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Dr AngHistorically, the church was the training ground for servants of the LORD. That training ministry shifted to the professional Bible colleges and seminaries over a period of time. Undoubtedly, such Bible colleges and seminaries provided a needful service and they still do. However, churches began to lose sight of their actual responsibility to equip men and women for the ministry. They largely left it to the professors in colleges and seminaries to do the training. Quite unfortunately, though the professors in colleges and seminaries were devoted and godly, some did not have any or enough experience of pastoring or leading a church.

What the IBI program provides is to return part, if not all, of that training, back to the church leaders. The IBI is a tool in the hands of church leaders to help them train church members for the ministry. This is the niche of the IBI program. Every church can take up a charter with the IBI and fulfill the role of equipping men and women with a systematic and practical knowledge of the Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

An expert writes each of the 19 courses in the IBI curriculum.  The experts include Gleason L Archer Jr., Ph. D., Frank E. Gaebelein, Litt.D. , Stephen W. Paine, Ph.D., Harold Helms, Th.D., Merrill C. Tenney, Ph.D., William S. LaSor, Ph.D., John F. Walvoord, Th.D., J. Vernon McGee, Th.D. and Harold Lindsell, Ph.D. To use the IBI is like sitting in classes offered by these men.

The IBI is a proven curriculum. Each student is given a manual to help them personally go deeper into the Word. Further, each course comes with a set of audiotapes. It is like sitting in a class to listen to the lecturer. Included in each study are probing questions for students to examine the Word carefully.  The church leader gathers the class each week to go through the study. In this class, there are further questions and interaction and lively discussion. Written assignments for each course is a norm. Such written assignments test and strengthen the students’ understanding of the Bible.

Pastor Mel Caparros and his wife Sister Marie began the IBI in 2007. They supplemented the IBI curriculum with other necessary and helpful courses to further the students’ understanding of the Bible. Examples are the courses on Greek and Hebrew and in-depth studies of the Tabernacle and the Seven Holy Feasts of Israel.

I would like thank Pastor Mel and Sis. Marie for their foresight in starting the IBI. I am grateful that I am a part of their great ministry.

 

SOLI DEO GLORIA

 

Anthony L. P. Ang, Ph.D.

 

“What the IBI program provides is to return part, if not all, of that training, back to the church leaders. The IBI is a tool in the hands of church leaders to help them train church members for the ministry. This is the niche of the IBI program. Every church can take up a charter with the IBI and fulfill the role of equipping men and women with a systematic and practical knowledge of the Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17).”