Associate Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Applied Ministry and Mentorship, Ida M. Bottoms Chair of Missions
Mike Morris teaches Introduction to Missiology, Cross-Cultural Witness to the Gospel and Ministry, Introduction to Church Growth, Globalization and Mission Strategies, Applied Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Contemporary Southern Baptist Missiology, Christian Apologetics, and Church Vitalization. He also administers the evangelism and missions practicums into which all Southwestern students enroll. He served in America as a youth minister, associate pastor, church planter, and senior pastor. He also served as an International Mission Board missionary to South Korea for ten years. He helped plant five churches in South Korea and one church in Tennessee.
His research and writing have focused primarily on the classic Church Growth Movement and the movement’s main leader, Donald McGavran. His Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the receptivity principle as described by McGavran. His recently published (2009-2014) articles and book reviews appeared in the following journals and magazines: Journal of Evangelism and Missions, Southwestern Journal of Theology, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, International Bulletin of Missionary Research, On Mission, The Free Will Baptist, and BETFA (Biblical, Evangelical and Theological Forum for Africa): Journal of the Ogbomoso Circle.
He currently serves as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal, and he is President of the Great Commission Research Network (formerly known as the American Society for Church Growth). He is a certified church consultant and is a member of the Society for Church Consulting, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Evangelical Missiological Society. He is a graduate of Memphis State University (B.S.), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min. and Ph.D.). He is available for church consulting to churches that request his help.