Charity Partner Project
What is IMF?
SERVING THOSE WHO SERVE OTHERS
International Ministerial Fellowship (IMF), is an association of churches, clergypersons and laypersons who labor together across denominational lines for the propagation of the Gospel, missions, church planting and works of charity. With an emphasis on the centrality of Christ and the person and work of the Holy Spirit, we serve as a support organization for those who serve in front-line Christian ministries around the world.
IMF offers a full variety of support services to those serving in churches, mission fields, evangelistic outreaches, military and civilian chaplaincy, and those who labor in workplace ministry and para-church organizations. It is a Mission Sending Agency with 108 missionaries, and provides Ecclesiastical Endorsement to active military and civilian chaplains. IMF is a member of ECFA, NAE, NAECC, NCMAF and ECVAC.
IMF sees itself as a good team player in the Body of Christ, with approximately 1,300 members in 50 states and 40 foreign countries., it serves independent ministers both in denominational settings and independent churches and ministry organizations.
While most of our clergy members are seminary or Bible College graduates, we do not believe that God limits His call only to those fortunate to have completed graduate theological studies. Other members have established a clear record of ministry experience while being trained in the local church or by theological education by extension. All of out ministers are encouraged to "study to show thyself approved unto God a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly handling the word of Truth." (2 Timothy 2:15, NIV) We believe this requires study and prayerful meditation on God's written Word (the Holy Bible) as led by the Holy Spirit, in addition to extra-biblical educational courses, degree programs and life experiences available to the individual. All our members are encouraged to make biblical and extra biblical study a lifetime process.
We also believe in the priesthood of all believers and that every believer is a witness. However, as an organization we provide many support services and opportunities for fellowship and continuing education and training. Moreover, we roster the following credentialed layworkers and clergy persons: Christian Workers, Certified Lay Pastor, Commission to Preach, Commissioned Minister, Special Ministry License, License, Ordination and Associate Membership as appropriate to those we believe have a special call or gift to share with the Body of Christ (Ephesians 4:11) and who have evidenced through biblical and theological study, Christian ministry and life experience, appropriate qualifications for Christian ministry.
Our Membership, Rostering and Ecclesiastical Endorsement Review Board is careful to review each applicant's qualification and documentation to determine an appropriate response and membership. Our members are both professional clergy and layworkers. This is in no way meant to devalue or detract from the validity of the priesthood of all believers or our responsibility as a witness in Christ's Church.
With many things happening in the religious world today, some Bible-believing ministers may feel disenfranchised. IMF is a safe place for those who desire to teach the Scriptures as led by the Holy Spirit while having accountability and is accountable, with a Board of Directors, including outside Board members representing academic and theological achievement, financial accountability, business leadership and social concern for the poor and those less fortunate than ourselves.
We are not a theological debating society, yet our Statement of Faith is clearly orthodox Christianity and our Core Values are clearly defined. We believe in a living and loving Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit to lead and guide Christ's Church today.
We invite inquiry if we can be of service to those serving others through biblical Christian service. That's who we are and what we do - by God's grace.
Each year, the funds raised through the charity golf tournament will be shared by all the ministry projects designated by participating churches and as well as funding of our new ministry headquarters at 2477 Shadywood Road, Excelsior, Minnesota 55331. CCGA is thankful it can participate in the growth of International Ministerial Fellowship and through IMF benefit many other ministries around the world.
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