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Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church Inc.

God's Hands & Feet to the Homeless & Needy

aka Layman Lessons Ministries   |   Murfreesboro, TN   |  www.LaymanLessons.org

Mission

Human services, disaster relief, to homeless & needy. Our Mission is to be the hands and feet of God, serving God’s UNCONDITIONAL love to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Preach the Good News about God's Love, and Train Disciples to be God's hands and feet to serve others in need. Since 2001 we have done so in multiple cities and states, through our Rescue Missions, Residential Training Centers, and unique open air “Mobile Homeless Church” Street Ministries, and our self contained Mobile Showers & Laundry Center. We also Preach the Gospel and Train Disciples internationally through our Streaming Videos on our websites, www.LaymanLessons.org and several Religious Education Program websites. Layman Lessons since 2001 has had no paid staff to do God’s work!

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

KAREN JOHNSTON

Main address

445 Golfview Court

Murfreesboro, TN 37127 USA

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EIN

56-2209129

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

DOMESTIC DISASTER RELIEF in the War Zones of homelessness, poverty, hopelessness. We procure and provide over $3 million annually in food, drinks, clothing, rescue blankets, tents, basic hygiene supplies, Mobile Showers & Laundry services, unconditionally, to the Homeless & Needy in 25 states in the USA, via our own volunteers in Tennessee and via faith based groups in 24 other states. Our national network of exclusive partnering associations from our Nashville, TN base of operations includes USA Produce Farmers, Feed the Children, 700 Club Operation Blessing food program, Midwest Food Bank, One Warm Coat, among others. Our Madison, TN Tithe Barn (see https://laymanlessons.org/tithe-barn-us/ ) is the revival of the original use of barns in Europe, where Tithes were brought into the storehouse in the form of food, drinks, for the local poor & needy. 1/3 of all homeless men are USA Military Veterans, while 22 Veterans every day commit suicide, homeless or not homeless. We give hope.

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?

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Mobile Church Ministries Teams unconditionally procure and provide over $8 million annually in Food, Bottled vitamin water, Clothing, Shelter, Rescue Blankets, Bibles, basic hygiene supplies, and operate the only totally self contained Mobile Showers and Laundry Center in the USA.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

TOP RATED CHARITY by Great Non Profits 2019

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 people using homeless shelters per week

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Substance abusers

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Layman Lessons Ministries procures $7 to $9 million annually in food donations for homeless/needy in 25 states, coast to coast. We serve 6 days weekly in Nashville, TN hidden homeless camps.

Number of service recipients who are employed

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We serve Middle Tennessee directly and through hundreds of faith based groups in 25 states as we procure/supply $7 to $9 million in donated food annually. These are collective, experienced estimates.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

With 20 years credible service, 2020 Admin costs under 1%, we attracted new national food donors to expand our reach and impact from Tennessee to 25 total states, coast to coast as of July 2021.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nashville, TN total homeless seeking housing services. 3000 homeless live in their cars first until they lose it, then join the 6000 living in tents, abandoned buildings, etc. We housed 4 in 2020.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Weekly events in hidden Nashville homeless camps, speaking to groups, Christmas Day with Homeless event, Pastor's Prayer Breakfast event, Christian Day on Capitol Hill event, Radio -Thon,

Number of participants counseled

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

Women and girls, Men and boys

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Counseling is provided at no cost to homeless and needy, via personal meetings, by telephone, and by our websites.

Number of households that obtain/retain permanent housing for at least 6 months

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From 2001 we documented over 8,770 homeless chose God's way for their lives via our Street Ministry. Less than 100 remained on the streets. We can only estimate going forward in 25 states.

Number of homeless participants engaged in mental health services

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Founder/Director designed state of the art behavioral healthcare systems that since 2001 have served over 1 million homeless annually via Mental Health Cooperative, Amerigroup, Blue Cross, in USA.

Number of donors lending

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Private individuals fund our work (including our Founder/Director since 2001), but food donors supply $7 - $9 million annually in donated food we feed directly to homeless & needy in 25 states.

