About the IFFB
The IFFB was organized in July, 1961 at the Urban Street Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC for the purpose of revival and soul-winning through fellowship meetings. Dr. G. Elmo Renegar was pastor
According to Brother Louis Arnold, one of the early officers of the IFFB, Dr. Fred Garland invited twenty-one preachers to what was called "A Call to Arms Conclave." During this meeting he asked Bro. Arnold to help him organize the International Fellowship of Fundamentalists. Dr. Garland asked Bro. Arnold to clear his schedule for three months to introduce the IFF to churches in several states.
In the early days Dr. Garland had an IFF meeting somewhere every month.The meetings lasted from Monday through Friday, and several well-known preachers of the day were invited to preach. Among these men he invited were Dr. Lee Roberson, Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Dr. John R. Rice, Dr. Bill Rice, Dr. Bob Bevington, Dr. Don Green, Dr. D.M. Hardison, and Dr. Dolphus Price. Brother Arnold says he felt honored to be among these preachers.
Dr. Garland served as President of the IFF for two years and Brother Arnold then became the second president. After serving for three years, Brother Arnold felt the leadership should be shared with other preachers. Since then the President of the Fellowship serves a term of two years.
Statement of Faith
We believe the Bible to be verbally and plenarily inspired and the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, i His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of th Father, and in His pre-millennial return.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is able to live the Christian life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; They that are saved, unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the independence and absolute autonomy of the local church.
Statement of Purpose
The International Fellowship of Fundamental Baptists is a non-profit religious organization, legally incorporated under the laws of the state of Tennessee.
The purpose of the IFFB is to conduct fellowship meetings throughout the world, endeavoring to kindle revival fires, to promote soul winning efforts, and to provide fellowship, contacts, instruction, inspiration, news, and encouragement for Bible believers.
This purpose is to be achieved through two international meetings annually, with regional meetings periodically, and through the use of other informative and descriptive literature.
The IFFB is a fellowship not ashamed to be called FUNDAMENTALISTS, an organization that takes its stand unflinchingly, dares to speak its convictions, and is determined to "cry aloud" in these last days of apostasy, unbelief, compromise, worldliness, spiritual coldness and unconcern.
The IFFB stands for the fundamentals of the faith. We believe those who really are Fundamentalists need to make a positive and deliberate stand to emphasize the historical Christian faith as revealed in the Word of God. We believe a real need exists for genuine fellowship among true Bible-believing Christians who will present a united front in these dark and trying days.
The IFFB is opposed to the apostate conditions which have invaded the religious world today, causing a departure from a true Biblical orthodox position.
Policies and Practices
I. Yearly Meetings
A. The Annual Meeting is the second Sunday through Wednesday of February.
B. The Semi-Annual Meeting is the second Sunday through Wednesday of August.
II. Business Meetings
A. Business Meetings are held at each gathering on Tuesday afternoon, right after lunch.
B. If the church is not providing lunch then the meeting is after the Tuesday morning session.
A. Resolutions Committee
1. The Resolutions Committee shall consists of three members appointed by the President at the August Semi-Annual meeting.
2. Resolutions are to be prepared by the committee to be presented at the Annual Meeting.
3. At the Tuesday afternoon session, the resolution are to be read and accepted and then presented in the Tuesday evening meeting, read by the chairman of the Resolutions Committee.
B. Nominating Committee
1. This committee is chosen by the President at the beginning of the annual meeting in February.
2. Three members are chosen to present nominations for the coming year. One of the three is chosen as chairman.
3. There are three officers.
b. Vice President
4. Traditionally, the officers serve a two-year term. The Vice-President succeeds the President.
5. The committee chairmen presents the nominations at the Tuesday Business Meeting.
A. A candidate for membership must be recommended by a current member in good standing and sign the doctrinal statement.
B. The cost of membership is $5.00/year per person or per couple. This is due annually. A lifetime membership is $100.00 paid one time only.
V. Responsibilities of Fellowship Officers
A. The President
1. The President helps the host pastor prayerfully select the speakers. This is important so that neither is embarrassed.
2. The President moderates the meeting of the fellowship Monday evening through Wednesday evening.
3. The President sends out a letter inviting members and friends to the up-coming meeting.
B. The Vice President
1. The Vice President moderates the meeting in the absence of the President.
2. The Vice President implements the ideas of the President.
3. The Vice President must get approval from the President on all desired transactions.
4. The Vice President will assist the Secretary/Treasurer.
C. The Secretary/Treasurer
1. Records the minutes of the meeting
2. Keeps accurate financial reports.
3. Maintains the membership and mailing lists.
4. Reports on the minutes and gives a financial report at each business meeting.
VI. Financial Information
A. Annual dues collected at the meeting are to help pay for office expenses (Mailings, etc.).
B. Offerings taken during the evening services are to be divided among the speakers to help with their travel expenses. Traditionally, evangelists receive a double portion.