Growth and Development
The purpose of the Growth Development Committee (GDC) is to:
• Encourage participation in LWML events and activities that spread awareness of LWML missions and service.
• Direct local groups, zones, and districts to resources that connect women with the mission and ministry of the LWML.
• Inspire local groups, zones, and districts to grow in faith in Christ and in relationships as Lutheran Women in Mission.
A Time for Everything — Ecclesiastes 3:1–8
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
Do these verses from Ecclesiastes describe the year 2020? With a COVID-19 pandemic, civil unrest, economic fluctuations, job uncertainty or upheaval in working conditions, changes in education, and disruption of church and religious activities, the world is indeed in tumultuous times!
What are we — Lutheran Women in Mission — to do? How do we stay connected to each other in fellowship, remain connected to His Word, and continue to connect to others through service?
We carry on!
How do we accomplish that when there are national, state, or local restrictions on gathering?
We get creative!
Here are ideas to assist you and your LWML groups to not only survive, but to thrive, in these challenging times.
Women in Mission University (WMU) is a tool to educate all people about the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. It consists of four sections that can be used individually in separate events, or all or some of the sections may be used together as a one-day event.
Using WMU is an ideal way to introduce LWML to LCMS women in your congregation, zone, or district who are not yet participating in the mission of the LWML. It’s also useful as a refresher for women who are already involved.
Each of the sections contain a PowerPoint and other helps.
Visit the WMU page to download
LWML 101: Back to the Basics of LWML
LWML 102: What to Do? What to Do!
Just a Cup of Coffee: Reaching Out
LWML 103: The Heart of LWML
LWML 104: Your LWML Designed 4 U
LWML … What's Your Why?
A questionnaire for asking the why for LWML involvement. Use it to encourage membership and get feedback.
What's Your Why? Reflection Tool
LWML PowerPoint Templates
New templates are available for you to use for your presentations! Download them here.
The Time is Now
Articles To Make You Think
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Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12).