Mission Today!

Become a Mission Today Unit!!

The purpose of promoting a Mission Today Unit is to:

What is a Unit?

A unit is any organized group of United Methodist Women within a church or district. Some units are composed of several circles, which periodically get together for a unit meeting.

How Do We Become a Mission Today Unit?

In order to be recognized as a Mission Today Unit, UMW groups must complete a minimum of twelve of the following criteria, including six of those marked with an asterisk (*). #1 of the criteria is not optional.  You must complete this one to become a Mission Today Unit.  Activities conducted between January 1 - December 31, 2013, will be recognized at annual meetings in 2014. This is an ongoing program, so strive to become a Mission Today Unit!  Download PDF or Word version of Mission Today Information / Criteria for 2013.

Criteria for a Mission Today Unit:

*1. The Unit will make and meet its Pledge to Mission.  (Must be completed)

*2.  Use the Prayer Calendar at each general meeting of the unit to pray for persons in mission and our mission work with women, children and youth. A new Prayer Calendar is printed each year and may be ordered from UMW Mission Resources.

*3. The unit will use at least two programs from the Program Book during the year. A new Program Book is printed every year, and may be ordered from UMW Mission Resources.

*4. The unit or circle will conduct or participate in at least one mission study each year. Contact your district or conference Mission Coordinator for Education & Interpretation to learn what the studies are for each year.  (If members of your unit, other than a conference or district officer, attend MISSION U or your District Mission Study and your unit takes an action growing out of the study...Gift to Mission, ministry related to the study, etc., your unit will meet this criteria.)

*5. The unit will have at least two members subscribing to response. Order from Magazines with a Mission, $24 for a year's subscription. New World Outlook is also available from Magazines with a Mission - $24.00 for a year's subscription. (1 member subscribing with units less than 15 members.)

*6. The unit will implement the Charter for Racial Justice in at least two ways during the year. Possibilities are:

Charter for Racial Justicea. Have members read and discuss books and articles about other races and cultures;

Link to Resources for Racial Justice on the Women's Division Websiteb. Sponsor an interethnic event between two or more units;

c. Recruit women of color to be members and officers of the unit;

d. View the DVD on the Charter, "In Search of Racial Justice." Your district president has a copy for use.

e. Use the new “Resources for Racial Justice: Tools for UMW Leaders” handbook. Click here to download PDF (4 MB file, 187 pages).  Click handbook picture at right for link to Women's Division website page about the new resource. 

f. Write to elected representatives to support legislation affecting issues such as immigration, affirmative action, low income programs, civil rights, etc.

*7. Become a member of the Western North Carolina UMW Justice Today (formerly Charter Club).  Click here for more information on the Social Action page of our website.

*8. The unit will add at least two new members (one member for units with less than 15 members) to its roll.

*9. The unit will have one program from the Social Principles of the United Methodist Church 2013-2016.

10. At least one member of the unit (other than a conference or a district officer) will attend MISSION U (formerly School of Christian Mission) and report back to the unit on classes and events they experienced.

11. At least two members (one member for units with less than 15 members), other than a conference or district officer, will attend the district or conference annual meeting and report back to the unit on classes and events they experienced.

12. The unit will have at least one person joining the United Methodist Women's Action Network to receive and respond to legislative information at least three (3) times a year. (To join, contact Women's Division Washington Office, 100 Maryland Ave. NE, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20002). (Attach to Mission Today report what you responded to and what action was taken.)
Download Action Network Registration Form (WORD)
Download Action Network Registration Form (PDF)

To join the email version...the Electronic Action Network...send an email request to:  umwanet@gbgm-umc.org

13. Members will correspond with five persons listed in the Prayer Calendar at least once a year.

14. The unit will cosponsor, with the local church, a Children's Sabbath. (This is a worship service highlighting the needs of children.) The United Methodist Women National Office and the Council of Bishops support this effort. Contact Children's Defense Fund for materials at 25 E. St. NW, Washington, DC 20001. Telephone 202-628-8787

15. The unit will contribute to all five channels of Mission Giving.

16. Each unit or circle meeting will include a "Response Moment" where an item from response magazine will be lifted up as a way to tell the mission story.

17.  The unit will sponsor one teen member (ages 12 to 17) and/or one young woman member (ages 18 to 39) to at least one Conference event during the year.

18. At least two members (one member for units with less than 15 members), other than a conference or district officer, will attend a district Prayer Breakfast, district Day Apart or conference Spiritual Growth Retreat.

19. At least two members (one member for units with less than 15 members) other than a district or conference officer will complete Plan 1 of the Reading Program and give a report to the unit on one of the books read.

20. The unit will invite a district or conference officer, other than a member of the unit, to one of the unit meetings during the year and/or for their United Methodist Women's Sunday.

21. The unit will add one new teen (ages 12 to 17) and/or one young women (ages 18-39) circle during the year, or one new teen member (ages 12-17) or one new young woman member (ages 18-39) during the year.

22. The unit will be responsible for supporting at least one local mission project and participate in one Conference Hands On Mission Project during the year.  The local project should be listed on your Mission Today report.

Wordle: Mission Today

Be a Mission Today Unit!

Mission Resource Center: Toll free: 1-800-305-9857     Website: www.umwmissionresources.org
United Methodist Women Mission Resources, 1650 Bluegrass Lakes Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30004

Magazine Circulation (For Response & New World Outlook): Toll free: 1-877-881-2385
Magazines with a Mission, PO Box 395, Congers, NY 10920-0395
FAX: 1-845-267-3478


Download 2013 Mission Today Information / Criteria (PDF)

Download 2013 Mission Today Information / Criteria (Word)

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