WORLD BIBLE WAY FELLOWSHIP
What it is
WORLD BIBLE WAY FELLOWSHIP is an associated Fellowship of Ministers, Missionaries, Christian Workers and Churches throughout the world.
This corporation is organized as non-profit and its prime, principle and all pervading purpose is to promote the Christian Faith and Gospel throughout the world. This corporation traces its history to the International Fundamental Christian Association, first recognized as a proposed religious corporation in the District of Columbia shortly after June 1943, and later incorporated in Texas.
In addition to its principle purpose as set out above, the Fellowship is formed for the following purposes:
(1) To promote fellowship, cooperation, protection, recognition, and propagation of the Christian Gospel at home and abroad, and for the support of public worship.
(2) To ordain Ministers and Christian Workers to any and all orders as may be deemed expedient or necessary.
(3) To send out home and foreign Missionaries.
(4) To receive and accept donations of real and personal properties and to issue conditional certificates, or otherwise, on such forms as may appear best.
(5) To act as beneficiary on all kinds of insurance policies and wills.
(6) To receive and receipt for endowments of personal and real properties and issue such certificates, therefore, as may appear proper.
(7) To borrow money, give notes, issue debentures and to secure in such borrowing by pledge, mortgage or otherwise.
(8) To establish churches, auxiliaries, clubs, schools and societies of a religious nature.
(9) To print, publish, distribute and sell books, tapes, magazines, and other literature in any way connected with the purpose of this corporation.
(10) To do any and all things reasonably necessary to carry out the above and foregoing purposes.
(1) To build up one another in the most Holy Faith.
(2) To "earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints." (Jude 3)
(3) To grant each local unit,'whether Fellowship, Church or Institution, absolute sovereignty to handle its local affairs, and each minister the right to carry out his or her individual vision as God directs.
(4) To provide a voluntary, cooperative basis of fellowship for various local fellowships, churches, Christian Workers, Ministers and institutions who believe the fundamental doctrines of the Bible, and to assist one another in carrying out the command of the Master to evangelize the world.
Churches, Institutions and Associations becoming affiliated with this Fellowship may be independent, self-governing, own their own propeny, choose their own name and call their own pastors or leaders as God may direct.
The vision of this Fellowship is not to lord it over God's heritage, nor to bring the Ministers into bondage, nor to create many offices to be supported; but the burden is to promote fellowship among God's people and especially among God's Holy Ghost Ministers.
The holding of any properties, or any legal phase of the Fellowship, shall be vested in a Trustee Board, who shall come into their office by appointment as God shall direct.
The Board of Trustees shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer and others as is deemed needful and advantageous.
The President shall have the responsibility of directing the affairs of the Fellowship. There shall be a meeting of the Board at least once a year.
Inasmuch as the President and Vice-President must work in close harrnony, the President shall have the privilege to nominate, with the approval of the Board, the Vice-President. In the event of a vacancy in the office of the President, the Vice-President shall assume the office of the Presidency. All other vacancies shall be filled by appointment of the President with the approval and confirmation of the Board.
The members of the Board of Trustees shall serve the Fellowship indefinitely as its governing head, only being dismissed in the event he or she departs from the faith, or deliberately goes into sin, or by choice or being led of God, desires to enter other fields of ministry.
In addition to the Board of Trustees, National Directors may be appointed by the Board to promote various fields of ministry for the Fellowship such as:
Director of Sunday Schools
Director of Evangelism
Director of Missions
To further promote the Fellowship, capable leaders who have the good will of Ministers and Churches in their locality will be appointed by the Board of Trustees to be recover as Regional Representatives. It will be their duty to promote the Fellowship in every way possible, acquainting unaffiliated Ministers and Churches with the Fellowship and, where possible, organizing and scheduling regular Fellowship meetings.
A mailing list of Ministers and Churches in the local area who desire to participate should be compiled so letters announcing such meetings can be mailed well in advance. The Regional Representative will act as director of the meeting, giving due recognition to all who come, and arranging (Under God's direction) a good spiritual program from the musicians, singers and preachers present; making the meetings always a time of fellowship and blessing, one to another. He should guard against the stressing of dogmas and doctrine and showing partiality, which tends to create confusion rather than fellowship.
The constituency cannot endorse the radical theories and dogmas which are set forth by many of the denominational sects of today, which tend only to split and divide God's people. We are willing to fellowship with all clean Christians who are contending for love and the principles of Christ. But we cannot, and will not endorse or set our approval upon radical teachings which split and divide the Body of Christ.
