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Music in World Cultures Inc

We speak many languages. We make all kinds of music. We have one message. Empower All Voices to Worship Christ

aka 41-1689631   |   LAWRENCE, PA   |  https://www.miwc.org

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Mission

We support the global church by equipping musicians, music leaders, and pastors for strengthening the worship life of their local congregations and reaching their communities with the good news that Jesus changes lives. Priorities: 1: Equipping individuals with biblical training in worship and the arts for their work as church leaders, church planters, missionaries, and performers 2: Developing and discipling national leadership for long-term independence and sustainability of programs and projects 3: Emphasizing indigenous language, music, and art forms in worship and outreach to tell the story of God’s love 4: Caring for underserved communities, including vulnerable, poor, educationally disadvantaged, and special needs populations in our ministry locations

Ruling year info

1991

President & CEO

Dr. Stephen Benham

Main address

PO BOX 178

LAWRENCE, PA 15055 USA

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EIN

41-1689631

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

International Educational Development (Q34)

Freedom of Religion Issues (R65)

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Our programs

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

Eurasian Music Mission

Our work in Eurasia focuses on three areas:

1. Training and Leadership Development: MIWC offers classes, conferences, and other professional development opportunities for future and current organization and church leaders, educators, conductors, and musicians.

2. Worship/Music Ministry: MIWC supports performances in the church and community, including worship events, outreach events, and ministries to children, community, and the military.

3. Children's Music Camps: MIWC supports 56 children's music camps each summer, with a focus on underserved and vulnerable populations.

4. Humanitarian Aid: Since the beginning of the war, MIWC has served as a conduit for humanitarian donations to Ukraine; the MIWC team in Ukraine routinely delivers food and medical aid to communities affected by the war, including medical clinics, and chaplain work.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Christians
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people

African Mission in Music and Culture exists to bring people to a stage where they believe in Jesus, understand Jesus, know Jesus, and follow Jesus. We want to encourage people who are unchurched to follow Christ and we want to bring those who are in the church into a closer relationship with him.

Priorities
1. Equipping individuals with biblical training in worship and the arts for their work as church leaders, church planters, missionaries, and performers
2. Developing and discipling national leadership for long-term independence and sustainability of programs and projects
3. Emphasizing indigenous language, music, and art forms in worship and outreach to tell the story of Gods love
4. Caring for underserved communities, including vulnerable, poor, educationally disadvantaged, and special needs populations in our ministry locations

Our programs: Community choirs and orchestras in Southern & Lusaka provinces; children's youth education program in Livingstone; Chipembi farm project

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Religious groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Victims and oppressed people
Religious groups

MIWC partners with the Fountain of Wisdom Chapel in Eldoret in the following ways:

1. Leadership training programs for young leaders during their university and gap year studies. Focus is on responsible, ethical, and values-based leadership for the purposes of combating corruption and leading transformation in the educational, business, and civic arenas. Focus on leadership training for women.
2. Music and arts training programs for children and youth; with a focus on culturally-relevant and contextual music programs that relate to the Kenyan worldview and belief systems; focus on economically- and socially-disadvantaged populations.
3. Music leadership training for service in the church and community.

Population(s) Served

The CREW 40:4 ministry Culturally Relevant Expression of Worship Isaiah 40:4 is led by Jo-Ann Richards Goffe, a Jamaican Christian Cultural Advocate and Missionary. The goal is to spread the good news of Jesus Christ using native (heart) languages, indigenous music, dance, and other national arts while working tirelessly to make the Bible available in Patwa, the native language of 90% of Jamaicans.

The ministry features worship and training seminars; the development of culturally relevant music and resource material; musical event outreach to churches, schools, childrens homes, and other institutions; and community-building through live online events.

CREW 40:4 envisions vibrant and authentic communities worshiping across Jamaica and the Caribbean, seeing all of who God is in light of their own cultural identity.

Population(s) Served

The Selah Worship Arts Ministry was founded in 2011 by husband-and-wife team Arben and Irma. Both grew up during the strict communist era and witnessed the changeover to democracy in 1991 when the first missionaries were introduced to the country. After initially working to plant churches, the couple felt called to help their nation find its worshipping voice and together created Selah to do just that.

Selah just opened a 6-month residential School of Worship where students study discipleship, musical skills, outreach strategies, and worship leadership. Selah's vision is to see the school grow, the "voice" of Albanian songwriters emerge, and a nation brought to Christ.

Selah holds monthly worship services throughout Albania to encourage local churches and support outreach ministry in addition to hosting an annual camp and conferences.

In 2021, MIWC partnered with Selah to share resources and support the ministry to reach out farther into the surrounding countries.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

MIWC's Baltic region ministry activity centers on youth who strongly desire to learn and improve their skills through Christian music camps, individual and group training, and masterclasses. MIWC Europe conducts summer evangelistic childrens music camps and hosts the annual Levite Conference, a gathering of music ministers and pastors who inspire, share, teach and conduct in-depth analysis of biblical foundations of ministry.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people

Where we work

How we listen

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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 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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Music in World Cultures Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2024
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Board chair

Dr. Stephen Benham

Philip Bratten

Timothy Sawyer

Heather Hood

David Hoehl

Deborah Barber

Mark Kuhlman

Nicole Jordan

Huntley Brown

Kris Koenigsberg

Kim Grueser

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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