It’s true. Every person you encounter today is struggling with something. Think about that next door neighbor, that colleague at work, or the teen who bags your groceries. All of them have struggles and all of them need Jesus. The Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering is laser focused on our neighbors and those nearby, right here in Louisiana. We can reach them if we work together through this mission strategy.
Here are four important “P”s for a successful GBO campaign.
PRAYER: There’s a financial transaction when you give, but no one can deny that there is a spiritual dynamic in your generosity. Blanket your gifts in prayer.
We pray for our communities – they are diverse: all ages, backgrounds, education, employment status, and politics. They are our neighbors in the streets where we live. We pray for all of them; not only those we know by name and share conversation, but those nameless people we encounter every day.
Begin to pray that God will use the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering to assist, minister and evangelize all over Louisiana.
- Pray for members of your church to see this as more than money. Rather, may they see it as a movement.
- Pray for God to give boldness to those all over Louisiana who are neighbors to the lost and lonely.
- Pray for teachers and leaders who will lead, teach, and publicize the message of Nearby, Next Door.
- Pray for God to give your people a generous heart.
- Take time in services and classes to pray for the people in our stories. Remember that their stories are not finished. Pray that they will reach those nearby.
PURPOSE: It’s important to set a goal for your church. This is a tangible way people can see the power of combined giving.
- Determine a financial goal for your church.
- Position your campaign as a spiritual movement, not just a financial one.
- Involve as many people as you can in setting the goal for your church.
- Make it a diverse group of people helping you determine the goal. Remember that the more people you involve, the more buy-in you’ll get.
- Brainstorm ideas for communicating your progress toward reaching the goal throughout the campaign.
- Set it, but DON’T forget it. Talk about it. Pray about it. Print about it. This is one place you shouldn’t worry about redundancy.
Proclaim: Don’t just announce the goal and leave it at that. Find different ways to incorporate the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering into the broader scope of your church’s missional reach.
- Explore ways to communicate the theme and opportunity for this year’s state missions offering. Take advantage of all the tools in the resource kit.
- The sermon outlines, dramatic vignettes and multimedia tools will make it easy to promote while also challenging your church to make a difference in their community and the state.
- Invite a Louisiana Baptist church planter or missionary to join you on the platform for an interview to create excitement and awareness of how the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering impacts Louisiana.
- Please note: To assure success in using the media on this site, preview the videos on your TV or screens before the service to make sure that they are working properly.
PREPARE: Your offering emphasis can be customized to fit your church and culture. Make it unique. If your efforts reflect your church culture, you’ll have a greater outcome.
- Enthusiastically prepare and celebrate through creative communication and experiences.
- Celebrate your church’s generosity and mission from the beginning of the missions offering to the very end.
- Try creating an event to raise money for the Georgia Barnette State Missions Offering.
- Truth is powerful. Make truth the focal point of your campaign. Don’t tag it on to the end of the service or the back of the bulletin.
- Invite a speaker to come to your church. This will make the message even more real to the people in the pews. Our speakers will come at no expense to dynamically share the truth of the gospel. These aren’t fundraisers, they are men and women God is using to win Louisiana for Jesus.
Reader 1: Jesus commands us to go
Reader 2: Preach the gospel
Reader 3: Help the hungry
Reader 1: Share the truth
Reader 2: To the Nations
Reader 3: But first we must go nearby
Reader 1: To heal the hurting
Reader 2: Engage with the victims of disaster
All: Jesus said to his disciples:
Reader 1: “We must go to the nearby towns, so that I can tell the good news to those people. This is why I have come.”
Reader 2: We are called to go to our state
Reader 3: Our community
Reader 1: Our region
Reader 2: From New Orleans to Shreveport
Reader 3: From Monroe to Morgan City
All: Louisiana is our field
Reader 1: Pray for the harvest
All: We can go now
Reader 1: We can go Nearby
Reader 2: We can give.
Reader 3: We can transform.
Reader 1: We can plant
Reader 2: And we can harvest.
Reader 3: Let’s go to the nations
Reader 1: The nations live next door.
Reader 2: Let’s go nearby.
All: Let’s go next door.
Darla: Hey Shelly! You’re back! Finally! Great to see you!
Shelly: I think I’m going to need a vacation from my vacation.
Darla: I know the feeling. It took me about six months to get “It’s a Small World” out of my brain after last summer.
Shelly: So, what’s the scoop?
Darla: Same stuff. The people at church are still squabbling over the new carpet.
Darla: It never stopped. After the business meeting, they sent it back to the building and grounds committee.
Shelly: I thought they did that last time.
Darla: They did. They’re just in a rut. I wish you could have heard the praise band this
week. They did a Christian version of that old song, “Free Bird.” They changed the lyrics and everything.
Shelly: Great idea.
Darla: The music ministry needs to be more evangelistic.
Shelly: I agree. We’ve got to find some way to reach out.
Darla: Speaking of reaching out, did you hear that we got New Horizon Church’s bass player?
Darla: I heard him a few years ago at that conference. Awesome!
Shelly: How’s Brad on this?
Darla: Brad never enjoyed playing bass; he’s relieved.
Shelly: Oh yeah. I remember him mentioning that he has childhood scars from having to perform music at family gatherings.
Darla: These Life Groups are so revealing. I love it. It’s a great way to get to know other people—to get beyond the “Praise the Lord. How are you doing?” conversations.
Shelly: (looking offstage) Hey, there’s uh… I forgot her name. The gal that lives a few houses down from us. She’s coming to talk to us, I guess.
Darla: You know, I’ve been meaning to pray for her. I saw her husband…
Shelly: The tattooed guy?
Shelly: I sense they don’t have it all together, if you know what I mean.
Darla: Shhh. Better stop.
The Neighbor: Hi Shelly.
Shelly: Oh, Hi.
The Neighbor: How was the vacation?
The Neighbor: I didn’t know if you heard, but Laura just lost her job.
Shelly: Who’s that?
The Neighbor: Laura. You don’t know Laura? She lives in the house next to yours and two houses down from you, Darla.
Darla: Oh, Laura.
The Neighbor: I can’t believe the timing of it all. She’s been through a lot.
Shelly: Yeah. (long pause) Like what?
The Neighbor: Her divorce.
Darla: She was married?
The Neighbor: You didn’t know Bill?
Darla: Oh yeah, Bill. Right.
The Neighbor: Just thought you might want to know.
Shelly: It’s so sad. Lisa seems like such a sweet…
The Neighbor: Lisa? You mean Laura.
Shelly: Oh, right. I guess I’m just so blown away by the news.
The Neighbor: There’s no need to explain. I know you’ve got your church thing going on all the time. It’s hard to…(uncomfortable pause) Well, I’ve got to go. (neighbor exits)
Darla: Whew. Where is this world going?
Shelly: I think we all know the answer to that.
(Darla looks at her watch.)
Darla: Whoa! I’ve got to get going. We’ve got that Bible Study in 15 minutes.
Shelly: Ouch! I forgot.
Darla: That’s the way it goes. You get back from vacation, and you are totally out of your spiritual groove.