Requirements for Membership

The Association has established a set of guidelines and principles that all Institutions must abide by in order to be admitted into membership or accredited by the Association. One of the main pillars of these guidelines is the Doctrinal Statement, which outlines the basic beliefs and values that should be shared by all members of the Association. In order to prove their adherence to the Doctrinal Statement, each institution is required to submit a signed statement every year. Additionally, each member institution must continuously strive to maintain the highest academic standards at their respective level of education. By adhering to these guidelines, the Association ensures the highest quality of education and standards for all of its member institutions. It is through these efforts that the Association continues to be recognized as an authority in the field of education.

 To ensure quality theological education and accreditation, all applicant institutions must meet the following criteria:

  • Faith Statement: Provide a comprehensive statement of faith that aligns with the core principles of the IABE. This statement should articulate the theological beliefs and values upheld by the institution.
  • Annual Report: Submit an annual report detailing the institution’s activities, accomplishments, and challenges. This report helps the IABE assess the ongoing commitment to academic excellence and theological integrity.
  • Ethical Guidelines: Adhere to ethical guidelines and best practices in theological education, including integrity, transparency, and accountability in all aspects of institutional operations.
  • Commitment to Biblical Education: The institution must demonstrate a commitment to providing education rooted in biblical principles and teachings.
  • Academic Standards: The institution must maintain rigorous academic standards, ensuring that students receive a high-quality education in theology and related fields.
  • Faculty Qualifications: The institution must employ faculty members who are highly qualified and knowledgeable in their respective areas of expertise, particularly in biblical studies and theology.
  • Curriculum: The institution must offer a comprehensive curriculum that covers a range of topics relevant to biblical education, including biblical studies, theology, church history, and practical ministry.
  • Institutional Integrity: The institution must operate with integrity and adhere to ethical standards in all aspects of its operations, including governance, finance, and administration.
  • The membership fee, (if the institution approved for membership a membership certificate is issued for one year, and after the annual renewal is required, with the membership fee, statement of faith, annual report, and financial statement).
  • If the institution is not approved for membership will receive a full refund of their fee.
  • Member institutions only may apply for accreditation with the required documents 
  • After the approval of the application for accreditation, IABE Team will visit the institution and will decide on the accreditation.
  • All Members institution is required to pay for travel; boarding and lodging expenses of the IABE Team. Where there is more than one institution to be accredited or reaccredited, expenses will be shared equally among institutions.
  • The accreditation certificate will be valid for three years.
  • The IABE Team may terminate accredited or applicant status for failure to pay the membership/accreditation fees.