Statement of Faith
I. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD, verbally inspired in the original writings. (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:21)
II. THE HOLY TRINITY composed of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, with all power vested in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Co-existant, Eternal, Omniscient, Omnipresent and Omnipotent. (Deut. 6:4,5; Man. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Luke 1:35; John 1:14)
Ill. THE SALVAT10N OF MAN. Through repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ, man is saved by the washing of regeneration, whereupon he is born again, and being justified by grace, through faith, he becomes an heir of God. (John 3:3,5,7; Titus 2:11; 3:5,7 etc.) The inward evidence is a witness of the Spirit (Rom. 8:16). The outward evidence is a life of righteousness.
IV. ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God's Word.
V. BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST. There is, for every believer whose heart has been cleansed, an endowment of power for service, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4 and 10:44-48 etc.
VI. SPIRITUAL GIFTS. If we abide in Him, it is possible to have the "signs following", and the spiritual gifts spoken of in Corinthians, operating in the Church.
VII. HEALING IN THE ATONEMENT. "Himself took our infinities and bore our sicknesses," and "with His stripes we are heated." (Isaiah 53:5) It is our privilege to lay hands on the sick and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord and "the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up."
VIII. THE PRE-MILLENIAL REIGN OF OUR LORD. The rapture of the prepared saints, the great tribulation, the return of our Lord with His saints in power and great glory to reign upon the earth a thousand years. (I Tbess. 4:14-17; Matt. 25:31; Acts 1:11; Rev. 20:4; Judel4,15)
IX. THE RESURRECTION of the crucified body of our Lord. The resurrection of the just before the thousand years, and the unjust after the thousand years. (Acts 2:22-24; Rom. 8:34; Dan. 12:2,3; Rev. 20:4,5)
X. HEAVEN AND HELL. The everlasting blessedness and award of the righteous, and the everlasting punishment of the wicked. (Matt.26:46; Rev. 2:8; Luke 16:19-25; etc.)
XI. ORDINANCES. The Lord's supper should be observed (Luke 22:19,20; 1 Cor. 11:23-26). Water Baptism by immersion, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, according to His command, "In the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt. 28:19; 3:1 ' 5-17; Acts 2:38; Rom. 6:3-4) There is a great blessing to be derived from, and a wonderful lesson of love and humility taught by foot-washing, as practiced by our Lord and His disciples (John 13:4-17). "Therefore if we know these things, happy are ye if ye do them', but the practice of foot-washing may be optional with each congregation.
XII. THE CHURCH is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for its Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the First Born which are written in Heaven (Heb. 12:23; Eph. 2:22). A divinely called and Scripturally qualified ministry has been provided by our Lord for the evangelizing of the world, and the edifying of the body of Christ (Mark 16:15-20).
All charges presented against an ordained Minister, Licentiate, or Christian Worker, must be sustained by two or more witnesses. Such accusation must be in writing, signed by the accuser, and sent through the mail. Then an official, unbiased committee from the local church where the charge is made, shall investigate such charge and adjust matters where possible.
In the event said local committee cannot adjust each case, a committee of two or more nearby ministers may be called upon to assist in such investigation either by the accused Minister, or the ones making the charge. In extreme cases, where matters cannot be settled locally, they may be referred or appealed to the Board of Trustees, which is empowered to take final action in such cases, and when necessary revoke credentials.
In cases where charges are preferred against an evangelist, who has no local church from which a local committee can justly be chosen to investigate his case, and adjust matters, his case shall be dealt with by the Board of Trustees.
Those desiring to affiliate with the World Bible Way Fellowship, shall, upon completion of an application provided by the home office, be recommended by two or more ordained Fellowship members or an affiliated Fellowship church. Such worthy individuals shall receive proper credentials signed by the Trustee Board of the Fellowship.
The Trustee Board shall be empowered to grant credentials to such worthy ministers who have been ordained or licensed with other organizations before applying to the Fellowship, who are properly recommended.
The local church is urged to exercise good judgment in the examinations of applicants, and at no time are they to recommend them for credentials unless the church is convinced that God has called the applicant to a definite ministry, and that the applicant is living a consecrated life, and has a proven ministry.
