Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, Arizona, celebrates its 60th year in 2018! IBC began in October 1958 when four Navajo men met with Gordon Fraser to study the Bible around his kitchen table. Fraser was responding to the vision cast by Harry Ironside and reinforced by his own experience—there was a desperate need for training that would prepare Native American men and women to be leaders in the Evangelical church. Indian Bible College exists to disciple and educate Indigenous Native Christians for lifetimes of biblical ministry and spiritual leadership to their people and the world. Their goals are (1) to provide the necessary training for accurate interpretation of God’s Word so that students develop a BIBLICAL worldview and lifestyle; (2) to biblically develop and maintain RELATIONAL lifestyles and ministries through intentionally modeling, mentoring, and training students with grace and truth; and (3) to cultivate TRANSFORMATIONAL change in the lives of students through the internalization of biblical and relational principles.
In a trip to the Valley last fall, leaders from IBC visited with HBI to share what they were doing in Flagstaff to train their students to impact their surrounding community and the world.
"It was a tremendous time of fellowship and vision-sharing," recounts pastor Ed Lutz. "The leadership of IBC is outstanding and what they offer their students is an excellent biblical education that translates into kingdom-building work. It was really exciting to hear about what they are doing, and perhaps the Lord will provide some type of partnership in the future. They are biblically-centered and gospel-driven."
Lutz will have the opportunity to speak at their student chapel on February 20 and then tour the campus. "I have heard great things, and I am really excited to see the school in person."
For anyone of Native-American descent who lives in Flagstaff, or perhaps in the Valley but who is interested in IBC, check out their website here. And may the Lord continue to multiple laborers (Matt. 9:37-38) for gospel ministry!