What is IMB’s policy related to speaking in tongues and private prayer languages?

A person who has spoken in tongues or who may have a private prayer language is not disqualified as a potential IMB missionary. However, IMB missionaries in no way promote speaking in tongues or a private prayer language. Further, IMB may end employment for any missionary who places “persistent emphasis on any specific gift of the Spirit as normative for all or to the extent such emphasis becomes disruptive” to our missions work, which must align with the Baptist Faith and Message agreed upon by the Southern Baptist Convention.

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