For those with no previous ministerial training or experience, but who feel the call of God on their life for Christian service, it is recommended that they be issued a Christian Worker's certificate and at a later date be issued a ministerial license after having established a proven ministry. Licentiates actively engaged in full time ministry for one year or more, may be ordained.
To be eligible for membership, all applicants must annually subscribe to the Statement of Faith.
The Certificate of Fellowship bears the corporate seal of the Fellowship.
Be it thoroughly understood that the Trustees of the Fellowship assume no obligation for the ministry, life and conduct of the ministers holding credentials with the Fellowship, but according to the Scriptures, each minister is responsible to the congregation to which they minister or attend. (Acts 14:23)
Be it further understood, that this Fellowship does not condone loose living, and unethical practices by any of its ministers. We insist that all evangelists conducting revivals, and ministers opening new works, give due consideration to any existing local churches and their pastors, that their interests be kept inviolate.
It is the financial plan of the Fellowship that all Ordained Ministers are to pay $50.00 per year; Licentiates $50.00 per year; and Christian Workers $50.00 per year. All dues are to be paid in advance with the application for fellowship and are renewable each year. The dues must be paid in advance to help pay the office expense such as printing, stationary, stamps, utilities, such as lights, heat, telephone and support of office personnel.
Tithes & Contributions
We accept tithing as God's plan through the ages for the support of the ministry and the carrying on of God's work; therefore, we urge that tithing be taught and that all ministers pay tithes as God may prosper.
We urge all ministers to send tithes and contributions regularly to the General Fund. It will be disbursed, as stated, to further the mission of this Fellowship.
Disbursement of Funds
All monies, except that sent in for missions, will be placed into a General Fund from which all operating expenses will be paid. This includes all office expenses such as stationary, postage, printing, publishing of THE EVENTS, utilities, office personnel salaries, etc. Only the necessary expenses that go to carry on the work of the Fellowship shall be met from this fund.
The Trustees shall, from time to time, see that a full and complete financial report is made so that everyone can see where all money comes from and just how it is spent.
The Trustees will hire office personnel as needed to care for all office work in general. The President shall be empowered to use the office seal and sign all credentials and legal papers of the Fellowship under the sanction of the Trustee Board.
The National Director of Missions shall foster a world evangelism program within the Fellowship and its auxiliary organizations and lead in planning and administering the World Wide Missionary program of the Fellowship.
He shall promote a definite program of missionary education in churches and conventions recommending an annual Missionary budget and recruiting young men and women for missionary activities at home and abroad.
Money for Missions, whether Home or Foreign, shall be kept in a separate fund and shall go to the mission field 100%. No money is to be taken from this fund even for stamps or money orders, for we want every penny sent in to the office for missions to find its way there, where it can be used on the field for the salvation of souls. Requests for missionary funds given to be designated for a certain field will be honored. All undesignated funds will be sent where most needed.
All WBWF churches are requested to support the Fellowship Missionary program to the best of their ability. At least one missionary offering and any other gifts such as clothing should be sent to the general office each month for the missionary program.
Any Church, Bible Institute, Church School or Mission Station, etc., desiring to be affiliated with the Fellowship shall subscribe to the Statement of Faith and be in harmony with the Purposes and Objectives of the Fellowship. Application for affiliation should be sent to the Home Office of the Fellowship with two copies of their Constitution, one of which will be forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service. If the church is incorporated, two copies of the State Charter should also be sent.
An initial fee of $50.00 should accompany all applications for affiliation. Thereafter, affiliated Churches and Organizations are requested to make a free-will contribution each quarter to the General Fund of the Fellowship.
Affiliated Churches and Organizations may own their own property and control it in any way, or under any name they desire. They have all the protection of the Fellowship Corporate Seal.
Each local cooperative work may have its local trustees, and incorporate locally, if desired, with said local trustees and their successors holding the property in trust. We suggest that the leader, founder or pastor of such local church, or institution, whom God has used to create such work, be Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
When it is so desired by the local unit, property belonging to the local church, mission, institution, fellowship, or individual, may pass into the possession of the Fellowship, to be held in trust by the Fellowship Trust.
A Final Word
In every true Fellowship, there must be the Spirit of Loyalty...
to the Body of Christ...
to Fellow Ministers...
to our beloved Fellowship...
and to the principles on which it stands, for only upon these principles is true fellowship established. May we complete the task entrusted to us!
World Bible Way Fellowship, P.O. Box 70, DeSota,
TX, 75123-0070, Phone 214-579-1231