Dear Pastors and Mission Leaders,
Greetings in Christ. January is a good time to look ahead and begin to think about what you would like to see happen with missions in your church. What is the next step that you can take? What would be a fresh start for your mission program? You probably have one idea that already comes to mind. If not, here are some ideas to ponder for 2024 to begin a fresh start for your missions’ growth.

  • Raise mission awareness in your church by highlighting a missionary every month. Refresh your mission display board or start one. Use Sunday School to help young people learn about missions and your missionaries.
  • Host a mission weekend. Week-long mission conferences are rarely done anymore. Instead, plan a weekend for missions in your church. Invite a mission speaker, host some of your missionaries, or plan an ethnic supper.
  • Review your mission policy. Do you have one? If not, plan a weekend to find out what is important about missions in your church. Invite the Austvolds for a weekend visit to help your church to develop a mission strategy for your church.
  • Host a mini-summit. This is where several area churches come together for a Saturday training event. The focus is on missions and workshops are presented to help grow your mission team. Anywhere from two to five churches can plan this kind of event.
  • Plan for a GlobalFingerprints Sunday. If you are interested in sponsoring children through the EFCA’s child sponsorship program, you can promote this as a weekend in November during Orphan Sunday or you can promote an event at a time that works for your church. Maybe, you would like to be an anchor church and sponsor 25 children or 50 children or more. Talk with us on how to proceed to be an anchor church.
  • Lead a crisis response team. Crisis response has currently three sites now that are open. Have your pastor or a key leader become the team leader. Organize a team to Louisiana, to Florida or to Kentucky. Find out what the needs are for teams. Or join a team that Steve is leading.
  • Host a Bridges4Justice event. Bridges4Justice grew out of ReachGlobal. If you are interested in anti-trafficking and helping vulnerable young women and children in Asia, consider reaching out to Bridges4Justice to see how your church can be informed in this area and be involved through prayer, partnering, and giving. Contact Sharon at
  • Support the North Central District Foundation. Consider adding the NCD Foundation to your mission budget. This money will go to revitalizing NCD churches and starting new churches in our district. Contact Paul Anderson for information at


Steve Austvold