Boys & Girls Missionary Challenge is the Assemblies of God’s premier discipleship tool in teaching this next generation of kids to give generously and sacrifice deeply for God’s mission.
Boys and Girls Missionary Challenge instills a heart of compassion to reach the lost through praying, giving, and going. All funds raised through BGMC go to meet critical needs around the world such as feeding programs, water wells, Bible schools, curriculum, and whatever else a missionary needs in the area of the world they serve. BGMC funds also return back to local networks to help fund US missions, such as Youth Alive, Chi Alpha, Home Missions, Teen Challenge, etc.
Winter BGMC PROJECT
The One Oregon for BGMC Winter Project this year will be providing Christmas Stocking to kids in Morocco. This Christmas Stocking project was started in 2004. Every year the Christmas stockings include various items. They try to include something practical and something fun. A lot of the kids who receive a stocking are from migrant families. Many are poor, so they also try including a toy and something gospel related. Our goal is to provide 600 Christmas Stockings at $15 a piece. So, we will are hoping to raise a total of $9,000. Whatever funds that don’t arrive in time for Christmas this year will go to give the church and missionaries of Morocco a jumpstart for Christmas of 2019.
Will you join with our OMN churches and give to this project? The easiest way for your church and kids to participate is to send in your Winter BGMC offerings, to the National office, with their Special Target Form. You can download this form on our BGMC webpageThis a sensitive area so if you would like a Project Video please contact the NextGen Ministry office and we can send you one, but it must not be shared, placed on the internet or social media.
Note: All BGMC offering checks should be made out to BGMC. Send your offerings to: BGMC 1445 N. Boonville Ave., Springfield, MO 65802. All offerings must be postmarked by December 31st in order to receive giving credit for that year.
Missions 1:2:3 Strategy
How do children’s ministries use BGMC in their churches to effectively raise funds for missionaries, teach about finances, and not burden the church?
Here is how: it’s called Missions 1:2:3.
What is Missions 1:2:3?
Simply it is: 1 leader, 2 minute sermons, and 3 month goals.
This ideally is a children’s pastor/worker who can empower volunteer leaders, and students. This is a leader who can make a faith-stretching goal, a leader who can model the desired behavior before their kids. This most likely will need to be a key leader.
You ask, “Why not once a month? Why each week?” Each week creates a habit that is important. Some kids may want to give but might not be present the week you receive the offering, if it’s done only once a month. Plus, receiving the offering each week keeps the need in front of them.
Take 2 minutes to present an offering sermon. This is not a typical offering appeal, but a mini-sermon. To help you with these 2 minute offering sermons, Next Generation Ministries has developed 52 offering sermons. This way all you will need to do is schedule time for the offering, present the 2 minute sermon and receive the offering each week.
Download Missions 1:2:3 2-Minute Sermons
3 Month Goals
There is nothing magical about 3 months; it’s simply easy for kids to remember shorter goals then year-long goals. 3 month goal setting is something you can repeat throughout the year. Maybe have a 3 month goal focus 3 to 4 times a year.
Now, you may be wondering, what role do church offerings and fundraisers play? If we follow the Missions 1:2:3 strategy this becomes the foundation of giving; the church offering becomes the cheering section and a couple well planned fundraisers become icing on the cake rather then the cake itself.
Let’s make sure to teach this Next Generation to be biblical givers; To give in a way that honors and pleases God.