Our history is closely connected with the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). When NAE was formed in 1942, there was an almost immediate recognition that the NAE members' mission arms were not engaged with one another in any specific way. Out of that realization, the missions committee of NAE was formed. By 1944, a missions conference was held to explore the need for a specific association of mission agencies. Out of the momentum of that conference, EFMA was formed in 1946, with fourteen charter members.

In September 2007, EFMA became The Mission Exchange.

Read all the details about our re-branding effort from the 2007 Exchange magazine.

Watch Steve's Video about The Mission Exchnage's re-branding process.


“Leadership development is a strategic priority at 12Stone® Church.  The resources flowing from our Church Affiliate Membership with The Mission Exchange consistently contribute to our staff’s personal and professional growth. I enthusiastically recommend The Mission Exchange as a cost effective way to invest in your team and keep in touch with global trends.”

C. Norwood Davis, Chief Financial Officer, 12Stone® Church