IBEI - Italy
Our story and our projects
The "Istituto Biblico Evangelico" (or the English equivalent, Italian Bible Institute) was founded in 1959 near La Spezia by missionaries of the Greater Europe Mission. The founders were motivated by a strong desire to offer Italian evangelical churches a tool that would facilitate the preparation of believers to serve in the churches and to reach out with the Gospel.
In 1961, it was relocated in a villa of Montesacro (Rome), and in February 1981, an old country house was purchased and restructured. This country house, that became the new home of the Institute, is located on the outskirts of Rome, near Borgata Finocchio. Here the students enjoy the calm Roman countryside, yet are connected to the city and to its evangelical churches. In 1983 the association I.B.E.I. (Istituto Biblico Evangelico Italiano – Italian Evangelical Bible Institute) came to life. This association is constituted by believers, who elects a council that appoints the executive committee.
Besides the Residential School, during the eighties, the Correspondence School was born, a program which has developed into today's online Distance Learning program. In the same decade the Extension Schools were born. The idea for this innovative educational program was sparked by the desire of many believers to study the Bible. IBEI thus launched a pilot program of weekend intensives in Sesto S. Giovanni (Milan), and a series of Extension Schools have since begun: Turin, Naples, Palermo, Florence and Rome, to name a few. Also, there have been some extension schools abroad (Germany, Switzerland, Albania). In 2020, on the wake of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, we launched an experimental program, called Telematic School: students can follow live the lessons of the Residential School, from their home! This is a full-time program that allows students to complete the Bachelor of theology without having to move to Rome.
In 1990 the first issue of Lux Biblica, our school's journal, was published, with the aim to update alumni on theological and ministerial issues, and to stimulate the churches with accessible material for spiritual and ecclesial growth.
Today, our programs are accredited by the ECTE, The European Council for Theological Education (formerly EEAA), member of ICETE (International Council for Evangelical Theological Education) and of INQAAHE (International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education). This has opened the door for IBEI alumni to continue their studies in various institutes such as Evangelische Theologische Faculteit of Leuven (Belgium), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (USA), London School of Theology (England), Tilsley College (Scotland).
Today, IBEI continues to labour in order to serve the evangelical churches in the formation of believers, to be prepared to serve!
Two projects are currently being promoted:
Project 1: Solar Panels
The solar (photovoltaic) panels with energy storage system have a dual purpose: to ensure coverage of peak consumption of the soon-to-be-installed air conditioning system, and to achieve significant savings of almost 90% of our energy bill. Considering the government incentives currently available (with a 65% price reduction), we are convinced that it is the right time for such an investment that will produce significant savings in the years to come. Cost: $18,000 / £ 13.500 / €16.000.
Project 2: Compact-moving Library FUNDED! We have a considerable number of books in our library that have been recently purchased and donated, but haven’t been catalogued yet, also because we ran o ut of space! A compact-moving library will allow us to increase considerably our holdings: from 50% to 100% more space! This will allow us to give a “home” to all the new books and give us space for years to come. The cost of such a compact system for doubling the space is around $18,500 / £ 13.500 / €16.000.
Project 3: Scholarship fund 2022
This scholarship is a “matching fund” type, where IBEI (through this fund) matches whatever contribution the student is able to raise, through personal funds or through the support of their local church, up to 50% of the yearly fee. If you are able to contribute, we will put you in touch with the students that will benefit from your partnership, so you will be able to pray more intelligently for them!For the next academic year, 2022-23, we would like to provide two scholarships per year, that is, a total of six scholarships. This means that we have a target of $17,900 / €17,000.
To donate to one of these projects, click right here or the "support" button above. When checking out, make sure to write in the "Note to CMML" box either: "Project 1: Solar Panels" or "Project 3: Scholarship 2022". Thanks!