Read the latest news and ministry highlights from Tennessee WMU!
Read the latest news and ministry highlights from Tennessee WMU!
January 2022

Focus on WMU Sunday
February 20, 2022


Focus on WMU Sunday is an intentional time to celebrate what God is doing through WMU, in your church, to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Ideas for celebrating Focus on WMU Sunday:
  • Ask your pastor for time during the morning worship service to have someone share a WMU testimony/story. Look for someone whose life has been impacted by her mission involvement. Keep the testimony limited to the time the pastor gives you.
  • Create a slideshow to share with your church using photos that tell the story of your mission groups and recent missions efforts.
  • Design a bulletin insert, social media presentation, bulletin board, or other display showing the big picture of WMU in your church. Highlight support of mission work and missionaries, special missions offerings, mission action projects, details about missions discipleship group meetings, upcoming events, prayer prompts, etc.
  • Kick off Focus on WMU Sunday with a churchwide missions project that gets church members outside the walls of the church, giving hands-on missions experience. 
  • Invite a Tennessee WMU staff member or another state WMU officer/leader to share with your church in person or virtually during worship, or during a gathering of your women.
Start making plans now for Focus on WMU Sunday, February 20, 2022. For more information visit WMU.com.
Visit the new Tennessee WMU Ministries information on our website to find opportunities to participate in ministries that help reach the spiritually lost and meet needs.
Recommendations for Tennessee WMU Officers & Executive Board Members

The Tennessee WMU 2022 Nominating Committee will be nominating persons during the April 2, 2022, Annual Meeting to serve from 2022-2023 as WMU president, three vice-presidents (one from each of the state’s grand regions) and recording secretary. In addition, they will nominate Executive Board Members (eight WMU Representatives and four At-Large Members) to serve in one-to-four-year terms from 2022-2026. Guidelines and a recommendation form are now available here for Tennessee Baptists and Tennessee WMU members to make recommendations to the Nominating Committee to consider for Tennessee WMU Officers and Executive Board Members.

Recommendations must be submitted by January 10, 2022.

Great Commission Conversations: Denver


Join us on January 19th at 11:00 am central time for a Great Commission Conversation as we hear from a Denver church planter and then pray for them, their families, and their ministry. 

The conversation via video conference will last approximately 30 minutes. You can stay the whole time or come in and out of the meeting as needed. After the live video conference meeting, a recorded version of the meeting will be placed online for others to view.

Register here. For more information contact jholleman@tnbaptist.org.

GOTM 2022 January Prayer Guide
Download the monthly prayer prompts for TBMB ministries supported by gifts from Tennessee Baptists through the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions.

Online applications and information are available here.
Applications must be completed by January 25, 2022.

Missions Get-Together

An event for women 18 years of age and older.


Theme: Relentless Faith
“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:39


Keynote Speaker: Donna Gaines

Donna is the wife of Dr. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, TN.  She is a devoted student of God’s Word and has written and taught Bible studies for over 36 years.


Event includes: Four general sessions, six breakout session times with over 20 options to choose from to attend, 40+ exhibitors in the missions and ministry fair with over 1,000 women in attendance to fellowship and connect with during the weekend.

 
Registration:

   • Registration opens on January 5. 
   • Registration closes on March 15, or sooner, if event capacity is reached.
  • No registration at the event – everyone must pre-register.

   • Registration Fee:
       ° $100 per person by February 15
       ° $125 per person by March 15


Click here for event schedule, updates on general session, breakout conference leaders, and more.
Note: Connection, missions event for girls in grades 7-12, will be a separate event in 2022. Date and location to be announced soon.
Week of Prayer for North American Missions-Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Your generous giving to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering makes an eternal impact across North America. You and your church are the fuel that enables thousands of missionaries to be sent, to plant churches, and to serve the needs of people who desperately need a gospel witness.
Standing orders of promotion materials will ship to churches at the end of January. Churches without a standing order will receive information about available promotion materials and an order form. 

Contact Jacki at jholleman@tnbaptist.org if you church needs to order materials.

Resources and Opportunities

Resources:

  • The 2021 JAM event boxes are still available! Get yours today. For more information and to purchase an event box for your church, click here.
  • This month, the WMU curriculum for all missions small groups focuses on the ministry of Anders and Jessica Snyder in Idaho. You can download resources and information here to help your group learn more and pray for the Snyder's ministry.
  • 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 WorldCrafts and CWJC/CMJC monthly prayer calendars and pray for these ministries. 
  • Celebrate how the Father has used three WMU Compassion Ministries—Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC); Pure Water, Pure Love (PWPL); and WorldCrafts—to make an eternal impact on the lives of countless individuals in the last 25 years. Learn more here. Download the 25 day prayer guide to help celebrate these ministries.
Ministry Opportunities:
  • Churches, associations, or individuals can assist with Disaster Relief to help those in need. Click here for more information.
  • Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps are ministries of WMU that seek to help men and women break the cycle of poverty through job and life skills classes, Bible study, and mentoring. There are currently 21 CWJC/CMJC sites in Tennessee. Click here for a list of sites with ministry needs and opportunities. 
  • Tennessee WMU is partnering with BCM to collect snack foods to help reach students.  Click here for more information on locating and contacting your local BCM.

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

Important Dates for 2022
  • January 5: Registration opens for Missions Get-Together
  • January 11: National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • January 19: Great Commission Conversations: Denver
  • January 25: WMU Scholarship Applications due
  • February 20: Focus on WMU Sunday
  • March 6-13: Week of Prayer for North American Missions/AAEO
  • March 22: World Water Day 
  • April 1-3: Missions Get-Together, Gatlinburg Convention Center
  • September 30-October 2: Connection, Sevierville First Baptist Church
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