Our Philosophy

Distinctives

  • IBMGlobal exists to assist the local church in sending servant leaders to strategic fields of ministry. We seek to serve the missionaries’ commissioning church, as well as other partnering churches, by providing financial, logistical and administrative help to the missionary.

 

  • IBMGlobal believes God has given our generation the responsibility as well as the resources to win this generation to Jesus Christ. To that end, we are committed to starting indigenous church planting movements through the progression of evangelism, discipleship, and leadership training.

 

  • IBMGlobal believes cooperation, not competition, is to be expected and enjoyed with other Biblical mission agencies. As able, we are willing to share expertise, logistical support and resources as we seek the common goal of spreading the gospel around the globe.

 

  • IBMGlobal is dedicated to being Biblically balanced and scripturally separated. Although Biblical principles are non-negotiable, preferences are to remain preferences.

 

  • Because IBMGlobal is devoted to boldly proclaiming the gospel among every tribe, nation and tongue, creative and innovative means will be used to enter limited access countries. To this end, we are willing to ‘work outside the box’ of the ‘traditional mission’ paradigm.

Indigenous Priniciples

Purpose Statement

In accordance with Matthew 28:18-20, Independent Baptist Mission Global (IBMGlobal) is committed to the New Testament philosophy of indigenous church planting through soul-winning, discipleship, Bible study, and the organization of churches that govern, support, and reproduce themselves.

 

WE AFFIRM THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES:

  1. As the Gospel is universal, it will grow in any cultural soil and is not dependent upon American forms, structures, worship styles, leadership or financing in order to take root and grow.
  2. Churches must always be free, in Christ, to express their faith in ways that are faithful to the Bible and relevant to the cultural context.
  3. It is impossible for a church to obtain valid growth if captive to someone other than the Lord for its ultimate authority.
  4. Though the cross-cultural missionary may be used by God to begin a work, intentional efforts must be made to where God-called mature indigenous leaders are empowered to lead these ministries.
  5. The cross-cultural missionary may be led on to pioneer new work or in some instances adjust his role to encourage, edify and serve national leadership as ministries take shape under their guidance.

(The first three points are adapted from www.cpqa.org.)

Our Goals for an Indigenous Church Planting Movement

A. Indigenous Church – Of the people, by the people.

  • We minister to people in the means, manner and methods that communicate truth within the context of their culture (I Co. 9:19-23). This results in true worship and brings glory to God. (I Co. 10:31)

  • The parameters of the indigenous church are built upon the precepts of Scripture. We are bound to walk within the boundaries set forth in God’s Word (Is. 8:20). However, it is important to recognize we bring much tradition from our own culture. Cultural traditions must not be mistaken for “thus saith the Lord.” We must be flexible.

B. Self-Supporting Church

  • Though the missionary may initially provide funding to begin the church, the long-term goal is to wean the growing body of believers from financial assistance.
  • Attainable goals, that can be met by faith, need to be set for the congregation. (Ps 37:3-7)
  • Once financial responsibility has been taken by the church, the missionary must not take it back. In this way, the church body learns to trust God and sees the importance of obedience and personal involvement.
  • Don’t do for the church what they can do for themselves. (I Tim. 5:8: II Thes. 3:8-10)
  • Develop the ministry only to the degree the local assembly will be able to financially and capably handle. In the end, programs, building and equipment beyond the means of the mature assembly are counter-productive to the goal of a self-supporting church. It is important that we not establish that which will require continued missionary involvement.

