Open Bible Churches is an association of evangelical Pentecostal/Charismatic churches called to be a vital organ in the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit is blowing a fresh breeze of repentance, prayer, fasting, and evangelistic fervor into our movement. Our mandate includes the development of healthy, loving relationships that produce support and accountability among our ministers and churches. God is giving us ever clearer vision, vibrant leadership, and comprehensive strategic planning that we might fulfill His purposes in this generation.
The membership of Open Bible Churches is the highest governing body. Our convention meets biennially and consists of credentialed ministers in good standing, national directors, and one voting delegate per 100 members from each officially affiliated church. A national board of directors, composed of national directors and regional representatives, is delegated to conduct the business of the association.
Open Bible’s official publication is the award-winning Message of the Open Bible. Our most recent history book, Heart for the Harvest, completes Open Bible’s trilogy, beginning with Heritage and Horizons, a history of Open Bible’s first 50 years, and Heritage and Harvests, a history of International Ministries’ first 50 years. Other national ministries publish their own material as well.
Both traditional and non-traditional leadership development and ministerial tracks are available in Open Bible. New Hope Christian College (NHCC), situated on a beautiful campus overlooking the city of Eugene, Oregon, is part of the Pacific Rim Christian College Consortium. As Open Bible’s accredited and official Bible college, NHCC provides traditional, campus-based education. INSTE Bible College, Open Bible’s church-based program, offers systematic discipleship and leadership training, including academic preparation for ministerial credentials. Other integrated models combining the strengths of both traditional and non-traditional programs are also available, including NHCC extension courses, and Regional Refocus Networks. For those involved in active ministry, in-service training is also available.
Open Bible Churches is a charter member of the National
Association of Evangelicals, the Pentecostal/Charismatic
Churches of North America, and the Pentecostal
World Conference. Open Bible is also active in the Mission