unfoldingWord

The Church In Every People Group, The Bible In Every Language.

aka Distant Shores Media   |   Orlando, FL   |  www.unfoldingword.org

Mission

unfoldingWord is a Bible Translation organization that equips and empowers the global church for excellence in Bible Translation and Theological Formation, collaborating with other equippers of the church to make disciples of every people group.

Ruling year info

2004

President/CEO

David N Reeves

Main address

10524 Moss Park Rd Ste 204-402

Orlando, FL 32832-5898 USA

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Formerly known as

Distant Shores Media

EIN

14-1888977

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (X02)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

a. Exponential growth of the global Church has created an insatiable hunger for God’s Word. b. The Bible is a “locked” book- inaccessible to hundreds of millions of Christians, in thousands of people groups all over the world, who are theologically malnourished and in a severe spiritual famine. c. The traditional translation model has unintentionally placed western, well-educated linguists in the center of the translation process, which means that the vast majority of Bible translations have been translated by a relatively small group of people. d. This misplaced agency has led to several systemic challenges: -Speed -Cost -Quality -Access -Spiritual Formation

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Gateway Languages Strategy

The Gateway Languages Strategy is a missiological model that leverages 21st century opportunities to provide all content, training, and tools needed for effective translation of biblical content in the smallest number of Languages of Wider Communication that covers 100% of the languages spoken collectively by the global Church through patterns of multilingualism

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

translationCore is an open source tool designed to equip and empower local church translators to unlock God’s Word for local people in local languages, in even the most remote, unengaged areas of the world. It provides checklists for church-centric translators to improve the accuracy of their own Bible translations. It enables the comparison of their translations against the original languages and multiple other sources. The leaders of church networks are interested in accelerating Bible translation, but they also recognize they need a means of determining and refining the accuracy of their translations so they can end spiritual famine in their peoples.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Open-licensed resources published in our catalog

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes Biblical resources with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license and similar open licenses.

Published Open Bible Stories translations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Gateway Languages Strategy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Translations of our Open Bible Stories resource for evangelism, discipleship, and translation training.

Completed Book Package Resources for Translators

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Gateway Languages Strategy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A set of resources for each book of the Bible to be made available in each gateway language. They provide translation and exegetical aids to minority language translators.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

a. To address these challenges and exponentially scale the translation process, we need to put the Church in the center of the translation process by giving them agency and tools to translate the Bible and other important resources into their own languages.

b. Our goal at unfoldingWord is simple: to unlock Bible translation by developing tools, training and content so local church networks can quickly, accurately, and inexpensively translate Biblical resources into their own languages.

a. Using Church-Centric Bible Translation (CCBT)-Equipping church leaders so that they are able to translate more effectively

b. Employing the Gateway Languages Strategy-Leaders of the global Church often don't understand translation resources in English. However, they generally know another major language, a gateway language, that bridges the gap between English and their heart language. Develop translation resources in all of the gateway languages, so churches have the essentials to translate the Scriptures into their own heart languages.

c. Innovative, Open-Source Technology-Developing open-source software tools that equip and empower local church translators to unlock God’s Word for local people in local languages

d. Breaking Down Copyright Barriers-Facilitating collaborative initiatives with multiple Bible ministries to provide unrestricted, open-source biblical content, technology tools, and training resources to equip the global Church for Bible translation and discipleship

a. Leadership and facilitation of the worldwide CCBT forum of like-minded translation agencies, church networks and technology providers.

b. Direction of pilot projects in collaboration with church networks and translation consultants.

c. Catalyst and training for church networks.

d. Technical software development team.

e. Liaison with major translation funding organizations.

a. CCBT forum is established with regular interaction and meetings and extensive action list.

b. Major pilot project on 12 gateway languages in India is in progress and will be complete Q3/2018. Initial results are very favorable.

c. Church networks using CCBT processes are successfully engaged in several areas of the world.

d. Church networks are reaching out to unfoldingWord to engage translation projects using CCBT and GL.

e. Initial results show quality is maintained as speed increases and cost decreases.

f. Some movement of traditional BT agencies toward the CCBT paradigm.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.),

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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unfoldingWord

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Michael Vos

BILD International

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Dr Max Anders

The 7 Marks Resource Group

Term: 2017 -

Aaron Erickson

Alan Anderstrom

Joel Hunter

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/26/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.