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"Missionaries don't just happen. We must intentionally pray for and build the next generation of missionaries." - Kevin Ezell, NAMB President
This is the heartbeat of the "farm system." Having enough missionaries to support Southern Baptists effort to impact lostness in North America will require an intentional effort of developing the next generation of missionaries. In order to plant healthy churches, we need to be investing in an intentional, church-based "farm system" to train young missionaries who will someday become new church planters. Just like major league baseball's farm system helps pro baseball players develop and sharpen their skills, this farm system will prepare our next generation of missionaries for the front lines of the mission field.
A student missionary is a high school-age or college-age student who serves for a minimum of 8 weeks to assist local churches as they seek to accomplish the Great Commission through evangelism and church planting. These young men and women serve on the front lines of missions, participating in experiences designed to help students develop for a lifetime of missionary service.
Qualifications for a Student Missionary
A church planting intern is an individual interested in discovering his or her future role in church planting through participation in a developmental internship program. These men and women commit to a maximum of 12 months of service in various church planting roles designed to help them learn more about church planting and discern their future involvement.
A Church Planter Apprentice is a man who, as an aspiring church planter, is willing to spend up to a year in an endorsed learning environment (Church Planting Center or Church Planting Church) following God’s call, developing competencies and skills and practicing the activities of church planting all in preparation for planting a church.
A Lead Church Planter is a man who “takes the lead” in establishing a new church. He has a solid sense of calling from God to be involved in starting a new church. He exhibits exemplary Christian character and is supportive of the Baptist Faith and Message (2000) and the Cooperative Program. He exhibits certain competencies and strengths necessary for the activities of church planting while remaining humbly committed to personal and professional development.
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