About the IMB

The International Mission Board’s vision is not ours to fashion.

God has given his vision to the church. That vision, expressed so clearly in Revelation 7:9, of “a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation” is his vision and, therefore, it is our vision. And the IMB will seek to help Southern Baptists be an even growing part of fulfilling that vision.

Never have the needs and opportunities in our world been as great as they are at this very moment in time. By God’s grace, we have thousands of missionaries on the field and are poised to send many, many more from within our Southern Baptist churches to address those needs and opportunities with the gospel. Those missionaries deserve our full, generous, and sacrificial support.

There are many causes which every Southern Baptist can support, but there is no greater cause, no more urgent cause, no more kingdom-impacting cause than Jesus’s Great Commission cause. I believe there is no greater avenue for supporting that cause than the Cooperative Program and the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Every church has a role to play in order for the gospel to reach every nation. Let us rise to the occasion, give of ourselves and our resources, and send out our best to see that the gospel gets to the ends of the earth.

—Dr. Paul Chitwood, IMB President


Our vision is a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ.


IMB partners with churches to empower limitless missionary teams who are evangelizing, discipling, planting, and multiplying healthy churches, and training leaders among unreached peoples and places for the glory of God.

Core Values

  1. We commit to obedience to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to God’s inerrant Word.
  2. We commit to living a life of personal holiness in imitation of Jesus Christ and bringing glory to God the Father in everything we do, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for salvation and all people without personal faith in Him are lost and will spend eternity in hell.
  4. We seek to provide all people an opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the Gospel in their own cultural context.
  5. We evangelize through proclamation, discipling, equipping and ministry that results in indigenous reproducing Baptist churches.
  6. We serve churches to facilitate their involvement in the Great Commission and the sending of missionaries to bring all peoples to faith in Jesus Christ.
  7. We partner with Baptists and other Christians around the world in accordance with IMB guidelines.
  8. We understand and fulfill God’s mission through God’s Word, prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

“There is no greater cause, no more urgent cause, no more kingdom-impacting cause than Jesus’s Great Commission cause.”

Fast Facts

Total Field Personnel (1/31/2019)**3,685
Field personnel added 2017^339
Overseas baptisms 2016*45256
Overseas churches 2016*30,815
Overseas church membership 2016*410,640
New churches 20164,550
People groups engaged by IMB personnel (6/18)#811
Unreached People Groups not Engaged (6/18)#3,200
^ 2017 Annual Personnel Report (IMB)
* 2017 Annual Statistical Report (IMB)
# Global Status of Evangelical Christianity, June 2018 (IMB)

**The total personnel number includes all field personnel employed by the IMB plus team associates. Team associates are individuals or couples who are part of an IMB missionary team after being assessed and job-matched, but who are not funded by the IMB.