9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches. To that end, we want to see churches characterized by these nine marks of health:

  1. Expositional Preaching
  2. Biblical Theology
  3. The Gospel
  4. Conversion
  5. Evangelism
  6. Membership
  7. Discipline
  8. Discipleship
  9. Leadership

Crawford Avenue is a 9Marks endorsed church and a contributing member of the 9Marks community.


Since its beginning, IMB has had one goal: bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost peoples of the world. At the first Southern Baptist Convention in 1845, the Foreign Mission Board (FMB) was founded as part of “one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.” Southern Baptist churches believed that by working cooperatively, they could accomplish more for God’s kingdom. That belief still stands strong today. 

Empowered by an enlarged worldview and the support of the Cooperative Program, which was founded in 1925, Southern Baptists responded with 1,000 missionaries serving in 1955. In the 1960s, FMB initiated new opportunities for people to answer the call to foreign missions, through programs such as Missionary Associates and Journeyman.

IMB has shifted focus from geographic countries to people groups, with a concerted effort to start church-planting movements among unreached peoples. Technological advances have provided unprecedented opportunities for missionaries to spread the Gospel, and Southern Baptists have reached into areas previously considered forbidden by political barriers.

IMB’s history continues to develop each day. Strategies to reach the world change as the world changes. What has not changed is the strong commitment of Southern Baptists to join the Author of history in His redemptive movement to advance His Gospel among all peoples.

Crawford Avenue continues to be in the top 10% of per capita giving to the IMB among SBC churches. We also have one CABC member serving in South Asia through the IMB.


We believe that the Bible is God’s Word to us — something that everyone should be able to understand in a language and format that clearly speaks to their hearts. More than 1,600 languages* around the world are still waiting for a translation project to start. When people finally get Scripture in their own language, lives often change in amazing ways. People are transformed as they discover Jesus Christ and enter into a right relationship with God. That’s why Wycliffe Bible Translators exists — to help speakers of these remaining languages get the Bible for themselves.

Crawford Avenue is glad to have sent one of our families out to partner with Wycliffe in the work of translating the Bible into a new language.


Reaching & Teaching is a missions organization that assists local churches as they seek to make mature disciples, establish healthy churches, and train local leaders around the world. We believe that the local church is both the means and the end of biblical missions. We desire to serve local churches as they send missionaries around the world. Reaching & Teaching serves like-minded churches who cooperate to send reformed, baptistic, and complementarian global workers to plant churches all over the world, from unreached language groups to global cities. We partner together to train leaders and revitalize churches in extremely needy areas.