With Your Pastor to Expand Mission Vision
What will help to make missions effective in your church?
The pastor is the key! Because the pastor is the key to missions
and because you, the NMI president, are the mission executive
in the pastor's core team, how can you most effectively support
him or her? How can you bring out the best in your pastor?
I. Study your pastor's needs. "Successful
leaders are great askers, and they do pay attention."
A. Make an appointment
to brainstorm with your pastor. Take your yellow pad
- or laptop.
B. Find out
what your pastor thinks and feels about missions. Ask some
questions. Thomas Aquinas
said, "To motivate someone, start where he is...
take him by
the hand and guide him."
first compelled you to become involved in missions?"
you had a free ticket to any mission field, where would you
C. What are the pastor's
expectations of you?
what the pastor perceives your parameters are.
does the pastor expect of you?
out a job description for you, the local church NMI president.
important church calendar dates:
and September Alabaster offerings.
date for Thanksgiving and Easter offerings; decide when offering
should be ordered and distributed.
of local NMI council meetings.
d. Next year's district NMI convention
the amount that needs to be raised for missions for the coming
starting with the World Evangelism Fund (5.5 percent of current
special offerings, Local NMI Council expenses, missionary
care and offerings.
the date and plan a Faith Promise emphasis.
your specific responsibilities for the Faith Promise emphasis.
will be the speaker? Who will book the speaker?
of Faith Promise emphasis?: Saturday? Sunday morning only?
morning & evening?
for special gatherings? Friday evening rally, Saturday men's
lunch, teen pizza party Saturday night?
about a missions bulletin board, the church calendar, and
the deadlines are for submitting mission information for the
church worship folder, church newsletter, or Web site.
notes during your brainstorming conference
Make a copy—send it to your pastor.
Communicate regularly with your pastor. Stay on the same wavelength.
II. Recognize and
affirm your pastor's successes. "Encouragement
is like oxygen to the soul." (Unknown)
A. Bless and
commend your pastor.
of the meanings of "bless" is to speak well of someone in
others. To illustrate: Jesus "blessed" Nathanael in the presence
He said, "Behold an Israelite in whom is no guile!"
way to do this is to speak well of the pastor during
meeting—"I appreciate the way you keep us informed of the
B. Write your
pastor a note of appreciation.
specific, like "Your missions illustration was heartwarming."
can warm a pastor's heart for many weeks.
C. Pray for
your pastor when he/she steps into the pulpit.
message, your body language can bring out the best in a pastor.
in Up With Worship, said, "You can set the mood for
people situated around
you with your body language during worship."
D. Welcome the
pastor home from vacation.
at the front door.
of welcome in the worship folder.
E. Feature a
"We Love Pastor" mission service: "Applause is the spur for
the pastor a T-shirt or a big Hershey's Kiss.
a song about your pastor.
the pastor about his/her love for missions.
III. Expect the best from your
pastor."We see what we are prepared to see." (a psychology
A. Keep your
Alan Loy McGinnis,
psychologist, asked why a certain church succeeded so
the pastor had a glaring fault. How could this be? A member
in our pastor's strengths and forget his weak point." They
are prepared to see. McGinnis added: Doubtless their positive
the pastor to do everything in his power to produce at full
B. Be a top-notch
board member. The late Tom Landry of Dallas Cowboys fame
never seen a one-man team, but I've seen a team where one
made a difference."
do you rate as a board member?
you smile when you enter?
you keep a perspective and try to see the whole picture?
you a catalyst?
you keep alert and in touch with all discussion and decisions?
you keep a good attitude even when your thoughts or opinions
you pour on oil, making the church machine run smoothly?
the best with your attitude.
woman, 102, was asked on TV, "Do you have any children?" She
IV. Conclusion A. You
are the mission executive on your pastor's core team.
B. You have
more influence than you realize to motivate your pastor to
of mission interest!
C. You have
more influence than you realize to bring out the best in him
your pastor's needs.
the pastor's accomplishments.
the best from your pastor.
Former District NMI President
and Global NMI Council Member
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