GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING A MISSION
BEFORE THE MISSION
- Form a planning committee. Meet regularly to plan for the mission and assess progress.
- Decide on the date and length of the mission, as well as a Theme (preferably short and catchy). Decide on the Preacher(s). Have a budget.
- Decide on the type of mission you want i.e. whether a teaching or evangelistic mission.
- Decide on the target group i.e. whether it’s for non-churched, lapsed members or general membership etc.
- Establish prayer group(s). Meet regularly to pray for the mission – the Preacher(s), those who will attend, those who will lead, the counsellors etc.
- Encourage members to identify those to be invited. Pray for them regularly and invite them to the mission services.
- Determine the needs of the mission e.g. PA system? Indoor or open air? Venue? Electricity? Music/Musicians? Cost?
- Do promotion of the mission – flyers, posters, letters (to other churches, schools, other institutions, business places etc.), house to house visits, announcements e.g. on ‘Think On These Things’ and via loudspeaker (near the date of the mission).
- Assign tasks. Select and brief persons for various responsibilities e.g. Song leader(s), ‘Welcome Team’ (Ushers) etc.
- Select and train counsellors who will help to counsel those who respond during the mission, and who will also do follow-up after the mission.
- Procure tracts, booklets etc. for the mission.
- If possible, have hymns and choruses to be used during the mission printed on sheets or projected on to screen.
DURING THE MISSION
- Have counsellors and those involved in the service meet for prayer at least 45 minutes before the start each evening. Bolster the whole event with prayer.
- Have welcome team/ushers, song leaders etc. in place and ready to do their work. (You may have persons take turns in leading each night.)
- Counsellors to record names, addresses and contact numbers of those who make decisions.
- If possible, have place where counsellors can meet with those who make decisions.
- Do on-going assessment of how things are going each night to determine whether any adjustments/changes need to be made.
AFTER THE MISSION
- Counsellors and/or other selected persons to do follow-up work with those who made decisions. If they express a preference for, or association with a particular church, refer them to the priest/pastor.
Where there is no preference, invite them, not just to Church, but to Bible Study, Prayer Meeting, and to become involved in an organisation.
- Pray with them.
- Walk with them.
- Encourage them. Be a spiritual mentor.
- Give help if possible, and where necessary.