We’ve collected quite a few documents that help tell the story of Immanuel Bible Church over the past 50 years. Click on the links below to learn a little about where we’ve been and the events that have shaped who we have become. On Sunday, September 7, we presented the” Immanuel at 50″ booklet to the congregation. Read through it to get a better sense of our past and where we are heading.
Where We’ve Been, Who We’ve Become
- We Preach Christ Crucified, Risen and Coming Again
- Preaching the Whole Counsel of God
- Equipping the Saints for the Work of the Ministry
- God With Us, the World Before Us
- Building Believers to the Glory of God
1964 Constitution and Covenant (pdf)
The Immanuel Constitution and Statement of Faith set the foundation for who we have become. Article II of the 1964 Constitution states “Its object (Immanuel) shall be to promote the worship of God by the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ at home and abroad, trusting that as a result sinners shall be saved and believers edified.” Though the Constitution and Statement of Faith have been ammended several times through out our 50-year history, they are essentially the same documents that established Immanuel Bible Church fifty years ago.
Our current Immanuel Constitution and Bylaws, last amended in 2013
Project Amazon Report (pdf)
In 1973, there were already 16 missionaries being supported and the congregation of Immanuel was experiencing a significant trend in missionary interest and support. Answering a call by Senior Pastor Goad, 16 members of Immanuel committed to a short-term missions project to help build a home for Don Fanning and his family, serving in Pedrera, Colombia. Over 100 from the Immanuel congregation went to National Airport to see the group off on a venture which became known as “Project Amazon.” Their report was written up in the 1973 September|October edition of ABWE magazine “The Message.”
Above and Beyond (pdf)
In 1988 the congregation voted to initiate a new building program which would add on a 45,000 square foot educational building with 16 classrooms, a 100-seat choir rehearsal room, portico entrances to the Lobby, and offices to the front of the Worship Center. In 1990, all of that was presented in a construction fundraising program entitled “Above and Beyond.”
SEEK SERVE SHARE (pdf)
In 2004 we produced a booklet that more fully developed the thinking behind our mission. We invited all who are part of the Immanuel Bible Church family to take a closer look at our mission so that they would not only have a better perspective of what “Seek, Serve, and Share” means, but also gain a clearer understanding as to how we can actively participate in our mission. Senior Pastor Michael Easley presented a sermon series August thru September 2001 introducing the mission.
2001-2006 Strategic Plan (pdf)
Out of the planning for this document came our vision and mission statements.
OUR VISION: Building believers to the Glory of God
OUR MISSION: Building mature followers of Jesus Christ who Seek Him Constantly, Serve Him Faithfully, and Share Him Boldly.
Several initiatives of this Strategic Plan were to dramatically change Immanuel in the future. They included such goals as adding a Sunday evening contemporary service for young adults; partnering with another church in developing a congregation; developing new congregations in a new, high population center (essentially planting a church in one of the outlying suburbs of Washington); and finishing the building construction by enclosing the courtyard, redesigning the Narthex, and adding a second floor to the 100 and 200 wings of the building. With God’s grace and by His provision, by 2011 all of these goals had been accomplished.
2006 Strategic Plan (pdf)
The 2006 Strategic Plan layed out six initiatives that Immanuel would pursue as a church. These included community and group development; leadership training; personal evangelism; a church plant; local and foreign missions; and an emphasis on personal and corporate prayer. Strategies were presented to achieve these goals.
Building Up Reaching Out Booklet (pdf)
The “Building Up Reaching Out (BURO) booklet was designed as a companion piece to present the goal of Immanuel’s Phase III building program in 2006. Information about the scope of the addition and renovations to the building were presented in a brochure that was distributed to the congregation at the launch of the fundraising program. The theme “A Place for Changing Lives,” with the purpose of training on the corner to reach the community for Christ, was selected for the building program.