Field Support Missionaries are fully funded by the IMB. The primary responsibility of a Field Support Missionary is to provide vital support services for the IMB as well as missionary teams. Field Support Missionaries engage in the missionary task both in their work, and as part of local missionary teams. 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 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).
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.