This year's offering will assist Michigan Baptist pastors and their families who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
PODCAST: "Helping Those Who Help Us"
On this special episode of “Punching Holes in the Darkness”, BSCM Executive–Director Tim Patterson sits down an array of voices to discuss the 2020 Frances Brown State Mission Offering. Pastor Tim is joined by BSCM President Scott Blanchard along with BSCM staff, Sue Hodnett, Mike Durbin and Dr. Tony Lynn. This year’s offering will provide a relief fund for pastors and their families who are suffering financially or medically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ideas for promoting the State Mission Offering
This year’s promotion is going to be different than years past because of the impact of COVID-19. With fewer in person meetings in churches, the impact of this year’s offering depends on every church doing its part by promoting it online, and giving it a greater presence in the church services, whatever form they take. Here are a few ways you can help:
Ask a church member to lead the online promotion of state missions.
Post the promo videos and theme video on your website and social media.
Link to the bscm.org/smo web page on your website and in social media posts.
PROMOTE AT CHURCH
Advertise in the church newsletter and Sunday bulletin.
Show the videos in worship services during September.
Plan special prayer times for state missions during worship and other meetings.
PROMOTE SPECIAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Pray for the salvation of lost people in Michigan.
Lead a prayer meeting on Zoom or another online meeting app.
Host a prayer service in your church parking lot.
Ask someone to share a testimony about missions outreach.
ENCOURAGE SACRIFICIAL GIVING
Set a higher goal than ever.
Explain to the congregation how this offering goes directly to Michigan Baptist pastors and their families who are struggling as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Collect the offering, both online and in worship services, through September.
Celebrate your church’s partnership in state missions.
Recommend a Pastor in Need of Financial Relief
As a result of COVID-19, some pastors have experienced unexpected hardships. Michigan Baptists care and we want to help these faithful servants of the Lord. That’s why the entire 2020 Frances Brown State Mission Offering is being dedicated to pastoral assistance in light of the pandemic.
Please click the button below and fill out the request form to let us know about the need.
The Baptist State Convention of Michigan has set up a direct giving portal to the Frances Brown State Missions Offering in order to make it even more convenient for churches.
The Frances Brown State Mission Offering is a annual offering taken by Michigan Baptist Churches to fund special missions projects for starting, strengthening, and sending churches within the state of Michigan.
Who was Frances Brown?
Born in Carbondale, Illinois, and the oldest of thirteen children, Frances Brown came to Michigan in November of 1958 as the Executive Secretary of Michigan Woman's Missionary Union.
Frances Brown used her influence as a leader to lead Michigan Baptist women to minister to the many number of persons in the state who did not know Christ as their Lord. She was missions!
Her countenance was an icon that called the women into action! The mention of her name is an inspiration for all to be all that God intends for us to be.
She was and is "Miss Frances Brown". The woman whose motto has echoed in the ears of thousands of men, women, and children: "If I can help you, just let me know.” These words were not just simple words to Frances Brown, they came from her heart as she visited in associations and churches while serving Michigan Baptists.
Frances Brown gave encouragement and challenged Michigan Baptists to reach out and touch the lives of people in the state, as well as around the world. She was born in Illinois, but Michigan was her mission field!
She gave twenty years of superior leadership and furthered the cause of missions in Michigan. Upon her retirement in April of 1978, the Baptist State Convention of Michigan honored her by naming the state missions offering the Frances Brown State Mission Offering.
Frances Brown died in 1979, but her challenge to Michigan Baptists to be willing to give of their time, money, and selves to the cause of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the vast mission field called Michigan lives today.