Overseas Cross-Cultural Missions
The people of Immanuel Bible Church are committed to pursuing a lost generation among the nations. World Outreach pursues effective cross-cultural outreach.
These efforts help reach an ever-changing world for Christ and mobilize our growing congregation of world Christians for cross-cultural outreach. For a fuller description of our goals and vision, please contact us.
Short-Term Outreach and Missions Projects (STOMP)
10-15 short term mission trips are sponsored by Immanuel each year, both for youth and adults/families. Our trips train Immanuel people to be world Christians, with an informed view of what God is doing among the peoples of the world. Short term trips provide opportunities to partner with missionaries we have on the field, supporting and encouraging them in their work. The trips also allow opportunity to serve alongside fellow believers from other cultures as we participate in evangelism, work projects, teaching and humanitarian service. Current brochures, applications, policies and information can be found by contacting the Missions office for adult trips and the Student Ministries office for youth trips. Learn more...
Immanuel Bible Church gives monthly financial assistance to approximately 68 short-term and career missionaries. 31 of these missionaries serve in an overseas cross-cultural capacity. Our overseas missionaries serve in 19 countries in areas as diverse as Bolivia, Colombia, France, Germany, Ghana and Japan. They are sent through many different missionary agencies and work within eight major ministry categories such as: church planting, education, evangelism and discipleship, humanitarian, support and leadership training.
Beyond financial support, many of our missionaries receive prayer and encouragement from the Immanuel family. You can be personally involved in our overseas missionaries' ministries through: prayer, correspondence, financial support, hosting, or partnering on overseas projects. Many of our overseas missionaries serve in sensitive areas where the spread of the gospel is hindered by significant political and cultural barriers. Due to privacy and security issues, specific information regarding these missionaries is not posted on this website. However, the Missions office will gladly help you individually pursue involvement in ministry with any of our overseas missionaries.
Missions Sunday and Special Events
Three times a year, global outreach is highlighted in the worship center on Sunday mornings. Mission leaders with cross-cultural missionary experience bring to our congregation the vision and challenge of contemporary world evangelism and church planting.
Special events are also held at various times during the year to "cast the vision" of missions work. Teaching modules on missions, or shorter topical lessons, become special events in the life of Adult Bible Fellowships. Missionaries currently in the area also present their experiences to ABFs and in Children's Ministries. Missions-related courses are offered through the Immanuel Bible Institute. For details on the schedule of upcoming mission Sundays, special events, or classes, contact the Missions Office.
Missionary Preparation Program
People are the most important resource, after the Word and the Spirit, for carrying the good news of Christ to every nation. If we are truly going to send our best, we have a responsibility to train them well for the work of world evangelism. The Missionary Preparation Program at Immanuel Bible Church supplements the training provided by any given agency. There are five dimensions of targeted growth:
- A Growing Maturity (Spiritual, Emotional and Relational)
- A Growing Commitment to the Life and Ministry of IBC
- A Growing Knowledge of God's Word
- A Growing Application of God's Word through Ministry
- A Growing Relationship with Senders
For more information about the Mission Preparation Program, please contact the Missions Office.