Team members are missionaries who are fully funded by the IMB, and, as IMB employees, receive full benefits and services. Team Members participate full time in the missionary task and go on mid-term (2-4 year) or long-term (3+ year) assignments.
Field Support personnel are professionals paid by the IMB to provide critical services on behalf of the IMB in an international location. They are an active member of a local missionary team. They are engaged full-time in a specific professional service and part-time in the missionary task.
Team Associates are missionaries who receive funding from non-IMB sources. They are either self funded, which means they provide their own support from things like personal savings or an existing job, or they are ministry funded, which means they are funded from another organization or church. Team Associates can participate full time or part time in the missionary task. Time commitments can be anywhere from 2 months to 3 years.