By Ashley Perham
Contributor, Baptist and Reflector
FRANKLIN — Denise Bronaugh recently concluded 18 years as adult missions and ministry specialist for the Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union.
In her role, she focused on adult mission education organizations like Women on Mission, Adults on Mission and My Mission.
“My goal was to get adults involved in missions whether or not it was an age level organization or just a churchwide mission project,” Bronaugh said.
A large part of her job was organizing the annual Get-Together and Connection events. These events, Get-Together for women and Connection for girls, encourage personal growth and engaged participants in missions and mission opportunities. Bronaugh proposed the idea of having Get-Together and Connection at the same time in 2005.
“It’s been very effective because a lot of mothers and daughters would come together,” Bronaugh said.
Bronaugh said that while other states have similar mission events, the breakout sessions are really what makes Tennessee’s Get-Togethers and Connections unique.
“Regardless of where you are in life at the time of the event, you can pick and choose what will benefit you the most at this season in your life,” Bronaugh said. “Our women took breakouts very seriously.”
Bronaugh said one of her favorite parts of hosting the event was seeing how God pulls everything together.
“We start in the summer with just a Scripture really. We start with the first verse and then come up with a theme and then try to nail all of that together,” she explained. “When you first get started, you think, ‘Wow, how are we ever going to get there?’ but you do, and I give all the glory to God on the way He puts it together.”
Bronaugh organized 30 breakout sessions, six worship sessions, a mission project and a mission fair for this year’s Virtual Get-Together & Connection.
Bronaugh said she doesn’t know where God is leading her next, but that she wants to do something with purpose.
“These last 18 years at TBMB have been great. God led me there, and I have been blessed far beyond what I could have even imagined,” she said. B&R