Barnabas Foundation was formed in 1976 by a group of Christian professionals who desired to help individuals, families, churches and ministries in both giving and receiving gifts as part of Christian stewardship. The founders chose the name of Barnabas, noted in the book of Acts for his generosity to the apostolic work of the early church. His name means “son of encouragement.”
Though the founders and many initial members were affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), Barnabas Foundation warmly welcomes additional distinctly Christian ministries and their supporters who affirm:
- The Bible as the inspired, authoritative Word of God for faith and life,
- A historic, orthodox understanding of Biblical Christianity, as expressed in the Apostles, Nicene, and Athanasian ecumenical creeds,
- Their willingness to operate within Barnabas Foundation’s distribution policies.
The Board of Directors of Barnabas Foundation is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s application to matters of doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline. As such, the Board makes ultimate decisions regarding ministry membership, employment policies, and charitable distributions.
In the wisdom of St. Augustine — in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity — we believe that the important intersection and foundation of Christian faith expressions woven into the fabric of the Barnabas Foundation community is the unity of our core beliefs in the historic commitment to the authority of Scripture.