Tennessee WMU offers and promotes many ways for individuals, churches, and associations to participate in ministries with local, state, national, and global influence. The following information showcases some of those ministry avenues. If you have any questions, contact Jacki Holleman.
Christian Job Corps
CJC is a ministry of National Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU). Through CJC you can be part of a ministry that changes lives through Bible Study, Job Skills Training, Life Skills and Mentorship/Discipleship.
Tennessee WMU has 19 CJC sites across Tennessee from Bartlett to Morristown. In 2022, these sites reported 1,504 participants in their various programs and 315 volunteers serving 10,325 volunteer hours.
Click the link below for more information, a list of Tennessee sites with contact information, and a list of site ministry needs. To learn more about being involved, contact Becky Sumrall, Tennessee WMU CJC State Coordinator.
Project HELP: Mental Health
Project HELP is an initiative of WMU that identifies a critical issue and seeks to raise the level of awareness of that issue and provide practical approaches anyone can implement to open the door to meeting needs and sharing the gospel. During 2022-24 the Project HELP critical issue is Mental Health. WMU will provide multiple avenues for churches to raise awareness and equip members to lead and champion mental health initiatives in the church and in local communities.
Resources from national WMU (click here):
- Online course: Mental Health: The Church’s Response
- Mental Heath First Aid Training
- Book: Joyful Sorrow: Breaking Through the Darkness of Mental Illness
- Blogs on Mental Health
Missionary Houses in Mt. Juliet
The Tennessee Baptist Mission Board has two missionary homes in Mt. Juliet that provide much-needed rest for missionaries on stateside assignment – the Tennessee WMU Missionary House (Mary’s House) and the Missions Mobilization Center (MMC) Missions House. Tennessee WMU takes care of reservations and hosting the missionary families for both houses. Donated gift cards are used to stock pantry staples and other household items; if your group would like to donate Kroger, Target or Walmart gift cards for this ministry opportunity, please mail them to Tennessee WMU, PO Box 682789, Franklin, TN 37068.
Encouraging Collegiate MKs/TCKs
Each year Tennessee WMU assigns a Missionary Kid/Third Culture Kid who is attending college in Tennessee to every association so churches can encourage and support them. To find out the MK/TCK who has been assigned to your church, contact your association office, the association WMU director, or Kim Cruse, TN WMU Missions Discipleship Specialist.
Snacks for Tennessee BCMs
Tennessee WMU is partnering with BCM to collect snack foods to help reach students. BCMs can use Pop-Tarts, granola bars, and other individual serving snacks for everyday ministry and evangelistic outreach to students. Walmart gift cards can also be donated to help give BCMs flexibility on purchasing specific items when needed.
Visit the link below for more information on locating and contacting your local BCM.
National WMU Compassion Ministries
Find out about National WMU ministries like WorldCrafts, Pure Water Pure Love, Project HELP: Refugees, and Christmas in August.
TBMB Compassion Ministries
Find out about Tennessee Baptist Mission Board ministries like Christmas Backpacks, Literacy Missions, Restorative Justice, Refugee Ministry, Food Pantry, etc.
Denver Prayer Advocacy Partnership
Tennessee WMU began a prayer advocacy partnership with Send Denver (see button link below) in 2014 with a desire to engage Tennessee Baptists in prayer for Denver. This has primarily been done by recruiting prayer partners, sending prayer walking teams to Denver, and hosting video conference meetings to hear from and pray for church planters.
In 2023, Tennessee WMU plans to send at least two prayer walking teams to Denver. Contact Vickie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org if are interested in leading or being part of a team. Tennessee WMU also hosts a monthly 30-minute video conference called Great Commission Conversation: Denver to hear from and prayer for a church planter. Click here for calendar event dates.
To learn more about being involved, contact Vickie Anderson.
Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes
Tennessee WMU partners with the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Homes by promoting their Amazon wish list. The have created an Amazon Wish List of items to use in their residential campuses or foster homes to help provide for the basic daily needs for the children in their care. TBCH does not receive any government funds so providing these much-needed items will allow other funds to be used for welcoming children in hard places with the love of Christ. For more information about TBCH, visit the link below.
Click here to purchase items from the wish list on Amazon. When asked to choose a shipping address, click on TBCH – State Office’s Gift Registry Address.
Simply the Word is a powerful and unique approach to Bible study. Best designed for groups, it utilizes a strategy of dissecting the events of the Bible’s stories, along with analyzing decisions that were made by those involved, and the impact of those choices. Digging deeper into these stories through this approach helps participants consider possible thoughts and feelings of those in the story when it was happening, and see what God was doing then and what He is saying now through the story.
The STW technique can be learned in a four-to-six-hour training, which includes multiple sessions to observe, participate, and practice leading. STW Bible study/storying can also be used for your individual quiet time and offers a fresh look on Bible stories you’ve known your whole life. You’ll walk away from a discussion saying, “I never saw that truth in that story before” and “I never realized or saw it that way.”
New Hope Bible Storying is a unique Bible study approach that includes 7 sessions in a small group format where participants learn about wholeness and healing through specific Bible stories. It seeks to help those who have been through trauma share their own stories in a safe environment where healing can occur.
Tell the Story: Bible Storying for Kids is a Bible storying kit from national WMU that contains 40 Bible story sessions with 60 different activities, games, craft ideas and memory verse activities to help kids understand God’s Word and apply it to their lives. Also included is a 5-session plan for mission trips, Vacation Bible School, and outreach events. This multi-use resource is great for Backyard Bible clubs, church plants, small groups, and Sunday School classes, and can be adapted to multiple age levels and audiences.
If you are interested in attending or hosting an in-person training event, contact Kim Cruse, TN WMU Missions Discipleship Specialist.