Every Christian is called to participate in missions (Matthew 28:18-20)! It is our goal to provide those opportunities locally, in North America and Internationally.
Locally: IBC has a sister congregation called IBE, which is a church for the Spanish-speaking people in our area. We have had a partnership with them for over 15 years. They are a part of our church family and share our building. Our men’s ministry and student ministry regularly serve our community through service projects (ramps, repairs, painting, and etc.) and Bible clubs. Our Women’s Ministry has helped with the local women’s center and provided food to needy families. IBC is also committed to helping with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief. We have over 25 members trained in both food service and chainsaw ministry. Our volunteers have served in Guthrie, Enid, Moore, Oklahoma City and in Kay county after severe storms. We have recently coordinated with our local Association for the purchase of a trailer that will allow us to bring equipment to help with disasters in Oklahoma and all over North America.
North America: IBC is a starting a partnership with the Kay Baptist Association (27 churches) in 2017 to help plant new churches in Nebraska. We will be helping organize and send teams to do construction projects, Bible clubs and block parties during the summer. We have sent mission teams out through World Changers to Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Wyoming and more. We will continue those trips on alternating years.
Internationally: IBC has sent members on mission trips around the world including: Wales, China, Mexico, Armenia and Haiti. IBC is working with IBE to help support a Mission Church in El Rosario, just outside of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico that was started with help from our Spanish-speaking congregation (IBE). We have traveled there to do VBS, outreach services, puppet shows, give away clothing, perform baptisms and help encourage the local believers. The mission work there has averaged near 100 people in attendance. IBC is in the process of beginning a partnership in 2017 to help start churches in Guerrero, Mexico. This Mexican state is almost entirely unchurched with less than 6% of the population being Evangelical Christians.
IBC is very engaged in the financial support of missions. We give 10% of our undesignated receipts to support missions through the Southern Baptist Convention. We take an additional “Send Hope” Missions Offering annually that goes directly to missionaries throughout the world.
Additionally, we include budget support for missionaries connected to IBC, including the Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) at NOC, Tonkawa and Cody and Melissa Biby serving at a BCM in Colorado.