While many Southern Baptist churches participate in the traditional Week of Prayer and Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® (AAEO) promotion in the spring of each year, there are some churches which choose to do a combined mission giving emphasis, which benefits local, state, national, and international efforts.
If your church is one of those, how can you best promote North American missions? Here are some ideas:
Budget specifically for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering®; do not let the fact your church takes only one offering keep you from supporting North American missions through the AAEO.
Use AAEO materials sent to you by NAMB. Many materials, such as the video clips and facts about North American missions, are not dated and can be used any time during the year.
Consider observing the Week of Prayer for North American missions to educate your members about North American missionaries and inspire them to pray for missionaries and their ministries.
When promoting one offering, be certain to give equal time to local, state, national, and international missions. Make it clear how the offering will be used to support these various ministries throughout the year.
If holding a missions fair or other similar event to kick-off your emphasis, be certain to invite missionaries that represent the various mission fields the offering supports. NAMB can assist your church in securing North American missions speakers by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-410-6357.
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