The Field Support Missionary (FSM) is fully funded by IMB to provide a critical support service on behalf of IMB in an international location. The primary responsibility of an FSM is to provide professional service and support to IMB missionary teams. These missionaries are expected to serve on an IMB team and contribute as they are able to the overall strategy of the missionary team. Field Support Missionaries are considered IMB employees and, as a result, receive full benefits and services.
The Field Support Missionary is fully funded through IMB. Through the generous and sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, FSMs are supported and enabled to devote their time to supporting IMB missionary teams engaged in the missionary task.
Role on the Missionary Team
The specific role that Field Support Missionaries play on a missionary team varies from person to person, team to team, and place to place. They are primarily devoted to providing medical, member care, financial, business operations, design, communications and other logistical services to assist missionaries.
Field Support Missionaries serve a three-year term with potential to extend for additional terms. (Shorter term options may be available within certain criteria.)
Field Support Missionaries must be active Southern Baptists, permanent U.S. citizens (or possess a 10-year green card), affirm the Baptist Faith and Message, and be medically cleared to serve full-time with IMB. A bachelor’s degree is preferred (but not required).
Field Support Missionaries are assessed and approved by both their sending church and by IMB.
Onsite and in-person training is required for all Field Support Missionaries. All new FSMs spend seven weeks training and preparing for missionary service. Field Personnel Orientation (FPO), the training conducted for new missionaries, is offered several times per year and includes a one-week urban intensive as well as more in-depth cross-cultural preparation in a concentrated group environment. Language and cultural acquisition opportunities will be provided on the field, consistent with the specific job description and location to which they are matched.
Benefits and Services
Field Support Missionaries receive the following benefits: medical coverage, housing, visa support, financial support, tax support, children’s education support, transportation assistance, member care/counseling, risk management and evacuation, technology support, financial support to attend annual/biennial conferences, and retirement benefits for those serving long-term.