IMB Journeymen are young adults, between the ages of 21 and 29, who are sent by their churches as missionaries for a 2-year term through the IMB. A Journeyman’s primary responsibility is to engage in the missionary task by sharing the gospel, making disciples and helping plant churches. They are a vital part of IMB missionary teams all over the world. Serving as a Journeyman allows young adults to both be on mission and explore the possibility of lifelong service as a missionary.
Journeymen are fully-funded by the IMB. Through the generous and sacrificial giving of Southern Baptists to the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Journeymen are financially supported and enabled to devote their full time to the missionary task.
Role on the Missionary Team
While all Journeymen are involved in evangelism, discipleship and church planting, the specific role they play on a missionary team varies from person to person, team to team, and place to place. Responsibilities could include leadership development and training, volunteer coordination, teaching English, homeschooling missionary kids, sports ministries, working in coffee shops, community development, research and mapping, and a variety of other tasks. Regardless of the specific role, the primary purpose of a Journeyman is to contribute to the missionary task as part of an IMB missionary team.
There are standard qualifications that all Journeymen must meet. They must be active Southern Baptists, be permanent U.S. citizens (or possess a 10-year green card), affirm the Baptist Faith and Message, be over 20 and under 30 years old, and be physically, emotionally and spiritually cleared to serve full time with the IMB. Journeymen do not need college degrees, can be singles or married couples with no children, and they must work well in a team environment.
Benefits and Services
Journeymen are team members and, therefore, IMB employees. They receive a salary and many of the standard benefits and services as other IMB missionaries. All team members receive the following benefits: medical coverage, housing, visa support, financial support, tax support.