Short and Sweet Offering Ideas
- Keep It Before the People—This is what helps
most in raising World Evangelism Fund (WEF).
- Make Your Promotion Personal—Letters/pictures
of missionaries, people's involvement, and attention to
details open the hearts of people. For instance, ask three
people to tell how they have been touched by a missionary's
life and either video it, put a quote on PowerPoint, or
print in your church's newsletter or bulletin.
- Use Statistics—Present a few at at time
frequently to increase awareness of world need and NMI involvement.
For three weeks in a row, print the number of Nazarene missionaries
on PowerPoint or in your newsletter/bulletin. (See the Fast
Facts page) A week later, give a prize to the first
one to correctly answer "How many missionaries does the
Church of the Nazarene have?" Then give the following explanation,
"World Evangelism Fund helps put missionaries in world areas
and pays their salaries, among other things."
- Plan to Overpay—Ask the pastor to give
a five-minute devotional on fasting. Challenge the audience
to take part in prayer and fasting for WEF overpayment.
Provide small cards to write the date and meal of the fast
as a reminder.
- Talk to a Missionary—If the church has
the capabilities, arrange for a direct phone or video call
with a missionary a week or two before an offering. Alert
the missionary to emphasize WEF in the conversation. Be
aware of the time of day where that missionary serves.
- Ask a Missionary— If a personal call
isn't possible, ask if they will send you a PowerPoint presentation
or a short note and photos about how WEF helps them serve
as a missionary. Ask your LINKS missionary to write; it
will provide a personal touch for your church.
- Promote in Many Places— Ask if NMI may
have an allotted space to print the WEF (or faith promise)
goal, amount raised, and amount remaining in every issue
of the church newsletter/bulletin. Suggest the space move
slightly, so readers will notice it more readily. An occasional
video or PowerPoint reminder will also be effective.
- Offerings Should Be Publicized—Print
the dates of Thanksgiving and Easter Offerings in every
issue of the church newsletter/bulletin at least two months
before the offering.
- Visit the Nazarene Media Library for Video Resources—The
Nazarene Media Library (medialibrary.nazarene.org)
has WEF videos in a variety of lengths and languages. Just
put "World Evangelism Fund" is the Search window at the
bottom of the page.
- Involve All Ages—Encourage teens and
children to earn money and donate it to the WEF. Ask Prime
Timers to take part. Emphasize to all that they pay what
they can afford. The intergenerational aspect will encourage
- Get Sunday School Involved—Have classes
choose a world area to support in prayer. (The world area
list is available on the NMI Web site.) Updates on missionaries
and events in world areas should be reported regularly.
Financial support of the Global Mission enterprise can be
encouraged through WEF. Classes could host parties with
costumes, food, and decorations of "their" world area. Follow
with an informal discussion of missions and WEF support.
- Involve the Pastor—Ask the pastor to
preach a sermon on "Why Give to Missions?" (This would be
appropriate several weeks in advance of an upcoming WEF
offering or preparing for faith promise.) If your church
has participated in Work & Witness, team members providing
a few exciting testimonies as illustrations.