Read the latest news and ministry highlights from Tennessee WMU!
Read the latest news and ministry highlights from Tennessee WMU!
August 2021

Tennessee Baptists contributing through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions provide invaluable financial support for Tennessee ministries. The Week of Prayer for State Missions is a concentrated time of prayer for Tennessee Baptists, which coincides with the offering. The Golden Offering is collected all year with a special emphasis during the Week of Prayer.

  The 2021-22 Golden Offering begins on September 1st.

  The Week of Prayer for State Missions suggested dates are September 12-19.

  Visit the newly redesigned website at www.GoldenOffering.org for available resources, information, and more.

“Our lives can change in an instant. As Christians, we have a constant unchanging hope - Jesus the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Supporting the Golden Offering gives our fellow Tennesseans who are spiritually lost a chance to have the same hope we have. Please join me in promoting and giving to GOTM and praying for state missions so all Tennesseans can experience hope in Jesus Christ.”
Yolanda Heuser, Tennessee WMU President

August 2021 Online Leader Connects

Virtual Gatherings for missions leaders to hear updates, connect with other leaders and share ideas.

CHILDREN’S Missions Leaders – Saturday, August 14,  8:30-9:30 am central
For Girls in Action (GA), Royal Ambassadors (RA), Children in Action (CA) leaders and other children’s missions leaders. Register here.

YOUTH Missions Leaders – Tuesday, August 17, 6:30-7:30 pm central
For Youth on Mission, Acteens, Challengers leaders and for other youth/student missions leaders. Register here.

CHURCHWIDE Missions Leaders – Thursday, August 19, 6:30-7:30 pm central
For WMU Directors and other churchwide missions leaders. Register here.

ADULT Missions Leaders – Saturday, August 21, 8:30-9:30 am central
For Women on Mission, myMission, Adults on Mission leaders and other adult missions leaders. Register here.

PRESCHOOL Missions Leaders – Tuesday, August 24, 6:30-7:30 pm central
For Mission Friends leaders and other preschool missions leaders. Register here.

Jammin' in a Box

Our children's missions event, JAM, is here in an event box that contains plans for a "Jammin' in a Box" event. All of the JAM components you're used to finding at the in-person event are a detailed part of the Leader's Guide Notebook. The JAM event box provides plans, ideas, tips, instructions, and fun items to help you have a successful JAM at your church on your chosen date(s) and in a time frame that is easily adaptable to what works best for you. 

Churches will need to make limited copies and purchase some supplies per child. Boxes are available for $30 and will be shipped in late August.  For more information, visit tnwmu.org or contact Jacki Holleman at jholleman@tnbaptist.org.

Virtual Denver Pray Tour

August 18, 2021
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CST

Click here for more information and to register.
The August live video conference will be led by Jerico DeVeyra and will feature Denver church planters Gregoire Luabala from the Congo who is planting Christian Fellowship Evangelical Church, Denver and Bingwa Alimasi from Safina Church Swahili Ministry in Aurora.
After hearing from them, we will pray for their ministries and families.
After the live video conference meeting, a recording will be placed online for others to view at their convenience. Click here to watch past Denver Prayer Tour recordings.
Share a gift of love and the gospel with a child in need.

In Tennessee, 19.3% of children live in poverty. For some of these children, a backpack from Tennessee Baptists may be all they receive for Christmas. Each backpack is child-focused, Christ entered and church connected. Every effort is made to connect the child and their family with a local church. Each Christmas backpack provides an opportunity to share the gospel with a child.
How can you be involved?

Pray – Start praying today for the boys and girls who will receive Christmas backpacks.
Participate – You, your family, your church and your organization can become involved by preparing Christmas backpacks for children and teens.
Partner – You can partner with a church or compassion ministry that is distributing Christmas backpacks.
For more information, click here.

2021 RA Camp-O-Ree 

Join boys in grades 1-12 from RAs, Challengers or other organized boy’s group in Southern Baptist churches and participate in a multitude of activities, challenges and crafts while enjoying the great outdoors! Meet missionaries from around the world and enjoy two action packed worship services!
Register here for this fun event on October 15-17th.

CWJC/CMJC Update

CWJC/CMJC led online training for Level 1 and Level 2 Site Coordinators/Executive Directors. Level 1 participants included Lisa Massengill,  Assistant Site Coordinator at Gibson County CWJC; Elizabeth Savard, Board Member in Moving Forward in Chattanooga; Cynthia Brown, Site Coordinator starting a new site; and Velma Wilson, assistant at the new site.


Level 2 participants included Jamie Bolton of Champion Recovery Community in Jasper as well as several from Alabama, South Carolina, and Missouri.


National WMU is sponsoring another CWJC/CMJC Site Coordinator/Executive Director Level 1 Zoom training on October 5-6 for those who could not attend this summer. If you are interested in starting a CWJC/CMJC site, please contact Janice Carter at 423-645-7940. 
Monthly Missions Focus
Sharing Hope with the Deaf in Cleveland
This month, the WMU curriculum for all missions small groups, preschool through adults, focuses on the ministry of Mason and Bonnie Fenner in Cleveland, Ohio. With more than 25,000 Deaf people in Cleveland, they seek to share the gospel and help Deaf people grow in Christ. You can download resources and information here to help your group learn more and pray for Mason and Bonnie. 

Resources and Opportunities

Resources:

  • Free downloadable starter packets for missions discipleship are available here to help you begin missions small groups for every age in your church. Each starter pack includes general information, along with sample curriculum materials.
  • Download the daily prayer prompts for TBMB ministries supported by gifts from Tennessee Baptists through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions.
  • Kick off the year with confidence with Missions Leader WMU Planning Guide
    to help you focus your plans for the entire year. This easy-to-use, 96-page guide will introduce you to the year's overarching WMU themes and special projects and give you insight into all things WMU for 2021–22.
  • The WMU Digital Catalog, 2021-22, features our newest resources, as well as our traditional resources, to help you and your church engage in missions discipleship, compassion ministries and leadership development.
  • Download the WorldCrafts and CWJC/CMJC monthly prayer calendars and pray for these ministries.
Ministry Opportunities:
  • Contact your local BCM to see how your group can help as the students return for a new school year.

  • Sign up for Compassion Ministries Bulletin Board monthly email to connect with other churches and ministries. Contact Carrie Kidd at ckidd@tnbaptist.org.

Important Dates for 2021
  • August: Christmas in August
  • August 14: CHILDREN’S Missions Leader Connect, 8:30-9:30 am central 
  • August 17: YOUTH Missions Leader Connect, 6:30-7:30 pm central
  • August 18: Virtual Denver Prayer Tour
  • August 19: CHURCHWIDE Missions Leader Connect, 6:30-7:30 pm central
  • August 21: ADULT Missions Leader Connect, 8:30-9:30 am central
  • August 24: PRESCHOOL Missions Leader Connect, 6:30-7:30 pm central
  • September 12-19: Week of Prayer for State Missions/GOTM
  • October 10: Global Hunger Sunday
  • October 15-17: RA Camp-O-Ree, Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center
  • April 1-3, 2022: Get-Together, Gatlinburg Convention Center
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