Institute for Bible Reading

Changing the Way the World Reads the Bible

aka Institute for Bible Reading   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  https://instituteforbiblereading.org/

Mission

The Institute for Bible Reading was created to address the silent crisis of Bible disengagement. The data is compelling—in spite of having more Bibles than ever, Bible reading is in free fall. Our mission is to change the way people read the Bible so that they can connect with God and become immersed in his grand story of restoration.

Notes from the nonprofit

While we are a new nonprofit organization with all the ensuing "start-up" administrative challenges, we bring a collective 85+ years of Bible ministry experience between the four co-founders. And in just the first five years, we have seen incredible interest and momentum for our mission to change the way the world reads the Bible so it gets read well and lived well. Beyond our target of the local church, we have already seen high interest in audiences beyond the church, such as middle and high schools, colleges, and prisons. Our opportunities far outpace our resources which is the best kind of challenge. We also are grateful for our Board of Advisors who can be seen here: https://instituteforbiblereading.org/about/

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Alex D Goodwin

Main address

P.O. Box 68224

Grand Rapids, MI 49516 USA

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EIN

81-1363220

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Christian (X20)

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Immerse: The Bible Reading Experience

Immerse is designed to help individuals and faith communities make regular, intentional Bible reading a core piece of their identity. Using a Bible designed for reading at length, people are invited into 8-week (or 16-week) experiences that take them through large portions of the Bible together with friends in community. By participating in two experiences per year, people can read through the entire Bible together in three years.

It’s not a Bible study. It's more like a book club conversation. It’s ultimately an invitation to a vibrant, transformative relationship with God and with each other through his Word.

Population(s) Served

If the Bible is so important, why is it such a struggle to read? The truth is, many Christians have been inadvertently set up for failure with the Bible. We need to hit the ‘reset’ button.

Glenn Paauw, Paul Caminiti, and Alex Goodwin host bi-weekly 30-minute discussions that break down misguided assumptions about the Bible, offering fresh perspectives on reading and living it well.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Christians
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

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Board of directors
as of 10/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Bolinder

IFBR

Term: 2019 - 2021

Glenn Paauw

IFBR

Paul Caminiti

IFBR

Alex Goodwin

IFBR

Robert Fryling

Retired

Janet Stump

Consultant

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

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