“We exist to labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.” Our mission statement drives everything we do. It has been the focal point of our efforts from the first missionary sent out in 1935 to those sent today. This mission statement is not limited by location, ethnicity, race, language, or any other criteria. The gospel is for all people.
We value diligence to live in the Truth and to do what we promise, striving for authenticity and transparency in our relationships with God and others.
We choose to trust and assume positive motivations over the natural tendency of suspicion and negativity in our relationships with fellow workers. Our motto is “fill the empty spaces in our relationships with grace,” meaning when we lack information or fail to understand our fellow workers, our default setting is basic trust in one another.
We believe God desires that we work together in the spirit of unity as team players, partnering together to embrace a larger vision and accomplish a greater task that is beyond the capacity of any of the individuals involved.
We value the biblical principle of accountability because we believe it is vital for every worker and will help us to be more effective in accomplishing our objectives.
We are called to take the truth of the gospel, through the inerrant Word, to those who are in spiritual darkness. Our passionate desire is to lead them to Christ. Therefore we value the flexibility of our personnel to be culturally relevant and effective while maintaining biblical integrity. To enhance effectiveness, we give one another permission to try new approaches in our driving passion to bring people to the knowledge of the Truth and to stimulate church planting movements.
We will work diligently to create a culture of encouragement and edification by intentional and consistent words and actions of affirmation.
We believe that workers who finish their lives and ministries well continue to learn throughout their lives, and for that reason value the cultivation of a corporate culture that encourages lifelong growth and learning.
We value the selfless efforts of servants to work for the success of others by taking supportive roles and by seeking first the success of the local work in each cultural context.
Six major tasks flow from our mission statement and guide every missionary and every ministry. These objectives are:
Minister to people in need by helping to alleviate suffering through spiritual, social, economic, and physical change. We must demonstrate God’s love for all people through our actions.
2Share the Gospel
Share a message of compassion and hope. The Gospel is shared with those with whom we build relationships.
Disciple new believers. We edify, equip, and encourage new believers to be true followers of Christ.
Plant churches and equip believers among some of the most resistant and least-reached peoples of the world. Our missionaries are ready and willing to go to the hard places to reach the unreached.
Train leaders who train others. Without strong biblical leadership, works cannot grow and are not sustainable.
6Partner with National Churches
Partner with maturing national churches and others who share our passion for fulfilling the Great Commission. This is a defining point of laboring with the Body of Christ.
The IM leadership team prayerfully set faith-based strategic goals to realize by the year 2025.
Not only did we reach every 2020 goal but we surpassed them and some exceedingly so, by the end of 2019. To God be all glory and praise for this wonderful work He has accomplished through His willing servants (i.e. IM missionaries, national leaders, and lay people).
Below you will see the new 2025 goals and find a summary status for each of the completed 2020 goals (Aug 2020).
IM missionaries: from 103 to 125.
Non-North American Free Will Baptist attendance: from 35,537 to 50,000.
Non-North American Free Will Baptist churches: from 845 to 2,000.
500 pastors, leaders, laypeople, and youth through GO Global annual training.
Through short-term mission trips with participants per year from 200-350.
Through leadership training programs from 8-12.
Churches that contribute monthly to missions: from 50% to 75% (from 1,000 to 1,500).
World Missions Offering from $650,000 to $1 million.
International churches sending missionaries from 7 to 20.
Looking to the next five years, the leadership team set the following objectives and goals. For these to be realized, the full cooperation and collaboration of Free Will Baptist people everywhere is needed. By December 31, 2025, we want to see the following seven objectives and goals become our new reality.
To read more from IM General Director, Clint Morgan, read the October-November 2020 ONE Magazine article.