Just as there are those who speak up for other annual offerings or ministry events, you can become a champion in your church for the cause of state missions. Whether you are a pastor, a deacon or elder, a missions leader, part of a committee, or a preschool teacher—you can be a voice for Mission Illinois. Our call to missions begins here where we live.
With all of these Mission Illinois Offering resources and materials at your fingertips, you may be thinking, Where do I begin? How do I get my church excited to give and contribute to kingdom work here in our own state?
1. Pray for state missions.
As a church leader, pray for your congregation’s hearts to be open to giving to the Mission Illinois Offering. Then, distribute the prayer guide and join as one body, committing to praying together for all the requests listed.
- Ask your worship leadership team to allot time for prayer for Illinois during the month of September.
- Consider holding a special prayer gathering at your church where you take turns individually lifting up each ministry and missionary.
- Pray for the millions in our state who don’t know Christ, for church leaders and church planters in Illinois, and for local churches to have opportunities to share the love of God with their community.
2. Promote the state missions offering.
Provided in your church’s MIO kit are video reports showing the need for Christ across Illinois and some of the missions and ministries IBSA churches together support to meet those needs. During the Sundays leading up to MIO Week, please show them to your congregation.
Put the posters on walls, doors, and bulletin boards one month prior to the Week of Prayer.
3. Organize a state missions study.
Each year the MIO kit includes missions-related studies geared specifically towards children, youth, and adults. Each age-appropriate lesson shows ways to get people involved with Illinois missions.
And rest assured, it is easy to do a missions study! The material is all ready. You simply need to pick a time for people to meet—it could even be during the Sunday school hour—and find someone to facilitate the study and discussion.
4. Commit to give.
Distribute the Week of Prayer guides and offering envelopes on September 10. Announce your church’s goal. And keep giving until your church’s goal is met!
When you champion missions in Illinois, know that lives will be transformed because of your church’s commitment to prayer, generous giving, and missions involvement.