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Baptist Bible Fellowship International was organized in 1950 by about a hundred ministers and missionaries who broke from the World Baptist Fellowship over a leadership dispute with J. Frank Norris.

One of BBFI's founders was George Beauchamp Vick, president of Bible Baptist Seminary, which was owned by the World Baptist Fellowship. In 1948, Norris had Vick removed from his position. After resigning from the WBF, Vick and several other pastors planned the new fellowship. They started Baptist Bible College, the Baptist Bible Tribune, and a Missions Office.

Headquartered in Springfield, Missouri, the conservative Baptist organization now has more than a million members, and it has grown to become the largest independent Baptist missionary organization in the world.

Jerry Falwell was associated with Baptist Bible Fellowship International from the time of his graduation from Baptist Bible College in 1956, although he later also affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. More than half of the state chairmen for Falwell's Moral Majority were members of BBFI. His Thomas Road Baptist Church is affiliated with both the BBFI and the SBC.

The BBFI is strongly fundamentalist in character, with an emphasis on the inerrancy of the Bible, the virgin birth, the deity of Christ, substitutionary atonement, the resurrection, biblical miracles, and a literal millennial kingdom of God here on earth. The King James Version of the Bible is used.

The Baptist Bible Fellowship teaches that Jesus Christ was a Baptist in thought and deeds. The BBFI holds that baptism is for believers only, and that is should be by immersion. The Lord's Supper is for church members only. The Fellowship is strongly opposed to drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, dancing, gambling, movie theaters, and sex outside of marriage.

Although the Baptist Bible Fellowship International has churches in all fifty states of the United States, they are strongest in the Great Lakes region and the South.

The primary functions of the Fellowship are worldwide missions, training, and communications.

The BBFI has a Missions Office in Springfield that serves as a clearinghouse for missions support from churches associated with the Fellowship. The Missions Office is supported separately by the churches on a voluntary basis, so all donations are used on the mission field.

Training occurs primarily through the Fellowship's two schools, Baptist Bible College and Boston Bible College, the former in Springfield and the latter in Boston, Massachusetts. Baptist Bible College is accredited by the North Central Association, while Boston Baptist College, originally named Baptist Bible College East, is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Two other schools are approved by the BBFI, although not owned by the Fellowship: Pacific Baptist College in Pomona, California, and Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Baptist Bible Tribune is a monthly magazine that publishes reports from the mission field and from local churches, as well as theological treatises and opinion pieces. It is the official arm of the BBFI.

The organizational structure of the Fellowship consists of pastors rather than congregations. Affiliation is open to any Baptist pastor of a supporting Baptist church, but only if he believes and adheres to the Fellowship's articles of faith.

Along with the World Baptist Fellowship and the Southwide Baptist Fellowship, the Baptist Bible Fellowship International is part of the International Baptist Network.

The focus of this category is on the Baptist Bible Fellowship International. Topics relating to the Fellowship, whether for or against, are appropriate for this category. Sites representing local churches of congregations should be listed in the appropriate Local & Global category, however.



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