C. Self-Governing Church

  • The church is ever-increasingly brought into the decision making process. As spiritual leadership is developed, they should be consulted and in appropriate matters asked for advice. (Acts 6:1-6)
  • The Pastor is to lead in decisions concerning doctrine, practice and spiritual direction. The church must approve matters of doctrine. (Acts 15:22-27)
    All matters of financial expenditures from money given by the body must be decided upon by membership. (I Cor. 16:3)
  • The church, under the leadership of the pastor, has the responsibility to elect deacons with a heart to serve. (Acts 6:1-6)
  • The church must be taught to take responsibility and to deal with discipline problems within the body in accordance to biblical guidelines and mandates. (Matt. 18:15-18) After the church has been established and turned over to national leadership, never, under any circumstance does the missionary have the right or authority to force his will in a matter. When called upon, he may offer advice and counsel. (See the spirit of I Cor. 5; II Cor. 2; II Cor. 6:11-13.) Ownership of facilities and equipment are the responsibility and privilege of the self-governed church. (I Cor. 16:3; Acts 2:44)

D. Self-Propagating Church

  • A living organism will by its very nature reproduce itself.
  • While missionaries are still involved in this process, extreme care must be taken to allow the trained, qualified leadership within the assembly to minister, be involved in decisions, and assume financial responsibility of the new work.
  • Special care must be taken to not do for the infant church what they can do themselves. To do so would be counter-productive to the stated goal, discourage participation and make it appear the ministry is a missionary effort instead of an offspring of the mature ministry. (I Thes. 2:1-13)
  • The missionary has the responsibility to assist where needed, provide direction and organization and use the new work as a vehicle for leadership development, training and ministry experience.
 

 Foundational Financial Principles

  1. We will look to God in prayer for the needs of our Mission. God is the One we trust to provide for this ministry and for the needs of the missionaries who serve with us. We will communicate genuine needs with prayer supporters and local churches but we reject any form of manipulation to garner funding. We will pray and trust God who has promised to provide for His work, we will trust Him to move others to give.
  2. We will not go into debt to expand our ministry. We believe that God has a purpose for this ministry and that He can and will provide for expansion and development according to His will. We will not incur debt to further the work.
  3. We will remember that a laborer is worthy of his hire. We seek to demonstrate that God is able and willing to provide for His servants. We will therefore pay our mission in the USA and staff in other countries in a way that honors them and reflects the value of their service for God. This will not be done in a way that lends itself to luxury or excess, but with a sensitivity to maintain a standard of living that reflects those who are giving to this ministry.

 

 

 

Missionary Support Plan

Financial support differs based upon geography as well as the needs of the missionary family. Support needs will be evaluated regularly to ensure the missionary is appropriately supported. The Director, in conjunction with the missionary’s commissioning church, determines the appropriate level of support necessary for each ministry. Each missionary is responsible for raising and sustaining their support level.

The support level covers (but is not limited to) the following:

  • Personal Expenses (Food, Transportation, Clothing, Education, Etc.)
  • Housing
  • Ministry Expenses
  • Conference Costs (Periodic Field or Area Conferences)
  • Travel expenses (Reporting and Recruiting)
  • Income Taxes
  • Medical Insurance
  • Schooling for Children
  • Retirement
  • Administrative Service Fees *

Should a missionary receive support in excess of their monthly salary, those funds will be held in an escrow account for those months where their support is not fully achieved or for a particular ministry need.

Each IBMGlobal missionary is encouraged to provide for retirement. Retirement planning will be provided for those who wish to participate.


* Funding for IBMGlobal is achieved through local churches and individual donors who sacrificially give to support the Mission’s vision as well as from the administrative service fees charged to the missionary. The administrative fee is $425 per month per missionary unit. Missionaries with personal support under $4250 per month are charged at a rate of 10%.

 

Creative Acccess Nations

“(The rulers, elders and teachers of the law) called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.” – Acts 4:18

There are countries where it is not possible for an expatriate (or foreign) missionary to get a visa. There are countries where church activities are greatly restricted and some countries where open evangelism by Christians is completely prohibited. Churches in areas where they have to meet in secret are sometimes referred to as Underground Churches. Some people have been tempted to think these countries – many of which have Islamic governments – are unreachable. While fulfilling the Great Commission in those countries can be challenging, it is not impossible. Closed to missionaries does not mean closed to the gospel, and that’s where the phrase “creative access” is utilized. Because the Good News spreads most easily through relationships, there are opportunities for evangelism in even the most difficult of circumstances. Relationships in which the gospel can be shared are developed through:

