The Field Support Role (FSR) is for missionaries who are fully funded by the IMB to provide a critical support service on behalf of the IMB in an international location. The primary responsibility of an FSR missionary is to provide a professional service and support to IMB missionary teams. FSR missionaries are expected to serve on an IMB missionary team and contribute as they are able to the overall strategy of the missionary team. FSR missionaries are considered IMB employees and, as a result, receive full benefits and services.
The FSR is fully funded through the IMB. Through the generous and sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, FSR missionaries 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 FSR missionaries play on a missionary team varies from person to person, team to team, and place to place. FSR missionaries are primarily devoted to providing medical, member care, financial, business operations, design, communications, and other logistical services to assist missionaries.
All Field Support missionaries begin as mid-term but often have the option to serve long-term after at least 2 years of service.
All Field Support missionaries must be active Southern Baptists, permanent US citizens (or possess a 10-year green card), affirm the Baptist Faith and Message, and be medically cleared to serve full time with the IMB. A bachelor’s degree is preferred (but not required).
All FSR missionaries are assessed and approved by both their sending church and by the IMB. The FSR assessment process is not identical but is similar to the assessment for mid-term Team Members.
Onsite and in-person training is required for all FSR missionaries. All new FSR missionaries spend 7 weeks training and preparing for missionary service. Field Personnel Orientation (FPO), the training conducted for new FSR 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.
Benefits and Services
All FSR 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.