About the offering
When you give, you become part of one sacred effort – God’s magnificent story of redemption for mankind and for all to know Him.
Through giving, your church is sending and supporting your missionaries, advancing the Gospel to the nations – and finding a place in God’s story!
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Why should we give to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
Southern Baptists send missionaries from their churches, through IMB, to go into the world making disciples in the name of Jesus. In that partnership, Southern Baptists provide the funding to send and support these missionaries and their ministries. The more resources they provide, the more missionaries can be sent.
“As the body of Christ, we’re like an orchestra … each member is so vital, is so important for making beautiful music. So just like your giving is so important in us coming to Sweden, we can work together … through sharing his love with others,” church planter/musician Anissa Haney says.
Your giving has a place in God’s story!
What happens because you give?
Southern Baptist churches partner with their associations, state conventions and the SBC to do more through the Cooperative Program than they could ever do alone. It provides of IMB’s total income.
Lottie Moon Christmas Offering
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering provides the largest portion of IMB’s income — — and gives Southern Baptists a chance to support their missionaries through 100 percent of their gifts.
Hunger and relief funds, field-generated funds, investment returns and other income constitute the remaining of IMB’s income.
Find a funding chart plus your own state’s Cooperative Giving chart.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering?
Southern Baptist churches collect the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for the sole purpose of supporting international missions. Every penny of the offering goes to the International Mission Board’s overseas budget, thus supporting your missionaries and their work.
What is the goal for this year’s offering?
The goal for the 2014 offering is $175 million.
What is the 2014 theme?
The 2014 theme is “One sacred effort” and the Scripture is Matthew 28:19-20. What is that one sacred effort? Man sinned and forfeited his perfect relationship with God, but He had a plan to reconcile His creation back to Himself through His Son, the sent One. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, God sent disciples to continue His faithful mission to make Himself known. Now, it is our call and privilege to join the Author of all history in His magnificent story of redemption as we advance His Gospel among all nations – together in one sacred effort!
What planning materials are available to help church leaders prepare for the offering?
WMU provides Lottie Moon Christmas Offering posters and envelopes plus Week of Prayer brochures to churches by Nov. 1. Contact your state WMU office to check on your supply.
IMB has sent churches a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering media kit (coming) including:
• Planning guides for pastors and missions leaders with videos on DVD and a suggested timeline for planning and promoting, plus funding information and Web links to more helps and stories.
• A guide for student leaders gives opportunities for students to give and go.
• A leader guide for children offering Web resources and kid-sized stories for these specific audiences, plus an enclosed DVD with video.
Can I find dollar examples of how the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is used to support missionaries?
Yes. Check out Lottie Moon @ Work for resources to help pastors and missions leaders promote the offering. The stories give specific costs associated with missionaries sharing the Gospel – expenses that your church members help provide when they give to the offering. Each story package includes viewable and downloadable videos and photos.
What materials can I order for my congregation?
FREE resources for your church to promote the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering include:
• The 2014 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Media Kit with DVD (coming)
• CommissionStories tabloid, fall and winter editions (coming)
• Living Letter fliers, LMCO edition (coming)
Visit our online catalog as these and more Lottie Moon offering materials become available.
Week of Prayer questions
What and when is the Week of Prayer?
The Week of Prayer, Nov. 30-Dec. 7, encourages churches to pray daily for the international missions work and missionaries the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering supports.
Who is featured during the Week of Prayer?
This year’s eight Week of Prayer stories illustrate how we are united as we join God in His work. When you pray and give, you support those who extend your outreach from your church to those without Christ. You become part of God’s story around the world!
How do churches obtain Week of Prayer resources?
Your Woman’s Missionary Union state office distributes free Week of Prayer guides and posters. Churches should receive their quantities by Nov. 1. Besides English, the prayer guide and poster also are printed in Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.
International Mission Study questions
What does the International Mission Study feature?
Woman’s Missionary Union’s 2014 study features Ivory Coast. IMB missionaries in Abidjan share Jesus where false religions hold sway over the lives of the people.
How can I get the study?
Kits, pupil materials and teacher's guides are available from WMU or in a LifeWay Christian Store in your area.