the Local NMI Presidents
Conquering Mission Education Challenges
The General NMI Office team often hears from local NMI presidents
who share mission education challenges...
Question: "I want to encourage our church
so they will be excited about missions, but I am unable to
promote missions in the Sunday morning service. Any ideas?"
Team up with Sunday School teachers. Ask them
if they will allow you to "substitute teach" occasionally
(once a month, every other month, or quarterly), using the
mission education curriculum.
Utilize the bulletin (worship folder) as a
place to educate. Develop creative enclosures for the bulletin.
If your church has a web site, use that as
an outlet for mission education. Or create a web site for
your church's mission education.
Meet with small groups for a time of mission
education. Show videos and distribute the NMI Missions Books.
Be sure to involve children and youth.
Question: "I have one minute to show
videos in the morning service.
What can I do?"
Show brief mission awareness videos in the
Sunday morning service (no more than 60 seconds). We recommend
videos from the Stories DVD.
Or, split a longer video into segments and
show it over several weeks. Announce in the bulletin (worship
folder) that the continuation of the story will be shown
at the next Sunday morning service.
Question: "I know our church is interested
in missions, but the attendance is low in our missions services.
What can I do to increase participation?"
Once a month (or quarterly), invite church
members to a brunch or luncheon following the Sunday morning
worship. Decorate the tables with items that correlate with
your mission education lesson. Use the exciting information
and creative ideas included in the mission education curriculum
to make your events fun and interesting. If it's fun, they
Inspire your church with exciting stories of
lives changed through Nazarene missions.
Question: "Rather than a traditional
mission service, what other options are available for mission
The sky is the limit! Gather together a group
of creative people and brainstorm about how you can accomplish
mission education, aside from a traditional missions service.
Ask your pastor if you can have 2-3 minutes
during the Sunday morning worship service. Use that time
to have a "Mission Moment," presenting the monthly emphasis
and a challenge. Be sure to stay within the time limit you
Printable version of Conquering Mission Education Challenges
For more insights check out the Frequently Asked Questions
on the NMI