IBCM as the International Brethren Conference on Mission (IBCM) commenced in 1993 and has convened and coordinated global conferences (every 4 years). The work has expanded over the years with the advent of several regional and language based conferences and the development of the Brethren Training Network (BTN) which holds training conferences (every 4 years) and has itself produced regional gatherings of leaders and educators.
Recognizing that IBCM now needed a legal entity, a UK charity, “IBCM Network,” was registered in March 2019. This now allows the work of volunteers to be supported by the employment of supported staff, to deal realistically with the existing workload and take advantage of future opportunities.
The IBCM Network (International Brethren Churches and Mission Network) is served by a trustee body. The trustees are supported by an International Advisory Group which is globally representative, and the Youth Adivsory Group who is responsible for growing a Youth Network worldwide. The current staff are Dr David Smith as International Director and Sanja Zurovac (Italy) as Administrator/Executive Assistant.
IBCM NETWORK EXISTS TO CONNECT AND SERVE A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY
Working with the regional planning groups IBCM Network will connect and serve the network worldwide through:
- a global conference every 4 years
- assisting the regional conference teams
- facilitating global networks and communication
Working with national mission agencies IBCM Network will facilitate mission endeavours locally and globally through:
- worldwide communication on mission
- creating mission partnership possibilities
- an online mission connection centre
Working with national church leaders and orgnaisations
IBCM Network will encourage local churches worldwide
- coordinated global communication
- creating ministry networks
- an online church resource centre
Working with BTN (Brethren Training Network), IBCM
Network will strengthen leaders, trainers, and theologians
- grassroots and accredited training
- online forums
- an online training resource centre