Welcome to the IFI Startup Kit! View the current IFI Ministry Kit website [launched Aug 2022]

*This previous version of the IFI Ministry Kit will be available until December 31, 2022 and will then be retired. The resources on this version will not be updated. Please click here to use the current IFI Ministry Kit website and access the most up-to-date resources

How To Use This Kit ›

Let’s Get Going! Choose a Section to Get Started:

1 Intro

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2 Goals & Expectations

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3 Mobilizing

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4 Ministry

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5 Mentoring

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6 Resources

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Section 1: Intro

Welcome to International Friendships

The basics of IFI's ministry. Why we do what we do, and what our vision and values are.

Returned Internationals

What is the impact of international student ministry? Does it work? How is God moving? Listen to these stories.

A Successful Startup

You're not alone! Dayton, Ohio shares their story of how they started their IFI ministry in 2012 and how God grew it!

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Section 2: Goals & Expectations

City Impact Team

Learn about the 5 key roles God will help you bring together to support your ministry.

Fundraising at IFI

What about funds to support my location's ministry? Jason tells us about that.

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Section 3: Mobilizing

Church Partnerships

Getting to know a church is like going on a first date, courting and then getting engaged and married -- and keeping the fire going!


Volunteers are ready to serve. How do you organize and mobilize them to equip them and protect the students?

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Section 4: Ministry

Getting Started in Ministry

Where do I started? I don't know many international students yet. Phil gives practical tips of how to find and connect with students on campus.

Campus Ministry

Universities can be complicated to work with. Estera shows us the ropes of building a strong a fruitful relationship with the office of international affairs.


How can we help a student move towards meeting Jesus? Michelle talks about how to guide an international student believer towards maturity in Christ.

Returnee Ministry

The main goal is for students to return to their home countries and share the gospel. How can we best prepare them for that?

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Section 5: Mentoring

Raising Ministry Leaders

It's important to see who God is also preparing to join IFI's ministry. Rich shares his experiences of how to discern.

Building Your Team

How do I build my team to do ministry? Dayton, Ohio tells us what glues their team together.

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Section 6: Resources

All Startup Kit Downloads

Looking for a specific resource, but can't remember which session it was in? Browse all the Startup Kit resources here.

Communication Tools

How do I get a website, flyers or brochures? Who can I talk to about technical questions?

Staying Connected

Feel alone in your ministry? Here are some ways to connect with your co-workers in different cities and states.

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