Our Statement of Faith

We believe the Old and New Testament Scriptures are inspired by God, without error in the original manuscripts, fulfilled in Christ, and the revelation of our creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.

We believe in one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man, the only begotten Son of God, and the perfect revelation of the Father.

We believe in Jesus’ virgin birth, sinless life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection, ascension to the Father, and triumphant return.

We believe that, as a result of the fall, we are in need of salvation from sin and eternal death. God graciously provided this salvation through Jesus, who alone reconciles all who repent of their sin and put their faith in Him.

We believe it is by the Holy Spirit that we are convicted of sin and led, through repentance and new birth, into the family of God to live and grow in Christlikeness, in trust in God, and in love for others.

We believe in one church, expressed through local bodies of God’s family, made up of all who are in Christ, and who together are commissioned to make Christ-followers of all nations.

We believe in the return of our Lord to bring the fullness of His kingdom, to judge the living and the dead, and to restore the peace and joy of His creation.

Our Principles

Our Daily Bread Ministries has a diverse staff who share a common bond: We’re all members of the body of Christ. And as such, our workdays are governed by the following biblical principles.

Biblical Foundation

  • Honour the Bible as the standard by which we must evaluate all belief, instruction, policy, and practice (2 Tim. 3:16 ).
  • Remain true to our statement of faith (2 Tim. 1:13).
  • Reflect a well-rounded approach to doctrinal emphasis (Acts 20:27).

Qualifications For Leadership

  • Select servant leaders of evident ability and character (Ex. 18:21; 1 Tim. 3:1-13 ).

Spiritual Resources And Commitment

  • Stay in close fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ. Don’t give Him reason to say, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love” (Rev. 2:4 ).
  • Do the work of RBC Ministries in the Lord’s wisdom and strength rather than trying to do it on our own (Gal. 2:20; 3:3 ).
  • Show a consistent pattern of behavior that distinguishes us as the Lord’s people, whether on or off the job (1 Pet. 1:14-15 ).
  • Always trust in God and do what is right (1 Pet. 3:16).

Concern For Those We Serve

  • Provide the kind of personal, prompt, and practical attention that we would want for ourselves (2 Cor. 4:5, 15).
  • Speak the truth in love. Avoid being unnecessarily offensive (2 Tim. 2:24).
  • Cultivate an open and honest relationship with those who respond to our efforts (2 Cor. 4:2 ).
  • Be sensitive to all other relationships and spheres of influence, including but not limited to vendors, visitors, neighbors, community, and government (Rom. 13:7-8 ).

Concern For Co-Workers

  • Recognise the individual worth and the personal interests of those with whom we work (Phil. 2:1-4).

Quality Of Service

  • Strive for a quality of workmanship and presentation that will dignify, strengthen, and enhance our message (1 Cor. 10:31).
  • Be faithful stewards of every resource entrusted to us (1 Cor. 4:2).

Character Of Service

  • Increase or decrease outreach as funds are available.
  • Avoid indebtedness (Rom. 13:8).
  • Never make our organisational survival the dominant motive for decisions (Phil. 1:19-26).
  • Avoid self-congratulation (Prov. 27:2).

Relationship To Other Ministries

  • Recognize and respect what the Lord is doing through other individuals and organisations (1 Cor. 1:10-13).
  • Avoid any affiliation that would compromise our purpose or weaken our effectiveness (2 Cor. 6:14).
  • Conduct our ministries in a way that supports and complements the local church (Eph. 4:1-7).

Financial Policy

From the moment Dr. M. R. DeHaan founded Our Daily Bread Ministries (then known as RBC Ministries), he believed he could trust God to set the pace of growth. Though he occasionally made financial needs known in newsletters, he vowed not to let “needs” get in the way of “message” or to use proceeds to develop an elaborate superstructure.

And he said that if enough support didn’t come in, he’d take it as the Lord’s signal to close up shop.

When Richard DeHaan became the leader of Our Daily Bread Ministries, he accepted the principles developed by his father. To avoid overspending, he directed the ministry to “live within its means.” To avoid waste, he emphasised the sacrifice each gift represents. And to make the ministry’s resources accessible to all, he chose to distribute booklets without charge to anyone who requested them.

Today those original principles still hold true.

Our Daily Bread Ministries is committed to the following:

  • Integrity in both finance and doctrine
  • Oversight by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are not family or staff members
  • Annual audits by an independent public accounting firm
  • Disclosure of a current financial statement upon request
  • Avoidance of any conflict of interest that would compromise the ministry
  • Annual planning and budgeting based on the level of giving
  • Spending and expansion at a rate that does not incur indebtedness