time. [ Monthly NMI emphases ]
- Support "Connecting a New Generation" (the decadal goals set for Nazarene children and youth) and challenge my church to include the young people of the church in our mission plans [ more info ]
- Work with the missions council to guarantee informative, exciting, fast-paced, people-involved regular missions services.
- Assure that our church has places for missions promotion (bulletin board, newsletter, and displays) and that missions is presented creatively to our congregation in an attention-getting manner. [ Sunday bulletin inserts ]
- Ask God daily for passion, wisdom, creativity, and strength for my missions task.
-- Dr. Nina Gunter, former Nazarene Missions International Director
You're a Missions Mobilizer...Now What?
Report forms for NMI presidents
Howard Culbertson, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th, Bethany, OK 73008 | Phone: 405-491-6693 - Fax: 405-491-6658
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