“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.
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.
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.
1Increase Reserves to 20%
It is commonly considered wise practice for non-profit organizations to have three to six months of cash reserves.
The goal is to increase our cash reserves from the present 10% of our approved operational budget to 20% by the year 2020.
2020 update: In the past 12 months we have averaged 25%+ in cash reserves.
2Increase the Number of Monthly Donors Giving to IM by 20%
In this context, donors refers to those churches or individuals who give at least eight out of 12 months to the Mission, and/or churches or individuals who give at least $1,200 a year to IM.
- 1,010 churches gave nothing to IM.
- 609 churches gave $1,200 or more (averaging at least $100 a month).
- 507 churches gave less than $1,200.
The goal is to increase the number of churches giving to IM from 803 in 2015 to 963 by 2020.
2020 update: We ended 2019 with over 1,000 regular monthly donors as defined above.
3Increase the Number of Cross-cultural Missionaries (IM/Partners) by 20%
An increase in field personnel is necessary since IM is committed to leading the way for Free Will Baptists as we fulfill our role in reaching the unreached.
The goal is to increase the number of missionaries internationally by 20%, or from 93 (79 IM + 13 partner missionaries) to 111 by 2020
2020 update: As of December 2019 we have 103 IM missionaries and 22 partner missionaries = 125 total
4Increase the Numbers of Believers (FWB/Partners) Outside North America by 20%
A stated objective of IM is to share a message of compassion and hope with the lost. Such an objective demands an unwavering, unified commitment to see unbelievers know of Christ and accept Him as their personal Savior.
The goal is to increase the number of believers internationally by 20%, or from 25,524 to 30,528 believers attending our FWB churches overseas each week.
2020 update: We rejoice in the 2018 overseas stats that showed an average of 32,287 average weekly attendance!
5Increase the Number of Churches (FWB/Partners) Outside North America by 20%
A major objective of IM is to plant churches. We expect and anticipate a steady increase in the number of church plants.
The goal is to increase from 462 churches, meeting places, and mission works to 554 new churches established on our mission fields by 2020.
2018 update: We reported this number exceeded in 2017 with 365 new churches. Four congregations organized into churches this year and at least 40 churches are involved in planting another church.
Each of these goals is built on the foundation of our mission statement and intertwined with our objectives. If Free Will Baptists do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission, it will take proper funding (goals 1 and 2), which will allow us to send more missionaries (goal 3). As missionaries are faithful in ministering and witnessing, the number of believers will increase (goal 4) and churches will emerge (goal 5).
IM is fully committed to our mission statement, five major objectives, and 20 by 2020 goals. However, we cannot effectively move forward without the support, participation, and partnership of our fellow Free Will Baptists. The time has come for a renewed commitment by Free Will Baptists to “labor together with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.”
2020 update: By the end of 2018 the number had reached 849 total churches!