What We Believe
Each contributor to the ChurchPlantingMovements.com website has his or her own unique spiritual pilgrimage, and it would be unrealistic to try to subordinate them all to a single creed or confession of faith. Those associated with the International Mission Board, for example, find guidance and accord in the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message (www.sbc.net/bfm/bfm2000.asp#ii). But evangelicals of other stripes may feel more comfortable with the Lausanne Covenant (www.lausanne.org/covenant) or their own denominational confession.
While the editors of this site cannot claim ownership or infallibility for the articles featured on this site, we will seek to avoid errors and unorthodox doctrines by subjecting all articles to the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in Holy Scripture.
David Garrison, Ph.D., Editor of ChurchPlantingMovements.com
For 25 years David Garrison has served as a missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. His assignments have included Associate Vice President for Global Strategy, Regional Leader for South Asia, Interim Regional Leader for Central and Eastern Europe, and Interim Regional Leader for Northern Africa and the Middle East. Prior to that, Garrison directed the work of the International Mission Board’s Cooperative Services International program which opened new work among 40 previously unengaged people groups. Garrison’s quest to understand and join God’s global mission has led him to study a dozen languages and visit more than 80 countries, serving as a missionary in Hong Kong, Germany, France, England, Egypt, Tunisia, and India.
Garrison has degrees from Ouachita Baptist University (B.A., 1979), Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.,1982), the University of Chicago Divinity School (Ph.D., 1988).
Garrison has taught at Hong Kong Baptist University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Seminary, and Columbia Biblical Seminary, in addition to leading seminars and workshops internationally. His books include The Nonresidential Missionary (MARC, 1990), Something New Under the Sun (IMB, 1998), the booklet Church Planting Movements (IMB, 2000), The Camel Workshop: A Practical Guide to Muslim Evangelism (WIGTake Resources, 2009), and Church Planting Movements: How God Is Redeeming a Lost World (WIGTake Resources, 2004). Dr. Garrison currently lives with his wife of 30 years, Sonia, and two of their four children in Colorado where he serves as the International Mission Board’s Global Strategist for Evangelical Advance.
Wilson Geisler, Webmaster and Managing Editor of ChurchPlantingMovements.com
Wilson Geisler is a veteran of missions among Hindus in South Asia with a passion to see Best Practices in Church Planting disseminated to all fellow practioners.
Joey Allen has a graduate degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, and serves with his family as a missionary in the Muslim world.He and his wife, Christy, have written and illustrated a series of theological bookls for children called "Big Thoughts for Little Thinkers" and is available from New Leaf Press.
Jim Haney, Ph.D. has two graduate degrees from Southern Baptist institutions. He served as a missionary in West Africa. Jim currently serves as the Director of the Global Research Department of the Southern Baptist International Mission Board.
Guy Muse has a graduate degree from Southwestern Theological Seminary. Guy grew up as an MK (missionary kid) in Ecuador. For the past 23 years he and his wife Linda have served as missionaries with the International Mission Board in Guayaquil, Ecuador. They currently relate to a network of house churches scattered over six coastal provinces. They have a son (18) and a daughter (14).
Neill Mims has two graduate degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas. Neill currently serves as Trainer for the Southeast Asia Affinity Group of the International Mission Board.
BDB Moses is the pen name of a veteran missionary serving in South Asia. BDB has a graduate degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Curtis Sergeant has served as a missionary in Asia, associate Vice President for Global Strategy at the International Mission Board, SBC, and currently serves as the International Vice President of e3Partners. Visit their website www.e3partners.org. Curtis has two advanced degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.
Nathan and Kari Shank surrendered to the Lord’s service in their early twenties. The Lord brought them together within a call to the nations. They have been living with their children and advocating work among the peoples of South Asia since that time. Both Nathan and Kari are graduates of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Their passion is kingdom expansion in new fields, and they are convinced the church of Jesus Christ is the strategy.
Bill Smith is a 30-year veteran of foreign missions in East and Southeast Asia. He has trained missionary Strategy Coordinators from all over the world. He was the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s first Strategy Coordinator. Bill has two graduate degrees, one from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Steve Smith has served as a missionary in East and Southeast Asia, and has trained numerous missionary strategy coordinators in best practices of Church Planting Movements. He has a graduate degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve currently serves as the International Mission Board’s Affinity Group Strategist.