WMU enrollment on the rise
June 13 2003 by Julie Walters , Baptist Press

WMU enrollment on the rise | Friday, June 13, 2003

Friday, June 13, 2003

WMU enrollment on the rise

By Julie Walters Baptist Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Woman's Missionary Union (WMU) enrollment increased 12.3 percent from the previous year to a total of 963,114, according to the 2002 Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources. This number represents significant growth compared to the past several years.

"We are very excited to see a renewed interest among Baptists in missions education and missions involvement," said Wanda Lee, executive director-treasurer of WMU. "It is encouraging to see an increasing number of churches implement and develop WMU age-level organizations that provide an opportunity for Christians to better understand and be personally involved in the mission of God."

An increase in WMU enrollment was evident across the United States. Thirty-two out of 41 states or conventions with WMU organizations showed growth over 2001. The ACP report reflected the greatest increase in the number of participants in Texas, followed by Alabama, Virginia, Florida and Mississippi. Rounding out the top 10 were Missouri, North Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Indiana.

In addition to missions organizations, WMU also experienced increased participation in an array of ministries that offer hands-on missions opportunities, such as MissionsFEST and FamilyFEST missions experiences through WMU's Volunteer Connection, as well as Christian Women's Job Corps and Baptist Nursing Fellowship.

"Volunteer Connection is often an entry point for those who want to be involved in missions and service," said Kristy Carr, WMU's Volunteer Connection specialist. "Many times volunteers come away from these opportunities with a new or renewed yearning to learn more about missions, support missions and be personally involved in sharing the love of Jesus."

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6/13/2003 12:00:00 AM by Julie Walters , Baptist Press | with 0 comments
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