BCM International

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Bible Centered Ministries International is a global non-denominational ministry dedicated to Reaching Children and Developing Churches worldwide. BCM has more than 850 missionaries serving in over 50 countries across five continents as well as Pacific and Caribbean islands. We are committed to making disciples of all age groups for the Lord Jesus Christ through evangelism, teaching and training so that churches are established and the Church strengthened.

BCM ministers through evangelism, church planting, discipleship, leadership training and publishing Bible curriculum and teaching materials. Children's ministries such as Bible clubs, released time classes, and camps are central to all BCM fields. BCM is also involved in compassion ministries such as disaster relief, community health care and development, and counseling.

Contact information

Mailing address:
BCM International
201 Granite Run Drive
Suite 260
Lancaster, PA 17601

Website: bcmintl.org

Phone: 717.560.9601

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 236000176

CEO/President: Rick Rhoads


Board size: 0

Founder: Bessie Traber

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2015


Reaching Children- The 4-14 Window is defined as that window of opportunity between the ages of four to fourteen when more than 85% of Christians make their decision to follow Christ. With more than 2 billion children falling into this category and almost half the world's population under 21, BCM International has made this strategic 4-14 Window the central focus of its ministry since beginning as the Bible Club Movement in 1936. All around the world BCM is committed to partnering with local churches to reach children for Christ and disciple them in God's Word.

Developing Churches - In order to introduce the lost to Christ and nurture new believers, BCM remains focused on partnering with established churches for the cause of world evangelization. We also seek to plant Bible-believing churches in neighborhoods where none exist, whether in large cities or remote villages. The objective is to ensure that they are culturally relevant and have a vision to reach their own community and beyond.

Training Leaders- Through Bible institutes, regional and local teacher training and church leadership courses, seminars, college and seminary instruction, small group Bible studies, and hands-on practical ministry opportunities, BCM missionaries are training a new generation of Christian leaders around the world. BCM's Bible curricula Footsteps of Faith and Tiny Steps of Faith and other publications, along with their teacher training course, In Step with the Master Teacher, now available in more than 25 languages, provide Bible-centered and culturally-appropriate resources for local church leadership to disciple and train their membership and evangelize their community for Christ.

Mission statement

BCM International is a global Bible-Centered Ministry dedicated to making disciples of all age groups for the Lord Jesus Christ through evangelism, teaching, and training so that churches are established and the Church strengthened

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BCM International was founded in 1936 as the Bible Club Movement when a returning American missionary, Miss Bessie Traber, listened to the pleading of Philadelphia youth to give them Bible clubs like those she'd organized in the Philippines. Over the next decades the Bible Club Movement spread into Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. As children's ministries expanded to Christian camping, church planting, leadership training, publishing Bible curriculum and teaching materials, and a variety of compassion and counseling ministries, BCM modified its name to reflect its ever-widening focus.

Today Bible Centered Ministries International has more than 850 missionaries representing five different continents serving in more than 50 countries around the world. BCM regional headquarters train and commission missionaries and church leadership in North America, Canada, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

With half the developing world under 21, children's ministries remain a key focus. Over 1.3 million children hear God's Word in Bible Clubs and released-time classes around the world, and BCM camping programs have been established in more than 25 fields. As families and whole communities have been impacted, more than 5,000 churches have been planted worldwide.

Disaster relief, health clinics, aid to orphans, widows and handicapped, HIV/AIDS education and micro-enterprise programs are meeting physical as well as spiritual needs. BCM's Bible curriculum Footsteps of Faith and Tiny Steps of Faith and other publications, along with its teacher training course, In Step with the Master Teacher, are equipping churches around the world to disciple children in God's word.

Key partnerships with other international organizations, such as Handi*Vangelism Ministries International, New Hope International, Mainland China Mission International, Comfort Foundation (Vologda, Russia) and Life Change Ministries International (Hyderabad, India) allow strategic multiplication of BCM's global impact.

Program accomplishments

Bible Centered Ministries International has more than 870 missionaries from 40 nations, serving in over 50 countries, with thousands of volunteers.