Enhance worldwide Reformed and Presbyterian gospel ministry through
Relationships with Nationals* who labor in
Evangelism and Church-planting,
Holistic ministries and
Connecting churches internationally
* Some PMI missionaries have non-national spouses, and some PMI missionaries are Americans with national spouses.
- Education -- All PMI missionaries are graduates of Covenant Theological Seminary, the national seminary of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
- Assessment -- Because nearly half of PMI board members are faculty members at the seminary, they generally have a 3 to 4 year period to assess candidates in class, in ministry settings and as members of the seminary community.
- Lower Cost -- Christian nationals, as well as international couples, generally need to raise less financial support than most U.S. missionaries because they return to what usually are less expensive living standards. Because of their cultural awareness and ready network of in-country contacts, they can often operate their ministries, buy land and build needed facilities for less.
- 100% -- That's our commitment. Every dime you give for a particular missionary will go to that missionary's support. This is possible because PMI is operated by volunteers. Also, several individuals and a few local churches give generously to subsidize our administrative costs, so that no administrative costs are passed on to the missionaries.
PMI was founded in 1988 by the former President of Covenant Theological Seminary, Dr. Robert G. Rayburn, to assist Christian nationals graduating from the seminary in returning to their developing home countries to begin their evangelistic, church-planting, leadership training and holistic ministries. Over the two decades of its development, PMI has also incorporated both international couples and missionaries returning to more developed countries. PMI remains committed to the original ideals of partnering with well-trained and Reformed Christian nationals who are able to minister as cultural insiders and in ways that usually require much less financial support than western missionaries.
PMI adheres to the doctrinal standards set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, subordinate to the Word of God.