Successful Faith Promise Conventions and Missions Conferences

Missions conference ideas: Raising prayer support and money for missions

"Faith that is not generous is not genuine!" -- anonymous

Question from Pastor Ron: Do you have any guidelines for successful local church Faith Promise presentations?

Three elements typify the planning behind successful Faith Promise Conventions and Missions Conferences:

  1. Advance publicity and information. Get your Faith Promise weekend off to a running start by making sure people are aware your missions conference is coming. Give people the opportunity to answer questions about Faith Promise / Missions Giving ahead of time. What to do for advance publicity:
  2. Involvement of lots of people. Faith Promise events seem to go better when lots of people have "ownership" of them. People feel ownership of something when they are personally involved. Ways of involving people:
  3. Building on year-long missions emphasis. Faith Promise programs work well in churches where world evangelism is an ongoing theme (sermons for instance on "how God wants us to give" from 2 Corinthians 9). If Faith Promise convention or Missions Conference weekend is the only time people in a church hear about their global outreach responsibility, they usually don't embrace it well. [ more info ]

Need decorating stuff for a Faith Promise banquet?

Paper place mats with various country themes
Book marks
Flags around the world tie
Faith Promise innovator

Oswald J. Smith (1889-1986) was a Canadian pastor and evangelist who enthusiastically supported world missions. Although he pastored congregations in Chicago and Los Angeles he is best known as the founding pastor of The Peoples' Church, a large congregation in greater Toronto. Smith's vision in Toronto was to raise up a church whose principal core value would be the spreading of the Good News of the gospel around the world. To that end, the historic vision statement of The Peoples' Church says, "Taking Christ to the Nations," a statement that is very close to the mission statement of the Church of the Nazarene: "Making Christlike disciples in the nations."

Early in his ministry, Rev. Smith was captivated by a missions fund-raising concept developed by A.B. Simpson, founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Calling his idea "Faith Promise," Simpson wanted to move churches away from taking occasional big offerings for missions to getting people to commit to weekly or monthly gifts to World Evangelism. Oswald Smith took that concept to Peoples' Church and made that congregation into Exhibit "A" of what could be accomplished in one local church through such systematic giving to world evangelism.

Oswald Smith was also a poet, hymn lyricist, and author. Among the best known of his songs are "The Glory of His Presence," "The Song of a Soul Set Free," and "Then Jesus Came".

"Why should anyone hear the gospel twice before everyone has heard it once?" is a question Oswald Smith often asked as he spoke of his passion for world evangelism. As he urged people to give money to missions he was fond of saying: "You must go or send a substitute." [ more missions slogans ].

Sample Faith Promise commitment card

NextWhat does a Faith Promise commitment card look like? [ read more ]

SNU missions course materials and syllabi

Cultural Anthropology    Introduction to Missions    Linguistics    Missions Strategies    Modern Missionary Movement (History of  Missions)    Nazarene Missions    Church Growth and Christian Missions    Theology of Missions    Traditional Religions    World Religions
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