A Year in Review

Thank You!

There’s no doubt about it: 2020 wouldn’t have been the same without you. In a year full of challenges, you boldly stepped in to meet the needs of each other and the community. You served as group leaders, door greeters, grocery deliverers, and digital ministry gurus. You donated blood and Thanksgiving bags. You wrote cards for seniors and painted signs for healthcare heroes. You gave sacrificially. You served with creativity, grace, and humor and we couldn’t be more grateful.

Thank you for playing a part in God’s transforming work here at IBC and in our city.

Ministry Updates

Children

After a year like no other we were able to love and share the story of Jesus with more children than ever before. We are celebrating over 25,838 views of Sunday worship and Story Time, 263 families connecting, and Virtual VBS with over 1,000+ online views. We also were able to distribute over 250 Family Toolkits to IBC families to connect with the gospel throughout the week.

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Students

IBC Students was dedicated to sticking together and passionately following Jesus through 2020. We did this through weekly online small groups, student-led outdoor worship nights, social distanced fun hangouts, and our fall Guys/Girls Weekend Retreat which 100+ students participated in! This year our weekly community was filled with 13 High School Groups led by 18 Adult Leaders and 12 Middle School Groups led by 19 Adult Leaders.

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Young Adults

Young Adults connected this year in new and creative ways! Through virtual hangouts and outdoor music nights, we grew in relationship with each other and our knowledge of scripture. This fall, we saw 40 people in 6 groups connect, both in-person and virtually, and explored how the gospel intersects how the gospel intersects with areas of our life every week.

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Women

After closing in-person spring Bible study with 420 registered women, we moved to a virtual Bible study format which enabled us to connect with 406 women in the summer and 345 in the fall. Adapting our Bible study to a more flexible format enabled us to connect women into community not just at IBC, but beyond, including participants from other countries. We closed the year with a beautiful Advent worship night, which proved to be a highlight for nearly 200 women, both in-person and virtually who joyfully worshiped together and kicked off the season with hope and promise.

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Men

We banded and bonded together to encourage one another and grow through uncertain times. Every week, men met virtually to do Bible Studies such as First Watch, Replay, and Holy Smoke to learn together. We hosted 3 outdoor Man Parties which provided an opportunity to have relaxed conversation around firepits about things that matter.

More from Men at IBC

Formation

The transforming presence of Christ is often made visible through the gift of community. Formation groups provide a place of authentic community. This year, 164 people joined virtual Formation groups. Now we have a total of 434 participants to pray together and encourage one another to pursue Jesus in everyday life.

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Special Needs

Despite extra challenges with social distancing and wearing masks, we found ways to serve families with special needs in a safe way. Our group for adults with special needs continued to gather for worship and prayer. We hosted 2 online worship nights, a talent show, a drumming workshop, multiple Bingo games and a Christmas party! We gathered in the parking lot for an outdoor water day and a painting event, providing dozens of families with some time to connect and have fun. In addition, our leaders and volunteers created 55 videos teaching basic truths about God through songs, books, stories and memory verses.

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Worship

Even in the midst of a global pandemic, we were able to host three worship nights, an elder-led prayer night to pray for healing and reconciliation in our country, and we even published a video series online called Worship Anywhere encouraging us to dig deeper into worship everyday.

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Generosity

Looking Ahead: Vision 2025

Never has a year demanded as much reflection as 2020. It was a year of change, a year of trial, and a year of lament. In a word, it was unprecedented. But while a global pandemic may have changed the way we gathered, it didn’t keep God from growing, shaping, and transforming lives.

As we continue to reflect on a momentous year, we also have plenty to anticipate. In 2021 we can look forward to more building space for children and students, new and exciting programming across all our ministries, continued opportunities for growth and connection, and a renewed commitment to our five-year vision. But most importantly, we look forward to seeing God move in and through the people of Irving Bible Church as we trust and follow his calling.

God is calling us,

the people of Irving Bible Church, to become a multiethnic movement of missionary disciples formed in the way of Jesus for the sake of the world.

BECOMING

We believe that becoming a multiethnic church reflects God’s vision for his kingdom.

One of the ways we begin this journey in becoming a multiethnic church is to enter into conversations around race and ethnicity so that we can learn and grow together. This year, we produced a series of videos to drive these conversations. The gospel compels us to be agents of reconciliation by seeking unity and engaging in these discussions with grace and humility.

We encourage you to start the conversation in your life.

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A note from Barry Jones

Friends,

We went through so much in 2020, personally and collectively, and yet God was with us through it all. That’s why as we reflect on a challenging year, we do so with gratitude. Personally, I find that this gratitude for what’s behind us fuels my sense of holy anticipation for what’s ahead. God is doing beautiful, transformative work in the world he loves, and he’s calling us to join him in that work. I hope you’ll make it a point to be a part of where God leads Irving Bible Church in 2021 and beyond.

Barry Jones

Senior Pastor

Vision 2025

Giving at IBC

We want to partner with Jesus to transform our city as missionary disciples. We are generous in response to God’s generosity towards us. Every dollar has a purpose that is to support transformative work both globally and locally.

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