Christian Organizations – Spiritual Development

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Extreme Poverty and Spiritual Development:
Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism

Christian organizations known for effective efforts in this sector work to bring the Gospel to areas where it is unknown, or to support and grow the local church in places where it has gained a foothold. Best practices for effective work include a strong focus indigenous kingdom workers, equipping them through culturally appropriate training and leadership development, as well as logistical support.


Discipling for Development …   This organization takes a unique approach to community development work by sharply focusing their efforts in the area of leadership development through intentional discipling – with the express goal of empowering poor communities to transform themselves instead of relying upon outside help to do it.  More >

Discipling for Development (DforD) teams work to identify, disciple, and train leaders among the rural poor to be catalysts for community-wide transformation; at present, over 50 DforD teams are at work in 11 countries throughout Central Africa.  Drawing upon “asset mapping” programs and materials developed by the Chalmers Center (among others), DforD teams train community leaders in development skills such as collective visioning, identification of resources (both within the community and the region), discovery of underlying problems, anticipating and overcoming obstacles, project prioritization, shared responsibility for implementation, as well as for ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and adjustment.  The end result is that each community’s capacity for self-generated, sustainable improvement in basic living conditions is built and strengthened.

Believing that leadership development is best done in the context of biblically grounded holistic discipling, DforD works through (and strengthens) the local church where one already exists, and plants the seeds of future churches in areas where the church does not yet exist.  A further objective of DforD indigenous leadership development programs is for these new leaders to reproduce the process in neighboring communities for a ripple effect.  This organization’s foundationally and functionally empowering work has the potential for significant transformative effect in a region at serious risk for being left behind.

Primary Sector:  Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism (with emphasis on training leaders for comprehensive community development)

Organization Size:  Small — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$1,000,000 to $3,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  approach http://www.disciplingfordevelopment.org/About-Us/Our-Approach
“What Africa is Yearning For” http://www.disciplingfordevelopment.org/About-Us (link at bottom of page)
support opportunities portal http://www.disciplingfordevelopment.org/Where-We-Work   (Note:  Discipling for Development became a part of The Navigators worldwide ministry in 2007; donations can be easily designated for specific DforD projects.)

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  (Navigators)   http://www.navigators.org/us/aboutus/annual-report

Financial, Transparency, and Accountability Information: (Navigators) available at ECFA – Charter Member

Accord Network:  Discipling for Development is a full member

Contact Information:  visit http://www.disciplingfordevelopment.org/Home, email d4d@navigators.org, call 719-594-2727

 

 

Gospel for Asia …   Effective October 2, 2015 GFA is no longer accredited by the ECFA.  Go to our blog post, here.  Donors are urged to exercise extreme caution in supporting this organization (MinistryWatch.com) … more news here and here.    Since 1978, this dedicated organization has trained, sent, and assisted thousands of indigenous missionaries throughout South Asia. In the process, Gospel for Asia has literally changed the landscape of the international missions field.   More >

K.P. Yohannan’s landmark international best-seller, Revolution in World Missions, argued that indigenous missionaries are much more effective in the context of the local mission field than Western missionaries since they are encumbered by far fewer social barriers because they know the language and culture, and live at the level of the people they serve. Gospel for Asia (GFA), under the direction of Dr. Yohannan, does so as its core ministry. This approach, in addition to be more effective, is remarkably efficient because indigenous missionaries can be trained, sent, and supported at a tiny fraction of the cost of sending Western missionaries.

Working in India and Southeast Asia, noted for its enormous population of unreached people and an environment that is often closed and hostile to Western missions workers, GFA empowers thousands of indigenous missionaries to carry the Gospel into areas where it has never been heard. Since these areas are disproportionately poor, GFA initiated its Bridge of Hope program to back up the Word with deed in the form of assistance with clean water, education, and disaster relief targeted at the poorest of the poor.  GFA’s community development efforts in the region have had an impact that is on par with that of many larger relief and development organizations.

Directly responsible for planting over 5000 new fellowships every year, GFA is known for tremendous reach and impact. Donations designated for missionary sponsorships or child sponsorships go directly to the field, unreduced for administrative expenses. When you support GFA, you can do so with the knowledge that your gifts are efficient and effective.

Primary Sector: Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism
(supported by significant work in community development and WASH)

Organization Size:  Large — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$20,000,000 to $100,000,000 annually

Key Webpages: ministries overview http://www.gfa.org/about/who-we-are/
helpful background – core ministry http://www.gfa.org/about/what-we-do/

Annual Report / Financial Statements: not yet posted on website (will gladly mail upon request); see financial data at ECFA, here.

