SHEPHERDS SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL

Encourage, Equip, Engage

aka Shepherds' Support International   |   San Antonio, TX   |  www.shepherdssupport.org

Mission

Shepherds’ Support serves international ministry leaders in under-resourced areas through training and love that Encourages, Equips and Engages pastoral couples so that they can finish well in both their ministry and marriage.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our Core Values 1. Our focus is on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our great unifier and peacemaker. 2. Our longing is to encourage national ministry leaders and their spouses to press on by giving them time as a couple to grow their marriage and strengthen their ministries together. We intentionally include the spouses at our conferences because in many countries wives are often overlooked when it comes to their important role in ministry. 3. Our goal is to equip leaders by providing reproducible teaching and tools so that both individually and as couples, the participants are better able to equip others. 4. Our approach engages a wide range of participants from varying denominations and theological persuasions. We bring leaders together where they can form natural networks and support groups to enhance their ministries. They return to their homes with renewed courage and a connection with other like-minded leaders.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Rick Lowe

Main address

P.O. Box 701233

San Antonio, TX 78270 USA

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EIN

20-4067500

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe that people matter to God and that pastors and ministry leaders are essential to His plan to redeem and restore relationships amongst all people. Pastors and ministry leaders in many under-resourced countries are laboring in their growing churches with limited resources and little help. This reality is what makes Shepherds' Support so strategically important. Shepherds' Support works with multi-skilled teams to multiply the ministries of our international colleagues through spiritual encouragement, practical equipping and relational engagement.

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?

Pastors and spouse conferences

Over the past 14 years, God has allowed us to host 44 transformational conferences in 27 nations impacting thousands of leaders and the people they serve. Here are just a few of the places where we have been.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Adults

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.

Number of training workshops

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

Christians

Related Program

Pastors and spouse conferences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We use our training workshops to encourage, equip and engage pastoral couples. We plan to host 5 trainings in 2020.

Number of conference attendees

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

Christians

Related Program

Pastors and spouse conferences

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our conferences typically range between 60-200 participants so that more personalized attention can be given.

Number of overall donors

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

Christians

Related Program

Pastors and spouse conferences

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These represent individual giving units who make a donation for the training conferences at least once a year.

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.

Our vision is to Advance the Kingdom of God to all people by encouraging, equipping and engaging ministry leaders to be effective for a lifetime of faithful ministry.

Goals for 2020 have been to reach 600 Ministry Leaders and their Spouses will be encouraged and equipped to stay the course with strengthened marriages and engaged in ministry throughout 6 different nations.
They will lead and train other leaders to evangelize and disciple thousands. By God's grace they will reach:
+ 4,500 new and growing believers throughout 10 regions in Peru
+ 1,500 new and growing believers throughout Cuba
+ 3,000 new and growing believers throughout Kenya
+ 1,500 new and growing believers throughout Armenia
+ 2,000 new and growing believers throughout The Republic of Georgia

However, due to the travel restrictions brought about by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic several of our conferences have had to be rescheduled for later dates. In the meantime, we are actively working with our national partners through online encouragement, equipping and engagement.

Shepherd's Support works with national partners to host week long conferences for ministry leaders and their spouses. Each conference has three primary tracts: exegetical teaching, marriage and family, and practical ministry tools. These are taught by our growing international team of teachers who have demonstrated servant leadership and ministry skills and longevity.

Our national partners are key to both the pre-conference networking and post-conference follow through and ongoing engagement. We work to come alongside them in catalytic ways to resource and support their ministries.

In each country we promote our core values:
1. Our focus is on the Lord Jesus Christ. He is our great unifier and peacemaker.
2. Our longing is to encourage national ministry leaders and their spouses to press on by giving them time as a couple to grow their marriage and strengthen their ministries together. We intentionally include the spouses at our conferences because in many countries wives are often overlooked when it comes to their important role in ministry.
3. Our goal is to equip leaders by providing reproducible teaching and tools so that both individually and as couples, the participants are better able to equip others.
4. Our approach engages a wide range of participants from varying denominations and theological persuasions. We bring leaders together where they can form natural networks and support groups to enhance their ministries. They return to their homes with renewed courage and a connection with other like-minded leaders.

Shepherds' Support has a core teaching team of 11 teachers who all have extensive cross-cultural ministry experience and healthy family models. This team is supplemented by multiple international partners who also participate on our teaching teams. In addition, we have three regional partnerships that coordinate our ministry.

Currently, we have over 20 standing invitations to host conferences and we are building staff, teach team leaders and our financial capacities to meet this tremendous need throughout the world.

Shepherds' Support began in the fall of 2006 in response to a growing international need to strengthen and support ministry leaders serving their local churches. Over the past 12 years, God has allowed us to host 39 transformational conferences in 21 nations impacting thousands of leaders and the people they serve.

In 2019, 520 Ministry Leaders and their Spouses will be encouraged and equipped to stay the course with strengthened marriages and engaged in ministry throughout 5 different nations.
They will lead and train other leaders to evangelize and disciple thousands. By God's grace they will reach:
+ 4,500 new and growing believers throughout 10 regions in Peru
+ 3,000 new and growing believers throughout 11 of the regions in Cameroon and Chad
+ 1,500 new and growing believers throughout the eastern regions of Ukraine
+ 2,000 new and growing believers throughout Moldova
+ 1,500 new and growing believers throughout Belarus

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Each conference presents its own unique challenges. Some of our feedback from the Cameroon conference resulted in some changes to future facility choices. Some responses from the Ukraine conference allowed us to serve a pastoral couple in need. This also helps inform our Board Members about key metrics for each conference.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to identify actionable feedback, Langauge barriers,

Financials

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Operations

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

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SHEPHERDS SUPPORT INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 2/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. David Butler

Community Hospital Corporation

Term: 2016 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mr. Jack Shirley D.D.S.

Jack Shirley D.D.S.

Term: 2017 - 2021

Nancy Shirley

Sid Williams

Willson Davis Company

Zane Williams

Beth Butler

Daniel Wurzberg

Family Life - Croatia

Kate Wurzberg

Diana Lowe

UT Health

Board leadership practices

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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 10/26/2020

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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/26/2020

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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.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.