IFES is all about students! We work in more than 160 countries to establish student-led indigenous Christian movements. We value our diversity and our unity around a common vision and statement of faith. While we work primarily with university students, in some countries high school students and graduates are also part of the national ministry. If you are a part of a national movement on your campus (like KGK Japan, UESI India or AFES Australia for example), then you are part of something bigger. You are ‘our people’.
Our student leaders do not stand alone. We are privileged to stand with a group of supporters that spans age, Christian tradition and cultural background. Many of our supporters were at one time part of an IFES group on their own campus or family members of students whose lives were transformed by an IFES group. Our supporters pray for us. They give financially to fund events, staff salaries and evangelism on campus. They offer their time and skills as volunteers. They are people like you who have caught the vision of student ministry and have become a vital part of IFES.
Our student leaders owe much to the work of IFES staff at various levels – local, national and global, full- and part-time, paid and volunteer – who work to disciple them and grow their leadership skills.
Local and national staff are supported and appointed within national movements to encourage and equip their student movement. Local staff work with students in a local area. National staff co-ordinate the work across the country as a whole.
Global staff operate at regional and international levels. Some give oversight to IFES as a whole. Some run various global ministries. Others provide behind the scenes support in services such as finance, information technology, human resources, and fundraising. Regional staff coordinate the work between groups of countries.
General Secretary's Department
IFES General Secretary Daniel Bourdanné works with two Associate General Secretaries to give oversight to IFES as a whole.
Regional staff coordinate the work within 11 IFES regions. Each region has a regional secretary; some larger regions have staff who coordinate ministry in sub-regions – together they develop plans for their region.
IFES has a number of initiatives that support student ministry at international and regional levels. These ministries enable movements to effectively live out the IFES vision. They help national movements in the following areas: Engaging the University, Governance Development, Indigenous Support Development, Ministry Impact and Scripture Engagement.
IFES ministry is supported behind the scenes by International Services based in Malaysia, the UK and the USA. These teams works in areas such as finance, information technology, support development, communications and human resources to care for the needs of staff and national movements.