Contact Information: visit www.gfa.org, contact http://www.gfa.org/contact/

More information (program and financial accountability) about Gospel for Asia
is available from the following organizations:
   Charity Navigator    Charity Watch / AIP (fee)
X Guidestar    BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
   Ministry Watch    ACCORD Network member
X Intelligent Philanthropy (fee) X ECFA (Charter Member)

 

Mission Aviation Fellowship …   This unique, high impact organization makes it possible for the poor living in remote, geographically isolated areas to receive the help they need.  More>

Key to understanding Mission Aviation Fellowship’s work is the fact that they are not a discount aviation provider; rather, their equipment and personnel are intentionally STOL (Short Take Off & Landing) capable, which is what enables MAF to serve those who would otherwise be considered unreachable due to isolation and difficult terrain.  MAF currently provides STOL air services to over 600 organizations and 1000’s of isolated missionaries, providing missions and development workers access to the previously unreachable poor.  In 2011, MAF flew 2.7 million miles on 33,047 flights, transporting nearly 100,000 passengers, and delivering 8.2 million pounds of humanitarian cargo—all on 1,700 remote airstrips or waterways.  In the process, MAF saved development workers and missionaries over 60,000 days of travel time, or about 250 work years.  In effect, MAF’s work multiplies the efforts of thousands who serve the poor by simply providing for efficient access —   a remarkable and highly leveraged impact.

MAF adds to this effort by maintaining a substantial staff of indigenous missionary and development workers of their own.  This staff works in a variety of traditional sectors, bringing solutions to problems including water, malnutrition, medical, disaster response, and spiritual development to areas in which they were previously unavailable.  Of particular note is a special program (MAF-LT) that provides for on-site training for isolated indigenous missionaries and church leaders.  Since most of these laborers live and work in cultures with no written language, these much sought-after, effective leadership development materials are developed and distributed in culturally appropriate oral forms, using radio networks and inexpensive MP3 players.

All things considered, Mission Aviation Fellowship is an well conceived, professionally executed, and extraordinarily high-impact ministry.  By efficiently enabling the work of those who labor to empower the isolated poor, they multiply the effectiveness of your donation dollar many times over.

Primary Sector:  Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism (with significant work in community development)

Organization Size:  Large — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$20,000,000 to $100,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:  programs and reports http://www.maf.org/about,
MAF-LT https://www.maf.org/about/lt,
historical highlights https://www.maf.org/about/history

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  http://issuu.com/maf.org/docs/annualreport_web?mode=window&proSidebarEnabled=true&backgroundColor=%23222222

Contact Information:  visit http://www.maf.org/, contact http://www.maf.org/connect/contact

 

More information (program and financial accountability) about Mission Aviation Fellowship
is available from the following organizations:
     Charity Navigator      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar      BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
X   Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
 

 

Mission Training International …   This organization is known for the expert training it provides to missionaries and their families, equipping them for effectiveness, endurance, and health in cross-cultural ministry. Mission Training International’s state of the art training programs focus on language acquisition, cross-cultural adaptation, and debriefing/renewal.   More >

Language acquisition programs focus on the skills needed to learn new languages while in the field, quickly and effectively. Cross-cultural adaptation programs focus on the skills and knowledge that lead to successful long-term missions, squarely addressing the issues that make or break missionaries in the field. Debriefing and renewal programs address the unique needs of those returning from immersive, intense, cross-cultural experiences. Recognizing the fact that family members will face many of the same challenges while overseas, all programs include parallel curriculum for children and youth.

To date, Mission Training International has equipped over 14,000 missionaries and their families for effectiveness, endurance, and health in their work and lives overseas; each year, over 150 sending agencies benefit from their expertise. Support for this organization’s work is an investment in the kingdom in the truest sense.

Primary Sector: Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism
(emphasis on missionary equipping)

Organization Size:  Emerging — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
less than $1,000,000 annually

Key Webpages: programs http://www.mti.org/programs/
effectiveness http://www.mti.org/about/endorsements/

Annual Report / Financial Statements: not provided on website (available on request); look for this on a redesigned website, due later in 2013

Financial, Transparency, and Accountability Information: see at ECFA (full member), here; historical info available at Ministry Watch.

Contact Information: visit http://www.mti.org/about/ , contact http://www.mti.org/connect/contact_info/

 

Samaritan’s Purse …  This powerhouse organization’s primary goal is to share the Gospel, relying on the excellence of its relief and development work to earn a hearing for the Good News.  More >

Founded in 1970 by Bob Pierce and directed by Franklin Graham since 1979, Samaritan’s Purse has won the respect of many in the relief and development community for its dedication to its core objective of spreading the Gospel.  Though the lion’s share (60%) of its program expense budget is devoted to its popular Operation Christmas Child project, it still allocates over $100,000,000 annually to well conceived and professionally executed relief and development projects around the globe.  By combining Word and deed, the effectiveness of both efforts is enhanced.  If your wish is to support the spread of the Good News while helping those in need, Samaritan’s Purse is an experienced, well resourced organization that deserves a closer look.

