Tuesday, February 21, 2012
As Pastor, get a burden for the lost and for world missions. Take a
missions trip. Read Missionary Biographies. Tell others what you
experience and discover. Excitement is contagious.
The Pastor must be consumed with the following facts:
* Hell is a real place.
* Hell is eternal torment.
* Hell is where most people go.
Determine to find Spirit filled, soul winning, excited missionaries
who dwell on what God is doing in their area. Tell them to present
the need of their ministry. Also, find at least one untried
Missionary for every 2 to 3 seasoned Missionaries. Everyone must
Share missionaries with sister churches in your area
to defray the expenses.
Inform Missionaries to preach on evangelism in their vineyard. Let
the Conference speaker preach on Missions. The Missionaries should
show the need and the Conference speaker how to fill the need.
Train your members in the differences between tithes and offerings.
Teach that giving is a vital part of God's expectations for us and
He will, therefore, enable it. Impart to members that fear is the
tool of the devil and that faith pleases God.
Taking the First Steps in Commitment
Determine with your family what you want to do in mission giving.
Challenge the leaders in the church to do the same. Inform the
membership as to what the leadership is committed to, not dollar
amounts, but planning and execution.
Contact a Conference speaker who is helping other churches or one
that God has led you specifically to. Compare calendars and
determine several dates. Contact the Missionaries you have in mind
to compare their schedules. Compare calendars with sister churches
to share missionaries. If this is not possible, ask sister churches
to have your guest missionaries in. This will help everyone with
Plan preparation: Posters; Banners; Cards; Congregational Music;
Peak at the Conference
Slowly build excitement and anticipation to peak-out at the
Ask family leaders to keep Missionaries in their homes. This helps
with anticipation and costs. Do not announce for volunteers.
Invariably the wrong ones will volunteer. Ask the host families to
ask other families to participate in some aspect of the Missionary's
stay: Meals; Activity; Backyard Fellowship; etc.
Attempt to include Missions in Sunday School Lessons two to four
weeks prior to Conference. Other related areas would be tithing,
giving, sacrifice, love, etc.
Every member should participate, no matter how young
or old or how much. 2 Cor 9:7
Distribute Commitment Cards several weeks ahead, so members can
discover what they are about, ask questions about them, pray, etc.
An International Dinner is useful if there is enough workers to keep
the Missionaries in their homes and prepare for a large meal at the
Close the conference on Sunday morning by asking members to come
forward with Commitment Cards. Have help ready to calculate the
total commitment right away. This can be done while Pastor is
thanking all who participated, and congregational Victory and
Thanksgiving songs are sung.
Ask for Commitment Cards again Sunday evening.
Calculate the additions and announce increases unless there is only
one or two returned. Otherwise, some will be able to figure what
the late givers are committing to.
A Power Point file could be used to project totals.
G. Steven Andres
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