To reach the greatest number of church members, it appeared that SFMF representatives would need to confront them at the numerous summer Bible conferences of that era.
Prayer and faith were basic principles in the founding of SFMF, as it was in the founding of SVM fifty years earlier.
Each of the first six secretaries of SFMF, after one or two years of leadership, left for overseas missionary posts.
From the outset, SFMF was uniquely a student missionary movement, initiated, directed, and "supported" by students.
The merger of the SFMF and IVCF occurred in November 1945.