May Mission Month 2024: 
Mending!

No matter where we are, we can join God in mending a beautiful, broken world. We don’t bring healing in our strength—we are co-menders with God in Jesus Christ, our Healer and Savior.

Being a co-mender means joining God in renewing creation and communities, developing meaningful and authentic relationships, restoring people and the planet through God’s healing and love, and making ourselves available to be used by God. God is mending a beautiful, broken world in Jesus Christ our Lord. Jesus calls us to be co-menders with God, joining with God wherever he brings healing, shalom, reconciliation, and renewal.

Being a co-mender means sharing God’s love and Gospel in compassionate, authentic, and relevant ways. It means partnering together with each other and God – sending and being sent, giving and receiving, serving together as partners in God’s mission.



Four key Mending! themes:
  1. Renewing: It starts with us (Galatians 5:16–17, 22–26)
  2. Relating: It’s always about relationships (Matthew 4:18–22)
  3. Restoring: It’s about the whole Gospel for the whole world (Luke 4:14–21)
  4. Responding: It’s about availability (John 1:35–42)
 


Resources for One, Two or Four Weeks

Mending! resources for all ages are being developed to help your faith community to engage with mission and Baptist Mission Australia's ministry in a new way.

Click here to explore what's coming >>

Do churches have to do all four weeks? No, church communities can pick and choose which key Mending! themes they focus on. You might dedicate one, two, three or four weeks to the series. The four themes can be run as a four-part series, or each theme can be used a standalone theme. 

RESOURCES    

Click on the dropdown boxes below to explore more. 

One Week

Key Resources (in development):

Mending! Short Film
Play the key Mending! video during your service.

Sermon
Preach using the Pastor's and Leader's Guide, use one of the filmed sermons or invite a Baptist Mission Australia guest preacher.

Children and Youth
Use one session of the children's and interactive youth group material.

Fundraise
Promote and support a particular intercultural team member, team, project or Baptist Mission Australia's ministry as a whole. We can only do it together! 


Additional Resources:

Intercultural Team Member Videos
Play an update video from one of the team members you partner with during your service. 

Small Groups
Encourage small groups to focus on mission and Baptist Mission Australia's ministry through using the Pastor's and Leader's Guide.  

RESOURCES    

Two Weeks

Key Resources (in development):

Mending! Short Film
Play the key Mending! video during your service.

Sermons
Preach using the Pastor's and Leader's Guides, use one of the filmed sermons or invite a Baptist Mission Australia guest preacher.


Thematic Videos
Utilise the inspiring global and local mission stories to illustrate the key Mending! themes.

Children and Youth
Use two sessions of the children's and interactive youth group material.

Fundraise
Promote and support a particular intercultural team member, team, project or Baptist Mission Australia's ministry as a whole. We can only do it together! 


Additional Resources:

Intercultural Team Member Videos
Play an update video from one of the team members you partner with during your service. 

Small Groups
Encourage small groups to focus on mission and Baptist Mission Australia's ministry through using the Mending! Pastor's and Leader's Guide.  

Missioning Podcast Episodes
Share Missioning episode links with your congregation and be encouraged by stories from around the world.

RESOURCES    

Four Weeks

Key Resources (in development):

Mending! Short Film
Play the key Mending! video during your service.

Sermons
Preach using the pastor's and leader's notes, use one of the filmed sermons or invite a Baptist Mission Australia guest preacher.


Thematic Videos
Utilise the inspiring global and local mission stories to illustrate the key Mending! themes.

Pray
Facilitate a creative prayer time, hold a prayer event or set up prayer stations as part of a service. Utilise Baptist Mission Australia prayer resources and ideas to prompt prayer for mission, our teams and our ministry. 

Children and Youth
Use all sessions of the children's and interactive youth group material.

Fundraise
Promote and support a particular intercultural team member, team, project or Baptist Mission Australia's ministry as a whole. We can only do it together! 


Additional Resources:

Intercultural Team Member Videos
Play an update video from one of the workers you partner with during your service. 

Small Groups
Encourage small groups to focus on mission and Baptist Mission Australia's ministry through using the Mending! Pastor's and Leader's Guide.  

Missioning Podcast Episodes
Share Missioning episode links with your congregation and be encouraged by stories from around the world. 

RESOURCES    


Want to talk to someone?
If you would like to chat about resources or how you and your church can engage with the Alongsiders series, then contact your State Leader here or our Communications Manager, Teagan Dwyer-Riviere on tdwyerriviere@baptistmissionaustralia.org