September 4-11, 2022
The churches of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention see their focus as Churches Strengthening Churches, Churches Sharing Christ, and Churches Starting Churches. This year’s State Missions Offering emphasis is focused on our state convention Vision approved by the messengers at our October 2021 annual meeting. We are challenged to be surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ daily as we seek to share the gospel, strengthen all our churches, and to start new churches. 100% of the funds from the State Missions Offering fund our collegiate ministries across our region, our disaster relief ministries, sharing Christ, strengthening churches, and starting churches.
Together, we can make a difference as we partner in praying, giving, and sharing, as we seek to expand God’s kingdom right here at home!
SURRENDERED TO JESUS CHRIST
Churches Sharing Christ
Churches Starting Churches
Churches Strengthening Churches
I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you, always praying with joy for all of you in my every prayer, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. I am sure of this, that he who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
Day One - Pray for our churches and plants as they encourage each member to grow in devotion and engage in ongoing gospel conversations.
As believers, we are often hampered by the monotony of daily life routines. It can seem exhausting. The cure is to go back to the beginning, from when we first experienced the risen Christ. We need to value again the supremacy of Jesus’ sacrifice – His death and His life resurrected.
Hebrews 6 and 7 describes Jesus’ position as the guarantee of a better covenant. Not only better, but sufficient and forever (Hebrews 7:24-25) Our foundation is built upon the cornerstone of Jesus’ reality. Our mission in Idaho and Utah can be tough and lonely. We need to be refreshed by the Word and Jesus’ presence in each of our lives. We pray that God fills us anew with the knowledge who we are because of who He is.
Pray Hebrews 10:23-25
Day Two - Pray for your church’s leadership as they are seeking the kingdom of God through sustained involvement in church planting partnerships.
Read Philippians 1:3-7
The leadership in each of the UISBC churches face difficult tasks, often hampered by turmoil and disastrous events. However, with Christ doing the work of ministry through each of us, we find unity in the body and can accomplish great things for the Kingdom.
Pray that the leaders of your church will overcome through a reliance on Christ and will continue in the partnerships in the gospel that Paul talks about in Philippians 1.
Day Three - Pray for churches to invest into other churches in the UISBC family through prayer and tangible partnerships.
Read Philippians 1:3-7 and 2 Corinthians 11:9
As members of the UISBC, pray that each congregation will find ways to invest in other churches through prayer, practical partnerships, or financial assistance. Pray that the gospel will not fail in their area of the two-state convention.
Continue to reaffirm what it means to be surrendered to the Lordship of Christ every day. Pray for our UISBC Staff members to be surrender to His Lordship as they are challenged in our vision, as well.
Day Four - Pray for UISBC Staff as they seek to initiate strategic relationships between UISBC churches for the purposes of serving one another so that every church is connected to strengthen another church.
Read Psalm 133:1, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, Philippians 4:10-20, Colossians 1:3-9 and 4:7-9
Encouragement takes place when churches work closely and serve together. This idea is well supported throughout God’s Word. Paul’s actions offer the clearest example inside the church setting. Whether serving as a missionary, church-planter, pastor, or mentor to pastors, Paul both acknowledges and encourages cooperative support between the local body of believers. This could be seen in both physical needs and ministry resources through individuals.
This might cause us to consider and pray about the following answers to these questions:
- Who benefits the most when UISBC churches and leaders no longer feel isolated and alone?
- How has God equipped our churches to support other churches in our area to help them accomplish their ministry goals?
- What needs could be met in each of our churches if only we asked? This may include personal or emotional needs of the pastor or his family.
- What first step are we willing to take to foster a culture of connection and partnership?
Day Five - Pray for UISBC Staff to establish God ordained yearly goals that are obedient, clear, and measurable to meet the challenge of this vision.
Re-read Philippians 1:7
The UISBC Staff is consistently committed to the work of spreading the gospel across our convention. As such, they are our partners in the important task, but most assuredly in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. They need the prayers of the saints to continue this treasured work. Pray that the staff and leadership of our convention seek God’s will in the making of goals and their continued obedience in the fulfilling of our combined vision.
Day Six - Pray for the ministry of the Executive Board as they assist the UISBC Staff in establishing relationships between each pastor in the UISBC to ensure that each one is known and not alone.
Read Ephesians 4:11-12
This passage talks about the diversity within the body of Christ. Imagine all the diversity within all the churches of the UISBC. Now imagine all the struggles. What a task! But we are challenged to connect the pastors of this convention through the work of the Executive Board by reaching out. This is steeped in the words of scripture.
The challenge is drawing us together in Christ. Pray for the Executive Board as they work to connect with all the pastors of our convention to encourage and edify them in the great work they are doing to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Day Seven - Pray for the Executive Board to provide encouragement, resources, and accountability for every UISBC Staff member to ensure the meeting of the challenges of this vision and stated yearly goals.
Read Philippians 1:9-10
The Executive Board of the UISBC is a diverse group that is linked in their relationship with Christ. Our prayer for our leaders should always be with the concern for their growth and understanding of what God has in store for them and for His church through them. May our prayer for the Executive Board be that they will grow in godly knowledge and discernment; that the decisions they make will be without spot or blemish, and that they will be blameless before our Lord Jesus Christ as they lead the UISBC toward our stated goals.
Day Eight - Pray for the leadership of the Executive Board as they promote a culture celebrating the faithfulness of churches, pastors, staff members, and all who serve within the Convention.
Read 2 Corinthians 12:11-14
We have reason to celebrate! In Christ, we are completed, comforted, made to be like-minded, and encouraged to live in peace with one another. What more could we ask for? As the UISBC celebrates the faithfulness of its member churches and ministries, will you give praise to God for the faithfulness of our missionaries, staff, convention officers, and board members who serve God through serving you? Pray that our unity will be revealed through the blessings God bestows upon our convention and the souls that are obedient to Him in Christ Jesus!
Thank you Utah-Idaho Southern Baptists!
The Great Commission calls us is to share the gospel with everyone across Idaho and Utah, to start new churches where the gospel is being sown, and to strengthen all of our churches to His glory. As we enter this time of prayer and offering, we are reminded we serve a great God who is at work in our midst and desires to work through us in great ways to reach our mission field!
The State Missions Offering provides funds for special mission projects and supports our churches, missionaries, and ministries throughout Idaho and Utah. Your gifts stay in our state convention to help existing churches, start new churches, mobilize Disaster Relief volunteers, support ethnic work, provide outreach on college campuses, and provide funds for many churches for their outreach and church strengthening events. One hundred percent of this offering is utilized in Utah and Idaho.
2022 State Missions Offering Breakdown
Our State Missions Offering was formerly known as the York-Dillman State Missions Offering and now you know ‘the rest of the story!’ In 1887, Rev. J.B. York arrived in Clearwater, ID and planted a church in a log cabin schoolhouse. The first work in Utah began when Harold Dillman and his wife, Opal, helped plant a church in Roosevelt in 1944. As a result of these early church starting efforts, many more churches were started, leading to the formation of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention in October 1964. Today, approximately 200 congregations meet weekly in our two states speaking in thirteen different languages!
2021 Amount Raised
Resource Order Form
State Missions Offering resources (bulletin insert, poster, and envelopes) will be mailed to every Utah-Idaho SBC church late August. If you need more resources please complete the order form below.