Your Missions Conference Bulletin should be nicely done and represent well the Lord and your church. It should be something of interest to your people, something they will use not only during the conference but throughout the year. It should include information they will need, want, and use. It should be of a quality that they will not want to throw away.
A good bulletin requires creativity, diligence, time, and hard work. Sometimes the Pastor is responsible for the bulletin. At other times a staff member or secretary is responsible. Still other churches delegate the responsibility to a committee or other interested individuals.
Some basic decisions need to be made before working on a bulletin, such as:
1) Amount of Money to Budget for the Bulletin?
2) Number of Pages?
3) Person/Group Responsible?
4) Theme of Conference?
5) Missionaries Participating?
6) Speaker Invited?
7) Faith Promise Goal?
- Theme of Conference
- Appropriate Picture or Photo to Reflect the Theme
- Dates of Conference
- Name of Church
- Address of Church
- Pastor’s Name
- Name of Main Speaker
Word of Exhortation from the Pastor about the Conference & Its Theme
Faith Promise: Previous Year Income & This Year’s Goal
Explanation of the Conference’s Missions Project & Financial Goal
Bible Verses Dealing with Missions
Schedule of Times & Activities of the Conference
Names of Missionaries participating in the Conference
Missionary Family’s Birthdays
(Salvation, Call to Missions, Years of Service, Testimony from Experience, etc...)
Missionary’s Addresses/E-Mail/Web Site/Phone Numbers
Missionary’s Photo or Copy of Prayer Card
Speaker’s Photo or Copy of Prayer Card
Mission Boards Represented and Their Addresses
Hymns and Choruses regarding Missions
Flags of Countries Represented by the Missionaries
Maps of Countries represented by the Missionaries
Statistics/Fun Facts of Countries represented by the Missionaries
Maps of Continents
List of All Missionaries & Mission Boards Supported by the Church
Clipart of People from Various Countries
Page Border Examples:
Border of Palm Trees to represent Tropical Areas
Border of Flags from any certain Country
Border of Soccer Balls
Border of Animals to represent some Area
(Kangaroos, Panda Bears, Elephants, Giraffes, etc.)
Border of Birds or Reptiles
(Tropical/Regional Birds such as Macaws, Parrots, Toucans, or Ostriches, etc.;
Snakes such as Anacondas, Pythons, or Cobras, etc.)
Border of Jungle Huts to represent Primitive People Areas
Border of Igloos, Teepees, etc. to represent Certain People Groups
Border of Large Buildings to represent Metropolitan Ministries
Border of People/Children in Native Dress
(Japanese in Kimonos, Scottish Kilts, African Warrior Dress, etc;
If you have Nationals in your conference you may want to be careful about the way you portray someone from their country because they may possibly get offended by the way Americans “stereotype” their people.)
Border of World Globes
Border of Airplanes
Border of Foreign Phrases
Border of Country Names in a Continent
Border of Children representing Different Races
Names of People Serving on the Missions Committee
Special Pages for Conference Notes
(With advance notice the missionaries/speakers can send in an outline of their notes for publication in the bulletin. You may want to leave some blanks for the church people to fill in during the preaching.)
History of Year-to-Year Faith Promise Goals &/or Actual Giving
Total Amount of Money Church has given to Missions since a Specific Time
Outline of Mission’s/ Faith Promise Giving
Outline of How to Pray for Missionaries
(Information for this may be gleaned from the Internet Links provided)
List of Churches Missionaries Commissioned by Your Church Throughout the Years
Month-by-Month Missionary Prayer Calendar
Famous or Challenging Mission Quotes
(The SWMI site provides a list of Quotes for your Use)
- Theme of Conference
- Theme Song of Conference
- Theme Verse of Conference
- Schedule of Conference
Conclusion: A well-prepared bulletin will add a special touch to your missions conference. Many booklets that I have seen are used often during the conference. Moreover, it cannot only be used effectively during the conference but also after the conference is long over. A well-informed people will pray, give, and do more for missions. Get your people excited and involved in missions all year long.