The following is adapted from an article by Tom Sumrall, “Ten Simple Steps for Creating a Missions Atmosphere in a Local Church,” Growing Churches (July 1991).
Creating a Missions Atmosphere
- The pastor must have a heart for missions.
- The pastor must impart a missions vision.
- The members must be trained in personal evangelism and mission action.
- The church must provide caring ministries to meet community needs.
- The church must provide missions organizations for all ages.
- The church must include mission events on its calendar.
- The church should invite missionaries to speak.
- The members should be encouraged to participate in volunteer missions projects.
- The church must educate its members about the Cooperative Program.
- The church should provide missions study materials.
- The church should encourage prayer for missionaries.
Georgia Baptist ministries function under the support of the Cooperative Program. The Cooperative Program is Southern Baptists’ unified plan of giving through which cooperating Southern Baptist churches give a percentage of their undesignated receipts in support of their respective state convention and the Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries. State missionaries seek to develop a missions atmosphere not only in the local churches, but also within the hearts of individuals seeking to grow closer to God. Contact your state missionaries for any assistance developing your evangelistic, outreach, and mission efforts.