• Be sure to have your most lively missionaries spend special time with the teenagers and young adults that God might work with them and call them to be missionaries. Use the missionaries that God is already using on the field so that they will be challenged and motivated to do something with their lives.
  • Develop a personal type of questionnaire (interview sheet should be prepared before hand) sort of like “This is your life” and then reward the people for getting the information from the different missionaries. Anything you can do to encourage interaction with the missionaries will be a blessing to your people. Questions such as –favorite verse, signature, birthday, wedding anniversary, home church, favorite food and other interesting questions.
  • Have missionary speakers in your mission’s conference. Let the people meet real missionaries and spend time with them. Have a couple of missionary testimonies 10-20 minutes and then a missionary message to end each evening.
  • Make preparations for the conference at least a month prior to the meeting. Have special prayer meetings. Plan special music. Treat your conference more like you would a revival than a money-raising week.
  • Make sure pastor and key leaders are excited about world evangelism and have a good attitude. The success or failure of your mission’s conference, as in all other activities, will rise or fall according to the leadership. If the pastor and leaders are not excited and wanting to see what God is going to do then the people will not be excited either.
  • Choose your missionaries carefully. The quality of missionary you have will determine how excited your people will be about missions.
  • Have a missionary birthday party. A number of people are assigned to spend up to $25 on requests that the missionary has sent in. The people buy these gifts and when the missionary arrives they have a specific night to have the missionary party and give the gifts.
  • Set aside a portion of your faith promise budget to take care of the expenses of your mission’s conference so that it is not a heavy burden on the church during the week of the conference. Be sure to plan and prepare ahead of time so that you will be able to give a good love offering to each missionary that will cover their expenses and be an offering.
  • When figuring how much to give as a love offering please remember the miles traveled (car and gas expense), hours on the road, amount of time that they will be in your church (especially if they will miss opportunities to be in other churches) and meals that had to be eaten on the road.
  • Have a parade of the flags that represent the different countries where you have missionaries. This can be done at the start of the conference and let your folks feel the weight and influence that your church is having around the world.
  • Use your flags to decorate your church. Place them on beautiful flag poles and stand them along the wall behind the choir so that all year round your people are reminded of your faith promise commitment to get the gospel around the world.
  • Prepare a Prayer Guide booklet for your people. This is a booklet that will have a listing of all your missionaries, their contact information, their prayer requests, interesting facts about their ministry and the country, and any other pertinent information you might find interesting.  They have a picture of each family, their sending church, their mission board, birth dates, anniversary, email, web page, mailing address, prayer requests, the country flag, present activities, interesting facts, etc. The booklet also contains a letter from the pastor. This is an exciting way the folks can see how their Faith Promise Mission’s money is being spent.
  • If at all possible put your missionaries in a nice motel rather than homes. Many missionaries have found themselves in compromising situations or uncomfortable accommodations.

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About the author

Austin Gardner is pastor of Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA. Previously he was church planting missionary in Peru for 20 years.

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