Douglas Jacoby is an international Bible teacher. After serving as a minister on church staff for 20 years, in London, Birmingham, Sydney, Stockholm, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington DC, Douglas has worked as a freelance teacher and consultant. He has engaged in a number of debates with well-known atheists, imams, and rabbis. Douglas is also an adjunct professor of theology at Lincoln Christian University. Since the late '90s, Douglas has led annual tours to the biblical world.
With degrees from Drew, Harvard, and Duke, Douglas has written over 30 books, recorded nearly 800 podcasts, and spoken in over 100 universities, and in over 500 cities, in 126 nations around the world. The Jacobys have three adult children. Douglas and his wife, Vicki, reside in the Atlanta area.
The Goal of This Ministry
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A Welcome From Douglas
Statement of Faith
Less is More
While as a Christian thinker and writer I have many ideas about hundreds of biblical themes, teachings, and implications, a lengthy statement of faith quickly becomes a quagmire of explanations. The theological position is evangelical. That is, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Bible is the Word of God, and all men and women must be willing to become children of God. To put it succinctly, as succinctly as did the apostle Paul, this ministry acknowledges one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God (Ephesians 4:4-6).
The Threefold Ministry
Ephesians 4:11 describes the leadership ministries of the church in the apostolic age. Today, there are no apostles or prophets, which leaves preachers (evangelists), teachers, and shepherds. A mature church should embody all three ministries. They are complementary, not competitive. That is, elders, evangelists and teachers are a team. For more on this vital threefold cooperation, click here.
People often ask me where I stand on various issues. In my replies, I always strive to distinguish between the classical core doctrines of the Christian faith and everything else. Not every doctrine is equally important, nor are all doctrines equally obvious. For this reason we must show grace towards those with whom we may disagree, especially in the "gray areas." (This reasoning is expanded in the audio set Anchored for Life.)
So what do I say in a statement of faith? What represents the conviction of the International Bible Teaching Ministry?
How about the 4th-century Nicene Creed? This captures the heart of the Christian faith, as I understand it. In keeping with the content of this creed, I teach that in order to become a Christian, one must turn in faith and repentance to God, be born again of water and Spirit through Jesus Christ, and live a life of faith.
In scripture, I would point to Ephesians 4:4-6 as one of many passages highlighting the essentials of the faith.
Last, I do not believe it is right to draw lines of fellowship around any non-essential doctrine or practice. Statements of faith are always problematic, since through most of church history they have become instruments of disunity as much as tools for unity. For further sentences expressing this viewpoint succinctly, click here. In my teaching ministry, the approach is heuristic. Rather than “give a man a fish,” I prefer to “teach a man to fish.”
Douglas Jacoby's Resume
The International Teaching Ministry Timeline
- 1982 — Completed Masters in New Testament, Harvard Divinity School
- 1985 — Douglas recognized as evangelist (staff member 1983-2003)
- 1986 — International teaching trips commence
- 1986 — First book published, Advanced Christian Training
- 1992 — Jacobys relocate to US from Sweden to begin international teaching ministry
- 1993 — Recognized as international teacher
- 1994 — Vision for international teaching program
- 1995 — 1st Annual International Teachers' Seminar, London
- 1995-2002 — Founded Ministry Teaching Program (90-hour diploma program -- 400 graduates).
- 1997 — Appointed teacher in UK
- 1998 — Appointed teachers in India, Indonesia, Singapore
- 1999 — Appointed teacher in US
- 1999 — Doctorate in Ministry (Christian Education)
- 2002 — Appointed teacher in Australia
- 2003 — End of employment with International Churches of Christ. Launch of an independent teaching ministry and www.douglasjacoby.com
- 2004 — Athens Institute of Ministry founded (150-hour diploma program with students in 30 nations). Website www.AthensInstitute.org. DVDs released under title "Take AIM!" in 2007.
- 2004 — Certificate in Christian Counseling, AACC
- 2005 — North River church (Marietta, GA) becomes home base for the ministry
- 2007 — First public debate (11 total, to date)
- 2012 — Became adjunct professor (M.A. in Bible & Theology) at Lincoln Christian University
- 2020 — Teaching materials: 35 books, 34 audio sets, 21 AIM DVD sets produced