In recognizing that the poor respond to messengers of the Gospel when these same messengers care for their physical needs, Samaritan’s Purse approaches its relief and development work with empowerment and capacity building in mind, reasoning that creating dependency will harm its effort to spread the Word in a way that lasts.

To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse development work, click on the “donate” page, then select one of the categories listed; information about activities by country can be found by selecting “Country Offices.” Opportunities abound for thoughtfully directed support, since Samaritan’s Purse scrupulously honors donor designations.  Whatever programs you choose, you can be assured that the presentation of the Gospel is a part of the package.

Primary Sector: Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism (supported by significant relief and development activities)

Organization Size:  Powerhouse — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$100,000,000 or more annually

Key Webpages:  about http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/about-us/
agricultural programs http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/animals-and-agriculture/
water programs http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/water/

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/financial-accountability/

Contact Information: visit http://www.samaritanspurse.org/,
contact http://www.samaritanspurse.org/our-ministry/contact-us/ 

More information (program and financial accountability) about Samaritan’s Purse
is available from the following organizations:
X   Charity Navigator X   Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar       BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
X   Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA

 

Worldlink International Ministries …   This organization has a remarkably simple, yet incredibly potent mission: matching supporters in North America with native missionaries around the world.   More >

Native missionaries know the language and culture of the people they serve, and live and work among them – they can be more effective than Western missionaries because they do not have the cultural barriers to contend with. Many are ready, and enthusiastically willing, to carry the Gospel message to neighboring towns, yet cannot do so for simple lack of financial support. Local support is typically not feasible, since they live among some of the world’s poorest people, and are often extremely poor themselves. The support needed to fund full-time missionary work for these individuals is usually less than $100/mo, often as little as $1/day.

Worldlink International Ministries works to link these qualified, passionate native missionaries with supporters in North America so that they can carry the Gospel and plant churches among their unreached neighbors. Stringent selection and accountability structures ensure effectiveness; 100% of donations designated for sponsored missionaries goes to support their work, without reduction for overhead and administrative costs, so that support is efficient as well. Low cost and high impact makes supporting native missionaries an incredibly leveraged investment; Worldlink is a small organization with an outsized impact.

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Primary Sector: Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, and Evangelism

Organization Size:  Emerging — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
less than $1,000,000 annually

Key Webpages:

program background http://www.worldlinkonline.org/component/content/article/26-rokstories/113-you-can-help-change-the-world.html
program description http://www.worldlinkonline.org/component/content/article/27/59-how-does-worldlink-work.html
native missionaries….. pending

Annual Report / Financial Statements: can be viewed at ECFA (full member), here.

Financial, Transparency, and Accountability Information: see at ECFA 

Contact Information: visit www.worldlinkonline.org, email info@worldlinkonline.org, call 610-630-3775

 

Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc …   This organization’s mission is simple and clear – translating God’s Word into the thousands of languages necessary to reach all the nations of the earth with the good news of the Gospel.   More >

Wycliffe Bible Translators began their ministry in 1942.  Though enormous progress has been made in the last 70 years, many still have no access to the Bible’s message of hope in a language that they can understand. Wycliffe’s translation efforts often include literacy development work; we once met a 70 year old man who was diligently learning to read so that he could learn more about his Savior and share Him with his children, grandchildren, and neighbors.

Wycliffe’s work is a highly leveraged investment in the kingdom.  Imagine the thrill of reading Luke 2:10, and understanding for the first time, that God’s gift of His Son is for all people.  Then, consider the ripple effects that are sure to follow!  Here is a potent opportunity to help share the transforming power of the Gospel with the least and last, as the global Church presses on towards the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

Primary Sector:  Spiritual Development – Church Cultivation, Leadership Training, Evangelism
(emphasis on bible translation for unreached peoples)

Organization Size:  Powerhouse — programs are supported by cash contributions totaling
$100,000,000 or more annually

Key Webpages:  history http://www.wycliffe.org/About/OurHistory.aspx,
work http://www.wycliffe.org/About/Whatwedo.aspx

Annual Report / Financial Statements:  http://www.wycliffe.org/About/OurAccountability.aspx

Awards of Note:  Ministry Watch Shining Light award, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Contact Information:  visit http://www.wycliffe.org/, contact https://www.wycliffe.org/ContactUs.aspx

 

More information (program and financial accountability) about
Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc is available from the following organizations:
     Charity Navigator      Charity Watch / AIP  (fee)
X   Guidestar *      BBB / Wise Giving Alliance
X   Ministry Watch X   ACCORD Network member
X   Intelligent Philanthropy  (fee) X   ECFA
* US organization listed under Wycliffe Bible Translators, Inc.

see also…   The organizations listed under Comprehensive Community Development do effective, significant work in the Spiritual Development sector, as do all of the organizations on our lists.        

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