The Baptist Pastoral Bible Institute began in 1979 as a joint effort of American missionaries and national French pastors concerned for the future of churches being established in France. (It is estimated that France needs 1,000 new full-time workers to pastor existing churches and reach out to the many unreached towns in the country.) Classes began in a local church in northeastern France under mission leadership. That church eventually relocated in new facilities with a national pastor, and it allowed the Institute to continue to use their former building.
During the past 30 years God has blessed, sending us not only French students, but also a growing number from other French-speaking countries. Graduates now serve the Lord on nearly every continent of the globe. With a growing student body and curriculum, the Institute has decided to launch its own building program to better meet the needs in France and the French-speaking world.
The first phase is the purchase of our educational-library building and will soon be completed. As soon as the architect’s drawing are completed and funds permit, we will begin remodeling the building, hopefully starting in the summer of 2016.
Who we work with
From it’s inception, I.B.P.B. has enjoyed an excellent relationship with American missionaries and national pastors. Evangelical French pastors serve both on the board and staff of the Institute. In fact, their number is growing, consistent with the school’s goal to become indigenous. The missionaries ministering at the Institute serve with Baptist Mid-Missions, Biblical Missions Worldwide and Missions to the Military.
Where we’re located
IBPB is located in Algrange, a small quiet town in the Lorraine region of Northeastern France, near the city of Thionville. Nearby one can still visit the Maginot line, built between the two world wars, take excursions along the beautiful Moselle river and enjoy a number of sports and cultural events. Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium are all within an hour’s drive. Students appreciate the calm setting conducive to study, as well as the number of commercial, leisure and medical facilities in the area.
The doctrinal position of the Institute is consistent with those of its participating missions. It is evangelical, baptistic, non-charismatic, and pre-millennial. While young ladies as well as young men are welcome to enrol, the Institute does not believe in or train women to become pastors.
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