During the Wednesday morning “Sending Celebration” of the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention, our newest missionaries of the International Mission Board (IMB) and North American Mission Board (NAMB) were commissioned for ministry in a very moving time of prayer and dedication. Then, new IMB president, David Platt, unfolded an incredibly innovative strategy of how to increase our missionary force from 4,700 to 100,000 with little cost and higher impact in the years ahead! How?
1 Continue our fully funded force of 4700 missionaries overseas.
2 Inspire Christians to go as bi-vocational missionaries overseas.
3 Inspire youth to go as university students/missionaries overseas.
4 Inspire retirees to leave leisure lives to be missionaries overseas.
5 Inspire pastors to recruit folks to support or be one of the above.
The IMB will provide preparation, training, strategic placement, and networking with our current missionary force to tremendously strengthen and expand what we’re doing… while businesses, university scholarships, social security, and pensions pay for the expansion! Brilliant!
A new day is not dawning in the SBC… it is already here, my friends. 
(View Dr. Platt’s 11 minute message here: http://live.sbc.net.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/ondemand.html Scroll the down arrow to Wednesday morning. Scroll left and right arrows to select video entitled: “International Mission Board.”)