Summer is drawing to a close, campers are heading back to school and Fall is right around the corner. That means churches are ordering their Mission Georgia materials as they begin building awareness of the annual state missions offering.
While Cooperative Program dollars are the backbone of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board – the state missions offering serves as a special love offering. That offering extends the work begun by the Cooperative Program and gives those ministries the extra funds to further their work statewide.
Now is the time for congregations to order their materials. In fact, hundreds of boxes are already being shipped from Blairsville to Bainbridge to churches who placed their orders a little early. Click here for more information on this year's offering.
This year’s theme is “Ageless: Touching All Generations with God’s Good News,” noted State Missionary John Bryan. The offering is generally celebrated each September but can be observed anytime of the year that best fits the local church’s calendar, he said.
"Mission Georgia materials have now been packed and mailed to nearly 1.400 churches who have currently placed orders. For 9 straight years Georgia Baptists faithfully increased their giving to the Mission Georgia Offering until last year’s hurricanes and tornadoes drew needed support for Disaster Response which lowered contributions to other causes. Because of the lag in giving, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board was limited in ministry funds," Bryan noted.
The state missionary said that tThis year’s goal of 1.75 million "can only be reached through the generous efforts of Georgia Baptists. The nations have come to Georgia and God has given us an enormous opportunity to spiritually impact the 7 million in our state who have no saving faith in Jesus Christ.
"The multiple ministries funded through the Mission Georgia Offering are represented through starting new churches, training and equipping pastors and congregational leadership, evangelism, discipleship, new language congregations and a myriad of other expressions expressly designed to undergird our 3.600 Georgia Baptist churches and missions.
"Orders for free materials, including 7-Day Prayer Guides, age-graded Bible studies, posters, offering envelopes, Generosity Podcasts, and a DVD featuring powerful ministry stories with English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese language translations are now available.
Churches young and old are big givers, as noted in the Top 200 Mission Georgia Giving Churches last year. Endeavor Church, an Atlanta congregation founded in 2015, contributed $12,500. Ebenezer Baptist Church in Dacula, organized in 1847, was the top giver with $28,350.18. And while no one knows who gave that 18 cents, that amount is just as important as the largest amount given by any individual.
As in the past, a variety of materials are available, some in both English and Spanish. Among those are:
This DVD includes the theme interpretation, four short video segments testifying to the power of God, age-graded Bible Study lessons (also available online below), and Leading Generosity Podcasts (also available online below). The DVD is user-friendly and effective for use on Sunday mornings during worship, in small group settings, prayer meetings, or with mission organizations in your church. Click to Order DVD | Watch & Download Videos
This 7-Day prayer piece is available to inform your members how to pray specifically for this year’s emphasis. The Prayer Guide may be used as a bulletin insert or a stand-alone piece. Discover how God is uniquely using Georgia Baptists to reduce spiritual lostness. (Available in English or Spanish) Click to Order | View Online
Download Bible Study Lessons for a variety of age groups by clicking a link below!
Order posters to display in high traffic areas around your church. (Available in English or Spanish) Click to Order
Easily identify contributions made to Mission Georgia Offering in your church by using these specifically designed envelopes. These envelopes can be placed throughout your church, including pew racks, chairs, or in the bulletin. Click to Order
A fact sheet sharing current highlights of ministries in Georgia to share with your group or church is available for order and download. The Impact Sheet is great a resource to all pastors and mission leaders. Click to Download (PDF)
Mission Georgia Offering Logo (Available in English or Spanish)
Instructions: Click to view and right mouse click to download.
English: Logo for dark background (PNG) | Logo for light background (PNG)
Spanish: Logo for dark background (PNG) | Logo for light background (PNG)
Listen to the powerful ways God is using your State Missionaries to be generous in sharing the Gospel through different learning styles throughout Georgia. Click to listen and/or download online. Listen Now.
In addition, churches can request a state missionary to come and speak for no charge. The missionary will share about what God is doing in Georgia Baptist state missions ministries and answer questions about how your church can be more involved in the missions experience. Call 1.800.RING.GBC, ext 296, or 770.936.5296 to schedule a speaker or for more information.
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