WEEK OF PRAYER FOR STATE MISSIONS
GOLDEN OFFERING FOR TENNESSEE MISSIONS
Suggested scriptures: Matthew 25: 35-40
- Share His Love
- People Need the Lord
- Fill my Cup Lord
- So Send I You
- Let Others See Jesus in You
Several years ago Tennessee Baptist churches were asked to complete a standing order form to receive promotion materials for the three weeks of prayer (for state, national, and international). If someone in your church completed the standing order form and returned it to TN WMU, materials to promote the Week of Prayer for State Missions and the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions were sent automatically in July 2012. Promotion materials include:
- Items will be customized according to your church’s standing order:
1. Number of posters needed
2. Number of offering envelopes needed
3. Number of prayer guides needed
- Items every church will automatically receive:
- DVD format video with nine segments of 2-3 minutes in length
- sample sermon outline
- age-level teaching guides (adult, youth, children, preschool)
- churchwide promotion ideas
- plus more
If your church did not complete the standing order form, a limited number of promotion materials are available by contacting TN WMU (800-558-2090, extension 7923, or 615-371-7923, or email email@example.com.
As of April 30, 2013 the 2012 Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions totals $1,313,793.00 which is .33% ahead of the offering this time last year. The goal is to raise $1.55 million to support missions and ministries in Tennessee that are not funded by the Cooperative Program. The 2012 offering will be accepted through August 31, 2013. Thank you, Tennessee Baptists, for your faithful support of GOTM.
Current GOTM Promotional Videos:
A Brief History:
1902 - Recognizing the urgency of the needs in Tennessee and feeling all Baptists should know about them, Mildred Golden (Mrs. W. C.) suggested a special season of prayer with an offering for state missions just as churches prayed for and gave to foreign missions and home missions. Dr. W. C. Golden was State Missions Secretary at the time; together they prepared and distributed the materials from their home. The first offering received was $800.
1943 - Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union officially named the state missions offering in honor of the Goldens; it became the Golden State Missions Offering (GSMO).
1952 - The offering goal was $35,000. Allocations included camps, rural work, women missionaries, and preachers’ schools.
1962 - The goal of $75,000 included allocations for an international student retreat, student aid at Harrison-Chilhowee Academy, and a church lot fund.
1972 - More than doubling in a decade, the goal of $170,000 included gifts to native Tennessee missionaries, ministry to the deaf, student summer missions, mission center ministries, and special rural and mountain ministries.
1982 - The offering goal was $550,000. Student scholarships were identified for church-related vocations, medical and Acteens. Disaster relief, language missions ministries, ministry to the handicapped, resort missions, scripture distribution, and world witness through the World’s Fair in Knoxville were some of the allocations.
1992 - The offering topped a million with a goal of $1,050,000. Tennessee had a population of 4.9 million. Allocations included homes for the developmentally disabled, mega-focus cities, a site fund for new churches, and seminary extension.
2002 - In the centennial year the offering name was changed to the Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions to clarify its purpose and still honor the legacy of Dr. and Mrs. Golden. One-half of the offering of $1.6 million focused on starting new churches.