Annual Institute of Missions
A Life – Changing Week
FBWWM’s Annual Institute of Missions is held each year in June and is hosted by the home church of FBWWM, East Side Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. We encourage you to make plans to be a part of this life-changing week. Biblical and practical instruction is shared through a broad spectrum of missionary work and life. Challenge, conviction, and revival are evident as the Lord uses the preaching, teaching, and Godly fellowship to work in many hearts. Some things you can expect at AIM are detailed below.
A Variety of Delegates
AIM hosts prospective missionaries, future missionaries, new missionary applicants to FBWWM, and furloughing veteran missionaries. Church planters, pastors, and other full-time workers interact with Bible college students and other serious Christians. It is a great time of enrichment and encouragement, instruction and sound practical preparation, along with foundational teaching and tremendous inspiration and motivation.
Spiritual Results in Your Heart & Life
Each year, we witness the Holy Spirit working in hearts and lives. Throughout AIM, you can spend personal time with Spirit-filled workers, some who are nearing the end of the race, others who are in the midst, and some who are beginning. We believe you will witness – through testimonies around the dinner table, from instruction in the classroom, and from the preaching from the pulpit – how God can and will lead and use YOU!
Instruction, Preaching, Testimonies
More than 30 hours of class sessions are given by a variety of instructors; session topics range from finances, taxes, retirement, and insurance to a variety of missionary preparatory classes including such subjects as deputation, prayer letters, visual presentations, field preparation, language study, cultural adaptation, and effective furlough time. Highlights of the week include detailed sessions on Biblical church planting, the pastor-missionary relationship, and relational classes taught from various perspectives by men and women with many years of experience in the pastorate and on mission fields – and great preaching each night!
A Local Church Setting
AIM is geared for serious believers who are burdened for Missions. The dress code is as follows: Dress-casual clothes for all class sessions and dress clothes for all evening church services. No denim, T-shirts, or athletic shoes are permitted during class sessions or church services.
Class materials, meals, and accommodations are included in the fee of $50 per adult delegate ($10/teen with parents; no charge for children), payable to FBWWM by cash or check at the time of Orientation.