A new resource is now available from the Mississippi Conference for churches and individuals who want to start, grow, and/or enhance their mission and outreach efforts.
The goal of the new Mission Outreach Handbook is to help churches answer Jesus' call to missions and outreach and fulfill Christ's mandate for all to be in mission.
"Mission work is about praying, giving, and doing to advance the Kingdom of God here on earth," said Jorge Navarrete, conference mission development staffperson. "The world in which we live continues to change dramatically. However, people’s basic physical and spiritual needs are the same today as they have always been. The charge Jesus gave us has not changed, and yet with more people in the world the work of missions and outreach is bigger than ever."
The handbook focuses on the role of prayer and the Holy Spirit in the success of all mission efforts and fosters a view of mission work as the primary role of the church and all its members.
The book contains simple missions plans and worksheets, checklists and brainstorming aids for mission and outreach projects, a practical definition of mission and outreach plus a brief glossary of United Methodist terms, a job description for a mission leader, and contact information for conference and other mission organizations.
"Being involved in missions and outreach helps us grow as a church and as Christians, understand and apply the Bible to our Christian walk, and develop a closer personal relationship with Christ," said Navarrete.
To request printed copies of the handbook, contact the Office of Connectional Ministries at 601.354.0515.