IMF’s ministry partners (members) come from varied denominational backgrounds, but all endorse the IMF Statement of Faith, Apostles' Creed, IMF Beliefs and our Core Values. They have been recommended to us by local churches, senior pastors, para-church organizations, and/or other Christian ministers and lay leaders who are familiar with their ministry calling and gifts.
Members of IMF have a wide variety of Biblical and theological training. Many are seminary graduates (e.g., Asbury, Covenant, Fuller, Luther, Oral Roberts Graduate School, Princeton, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Westminster, etc.); others are Bible college graduates, and some have received their training through theological education by extension. All have demonstrated a level of theological proficiency and have been approved for membership by our Membership and Rostering Review Board. As appropriate, some have been commissioned, licensed or ordained.
We do not believe that God always limits His call to those who have had the opportunity to attend seminary; in some cases, there are those who choose not to go through their denominational ministerial track for a variety of reasons. Therefore, we offer an alternative ministerial track based on a careful evaluation of the candidate’s spiritual life, Biblical and theological training knowledge, ministry experience, and Biblical knowledge.
Scripture admonishes, “Study to show yourself approved under God, a workman that need not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (II Tim. 2:15). Therefore, some of the services which we offer our members are that of encouragement and assistance in evaluating their continuing educational needs for present ministry as well as future ministry goals.
Ministry to men and women of all denominations is often expressed through both suburban and inner-city churches, as well as city missions, foreign missions, refugee camps, third world humanitarian service, and inner-city youth programs. Anywhere the heart of God can be found loving people in need is a potential location for Christian ministry, expressed through the lives of IMF ministers.