  • Students from those countries who study in another country
  • Christian business people whose job has taken them to those countries
  • Teachers whose particular specialty is in demand in those countries
  • Christian students who go to those countries to study
  • Tourists who develop contacts during brief trips to those countries
  • Internet contacts
  • Literature
  • Christian workers imported from third-world countries to provide service labor
  • Christian radio and television broadcasting from nearby countries

Article adapted by Howard Culbertson. For more content like this, visit: http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert

The Holy Scriptures

We believe the Holy Scriptures, Old and New Testament, to be the complete and final revelation to man as the Word of God and not just contain the Word of God. They are the verbal, plenary, inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith, and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We believe the Scriptures are the only means by which people can come to know the true God and His will for their lives.

(II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12-13)

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. In eternity past, we believe the Father planned salvation. At the appointed time, the Son purchased salvation and the Holy Spirit applies salvation to every person who believes.

(Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 1:16-17; Matthew 28:19)

A. We believe in God the Father, commonly spoken of as the first member of the Trinity. God is an infinite and perfect spirit Who is the source and support of all things. He is perfect in perfections and purposes.

(Genesis 17:1; Psalm 139:7, 11; Acts 15:18; Ephesians 1:11)

B. We believe in Jesus Christ, commonly spoken of as the second member of the Trinity. He was and is the Eternal Son of God, possessing both absolute Deity and perfect humanity. Born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life and gave His life on Calvary as a sufficient sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. He bodily arose from the grave, ascended back into heaven and is today acting as the believer’s advocate and Great High Priest.

(John 1:1, 15a; 9:6; Hebrews 4:15; I Timothy 2:6; Luke 24:39; I John 2:1)

C. We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Trinity. He is not just an influence, but a person equal in essence to the Father and Son. He was active in the Creation, and is currently active in His relation to the unbelieving world. He restrains the evil one until God’s purpose is fulfilled. He convicts of sin, of unrighteousness, and of judgment to come. He bears witness to the truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony, and is the agent in the new birth to seal, fill, motivate, teach, witness, sanctify, and control the believer.

(John 14:16, 17,26; Matthew 28:19; Luke 1:35; Genesis 1:1-3; John 16:8-11; Acts 5:30-32; Romans 8:14,16,26,27)

The Total Depravity of Man

We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God, but in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Man is totally depraved, and of himself, totally unable to change his lost condition. We believe every person in every culture throughout the world is in absolute rebellion against God. They have no inherent desire for God. It is through God’s grace alone they will be saved.

(Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23, 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12)

Salvation

We believe the basis of our salvation is the finished work of Christ on Calvary; the avenue of our salvation is repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not through what we can do but by what He has done. It is freely offered to all, and we are simply the recipients of His matchless grace. When we receive Christ as our Savior we are regenerated, justified, adopted, sanctified, and some day glorified. Those who are genuinely saved can never lose their salvation because our destiny depends on His keeping power and not our own.

(John 3:16; Acts 3:19; 4:12; 20:21; Romans 5:1; 8:15, 30; I Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Timothy 4:10; Titus 3:5-7)

The Believer’s New Nature

We believe provision has been made for the new man to be victorious over the flesh through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and that all claims to the eradication of the flesh in this life are unscriptural. Therefore, those who come to Christ alone for salvation are able, through the indwelling of the Spirit, to live victoriously over sin, regardless of their cultural background.

(Romans 6:13; 8:12-13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9)

Christian Liberty

We believe believers have the privilege to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word; however, Scripture clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty to justify actions that could cause a fellow believer to stumble.

(Romans 13:13-14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

Separation

We believe a Christian is separated to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and that God has called believers to live a life characterized by personal, ecclesiastical and even familial separation.

Personally, we are to refrain from those things that would defile us or bring shame to the name of Christ. We are to be an example to those around us as we live a life characterized by holiness and purity.

Ecclesiastically, we are called upon to refrain from cooperation or alliances with groups that do not unashamedly stand for the truths revealed in the Word of God. Thus, we cannot accept the position reflected in the Ecumenical Movement, Neo-Orthodoxy, New Evangelicalism or the various branches of the Charismatic Movement. We believe cooperation should be limited to those of like precious faith.

(Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 6:19-20; II Corinthians 6:14-17; I Thessalonians 5:22; II Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15; I John 2:15, 17; II John 9, 10)

The Church

We believe the Church, the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again people of this present age.

(Ephesians 1:22-23, 5:22-27; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 11:2)

We believe the local church has the right to self-government, free from interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organizations.

(Romans 1:1-4, Acts 13:1-4)

We believe the local church’s scripturally designated officers are pastor (elders or bishop) and deacons.

(I Corinthians 6:1-3, 5:11-13; I Timothy 3:1-13)

The Ordinances

We recognize two ordinances of the church of this age – The Lord’s Supper and Water Baptism. They are not to be regarded as a means of salvation or as means of grace by which special merit is obtained.

A. The Lord’s Supper – Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior and are walking in fellowship with the Lord are welcome to join in this service – unless they are under the discipline of the Church.

(I Corinthians 11:17-34)

B. Water Baptism – Baptism shall be immersion at the request of those who have personally acknowledged Christ as Savior.

(Acts 8:36-39; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 1:14-17)

Missions

We believe Matthew 28:18-20 is an obligation of the saved to witness through their life and through the truths of the Holy Scripture and should seek to proclaim the Gospel to all mankind through prayer, evangelism, discipleship and church planting movement.

Through the local church, we believe God sets apart those whom He chooses to carry the gospel across ethnic and cultural borders. These men and women are called by the Holy Spirit and are sent by the local church with the primary task of preaching the gospel and discipling those who receive Christ as their Savior through a life-touching-life ministry.

(Mark 16:15; Act 1:8; II Corinthians 5:19-20)

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts

We believe God is sovereign in the bestowal of His gifts. The gift to the church of evangelist and pastor-teacher is sufficient for the perfection of the saints today. Speaking in tongues and the working of sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament scriptures were completed and their authority became established.

(I Corinthians 12:4- 11; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 4:7-12)

We believe God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted.

(John 15:7; I John 5:14-15)

Satan

We believe Satan is an actual person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall. He is the open and declared enemy of God and man who shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. We believe the world lies in the arms of Satan and must be rescued through the bold proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

(Job 1:6-7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10)

Coming Events

We believe in the “Blessed Hope”—the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. In His subsequent return to the earth, with His saints, He will establish His Millennial Kingdom. We believe this will include people from every tribe, nation and tongue who will praise Him for all eternity.

(I Thessalonians 4:13-18: Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10; 5:9; Revelation 3:10)

The Eternal State

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment.

(Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13)

At death, we believe the souls of the redeemed are absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss, they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord.

(Luke 23:43; Revelation 20:4-6; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; I Thessalonians 4:16-17)

We reject all theories of soul sleep and believe the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery after death until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Therefore, we must urgently obey Christ’s command to warn rebels of impending judgment and invite them to reconciliation with God through Christ Jesus thus experiencing the glories of being forever in the presence of the Lord.

(Luke 16:19-26; Matthew 25:41-46; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 20:11-15)

Creation

We believe in the literal account of creation as described in Genesis. It was not an allegorical or figurative account. Since Man was created directly after God’s own image and likeness, creation was not a matter of evolution or evolutionary change of species, or development through interminable periods of time from lower to higher forms. God directly created all animal and vegetable life and established they should bring forth only “after their kind.” We believe man was indeed created in the image of God, for His pleasure and to have fellowship with God. Thus, there are no people groups who are exempt from God’s call to be restored to His image through faith in Jesus Christ. The literal Genesis account of creation is foundational for the proclamation of the gospel to the unreached people of the world.

(Genesis 1:1; Acts 4:24; Acts 17:23-26; Jeremiah 10:12; Nehemiah 9:6; Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7; 2:21-23; 1:11; 1:24; I Corinthians 11:7; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 11:3; John 1:3; Revelation 10:6; Romans 1:20)