In March 1982, a leadership conference revealed the disheartening reality that there was a highly disproportionate number of African-American leaders among Christian organizations within the country. This burden gave way to the inception of the National Conference for Pioneering Black America (N.C.P.B.A.) which held its first meeting in Warrenton, Missouri in April of 1984. Throughout the years, the organization has been used as a catalyst to help establish, assist, and encourage churches, organizations, and individuals who have committed themselves to the work of the Lord. As our network grew and our outreach expanded, we sought the name that likewise reflected our maturation. In 1994 we became International Christian Ministries. The organization has provided continuous support for domestic and global missionaries as well as funding community projects around the world. Our support has also included coordinating and sponsoring numerous short-term missions trips. 2011 has brought yet another realignment that allows us to maintain our deep roots while growing to address a powerful vision: to reignite the passion within the African American Church to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to receive the Great Affirmation (Matthew 25:21). We are proud to present ourselves refreshed, reaffirmed, and renewed as African Americans for Missions.
Our Mission and Vision
The purpose of African Americans for Missions is to boldly recruit, train, and launch Christians
into global and domestic missions to expand God’s Kingdom for His Glory.
Jesus said, “And you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you, and you will be witnesses unto Me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the world.” Acts 1:8
1) To boldly recruit Christians from seminaries, Bible colleges, parachurch organizations, churches, and prison ministries and place them in appropriate agencies and organizations for missions
2) To develop curriculum, educate, and launch biblically sound training in basic life and missions skills
3) To communicate openly and effectively to develop resources through marketing, public relations, and fundraising for missions
4) To continuously explore, research, and develop new strategies to recognize and seize opportunities to grow the missions movement
5) To build significant partnerships with organizations who share common goals of AAFM to identify and implement best practices
Statement of Faith
African Americans For Missions uses the statement of faith of the historic Lausanne Covenant. The Lausanne Covenant emphasizes seven major areas: the authority of Scripture; the nature of evangelism; Christian social responsibility; the costliness and urgency of world mission; the problems in culture; and spiritual warfare. To read aforementioned Statement of Faith, click here.