Advance Magazine

President’s View

The Wellspring

As you search through this issue, you will find an article entitled, “The Wellspring of Missions.” As the article points out, Great Commission ministry is anchored in the local church. “Wellspring” is an apt expression, as it denotes not only that the church is the source of missions but also that it is the source of continual supply.

As Baptist Mid-Missions enters this 100th year of ministry, we want to acknowledge that we were founded in a local church by a group of pastors and lay leaders, and for all our 100 years it has been the local church and its missionaries we have served. We would not have reason to exist were it not to serve the church. When describing BMM, I often use the term “churchcentric.” It’s a principal we follow in all we do.

And now, as we move into the next century of ministry, we look back and praise the Lord for the wellspring that has been a source of a continual supply of missionaries to serve around the globe. We know that because it is Christ’s church, the gates of hell will not prevail against it. And by faith and the promises of the Word, we are positioning ourselves to serve those sources of continual supply—The Wellspring of Missions, the local church—for the next 100 years.

Truly by grace alone


"The CHURCH is not only the source of missions; it’s also the source of its continual supply."

Vernon Rosenau
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Vernon Rosenau

After 22 years as a missionary in Central African Republic and 15 years as BMM's Field Administrator for Africa and Europe, Dr. Vernon Rosenau became Baptist Mid-Missions’ eighth president. He served as president from 2016 to 2020.

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