What does a local NMI president do?

Thank you so much for this website. I became a missions director at our church two years ago and this site has helped me. Whenever I ask, "What now?", I go to your website. -- Herbert Masters

What is the job description of a church's world missions group leader?

"Help! My local church just elected me Nazarene Missions International president. What am I supposed to do?"

One key function of a local NMI president is to see that the congregation embraces its responsibility for ends-of-the-earth outreach as well as making disciples locally. Church members should be encouraged to give joyfully to the denomination's World Evangelism Fund and to engage in prayer support for the Nazarene missionaries deployed worldwide from many different countries.

An NMI president should be a conduit of information to the local church about Nazarene world missions activity, including the denomination's response to human suffering from national disasters, civil disorders, and wars between nations.

An NMI president should continually remind the local church what Jesus said in John 6:35: "I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." Note that "fields" is a plural word. The Church of the Nazarene is involved in the harvest of souls in fields all around the world. So, a local church should be concerned not just about the field where they are located but all the fields all around the world where the Gospel needs to be proclaimed.

How do you know if you are fulfilling the purpose of a congregation's global missionary program? Well, use this checklist to determine if you are doing what church missions leaders are expected to do.

With God's help, I will

  1. Build rapport with my pastor, local council, and other local world missions presidents.
  2. Communicate regularly with my pastor and world missions committee or council concerning major emphases and upcoming events.
  3. Enlist the aid of my district missions president and district NMI council when I need information, inspiration, or advice. I will strive to be a "team player" on my zone and district.
  4. Pass along exciting missions news from my church to area and denominational church leaders.
  5. Submit year-end reports on time.
  6. Prepare for missions council meetings with an eye to effective reporting and input, vision casting, team-building, planning, and implementation [ starting a council meeting ]
  7. Hold missions council members accountable for their assigned promotional emphases and other assignments
  8. Provide ongoing training to council members, giving them written job descriptions and furnishing resource materials, including examples of what has been successful elsewhere.
  9. Emphasize the importance of Mission Priority One, urging my church to exceed expectations in:
    1. Spreading missions information
    2. Mobilizing prayer support [ praying for missions ]
    3. Funding missions efforts through sacrificial giving
    4. Involving children and youth in missions activities
  10. Set goals for my church -- with the input of the pastor and council -- for each of the major NMI missions emphases and then keep those goals before my congregation.
  11. Assure my church's participation in each special emphasis, making sure that all world missions offerings are sent in on time. [ Monthly NMI emphases ]
  12. Support the goals that have been set for Nazarene children and youth and challenge my church to include the young people of the church in our mission plans
  13. Work with the missions council to guarantee informative, exciting, fast-paced, people-involved regular missions services.
  14. Assure that our church has places for missions promotion (website, bulletin board, newsletter, and table displays) and that world missions is presented creatively to our congregation in an attention-getting manner. [ Sunday bulletin inserts ]
  15. Ask God daily for passion, wisdom, creativity, and strength for my missions task.

"Thank you for your awesome website. It has helped this NMI President a great deal with suggestions and information." -- Dorine L., New Jersey, USA

    -- Howard Culbertson,


The task of a world missions leader in a local church involves coordinating and facilitating the church's efforts to support and engage in mission work beyond its immediate community, often on a global scale. Here are some of the key responsibilities of a world missions leader:

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