Institute in Basic Life Principles
The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) is a
non-denominational, Christianorganization in Oak Brook, Illinoisthat serves as an umbrella organization for several ministries. IBLP was established by Bill Gothardfor the purpose of resolving youth and family conflicts. IBLP's stated purpose is to provide instruction on how to find success in life by following biblical principles. It is a non-profittax-exempt religious or charitable organization as defined by the IRS, [IRS, [http://apps.irs.gov/app/pub78 Search for Charities, Online Version of Publication 78] (last accessed 8/30/06)] and the Institute claimed assets of $63-million on its year 2000 federal tax forms. Silja J.A. Talvi[http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/2450/ "Cult of Character"] " In These Times" January 9, 2006] [ [http://www.religionandsocialpolicy.org/news/article.cfm?id=131&style=large Culture Wars Follow this leader and your kids will obey their masters and join lockstep with God or else] by Bob Norman. "New Times Broward-Palm Beach" September 12, 2002] [ [http://www.sptimes.com/2002/08/22/State/DCF_head_warms_to_fai.shtml DCF head warms to faith groups] LEONORA LaPETER and CURTIS KRUEGER "St. Petersburg Times" August 22, 2002]
IBLP was founded by Gothard in 1964. The organization was originally named Campus Teams, then changed to Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts in 1974, and to its current name in 1989. IBLP started promoting Basic Youth Conflicts seminars in areas around the United States and other nations, which according to the ILBP, during the 1970s had attendances of up to 20,000 persons [ [http://iblp.org/iblp/about/history/ IBLP | History ] ] .
IBLP's programs have keys services, which include seminars, public services, training for ministry, community outreach, troubled youth mentoring, and an international ministry. They all deal with education and contributing to the community. According to the IBLP, many of the ministry's workers have received (and continue to receive) Presidential medals for their work in helping the community in various ways [ [http://iblp.org/iblp/about/whatwedo/ IBLP | What We Do ] ] .
Bill Gothard serves on the Board of Directors as President of IBLP. The Chairman of the Board of Directors is United States Congressman
Sam Johnson. [ [http://iblp.org/iblp/about/corporate/board/ IBLP | Board of Directors ] ]
Controversies and criticism
An organization called
Personal Freedom Outreach(PFO) has published criticism about Gothard in three basic areas: a view that Gothard's views are legalistic teachings and interpretations of Scripture, a belief that IBLP and its adherents exhibit a "cult-like" mentality, and concern about Gothard's application of authoritarianismwithin his own organization. [G. Richard Fisher, "A Study in Evolving Fadism: The Cultic Leanings of Bill Gothard's Teachings", " Personal Freedom Outreach" Quarterly Journal, April-June 1996.] Gothard was also accused by some of being hyprocritical for not practicing what he preaches about conflict resolution. [ Ron Henzel[http://www.midwestoutreach.org/02-Information/02-OnlineReference/02-UnorthodoxyGuide/105-IKnowSomething/Gothard-IBLP/ "Bill Gothard and Institute in Basic Life Principles"] " Midwest Christian Outreach" 2006]
After 15 years of working with inner-city gangs, church youth groups, high school clubs, youth camps, and families in crisis, Bill Gothard wrote his master’s thesis at Wheaton Graduate School on a youth program that eventually led to the formulation of seven biblical, non-optional principles of life.
* [http://iblp.org/iblp/ Official website]
* [http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2003/003/35.77.html Christianity Today: "Exegeting Bill Gothard"] , a book review and discussion of theological issues related to the Institute, critical of the Institute.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Life Changing Seminars — (LCS) is an international ministry based in Salisbury, North Carolina, dedicated to teaching a distinctively Christian approach to time management. Life Changing Seminars is an umbrella organization for other ministries such as Redeeming the Time … Wikipedia
Principles of Intelligent Urbanism — (PIU) is a theory of urban planning composed of a set of ten axioms intended to guide the formulation of city plans and urban designs. They are intended to reconcile and integrate diverse urban planning and management concerns. These axioms… … Wikipedia
Basic English — Basic English, also known as Simple English, is an English based controlled language created (in essence as a simplified subset of English) by linguist and philosopher Charles Kay Ogden as an international auxiliary language, and as an aid for… … Wikipedia
Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University — Infobox Medical College name = INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES motto = chikitsitat punyatmam na kinchita established = 1960 type = Medical Education and Research institute management = Government of India university = Banaras Hindu University city … Wikipedia
Life Sciences — ▪ 2009 Introduction Zoology In 2008 several zoological studies provided new insights into how species life history traits (such as the timing of reproduction or the length of life of adult individuals) are derived in part as responses to… … Universalium
Life Quality Index — The Life Quality Index (LQI) is a compound social indicator of human welfare that reflects the expected length of life in good health and enhancement of the quality of life through access to income. The Life Quality Index combines two primary… … Wikipedia
Life-cycle assessment — Cradle to grave redirects here. For other uses, see Cradle to the Grave (disambiguation). A life cycle assessment (LCA, also known as life cycle analysis, ecobalance, and cradle to grave analysis) is a technique to assess environmental impacts … Wikipedia
Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany — Germany This article is part of the series: Politics and government of Germany … Wikipedia
Basic needs — The basic needs approach is one of the major approaches to the measurement of absolute poverty. It attempts to define the absolute minimum resources necessary for long term physical well being, usually in terms of consumption goods. The poverty… … Wikipedia
RELIGIOUS LIFE AND COMMUNITIES — Jews UNDER OTTOMAN RULE The Jews of the pre Zionist old yishuv, both sephardim (from the Orient) and ashkenazim (of European origin), dedicated their lives to the fulfillment of religious precepts: the study of the torah and the meticulous… … Encyclopedia of Judaism