#7. Host A Missionary At Least Once A Quarter

Host a missionary at least once a quarter, if not more so.  In fact, why not go ahead and put the missionary’s love offering in with the church budget so you can take good care of their family while they are there.  New missionaries will help you continue to stress to your church the need to do more for missions.

#6. Prominently Post Missions Letters

Keep missions letters posted in a prominent place and encourage people to read them often.  Most churches will drop a missionary’s support if they do not send a prayer letter at least every three months, and they should.  However, how many pastors and churches really read the letters?  If your church is to maintain a burden for their missionaries I think it is a must.  These letters are the lifeline between the church and the missionary.

#5. Schedule A Missions Revival

Schedule a missions revival. Notice I used the word “revival”.  That is not by mistake, because I believe with all of my heart that is what we need today.  You could start on a Sunday and have services through Wednesday.  I actually preferred starting on Wednesday and ending up on Sunday.  However whatever works best for your church is what you ought to do. Strive to make the missions revival the highlight of your year.  Plan, budget, choose a theme, decorate and be excited about the prospects of reaching the world with the gospel.  Again remember, your church family will only be as excited about it as you are.

#4. Host A Missions Sunday

Host a missions Sunday.  If you cannot fit a missions revival into your church budget, how about a missions Sunday?  I would schedule such a Sunday about six months into our missions giving year just to keep world evangelism fresh on the minds and in the hearts of God’s people.  I would usually have a few missionaries that we already supported to give updates and thank the people for their prayers and their support.  There is just something about seeing a missionary family, shaking their hands, and getting to know them personally that God often uses to stress the need of “staying the course” when it comes to a church family’s missions efforts.

#3. Have A Missionary Trivia Question

Have a missionary trivia question. Every Wednesday night I would include a missionary trivia question right along with our church wide prayer list.  The answer to the question could be found by reading the missionary prayer letters that had been posted where the church family could see the letters weekly.  It was a lot of fun, and it resulted in getting the entire church family reading those missionary prayer letters.

#2 Have A Missionary Of The Week

Have a missionary of the week. I usually read the most recent prayer letter from our missionary of the week on a Wednesday night.  Then having read the letter I would not only encourage our church to pray for their special needs, but to send them an email letting them know they were our missionary of the week.  For just a moment put yourself in their shoes.  If you were thousands of miles away from family and friends would you not appreciate and be encouraged by such an email?  I would also copy their most recent letter to the back of the church wide prayer list so every member would have a copy of the letter to take home themselves.

#1. Pray Regularly For Your Missionaries

Pray regularly for your missionaries. As a pastor I wanted my church to hear me praying for our missionaries often as we prayed together.  I would also encourage them to do the same.  Do you have a time when God’s people share prayer requests?  Why not include your missionaries?  In fact why not after having read their prayer letters yourself you include some of the prayer requests they have mentioned in their letters as well?   I am sure they not only covet your prayers, they are also very grateful for the prayers as well.   After all, we are co-labourers.

10 Ways to Keep Missions on the Minds and in the Hearts of Your Church Family.

For twenty-two years, the Lord blessed me to pastor three different Independent Baptist, missions minded churches.  He taught me many things during the course of those years that now as the President and General Director of Macedonia World Baptist Missions I am compelled to share with others.   There are many facets of my job that I love, one of which is what I like to call “fan the flame of world evangelism.”  There are many ways the Lord has led me to do that, one of which is by helping pastors promote world evangelism and therefore keep the need to reach the world with the gospel in the forefront of their churches.

Many times I have heard a pastor say, “I do not understand why our missions giving is down,” or “Our folks just do not seem to have a burden for world evangelism.”  However, I often discover that missions is never spoken of in the church, a prayer letter is never read or even as much as posted for the church to see.  In fact, more times than not no effort is made at all to keep world missions in front of the congregation.

Pastor, I know it is a struggle at times.  I realize the need to keep world evangelism in the forefront of your ministry is just one need out of many.  However, let me assure you a church will only be as excited about world evangelism as their pastor is.  Their level of commitment and dedication to reach the world with the Gospel will mirror that of their leadership.   Therefore, I have listed ten ways you can easily keep missions on the minds and in the hearts of your people.  Would you prayerfully consider implementing some of these ideas as you plan your calendar for 2018?  Please do not misunderstand.  I am certainly not a “know it all” and I am still learning myself.  These are simply a few things that have worked for me while I was a pastor and I have but one motive in sharing them with you.  I am sharing these things with you in order that more souls might be saved, more churches planted, and more people would be reached with the Gospel than ever before.
I hope you will join me over the next few days as I share these 10 ways with you.