Recruit, Reclaim and Retain A Message from Sister Erica Austin Below are some creative ideas to new members and appeal to the young women Sponsor a Chat-N-Chew Create a mentoring program for girls or teens Initiate a mission outreach project. Skill Bank Questionnaire Health Fit Club How Do you stay connected? Game Night/Social Activities I am glad you asked! There are three established ways you can stay connected and involved: Organize community information sessions to promote awareness of social issues (i.e. Affordable Care Act, Voter ID laws, Voting Procedures, HIV/ AIDS awareness) Plan fellowship trips to attend WMS Connectional, Episcopal, Conference and Area Meetings as a group Develop a book club Invite prospective members over for breakfast or brunch to discuss the organization and benefits of becoming a member Make Arts and Crafts for an upcoming holiday Organize a Sister-to-Sister recruitment initiative where each missionary finds a new member to bring to a meeting or to a WMS Connectional, Episcopal, Conference and Area Meeting *Connectional Member-At-Large* Hello my sisters! I invite you to stay connected with YWI! Don’t miss out on all the fun and exciting new things we are doing to keep our young sisters ages 18-40 engaged n the church and ON FIRE FOR GOD! Join the Connectional List-serv- If not already on send an email to [email protected] Search: Young Women's Initiative (YWI) Tweet: ywi_wms Plan an outing for Social events Ladies, strap on your heels, hold your head high, Annual Retreats and join the movement of the YWI because WE Training and Leadership Development Seminars represent the newness, the freshness, and the vivaciousness of our Lord, our God. We are taking High Heels to High Places"all while blazing the " Fresh Fire" ignited by His spirit! " This Connectional brochure was inspired by the 7th Episcopal District WMS. Women’s Missionary Society Young Women Initiative YWI The Purpose of the Young Women’s Initiative is to bridge the gap between young women and seasoned missionaries and to expand the body of Women’s Missionary Society Women’s Missionary Society Mission Statement We are called to strengthen our faith and sent to continue the ministry of Jesus Christ by service and witness to the world. History The genesis of the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI) in the AME Women’s Missionary Society was in the First Episcopal Our Focus District, New York Conference. Conference President Carolyn Scavella appointed Mrs. Vanecia Bell Kerr as YWI coordinator. During the first year of inception, the New York Conference brought in about 120 young women. Seeing the Eradicate Violence against women and girls locally and globally. white t-shirts as they have joined in the mission to symbolize the effort that must be rendered to Celebrate the girl-child district- wide initiative. When Dr. Dorothy Adams Peck be- To promote fitness and wellness for women and girls. To create alternative worship experiences and mission initiatives ative to the connection. The Young Women’s Initiative was one of a three-pronged thrust to increase WMS membership among women 18-40 years of age. The Connectional Membership chair was Mrs. Donate laptop computers to International Episcopal Districts 14-20. Valerie Cousin and the Connectional Coordinator of YWI was Mrs. Vanecia Bell Kerr. The result for the connection was a ***************************************** significant increase in membership and more expansive and effective mission outreach. When Dr. Jamesina Evans became the seventh elected WMS President in 2003, her administration readily accepted the challenge of implementing the revised structure of the WMS, which operated based on commissions. The Commission on Membership and Recruitment became the commission under which the Young Women's Initiative would unfold. One of the new positions required in the Constitution and Bylaws of the WMS was the Member-at-large (18-40); this officer would serve as commissioner of the YWI under the Commission on Membership and Recruitment. Mrs. D’Juana Duncombe Wilson of the 9th Episcopal District was elected during the Executive Board of 2005, following the 47th General Conference’s ratification of the newly revised Constitution and Bylaws. Information cited from “Connecting the dots in Mission” by Shirley Hopkins Davis, PhD-Connectional WMS 1st Vice President, 2009. These young ladies often wear red shoes, jeans and Advance the generation in the leadership of the Women’s Missionary Society and the African Methodist Episcopal Church success of the initiative, Supervisor M. Joan Cousin made it a came Connectional President in 1995, she broadened the initi- YWIs - Fresh Fire influence change in our communities, our churches and in the Women’s Missionary Society. Perhaps the Jeans accomplish the work; white t-shirts symbolize the purity of hearts and motives that should be present in Christian service; and the Red Shoes symbolize the blood that Jesus shed for our redemption! They are known as “Fresh Fire” (a term developed by Supervisor Cecelia Williams Bryant), because they bring a fresh perspective to the work; they lend their talents and skills to enhance WMS services and programs; and they impart an energy to the work to enrich the legacy of the Women’s Missionary Society, so it may be sustained and the Missionary Leaders have an Important Role Missionary leaders have an important role. Third Vice Presidents and members at large of YWI are charged with the assignment of recruiting YWIs, fostering relationships, and making strides to motivate and mobilize young women. Local WMS presidents and societies are expected to train, mentor and equip these Christian young women with the tools and knowledge necessary to make a difference in their churches and communities. Another recruitment plan is to have Great Commission may be fulfilled! ***************************************** It’s a New Season Dr. Shirley Cason-Reed, the Connectional WMS President, stated that “It’s a New Season” for the WMS. We should get excited about embracing this “New Season” with increased YWI participation, as well as the vast opportunities to unite with YWIs for mission outreach and spiritual growth! missionaries reach out and find young ladies to help them It is a season to enthusiastically and energetically find their place in the church and in the WMS. The priority recruit and mobilize YWIs to engage in this great goal is to embrace young ladies, involve them in the work of legacy of faith and service. In keeping with our missions and make opportunities available for them to Connectional WMS theme, Expanding, Elevating, become active members and servant leaders in the Women’s Empowering, for service and missions, let us adopt the Missionary Society and AME Church. goal to expand our witness for Christ, increase our engagement with YWIs because it is indeed a NEW SEASON!
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