The pioneer missionaries Lorrain and Savidge practiced the three-self principle of self-propagating, self-supporting, and self-governing Church in Mizoram. They also tried very hard to make it clear that every believer must be a worker for the extension of God’s Kingdom. It is marvellous to note that only after one month of their arrival (i.e. on 8th March 1903 at Tlabung, on 13th March 1903 at Lunglei), Lorrain was able to write to his father on 23rd April 1903, “Last Sunday was a red letter day for the Lushai Christians here. It was the occasion of the sending forth of two of their members as evangelists to their surrounding villages. These two men will be supported from the rice which the Christians put aside for God after the last harvest.” The passion for winning souls and the zeal for evangelism was implanted by the first missionaries in the hearts of the first generation of Christians. Even school- boys and girls eagerly undertook evangelistic work on holidays in their respective villages; sharing about Jesus Christ to their parents and relatives whenever they had opportunity. New Christians shared their new faith to their neighbouring villages and believers formed themselves into preaching groups proclaiming the Gospel wherever they went. So, the good tidings of the Gospel spread in all directions like the tide of the sea, giving life to every dry bone of villagers – and they lived and stood upon their feet and became an exceedingly great host. Within a short span of only fifty years (1894 – 1944), almost all the Mizos became Christians. It is often said that the head-hunting people were converted into soul-hunting believers. the Home Mission focuses on Bru, Chakma and Non-Mizo communities inside Mizoram.
Even before the Church officially decided to send missionaries outside Mizoram, some enthusiastic evangelical minded believers set out of Mizoram to the neighbouring states to preach to them. They went with the Blessing of the Church. Some of them went to Burma (now Myanmar), Bangladesh, Tripura, North Cachar, and Manipur. Wherever they went, people responded to the Gospel enthusiastically. A number of churches were established in the neighbouring areas, which are still flourishing amazingly. Some of those evangelists who might be called pioneer missionaries never returned to Mizoram. They continued to look after the churches they planted and rendered their whole lives for the people they loved.
While the Outreach Mission concentrates its work in outside of Mizoram. The primary objective of the Baptist Church of Mizoram is to evangelize and plan the churches, but as already mentioned the method used to achieve its primary objectives has always been determined by the context. The principle of “scratch where it itches” has been used consciously and unconsciously. In respond to the need and demand of the local people, schools have been established that subsequently has brought about social transformation. Two schools- the Arshang English School and the Calvary English School in Arunachal Pradesh were handed over to the local people.
In obedience to the Great Commission, the Baptist Church was doing mission work from the time of its inception. As a result of evangelical awakening called “born again movement”, there was missionary movement which eventually gave birth to a new department called Zoram Baptist Mission in 1966, and that was renamed as Mission and Evangelism in 2000, again in 2011 Mission and Evangelism Department was named as “Mission Department” when the report of Planning Commission was accepted in 2011 Assembly. Although priority is often determined by the context or the need of the situation where we actually do ministry, the Baptist Church of Mizoram gives priority in the proclamation of the gospel and planting churches.
According to Assembly 2017 Mission Report – BCM Mission covers 25 mission fields in various part of the world. There are 8 foreign mission fields – Thailand, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Bhutan, Africa, Indonesia and another 14 Mission Fields in Indian states.