WEEK OF PRAYER FOR STATE MISSIONS
GOLDEN OFFERING FOR TENNESSEE MISSIONS
Suggested scriptures: Mark 8:18
Suggested hymns (all from 1991 Hymnal):
- “Open My Eyes That I May See” by Clara Scott, Hymn 502
- “Be Thou My Vision” by Mary Byrne, Hymn 60
- “Rescue the Perishing” by Fanny Crosby, Hymn 559
- “O God of Love, Enable Me” by David Duncan, Hymn 580
- “God, Our Author and Creator” by Carl Daw, Hymn 590
- “God, Whose Purpose is to Kindle” by David Elton Trueblood, Hymn 618
Video contemporary song: “Jesus, Friend of Sinners” by Casting Crowns
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 2013. 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 eight segments under 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Golden Offering for Tennessee Missions total as of 11/30/13 is $1,058,726 which is 4.11% higher than the same time last year. Thank you, Tennessee Baptists, for supporting state missions through the Golden Offering.
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.