International Mission Board

Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board

International Mission Board

International Mission BoardInternational Mission Board is the centralized mission board for the overseas missionaries fielded by the Southern Baptist Convention.

International Mission Board currently fields 3,562 missionaries overseas* and "about 350" support staff in the United States on an annual budget of $278,755,000 (source: International Mission Board representative, 2018) and recorded 54,762 overseas baptisms in 2016 according to its 2016 Ministry Report to the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee.**

Strengths

International Mission Board pays a full salary and covers all costs, including travel, medical, children's education, etc., for its overseas missionaries, who are able to focus on sharing the Gospel instead of raising funds.

Since the Southern Baptist Convention’s current 15,216,978 members in 47,272 churches* make it the largest protestant denomination in the United States, its International Mission Board should enjoy the highest economies of scale - i.e., lowest cost and highest operating efficiency - of all US-based international mission boards.

Weaknesses

The 15.9 million member Mormon "church" fields 70,946 Mormon missionaries around the world, while the 15.2 million member Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)'s International Mission Board fields 3,562 missionaries; the largest protestant denomination in America is fielding only 5% of the number of "missionaries" fielded by a Satanic cult that teaches the blasphemous lie that Jesus and Satan used to be brothers.

SBC's 15,216,978 members in 47,272 Southern Baptist churches fielding 3,562 overseas missionaries through International Mission Board means that on average, each Southern Baptist church had 322 members, and it took 13.3 of those churches (totaling 4,272 members) to field one overseas missionary through International Mission Board.

SBC's 15,216,978 members giving $278,755,000 to field those 3,562 overseas missionaries through International Mission Board also means that on average, each Southern Baptist gave $18.31 per year, which is equal to $0.35 per Sunday, to support overseas missionaries, each of whom cost an average of $78,258 per year.***

SBC's 47,272 churches supporting overseas missionary efforts that led to 54,762 overseas baptisms in a year equates to the Southern Baptist Convention answering Jesus’ call to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" (Matthew 28:19) at the rate of 1.2 baptized disciple overseas per year per church.

International Mission Board lacks transparency and publishes neither annual reports nor financial statements

Solutions

The giving should rise. If it were to rise from the current $0.35 to even just $1 per Sunday, International Mission Board will be able to triple the number of its overseas missionaries. If it were to rise to $10 per Sunday, International Mission Board will be able to field an army of 100,000 overseas missionaries.

International Mission Board 's 350 full time employees in the United States caring for its 3,542 overseas missionaries equates to one full time employee in the United States caring for about 10 overseas missionaries. This ratio should increase and other cost-saving measures taken to lower the cost to field each overseas missionary. Transparent financial statements that detail the costs, including the leaders' salaries also should be made available to (prospective) donors.

Ultimately, the SBC should note that for the $78,258 to field one missionary through International Mission Board, HeartCry can field 43 missionaries, and consider a structural modification similar to the one recently undertaken by Wycliffe Associates.

* http://www.sbc.net/BecomingSouthernBaptist/FastFacts.asp
** http://www.bpnews.net/46526/imb-addresses-baptism-numbers
*** fully allocated