Impact 2023

A look at how God moved in our church, our community and our world.

ANOTHER YEAR TOGETHER

Week after week, we faithfully came together as a church family to worship God in 2023.

We prayed with each other during Lent, opened our doors to the community at our annual Easter Festival, and celebrated the resurrection on Easter Sunday. We partied together on Family Weekend and honored the beautiful diversity of our church body by sharing a delicious meal at Thanks for the Nations. And as the year drew to a close, we shared stories of transformation during Advent and sung together by candlelight on Christmas Eve.

Over the course of 2023, we circled up and cheered as more than 50 people were baptized and opened our doors in welcome to more than 1,000 brand new visitors. We started offering live Spanish interpretation of the sermon each Sunday thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers. And we ended the year with a much-needed stage renovation, plus kicked off work on our audio system upgrades in the Worship Center.

We're so thankful for another year together, and can't wait to see what 2024 holds.

MINISTRY HIIGHLIGHTS

MISSIONS

Missions has always been at the heart of IBC, and last year was no exception. The Kinwest Medical Clinic served nearly 400 patients and in October we opened a Care Closet to provide food and household items to local families in need. As always, IBCers stepped up to meet the tangible needs of our neighbors, providing 750 Thanksgiving bags, gifts for 130 local teachers, and school supplies for more than 1,000 students. We were blessed to host visits from many of our global partners this year including our partners in the DRC, Sudan, the Philippines and the K* people.

KIDS

Because of the dedication of our amazing volunteers, Kids ministry served more than 300 children on average each Sunday in 2023. With new gatherings like our monthly Movie Night for elementary-aged kids and morning Play Dates for preschoolers, there were lots of opportunities for families to plug in and build relationships. We celebrated the baptisms of 20 kids last year, and saw many more grow deeper in relationship with Jesus. In addition, we served more than 400 kids through Vacation Bible School in June—half of whom were new to IBC.

YOUTH

2023 was a year of community-building and spiritual growth for the youth of IBC. This spring, the For Our City weekend brought 6th-12th graders together to serve our neighbors across Irving. Wednesday Youth Nights provided a midweek spiritual recharge, and the launch of a Youth Hospitality Team ensured a warm welcome for visitors throughout the year. Plus, Youth Camp and Mission Trip made it a summer to remember as our students committed to go "all in" on changing the world around them. All in all, nearly 400 students connected, grew and pushed each other to love Jesus more deeply this year.

ARISE

Every Sunday, Arise volunteers welcomed an average of 15 kids, teens and adults with special needs into their beautiful space—blessing not just those families, but our church body too. Arise offered support through sensory-friendly spaces and dedicated volunteers at events like VBS and Easter Festival. Arise Night Out provided nine nights of respite to 45 families in the community and—because more IBCers said "yes" to volunteering—will soon be opening spots for new families for the first time since 2019. Year after year, Arise continues to set IBC apart and demonstrate our commitment to celebrating the diversity of our community.

YOUNG ADULTS

At a time when many young adults are stepping away from their faith, IBC's Young Adults ministry has flourished. Last year, more than 60 young men and women attended weekly discussion groups focused around six questions designed to encourage a deep commitment to local service. As a result, 70% of IBC's Young Adult community is currently serving the church body in Hospitality, Kids ministry, Worship, and more. In addition to a focus on service, there were plenty of opportunities for fun and fellowship as well, including Sunday lunches and a Stranger Things-themed roller skating party!

WOMEN

This past year, more than 350 women participated in Bible study at IBC—many of them for the first time. In addition to these weekly studies, IBC also hosted a 24-hour retreat full of relationship building, worship, amazing panels, and topic-based breakout sessions. During Advent, more than 300 women of all ages and stages gathered together at the annual Christmas dinner to share a meal, hear from an amazing speaker, and join in worship. IBC women donated to support global partner My Refuge House throughout the year, raising more than $26,000 to support their mission. That's something to celebrate!

MEN

2023 was a year of building the men of IBC up and moving them forward in the way of Jesus. In addition to First Watch meeting faithfully on Friday mornings, more than 100 men participated in the launch of a new evening Bible study designed to further deepen engagement with scripture. In November, even more men came together for Brotherhood, a powerful night of worship and connection that energized the ministry for the year ahead. IBC also provided opportunities for men to make a lasting impact on their families through events like the Father/Son Canoe trip and Father/Daughter Campout.

MARRIAGE

Healthy marriages support healthy families, and at IBC we have a team of volunteers working tirelessly to strengthen marriages at IBC. In 2023, the Marriage ministry provided opportunities for nearly 200 men and women to focus on their relationship through date nights, single-day workshops, and multi-week classes. Each event weaved together Biblical teaching, practical application, and opportunities for connection to help couples grow in their love for one another and for Jesus. Plus, our pre-marriage mentorship program ensured that couples gave their marriages a strong start.

BIBLE COMMUNITIES

A cornerstone ministry at IBC, Bible Communities are mid-sized groups offering welcoming spaces for people to dig into scripture together each week. More than 200 people of all ages met across six different Bible communities last year, providing weekly space for connection and spiritual growth. Many Bible Community members also gathered to celebrate and serve outside of their weekly meeting times, further deepening relationships and providing community.

DISCIPLESHIP

There's a reason the phrase "formed in the way of Jesus" is part of our vision here at IBC. Discipleship is in our DNA, and 2023 was full of opportunities for our church body to grow spiritually. We launched seven new Formation groups, bringing more IBCers together to practice the rhythms of a missionary disciple alongside other believers. In March, more than 200 people participated in our first ever Formation and Family Weekend, hearing from author Justin Whitmel Earley on how to develop spiritual habits in the home. In addition, the Purpose course helped 50 people better discern their spiritual gifting.

YOUNG FAMILIES

In 2023, Young Families launched as a new community for parents with kids ages 0-5. Through bi-weekly meetings and playdates, we created space for more than 60 new parents to connect with others, share stories (of parenting wins AND failures), and leave feeling energized and equipped for the work set before them. A family picnic wrapped up the year and provided an opportunity for fun and connection for both the adults and kids.

HOPE & HEALING

Our Hope & Healing ministries exist so that people walking through tough seasons don't have to do it alone. In 2023, our Care groups helped nearly 100 people navigate grief, divorce, abuse and more. We launched a new Care group for those facing a cancer diagnosis, as well as two new workshops aimed to provide information on important mental health topics like anxiety. Recovery, an integral part of the Hope & Healing ministry, met 364 times (every week of the year except for one!), providing space for people to know Jesus and find freedom from their hurts, habits and hang-ups.

ALPHA

Alpha, launched at IBC in 2022, is designed to be a safe space for people to ask questions about life, faith and Jesus. This past year, 20 people across three cohorts met weekly to share a meal, explore a topic, and connect over honest conversation. Seven new volunteers completed leader training and faithfully showed up each week to serve Alpha participants with grace and humility. We've seen the Holy Spirit move through Alpha to impact those who are wrestling with their faith or have been hurt by the church, and hope to grow this ministry in the years ahead.

FORMED PODCAST

In February, IBC launched the first episode of its podcast: Formed. Each week, Dr. Barry Jones, Sissy Mathew, and host Isaac Harris tackled relevant topics and wrestled with the hard questions that come along with spiritual formation. The 40 episodes released in 2023 were watched on Youtube, downloaded on podcast platforms, and used as shareable content on social media. It extended our discipleship digitally and was also a fun way to learn more about Pastor Barry and Pastor Sissy.

Annual Meeting

Our IBC family gathered together on January 28, 2024 for our Annual Meeting. You can view the presentation below.

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