About IMCGB

Affectionately known as IMCGB we are Ministers of independent Churches, mainly from Africa and the Caribbean, who have come together in the Council with a vision of unity.

In our diverse traditions, we unite to spread the Gospel, encourage the Churches, and speak with one voice on social issues of concern.

In addition, all in the Council are united in pilgrimage to longer-established indigenous Churches, speaking and acting towards common goals in the service of our Lord, Jesus the Christ, who, on the night he was betrayed said, “I pray … that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me, and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21)

Services

The International Ministerial Council of Great Britain (IMCGB) sets the standards by which independent Christian Churches and their Ministers gain recognition as true Christian Churches and Ministers. They are recognised by all the denominational Churches and large Christian bodies in Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and Churches Together in England (CTE); and by governments and embassies.

IMCGB is the licensing body which meets the needs of Pentecostal Churches for accountability, authenticity and empowerment. We encourage the advancement and continuous training of Ministers and all Church members of all ages in leadership skills within their own Church and within the Council.

IMCGB ordains Ministers and consecrates Bishops and Archbishops, both men and women.

IMCGB links our member Ministers and Churches...

...to Churches Together in England (CTE) and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) through our membership of these bodies. By this means also we are a sponsoring body of Christian Aid, the Churches’ development agency always ahead in tackling global issues of poverty, climate change, and speaking truth to power.

IMCGB provides authenticity and recognition...

...to its member Churches and Ministers, enabling them to work as equals with the leadership of all major denominations. We empower black and other ethnic minority leadership in the Church of Christ worldwide, authenticating their own theological traditions and worship styles.

IMCGB empowers women...

...as well as men in leadership at all levels, gives certification to member Churches and ordains and licenses Ministers, equipping them for wider service by their participation in the committee structures of the Council.

IMCGB encourages and provides...

...ecumenical and theological education and training for its Ministers and Evangelists in a variety of ways, through our College and Conferences, thus offering opportunities for development and service, and progression to higher levels of Ministry. We make provisions to equip Ministers of the future with the skills, understanding and spiritual wisdom to fulfil their calling.

A Statement of Faith

Members of the International Ministerial Council of Great Britain (IMCGB) should subscribe to the following Statement of Faith:

We believe:

  1. the Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
  2. there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  3. in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father and His future personal return in power and glory;
  4. regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful people;
  5. in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives them utterance according to Acts 2:4, and in the operation of spiritual gifts and ministries.
  6. in the ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
  7. in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved, to eternal life, and those who are lost to damnation;
  8. in the Church of Jesus Christ and the unity of believers; and
  9. in the practical application of the Christian faith in everyday experience and the need to minister to people in every area of life, which includes not only the spiritual, but also the social, political and physical.

Our Fees at March 2022

One-off Joining Fee: £300
Annual Membership Fee: £100
Ministerial Licence Fee: £50 per annum
Ordination Fee: £60
Fee for Consecration of a Bishop: £4,950

All licences and Registration Certificates are invalid after the date of expiry.

Membership

Any Christian organisation which subscribes to the Statement of Faith and can substantiate such agreement through organizational Statements of Faith, which desires to co-operate in the work of the IMCGB, is eligible to apply for membership. The majority of members are Pentecostal Churches. Membership is subject to the approval of the Directors of IMCGB.

In accepting membership in the IMCGB, each member thereby accepts responsibility for assisting in the furtherance of the purpose of the Council. There are annual membership fees, which will be governed according to the criteria and rate established by the Annual General Meeting of the IMCGB, which is normally held in a key UK city. Independent Christian organizations and Churches are welcome to apply for membership provided they meet the required qualifications. They should complete and submit a membership application form to the IMCGB Office, with an attached recommendation letter from a Church leader representing another Christian organization. The Licensing Committee of IMCGB will act upon the application at their next meeting.


History

The International Ministerial Council of Great Britain (IMCGB) was founded in 1968. It became an Associate Member of the British Council of Churches (BCC) in 1979. BCC has now given way to Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and Churches Together in England (CTE).

IMCGB was founded to overcome racism in Church life; to authenticate the Leadership of black and minority ethnic clergy, including women; to enable ethnic-minority Churches to speak with one voice on social issues to obtain justice; to win freedom of movement for Church workers to spread the Gospel; to establish working and sharing relationships between black, minority-ethnic and other independent Churches, with the longer established indigenous Churches and with other faith groups and secular and government bodies.

IMCGB was founded by the late Archbishop David Douglas who came to England from Jamaica in 1958. Like many others, he experienced the exclusion and non-acceptance of racist attitudes. He understood the pain and damage of racism because he was a victim of it. His life was spent creating ways of overcoming racism, and the suffering it causes, in both Church and society. “We want Britain to be a peaceful and happy society,” he wrote, “and this is possible only if there is justice and equal opportunity for all.” He was a man of extreme determination, self-control and courage, and all of those qualities were inspired by the necessity to be obedient to the will of God, to complete the work God gave him to do.

Status and Vision

IMCGB is a company limited by guarantee in England.
Registration number 07181326.
Registered Charity number 1140559
Registered office:  16, Millbank, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1AS, Bedfordshire, UK.
Contact the Secretary General, Rt. Rev. Collin Maloney,
at +44 7960 877439
His office address is: 9A Nobel House, Nobel Road, Eley estate, London N18 3BH.
Member of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)
Member of Churches Together in England (CTE)
Sponsoring body of Christian Aid.

IMCGB is a uniting body for Churches, uniting independent and immigrant Churches in this Council, and linking them with the longer-established indigenous Churches on an ecumenical journey, of mutual respect and recognition, towards the unity of the Body of Christ, by our membership of CTBI and CTE.

IMCGB’s vision is to unite Churches to encourage one another and grow together by the study of God’s Word, and to speak with one voice in order to:

  • Evangelize together, mobilizing resources to bring the Gospel to all people; and
  • Deliver justice and Christian compassion, lifting up and empowering the oppressed and disadvantaged and transforming the structures of society for this purpose, in every country where we work.

Leadership

Rt. Rev. Collin Maloney

Secretary General of IMCGB, a Bishop and Director of the Council since 2009 and Director of Studies at IMCGB's College of Theology. He is the Bishop of the International Full Gospel Catholic Church.

Bishop Collin Maloney serves on IMCGB’s Board of Directors and the Licensing Committee. He is the Director of Studies at IMCGB College of Theology. He represents IMCGB ecumenically, and hosts meetings held on Zoom.

Rt. Rev. Sheila M. Douglas

Honorary President

Bishop Sheila Douglas serves as Honorary President and Director for the IMCGB and represents the Council at the Enabling Group of Churches Together in England (CTE). She is the wife of the late Archbishop David Douglas, IMCGB’s Founder, and has served as General Secretary and International Moderator. She is the Principal of the IMCGB College of Theology.

Rt. Rev. Francis Sarpong, LLB, LLM

Rt. Rev. Francis Sarpong, LLB, LLM, is the Bishop of Calvary Charismatic Baptist Church and a Bishop and Director of IMCGB.

Pack for Ministers Joining

Please click on the link below to download the application pack for Ministers joining the IMCGB.

Application Pack

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