Is this fair? Is this smart? Does this show the IMB leaning conservative? Does this show the IMB leaning liberal? RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- International Mission Board (IMB) President Jerry Rankin has asked missionaries who have not yet affirmed the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message (2000 BF&M) to make their decisions by May 5, 2003. He is appealing to the workers to either promise to work in harmony with the faith statement or tender their resignations by that date. Rankin said he will ask IMB trustees to terminate the service of those who continue to refuse accountability to the beliefs of Southern Baptist churches. In a letter sent April 11 to 18 missionary units (31 people), Rankin noted that he asked Southern Baptist field personnel to affirm the revised faith statement more than a year ago. Since then, 98.7 percent of the board's 5,500 overseas workers have affirmed the document.