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THE INTERNATIONAL MISSION
Southern Baptist Convention
The International Mission
Board exists to assist the churches of the Southern
Baptist Convention to be on mission with God in penetrating
the unevangelized world outside the United States
and Canada with the gospel and making Christ known
among all people.
1. Assist churches
by evangelizing persons, planting Baptist churches,
and nurturing church planting movements among
all people groups outside the United States and
Canada; and, provide specialized, defined and agreed upon assistance to the North American Mission Board in assisting churches to reach unreached and underserved people groups within the United States and Canada.
Develop and maintain a systematic
strategy for gospel proclamation and planting
churches that will result in the rapid reproduction
and multiplication of local indigenous congregations
that will make the gospel accessible to all persons
among every ethno-linguistic people group; assist
national conventions and unions in providing
programs of discipleship and leadership training;
develop and distribute relevant electronic and
print media that support evangelism and church
planting, and facilitate the translation and
distribution of the Bible, Scripture portions,
and other materials in indigenous languages.
2. Assist churches
in sending and supporting Southern Baptist missionaries
and volunteers by enlisting, equipping, and enabling
them to fulfill their calling.
appoint, equip, and provide support for God-called
Southern Baptist missionaries to serve in long-term
and short-term channels of service who give evidence
of piety, zeal for their Master’s
kingdom, conviction of truth as held by Southern
Baptists and giftedness for cross-cultural witness;
inform, promote, and provide opportunities for Southern
Baptist volunteers to assist in the ministries of
the International Mission Board through projects
of various duration, and provide resources and materials
for training and equipping these volunteers.
3. Assist churches
and partners to mobilize Southern Baptists to
be involved in international missions through
praying, giving, and going.
and work in partnership with local churches,
associations, state conventions, and other SBC
entities to enable Southern Baptists to fulfill
the Great Commission overseas by facilitating
involvement in prayer strategies, encouraging generous
and sacrificial giving to missions through the Cooperative
Program and Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, and promoting
channels for volunteer and missionary service.
4. Assist churches
in fulfilling their international missions task
by developing global strategies, including human
needs based ministries, and providing leadership,
administrative support, and financial accountability
for implementation of these strategies.
and maintain an organizational structure and
support staff with appropriate leadership and
financial management that are designed to implement
a comprehensive program to reach the whole world
with the gospel through direct evangelism and creative
access platform ministries; utilize hospitals, clinics,
community health, agricultural, and other development
programs, hunger relief and disaster response to
meet human needs and share the gospel.
The International Mission Board will work within
the Southern Baptist Convention entity relationship
guidelines approved by the Great Commission Council
and the Executive Committee and printed in the Organization
Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention.
First ministry statement approved by the Southern Baptist Convention June 20, 1995. See SBC Annual 1995, p. 46 and pp. 165-173. Amended June 17, 2003. See SBC Annual 2003, pp.50-51. Amended June 14, 2011. See SBC Annual 2011, pp. 62-64.