Our Mission & Vision

The mission of BIBM is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. The vision of our ministry is to glorify our God and Savior, Jesus Christ, to make true disciples throughout all the nations by means of missionary activity and support, and to do all that is sovereignly possible and biblically permissible to magnify the name of Jesus.

What is BIBM?

Beacon International Baptist Mission is a mission that works in conjunction with the local church. Its sole purpose is to reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and plant local, Independent, Indigenous, Baptist Churches using the Biblical model of evangelism while providing a system of personal accountability. BIBM is built upon the premise that it is the local church's responsibility to carry out the Great Commission and that each missionary sent is representative of Jesus Christ and ultimately a vital extension of the church that has sent him. With this in mind, BIBM is a ministry to help bridge the gaps that exist between a missionary on the field and his Pastor and church who share in the responsibility of his ministry.
 
In this busy day and age when pastors are spreading themselves thinner and thinner, it is getting more and more difficult for pastors to maintain an adequate system of fiscal and ministerial accountability with their missionaries serving on the foreign field. It is even more difficult for that pastor to stay current on the governmental affairs of the countries in which his missionaries serve. BIBM is the vital link that helps churches, pastors and missionaries stay connected even through the midst of financial, ministerial and governmental turmoil.

 

BIBM was founded by Dr. Jerry Mullendore and his wife Christine in 1995. The Lord called Dr. Mullendore home in November 2016. He founded both BIBM and Eastside Baptist Church in Greeneville, Tennessee (www.eastsidebaptist.info).  Beacon International Baptist Mission has come along side Eastside Baptist Church and works under this local church's authority to assist in carrying out the Great Commission.  Rev. David Fox is the Pastor of Eastside and he and Bro. Mullendore work closely together to get the work done in a timely manner.

 

What are the Benefits of BIBM?

Because BIBM is predicated on the Biblical model of missions, this ministry is dedicated to providing the assistance that every church, pastor and missionary needs to stay connected and accountable to one another. BIBM does this in several ways:

  1. BIBM provides financial accountability. To provide assistance to churches and their missionaries, BIBM has an office located in Johnson City, TN. This office provides extensive benefits to the church and missionary serving with BIBM.  BIBM has a system to track all of the missionaries support, provide monthly financial statements of church giving, pay expenses of missionaries for them while out of the country, transfer funds to the missionary for projects and living expenses,  while maintaining this with enough detail to pay taxes for the missionary and report all missionary earnings to the IRS. BIBM provides the church and the missionary with the greatest potential for good stewardship with the Lord's provision.
  2. BIBM provides ministry accountability. Our director maintains constant contact via phone and e-mail with every missionary partnering with BIBM. His vision is to see every pastor involved in the church planting work of his missionary and for the fruit of the missionary's labor to be a shared with his church back home. BIBM does not wield the authority of the church, nor does it presume to take any from it. All matters of ministry including direction and discipline are matters that are reserved for the local church to handle on its own. Our director does, however, assist the pastor and the ministry in helping to set goals for their ministry. With his extensive knowledge of, and constant contact with these countries, he is a valuable resource for all parties involved and will give his opinion on ministerial matters when consulted. BIBM also reserves the right to part fellowship with a missionary who disagrees with its policies and procedures, refuses to give proper respect to his pastor or the director of the mission or ceases to be in agreement doctrinally with this ministry.
  3. BIBM provides governmental responsibility. Besides taking the financial burden of the missionary's funds off of the church, which provides accountability to our government, BIBM is also committed to staying current on all of the issues that might affect the  countries where  their missionaries are serving. Our director served as a missionary in Eastern Europe during a volatile time and he knows how important it is to maintain contact and be aware of the situations in these countries. Safety is a primary concern with BIBM. There are also such complicated measures as exchange rates, strength of the dollar, visas, missions trips, furlough and shipping ministry supplies that must be worked out with government officials. These are all benefits of working with a ministry like BIBM.

 

How Does BIBM Function?

BIBM is not a mission board, but a mission agency that works alongside the local church.  The ministry was founded on this principle and will remain so in practice.  BIBM has an Advisory Council that is made up of eight men, seven of which are seasoned pastors with many years of experience in missions.  The Advisory Council meets twice a year in January and June.  In July, we host our newest meeting: Deputation Training for Excellence. This is a time of training for new missionaries as well as an opportunity for every missionary to meet the council members, learn more about BIBM and any changes that may be taking place. It also allows everyone to  get to know each other and know how to pray for each other as we serve God together in Missions.
 

Adam Crabtree serves as our Director.  He also  helps BIBM function in the United States, while raising funds and awareness for the works that are going on.  He also takes several trips every year for encouragement, to lead work teams and to maintain ministry accountability.

 
BIBM's desire is to serve the local church and pastor who has a missionary with a passion to serve in full time missions.
 
 
 

Our History (1995-Present)

Beacon International Baptist Mission is a mission with a strong local church connection. BIBM is an Independent Baptist Mission designed to be a third part of a triangle link between the local church, the missionary and the mission agency.

BIBM is an expansion of Evangelization in Eastern Europe, which was started in 1995 as a local church mission with emphasis on the Balkan Countries of Eastern Europe. God blessed EEE in many ways, allowing us to get into the country of Macedonia and serve there for 10 years. Today we have a national family in place in Shutka, Macedonia and we are thrilled about what God is doing there after all these years of work and sacrifice.

The expansion of EEE in July 2006 resulted in BIBM. Today BIBM continues to be blessed by God and has expanded into several countries outside of Eastern Europe. Our goal is to maintain a mission agency that will promote the work of missions by presenting needy fields, surveying new fields, recruiting men and women of all ages to go and to be obedient to the Great Commission.

Today BIBM is involved in training nationals to be missionary's and pastors in their own country without upsetting, moving or worrying with visa's or travel. We feel that this is the best way to get the job done with the least amount of confusion and least expense. It takes much patience and travel, but we will see many more souls saved and many more works completed by letting the nationals win their own people to Christ and starting their own church.