WMU: Winning the lost, helping believers grow
February 9 2001 by Jim Royston , BSC Executive Director-treasurer

WMU: Winning the lost, helping believers grow | Friday, Feb. 9, 2001

Friday, Feb. 9, 2001

WMU: Winning the lost, helping believers grow

By Jim Royston BSC Executive Director-treasurer We cannot exaggerate the role of women in the spread of the gospel. The first to proclaim the good news of Easter were women (Matt. 28, Mark 16, Luke 24 and John 20), who, in turn, ran to tell the men that He is risen. Immediately after Christ ascended into heaven, the disciples devoted themselves to prayer " ... together with the women" (Acts 1:14). Women were often mentioned as viable members of the earliest Christian communities: Dorcas ("full of good works and acts of charity" in Acts 9:36) and Phoebe (a deaconess of the church at Cenchreae in Romans 16:1). Southern Baptist women have been no less significant and essential in the development of our denomination. Baptist women, primarily through Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), have led the denomination in world missions. Without WMU's untiring and tenacious support, our mission programs would be a mere shadow of the current reality. Few (if any) churches - from far left to far right - have a viable mission program without strong leadership of women. Answer this: Who primarily teaches the Sunday School classes, sings in the choir and volunteers for most of the committee positions in your church? If you were led to Christ by a parent or grandparent, chances are it was your mother or grandmother.

My two major goals (passions) - win the lost and develop believers - require the on-going efforts and commitment of thousands of women across our state. No group in our churches is larger or better organized to help accomplish these goals than North Carolina WMU.

Of our 3,800 churches, two-thirds of them have some type of WMU organization (second only to Sunday School). In fact, our state WMU is larger than Texas WMU. Yes, larger than Texas (and Texas' Baptist population is double North Carolina's).

WMU has been quietly involved in proclaiming the gospel throughout its history. This organization, however, has been better at telling the denomination's mission story than telling its own story. WMU rarely focuses on itself and its accomplishments. The number of dedicated women who week-in-and-week-out visit nursing homes, tutor school children, take handicapped people to the doctor and grocery store - and do just about anything else they are asked to do at church - is never fully calculated and put on the denominational scoreboard.

WMU's greatest strength is at the church and community level, the place where we will develop more believers and reach more lost people. Too often, WMU is stereotyped as monthly meetings and pushing special mission offerings. In reality, WMU touches more lives with the gospel - comes in immediate contact with people with needs - than probably any other Baptist organization of any kind, anywhere.

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