Within the bounds of the InterVarsity basis of faith, and guided by the purposes and vision statement of InterVarsity and the goals of InterVarsity Press, the editorial department of InterVarsity Press seeks to acquire, develop, and produce products that:
Reflect Christ's Presence in All of Life
Recognizing the presence and power of Christ in all of creation and the created world and responding to the culture-making call of Christianity, we publish on a broad range of topics expressing how Christ is Lord in each aspect of life.
It is not sufficient to hold the truth. Truth must be communicated effectively to the intended audience in a way that it can be understood and appropriately applied to life.
Develop People in Christlikeness
We want to help people grow, change, and move (whether in small steps or large) toward the image of Christ as a result of reading our publications. Thus we seek to reach those who do not know Christ and help those who do to grow in Christlikeness.
Exhibit High Standards of Quality
The thinking, organization, writing, editing, proofreading, layout, and production values of every manuscript should reflect high standards appropriate to each book and the intended audience.
The quality and character of an author's life should match the content and message of the author's book.
Maintain a Winsome Voice
We seek to publish books that avoid a judgmental or accusatory tone, instead inviting the reader into the subject matter with an engaging voice.
Are Responsibly Biblical
While we publish authors from a broad range of Christian traditions and perspectives, every manuscript must respect the authority of Scripture, be consistent with a biblical worldview, and be soundly defensible from Scripture.
Are Consistent with InterVaristy Christian Fellowship Basis of Faith
InterVarsity Press does not emphasize or exclusively advocate positions of one denomination, theology, or interest-group over another. However, the content of our books must be consistent with the tenets of the InterVarsity Basis of Faith and other guiding documents. We hold the Basis of Faith in a spirit of identifying common ground among Christians. This openness arises out of InterVarsity's mission field—the university—which embodies a spirit of liberality that has traditionally characterized the search for truth while also encouraging sound reasoning and fair persuasion.
Are Consistent with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
As a division of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, InterVarsity Press publishes to meet the purposes, vision and needs of the campus ministry. As the July 29, 1966, InterVarsity board statement recognizes, distribution of our products "to every segment of society is appropriate, provided such distribution does not hinder the primary ministry to IVCF constituents." Thus, while our books have risen out of the ethos of InterVarsity’s campus ministry, they have had a legitimate and significant place of ministry well beyond as we share with the church at large the good God has given us.
Are Prophetic and Expand Worldviews
We want our books to reach beyond those who already agree with and live out what is advocated in any given book and help readers expand their perspectives. While the large majority of our publications will represent what most Christians readily adhere to, there will be occasions when we speak a corrective biblical word to society or the church at large.
Are Financially Viable
We are concerned that IVP as a whole operate in the black and that we create a thriving workplace for our employees. But because money should not be the only factor in deciding what to publish, we will occasionally particular books because our ministry calls for it even though we do not expect them to be financially viable on their own.