Who We Are
Mission Statement - for complete text click here
We exist to mobilize and multiply disciple-making churches.
Vision Statement - for complete text click here
We envision a movement of global-minded churches that are reproducing healthy disciples, leaders, and congregations.
We dream of…
… stimulating churches toward mission advancement.
… helping churches to keep their focus on making and multiplying disciples.
… developing pastors and leaders in essential ministry skills.
… becoming a catalyst for strategic church-planting.… nurturing a spirit of love that bridges cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, generations, politics, privilege, position, and religious backgrounds.
… fostering fellowship and connections among pastors and churches.
... supporting churches in times of need and transition.
Core Values - for complete text click here
Our core values define us as an international family of churches, and drive all our decisions and ministries. They describe essential beliefs that determine why we do what we do. Affirming Scripture as the authoritative guide for all faith and practice, we believe the following biblical values enable us to live and serve together in the most effective, God-honoring way.
· We value Fellowship. We believe that community among Christ-followers facilitates encouragement, prayer, edification, and accountability. We believe that Christian friendships develop when we take the time and effort to share our joys, sorrows, and challenges. (1 Thess. 5:14, Gal. 6:2)
· We value Church Planting. We believe that every church should be involved in some way in helping to start new congregations. We desire to expand our reach to strategic places around the world where the Gospel is needed. (Acts 1:8, Matt. 28:18-20)
· We value Diversity. Since Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all nations, we celebrate that people from many nations and cultures come together in our churches. We believe that our diversity expresses the creativity and eternal plan of God. (Gen. 12:3, Rev. 7:9-10)
· We value Unity. The unity of the Spirit among our churches exhibits the oneness of all believers in Christ. We will seek to work out differences that may arise because we believe the power of the Gospel to unite us is stronger than the power of our enemy to divide us. (John 17:20-23, Eph. 2:19-22)
· We value Healthy Churches. Because we believe that the local church is God’s primary means of presenting the Gospel and establishing His kingdom, we will seek to help churches achieve their unique, disciple-making mission in relevant and effective ways. (Acts 2:42-47, 1 Thess. 1:2-10)
· We value Partnership. We believe that working together with other churches to reach common goals enriches churches. Every church has something to offer. We also believe in connecting with other Christ-following groups. We can achieve more in this way than working independently of one another. We believe that cooperation is a gift of God. (Phil. 1:3-11, Eccl. 4:9)
Why English Language Churches?
The first IBC churches were started to minister to the needs of the U.S. military servicemen and women who were stationed in Europe. Through the years, the churches have evolved to reflect the make-up of the communities to which they minister.
Today more than one-third of the churches are still comprised primarily of military personnel, while the others are made up mostly of international members. The word "international" is in the name of more than half the churches. The churches are rich in diversity, yet strive for unity in Christ, rooted in Christian love.
Since English is the most widely used language in the Western world, English-language churches have a great opportunity to reach people from many nations with the good news of Jesus Christ. Every year people from around the world respond when they hear the Good News of Jesus Christ presented by faithful IBC church members.
What Makes Us Unique?
IBC churches are Baptist in doctrine and affiliation and are similar to Baptist churches found on every continent. Some important beliefs of Baptists are:
In addition to Baptists, the churches also welcome Great Commission Christians -- individuals who have confessed Christ as Savior and Lord and are committed to obedience to the Great Commission. These Christians come from denominations which have not established many English-language churches overseas. They are encouraged to participate in the worship, life, fellowship, ministries, and support of the church. They are requested to refrain from attempts to change the doctrine and affiliations of the church.
IBC churches are autonomous in government, with each developing its own constitution, bylaws, and Statement of Faith. They cooperate with other churches to more effectively develop unity in the Body of Christ, disciple believers, evangelize unbelievers, promote Christian missions, and engage in fellowship.