By Austin Gardner
You should not go on a trip if the following is true in your life:
- Your personal comfort is a priority for you.
- You are unable to be flexible.
- You do not have a true desire & attitude of service.
- You will not be able to focus on the culture & those around you instead of yourself.
- You are unwilling to submit to the leadership of someone else.
- You are afraid to try new things.
- You do not have a vital growing spiritual life.
Probably only 30% of Baptist churches hold an annual missions conference. Of course there are different emphasis, theories, and “ways” in ministry, but I want to share a few ideas of why an annual missions conference can be a help and blessing to your church.
- The conference will help put missions in front of the people. Don’t forget that we are to be witnesses in our Jerusalem as well as in the uttermost parts.
- The conference places a healthy role model for the church. We get what we honor. If we bring in missionaries and let them share their burdens for the lost around the world, our children may look up to them and want to be like them. We all agree we need more laborers, but if we don’t show examples of what laborers are we can’t get upset that the people are not surrendering.
- Choosing a speaker
Some choose missionaries they have at the conference, others bring in a speaker. Although you definitely want testimonial and presentation time from every missionary, I believe the most beneficial would be to bring someone in that can challenge your people and giving and getting involved in missions. Most missionaries are timid to speak about money but a discreet missions conference speaker contact fully challenged and help your church and giving and doing more.
Just because a preacher as a friend, can preach well or has a growing church, does not mean he can adequately help your church in the area of missions. You will want to choose a speaker who will help your church in the effort of worldwide missions. And this may require planning and scheduling a year in advance.
- Choosing missionaries
The wrong Missionary could discourage your church instead of encourage the Church. Call around and research in order to schedule missionaries that have goals, are passionate, have the right preparation, a good recommendation from his pastor, is raising his support quickly and is sure of God’s leading in his life. This kind of Missionary Continue reading “Preparing for missions conference”
(Many I have gathered from conferences I have attended or have heard of, others I have gathered in the past from other sources, those of which I do not remember)
How Beautiful are the Feet – Rom. 10:15
Punching holes in the darkness
Hear their Hearts Cry
That All the Earth May Know – I Sam. 17:46, Prov. 25:25
How to Build Waist Cities – Is. 64:1
Ambassadors for Christ – II Cor. 5:20
Set Sails for Souls
Is There Not a Cause – I Sam. 17:29
Is it Nothing to You? – Lamentations 1:12
Reaching this Generation
Enlarging our tents Continue reading “Themes for Missions Conferences”
Putting World Evangelism Statistics In Perspective
By James M. Weber, missionary to Japan
Once upon a time there was an apple grower who had acres and acres of apple trees. In all, he had 10,000 acres of apple orchards.
One day he went to the nearby town. There, he hired 1,000 apple pickers. He told them:
“Go to my orchards. Harvest the ripe apples, and build storage buildings for them so that they will not spoil. I need to be gone for a while, but I will provide all you will need to complete the task. When I return, I will reward you for your work.
“I’ll set up a Society for the Picking of Apples. The Society — to which you will all belong — will be responsible for the entire operation. Naturally, in addition to those of you doing the actual harvesting, some will carry supplies, others will care for the physical needs of the group, and still others will have administrative responsibilities.” Continue reading “A Missions Parable About Lost People:”