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VisionSynergy

Advancing collaboration in global Christian mission

Seattle, WA   |  http://www.visionsynergy.net

Mission

Our mission is to accelerate the Great Commission by equipping leaders, developing networks, and catalyzing collaboration toward spiritual breakthroughs among the least reached peoples and places of the world. We accomplish our mission by advocating for collaboration, equipping network leaders, and advising in the formation and operation of effective mission networks and partnerships. Our primary geographic areas served include East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Notes from the nonprofit

In today's globalized world, faith-based nonprofits face the challenge of increasing competition for limited resources to solve challenging problems and achieve their missions. Leaders with the ability to collaborate can multiply limited human and financial resources to accomplish what they could not alone. This significantly increases their impact as well as capacity for sustainable funding. Few leaders of faith-based nonprofits have collaboration skills or access to training. Within the secular nonprofit community, increasing attention has been given to the research and development of collaborative leaders. Yet it’s often faith-based agencies that are most committed to addressing critical needs of the most vulnerable, particularly in the Majority World. With decades of experience, our staff has learned many of the success factors and roadblocks mission leaders face to identify common goals, solve complex problems, and coordinate communication in an effective partnership.

Ruling year info

2004

CEO

Kärin Butler Primuth

Main address

113 Cherry St. #38307

Seattle, WA 98104 USA

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EIN

20-0351801

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Protestant (X21)

Management & Technical Assistance (X02)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In our interconnected world, networks and partnerships play an increasingly important role in shaping mission strategies. As collaboration has become the “new norm" to unite ministries with a common vision, today's mission leaders also need new skills. They need to know the “network way of working" rather than a hierarchical organizational approach. They need the vision and skills to work across organizations and bridge cultural or theological divides while calling everyone to work toward a common goal. While network leadership has become a major focus in secular non-profit management, there are few places where Christian leaders can acquire the specialized knowledge and skills needed for effective multi-organizational collaboration. visionSynergy is the only organization focused on equipping leaders for Kingdom collaboration that has a dedicated team with decades of global experience forming and facilitating multi-organizational networks.

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?

Developing Networks

We coach and advise Christian network leaders to facilitate multi-organizational collaboration for exponential impact. In the past year, our team has coached and advised 151 leaders from 21 countries. These leaders are actively developing 132 networks that involve hundreds of ministry leaders. We also facilitated three Synergy Catalyst cohorts, and graduated 22 leaders from this 18-month network development program. The 57 catalysts who have participated in this program are now facilitating 108 mission networks! Most of these are operating in North India and Nepal and have resulted in multiple disciple-making movements and hundreds of new churches and social impact initiatives.

Our team has also served as strategic advisors with seven country-wide ministry partnerships in the Middle East and North Africa. Our VisionSynergy Associates in Egypt lead a national initiative, which is developing 31 networks involving hundreds of leaders throughout the Egyptian church and mission movement.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We facilitate learning experiences among mission network leaders that foster peer learning and connection. This year we provided collaboration training for 1,300 leaders through facilitated events like regional Summits in Nepal and Egypt, online webinars, and workshops at various global events. We significantly expanded our training in Egypt through our partnership with the Evangelical Fellowship of Egypt, equipped Lausanne network catalysts in network evaluation, and launched a new training program to equip network coaches.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We advocate for increased collaboration in the Christian mission movement through speaking engagements and publications that inform and inspire. This past year our team made presentations at numerous conferences that collectively involved 530 attendees. In partnership with a Hong Kong network leader, Phill Butler’s partnership handbook Well Connected and 2020 Synergy Summit resources were translated into Chinese for the Hong Kong Christian community. VisionSynergy ‘s founder, Phill Butler, launched a resource website, kingdom-resource.org, that includes more than 150 articles and 40 videos on collaboration and communications.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Missio Nexus - Member 2022

World Evangelical Alliance - Member 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of network leaders coached or advised

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

Adults

Related Program

Equipping Network Leaders for Effective Collaboration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2021 prorated numbers as we changed our fiscal year.

Number of successfully launched multi-organizational networks by participants in our training and coaching program(s)

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

Adults

Related Program

Developing Networks

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2021 prorated numbers as we changed our fiscal year.

Number of leaders who participated in collaboration training

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

Adults

Related Program

Advocating for Collaboration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*2021 prorated numbers as we changed our fiscal year.

