Associate Professor of Missions, Associate Dean of Applied Ministry and Mentorship, and Ida M. Bottoms Chair of Missions
Mike Morris teaches Introduction to Missiology, Cross-Cultural Witness to the Gospel and Ministry, Church Growth, Applied Ministry, Spiritual Formation, World Religions, and Church Vitalization. He also administers the evangelism and missions practicums into which most 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 (2009-2017) 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, BETFA (Biblical, Evangelical and Theological Forum for Africa): Journal of the Ogbomoso Circle, The Southern Baptist Journal of Missions and Evangelism, the Great Commission Research Journal, and The Journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. His book, Growing a Great Commission Church: Biblical Principles and Implications for Methods, was published in 2017 by Seminary Hill Press.
In 2018, he began serving as general editor of the Great Commission Research Journal, and he served from 2015 to 2016 as President of the Great Commission Research Network (formerly known as the American Society for Church Growth). In 2017, he received the "Donald A. McGavran Award for Outstanding Leadership in Great Commission Research" at the GCRN's annual conference. 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.