What is the IBTI about?
The International Bible Training Institute is a residential Bible College in the UK. It has a rich, 70 year long history and many would call it a very special place to study. This is how life and studies at the IBTI could be summarized:
Students at our Bible college become part of a cross-cultural community. This gives a framework for spiritual growth, character building and skills development. By doing life together, our students learn to approach others with a servant attitude and with the same love and acceptance that is so typical of God's heart. Also, fellowship is encouraged between students and staff to create the right environment for mentoring and nurturing. The IBTI has a history of intentionally maintaining a close relationship with former students and aims to provide them with mentoring, pastoral care, leadership and ongoing partnership.
We believe that passing on head knowledge is not enough to prepare a young generation for an effective ministry. Therefore, besides a good academic curriculum, the college has developed and integrated a strong vocational component into its programme. We have a number of passionate lecturers whose life experience and subject competence provide high-quality teaching and training. Our aim is to look at each student's individual vocation and invest into their personal skills, spiritual and character growth. In doing so, the IBTI reflects its own holistic approach.
Jesus' leadership was characterized by service. That's why all our activities aim to develop a servant attitude in our students. We don't just want them to preach about Jesus, but to increasingly imitate his lifestyle. We make an effort to create an environment which fosters integrity, excellence, faith, hope and love. That is how Jesus lived and served and we want to follow his example.
Being an international college, the IBTI has always been very aware of the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of nations across the globe. It was in response to such needs that the school started in 1947 and it is on those needs that we still focus today. Through decades of international relief work, the college has become a worldwide networking platform for missions. While studying, our students also have many opportunities to form connections within the UK. Attending local church services, experiencing a church placement and engaging in church outreaches are all vital aspects of our programme.
- Integrated in approach
- Aim to serve
- Focus on outcome
- Evaluated with integrity
- Effective within context
- The IBTI aims to nurture a culture that is:
The IBTI's vision is to empower a young generation to effectively function in Christian service.
This vision is accomplished by receiving students from many parts of the world, training them and releasing them into mission, back home and abroad.
Through our training we are committed to help them:
- Discover their vocation if they have not yet done so
- Define their already present vocation in areas they lack understanding in
- Develop their vocation and their gifts
Through their training they will be able to:
- Create a culture of learning by supporting local churches and other Christian vocational schools and organisations in the world
- Evangelize throughout the world through missionary trips, community projects, discipleship programmes etc.
- Relieve poverty across the world by meeting people's needs in a holistic way
What we believe
Our faith is the foundation of everything we teach at IBTI.
This is our statement of faith:
- The Bible is the divinely-inspired Word of God and its supreme authority is fully trustworthy for faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
- The one true God lives eternally in three persons — the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
- The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ — born of the virgin Mary, truly divine and truly human, yet without sin. (1 John 4:1-3; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15)
- The atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, is the only means of reconciliation with God. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Colossians 2:13-15)
- The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.(1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 4:14-16)
- The personal, visible return of Jesus Christ to earth to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords, to bring judgement and to establish a new heaven and a new earth. (Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 21:1)
- The presence and fullness of the Holy Spirit who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness. (John 3:5-6; Acts 1:8)
- The Church as the Body of Christ, the family of God, existing as a community empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill its mandate to be light to a dark world by using God-given gifts. (1 Corinthians 12:12-31; Matthew 5:14)
- Men and women were created in the image of God to have fellowship with Him. Through sinful disobedience, the image was marred and the fellowship was broken. Men and women are incapable of coming back into a right relationship with God by their own effort. (Genesis 1:26-27; Ephesians 2:8-9)
The Christian covenant of marriage is sacred, defined by God in the Scriptures, remaining as a holy symbol of Christ and His enduring covenant with the church and as such cannot be redefined by man or any civil government but remains as a covenant between one male and one female. As followers of Jesus Christ this is what we mean when we use the word “marriage”. This differentiation from other types of unions is not one of condemnation or judgement but one of devotion to Christ, the Scriptures, and the community of the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7; Ephesians 5:22-23)