Here are 5 things that many of our C&MA churches are doing to enhance greater engagement from their congregations with Alliance missions and the Great Commission Fund.
The Senior Pastor
The senior pastor is ‘leaning in’ to Alliance missions. His passions are generally the direction that the congregation will follow. The senior pastor is personally passionate about being an Acts 1:8 church. He promotes connection with our Alliance “ends of the earth” ministries and personally supports this integral part of our mission. The senior pastor speaks about and encourages the congregation to support Alliance missions.
A Missions Team or Point-Person
The Missions Team takes the lead in promoting Alliance missions. As leaders, senior pastors must focus on a few key things. He cannot do it alone. Missions-engaged churches have a key point person and/or missions team to handle the details of your mission’s emphasis. They present interesting and challenging promotion of Alliance missions throughout the year.
Frequent Presentation about Alliance Work Overseas
Many C&MA churches are presenting Alliance Missions on a regular basis, not just once a year. Missions-engaged churches have at least a monthly missions moment during the Sunday service and there are some that use this educational tool 3 weeks out of the month. People like to know that they are not just part of an individual church but that they belong to a global ministry family network. Consider using resources such as Alliance Video Magazines, Skype, and sharing prayer requests from International Workers. The length can be as short as 1-2 minutes or as long as 5 minutes. Frequency is critical, not length of presentation!
Make Missions Personal
People want to give to people and projects that change lives. Congregations love to connect personally with a few international workers. What can you do to best connect your church with workers on a personal level? Ask the worker to share stories through email and Skype. Pray. Take a group from your church on a short-term missions trip, which will allow you to visit the workers and see the work first hand. The key is to be intentional about developing relationships with workers!
Have Plenty of Missions Resources Available
Strong missions-engaged churches are intentional about resourcing missions; it is a high priority. Many churches use the faith promise pledge cards very effectively. In some churches, leadership determines a Great Commission Fund goal and keeps this goal in front of the people throughout the year. Other churches determine to tithe from their general fund, giving this amount directly to the GCF. Keep giving opportunities before the congregation, presenting them in ways that will challenge and encourage participation in resourcing Kingdom work of the Alliance.
May God give you wisdom and passion as you present opportunities to your congregation of reaching those that have virtually no access to the Gospel. If your leadership team would like to take a vision trip to see our work overseas, please contact Tim Agnello at the District Office - we have scholarships available to help with travel costs.