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

Charting impact

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

Our vision is nothing less than the fulfillment of the Great Commission. We desire to see the global Church working together in unity to release the power of the Gospel among all peoples. (John 17:20-21; Matthew 28:18-20; Matthew 24:14; 2 Peter 3:9)

Our mission is to accelerate the Great Commission by developing an increasing number of effective networks in high-priority areas of world mission. We are focused on catalyzing collaboration in regions of the world that are least reached with the Gospel: East and South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

Our desire is to see genuine breakthroughs in mission where the challenges are too big, the situations are too complex, and the resources required are simply too great for any one organization.

We believe this can only happen when there is an increase in practical collaboration among Christian ministries, and we believe this in turn depends on the development of effective networks which at their core depend on effective, catalytic leaders.

Our aim is to identify, equip and coach catalytic leaders to form and facilitate effective networks that result in Great Commission breakthroughs in high-priority regions of world mission.

visionSynergy has three primary strategies to achieve our mission:

1. Developing Networks - We identify, coach and advise catalytic leaders to form and facilitate mission networks focused on unreached people, places or issues. We do this through our Synergy Catalyst Program, a two-year network leader coaching program, and as advisor to network leaders seeking to increase the impact of their networks.

2. Equipping network leaders - Our team works to equip network leaders with effective collaboration practices, strategies, tools, and training that they can use to partner effectively for the Gospel. We provide collaboration training in live and online workshops and regional and international Synergy Summits. We also curate the Synergy Commons, and online learning community and collaboration resource site for over 1300 members.

3. Advocating for collaboration - As a global advocate for collaboration, we encourage Christian leaders everywhere to adopt a partnership approach to ministry. Through speaking, writing, publishing and hosting strategic gatherings, we seek to influence and inspire agency leaders, donors, and mission practitioners to take a collaborative approach to ministry.

visionSynergy plays a unique role in the worldwide Christian movement as one of the few mission service organizations intentionally dedicated to empowering strategic collaboration in global Christian mission.

Members of our team have formed, facilitated, or advised more than a hundred missional networks & partnerships which have collectively involved thousands of Christian organizations. We prioritize collaborative efforts focused on unreached peoples where Christ is not yet known and where ministry collaboration will result in the greatest spiritual breakthroughs.

We have used our collaborative expertise to launch new networks, advise existing networks to become more effective, and mentor and train network leaders to increase their collaborative competence.

With our team's global experience facilitating collaboration among hundreds of organizations, we have developed an extensive global network of relationships which enables us to influence ministry strategies and facilitate strategic partnerships between like-minded groups world-wide.

Over the years, visionSynergy has equipped and advised mission leaders to launch and facilitate dozens of networks and partnerships worldwide which have collectively involved over 1,500 member organizations from more than 40 countries.

In addition to working directly with networks and partnerships, visionSynergy has served as a global advocate for mission collaboration through speaking, publications, educational materials, and facilitated learning communities. Among the most notable achievements of visionSynergy in the area of advocacy and education include:

Publication of the partnership handbook Well Connected by Phill Butler and its subsequent translation into six languages
The Tree of Life partnership training program designed for grassroots church planters among oral peoples
The Cause Collaboration partnership curriculum translated into three languages, adopted by nearly twenty institutions, and taught at the graduate and doctoral levels
The Synergy Commons online learning community and resource site for network leaders with more than 1,300 members
The Synergy Summit regional and international conference for network leaders to connect for shared learning

In 2018, we launched the Synergy Catalyst program, a two-year coaching and training program designed for cohorts of 12 leaders to gain the skills and knowledge to launch and lead multi-organizational networks focused on an unreached people groups, place or issue. The first SCP cohort in India has already launched 21 new networks, four of which are seeing church planting movements with five generations of new believers.

In 2021, we plan to expand the Synergy Catalyst Program to several new countries, and launch an online global cohort to coach and equip network leaders from around the world.

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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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VisionSynergy

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott White

Dan Voetmann

Destination Marketing, President

Deborah Slavin

Bluebeam, Director

Milo Arkema

Chima Consulting, LLC

N. Doug Gamble

Crossroads Fellowship, Pastor of Mission Partnerships

Holly Kirkpatrick

Pharmaceutical Sales

Karin Butler Primuth

VisionSynergy

Gary Cheng

Career & Organizational Effectiveness Program Manager, Dropbox

Sharlene Joachim

Adjunct Faculty, Early Childhood Education Department, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA

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? Yes
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/18/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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.