20 by 2020

The IM leadership team prayerfully and carefully sets strategic goals. We strive to set realistic, futuristic, and faith-based goals. In 2015, we established five major goals for the next five years.

We designated these the 20 by 2020 goals.

1

INCREASE RESERVES TO 20%

It is commonly considered wise practice for non-profit organizations to have three to six months of cash reserves.

Having 20% in reserves will mean:

  • We can honor donors’ designations without reservation.
  • We will be prepared for adverse potentialities (e.g. war, economic upheaval, loss of our tax exemption, currency fluctuations, extraordinary risks to field staff, etc.).
  • We will be prepared financially to bring our field personnel stateside if circumstances demand we do so.

The goal is to increase our cash reserves from the present goal of 10% of our approved operational budget to 20% by the year 2020.

2

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF MONTHLY DONORS GIVING TO IM BY 20%

In this context, donors refers to those who give to IM on a regular basis. This is defined as churches or individuals who give at least eight out of 12 months to the Mission, and/or churches or individuals who give at least $1,200 a year to IM.

In 2015:

  • 1,010 churches gave nothing to IM.
  • 609 churches gave $1,200 or more (averaging at least $100 a month).
  • 507 churches gave less than $1,200.

The goal is to increase the number of churches giving to IM from 1,116 to 1,339 by 2020.

3

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CROSS-CULTURAL MISSIONARIES  (IM/partners) by 20%

An increase in field personnel is necessary since IM is committed to leading the way for Free Will Baptists as we fulfill our role in reaching the unreached.

The goal is to increase the number of missionaries internationally by 20%, or from the current 74 to 89 by 2020.

4

INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF BELIEVERS (FWB/partners) INTERNATIONALLY BY 20%

A stated objective of IM is to share a message of compassion and hope with the lost. Such an objective demands an unwavering, unified commitment to see unbelievers know of Christ and accept Him as their personal Savior.

The goal is to increase the number of believers internationally by 20%, or from 27,371 to 32,845 international believers by 2020.

5

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CHURCHES (FWB/partners) INTERNATIONALLY BY 20%

A major objective of IM is to plant churches. We expect and anticipate a steady increase in the number of church plants.

The goal is to increase the number of churches outside the continental   U.S. from 867 to 1,040 by 2020.

Each of these goals is built on the foundation of our mission statement and intertwined with our objectives. If Free Will Baptists do our part in fulfilling the Great Commission, it will take proper funding (goals 1 and 2), which will allow us to send more missionaries (goal 3). As missionaries are faithful in ministering and witnessing, the number of believers will increase (goal 4) and churches will emerge (goal 5).

IM is fully committed to our mission statement, five major objectives, and 20 by 2020 goals. However, we cannot effectively move forward without the support, participation, and partnership of our fellow Free Will Baptists. The time has come for a renewed commitment by Free Will Baptists to “labor together with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.”

Mission Statement

“Free Will Baptist International Missions exists to labor with the Body of Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.” Our mission statement drives everything we do. It has been the focal point of our efforts from the first missionary sent out in 1935 to those sent today. This mission statement is not limited by location, ethnicity, race, language, or any other criteria. The gospel is for all people.

Major Objectives

Six major objectives flow from our mission statement and guide every missionary and every ministry. These objectives are:

1

Minister to people in need by helping to alleviate suffering through spiritual, social, economic, and physical change. We must demonstrate God’s love for all people through our actions.

2

Share a message of compassion and hope. The gospel is shared with those with whom we build relationships.

3

Disciple new believers. We edify, equip, and encourage new believers to be true followers of Christ.

4

Plant churches and equip believers among some of the most resistant and least reached peoples of the world. Our missionaries are ready and willing to go to the hard places to reach the unreached.

5

Train leaders who train others. Without strong biblical leadership, works cannot grow and are not sustainable.

6

Partner with maturing national churches and others who share our passion for fulfilling the Great Commission. This is a defining point of laboring with the Body of Christ.

Core Values

Integrity

We value diligence to live in the Truth and to do what we promise, striving for authenticity and transparency in our relationships with God and others.

Trust

We choose to trust and assume positive motivations over the natural tendency of suspicion and negativity in our relationships with fellow workers. Our motto is “fill the empty spaces in our relationships with grace,” meaning when we lack information or fail to understand our fellow workers, our default setting is basic trust in one another.

Interdependence

We believe God desires that we work together in the spirit of unity as team players, partnering together to embrace a larger vision and accomplish a greater task that is beyond the capacity of any of the individuals involved.

Accountability

We value the biblical principle of accountability because we believe it is vital for every worker and will help us to be more effective in accomplishing our objectives.

Flexibility

We are called to take the truth of the gospel, through the inerrant Word, to those who are in spiritual darkness. Our passionate desire is to lead them to Christ. Therefore we value the flexibility of our personnel to be culturally relevant and effective while maintaining biblical integrity. To enhance effectiveness, we give one another permission to try new approaches, in our driving passion is to bring people to the knowledge of the Truth and to stimulate church planting movements.

Affirmation

We will work diligently to create a culture of encouragement and edification by intentional and consistent words and actions of affirmation.

Lifelong Learning

We believe that workers who finish their lives and ministries well continue to learn throughout their lives, and for that reason value the cultivation of a corporate culture that encourages lifelong growth and learning.

Facilitation

We value the selfless efforts of servants to work for the success of others by taking supportive roles and by seeking first the success of the local work in each cultural context.