Number of agencies serving displaced families

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We supply partnering agencies in 25 states serving displaced families with our donated life saving food, drinks, rescue blankets, basic hygiene supplies, i.e. Salvation Army, Rescue Missions, Shelters

Number of people in the area with access to affordable housing as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Homeless and "working poor" living in outdoor camps, vehicles, motels, gain access to affordable housing by our disaster relief supplies of food, drinks, basic hygiene supplies, freeing up wages.

Number of clients who have access to transportation to job site

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Homeless and working poor either transported by our Disaster Relief efforts or by our Triage services to/with other agencies that provide transportation to job site are collective field estimates.

Number of books published for previously published writers

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

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our Founder/Director Louie Johnston Jr. authored a total of 62 books from 2000 to 2020.

Number of clients who complete job skills training

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

Homeless people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Over 200 completed job skills training in our Residential Training Centers and through local employers in Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky since 2001.

Number of people trained

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Over 1500 documented persons have received training through Layman Lessons since 2001. The figures for previous years are collective estimates from our faith based partners in 25 states.

Number of volunteers

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteers numbered here have participated in one or more activities directly impacting our homeless, poor and needy.

Number of clients served

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to a national lack of food surplus, 2022 reflects only those served in our immediate area.

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Incarcerated people

Related Program

Homeless, Disaster Relief

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

From 2001 to 2012 we documented weekly a total of 8,770 homeless changing behavior. We expanded in 2012 to other states, with 25 states served as of July 2021. These are collective % estimates

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.

1. Procure food from the abundance America enjoys, in fact throws away daily enough food to feed the hungry in our nation, so harnessing that surplus food so it is donated in organized transportation and distribution to the faith based groups across America who know best who their homeless and truly needy are in their local area. In short, unconditionally FEED THE HUNGRY!

2. Procure clothing donations from the abundance America enjoys. In short, unconditionally CLOTHE THE NAKED!

3. Procure shelter donations from the wealth of America. In short, unconditionally SHELTER THE HOMELESS!

4. Take the Good News of Hope to the Hopeless that Jesus Christ called "the least of these my brothers..." In short, BRING GOOD NEWS!

Since 2001 we have documented 8,770 homeless souls as of 2013, that found hope through our Layman Lessons Ministries serving their physical needs first, which gave us credibility to counsel and lead them off the streets to productive lives.

Expand what we know from decades of experience actually works to Feed the Hungry, Clothe the Naked, Shelter the Homeless, Bring Good News of Hope from our loving Creator, as God's hands & feet to our Homeless & Hopeless across America.

1. Expand our funding base to raise transportation costs to ship a 53' semi load of food or bottled water/drinks to the countless faith based groups feeding and clothing their local needy who will be God's hands & feet, but do not have the financial ability to fund shipping costs.

2. Expand our funding base to add more unique fully self contained Mobile Showers & Laundry Center services to our faith based partners who will staff the units for their local homeless & needy, but do not have the financial ability to buy or build their own Mobile Shower/Laundry units.

3. Expand our staff to train our faith based partners willing to do the work if we will handle the procurement, transportation logistics involved.

4. Expand our Tithe Barn in Madison, TN by adding a larger new Tithe Barn on our owned property that will have semi trailer docks we need.

5. Expand our impact with new funding to buy good used Refrigerated Straight Trucks with hydraulic lift gates to transport produce, etc.

6. Expand our services so our Homeless & Needy have access to vital human services like Medical, Mental Health, Psychiatric, Dental, Vision, Jobs skills training, Group housing, etc.

We have proven since 2001 our unique capabilities, having built local surplus food donor networks of restaurants, grocery stores, to provide $1.5 million every year in their surplus food to the local homeless & needy via Layman Lessons Ministry Teams that transport it and serve it.

We have 1 semi trailers, 2 insulated "Reefers" that can haul frozen or refrigerated food, and a large network of Freight haulers and brokers.

We have a 1/2 acre commercial property in Madison, TN where our 2,448 sf Tithe Barn takes up only 10% of our land there, room for another larger Tithe Barn with truck docks.

We have America's first fully self contained Mobile Showers & Laundry Center, a RV we converted to have 2 showers, 2 large capacity clothes washers and 4 large capacity gas dryers, so we can provide 10 showers per hour, wash and dry 4 loads of clothes per hour, all while our homeless wear robes and watch messages of hope on television in the living area.

We have the heritage of our Founder, Director with a MBA, 11 years trucking logistics experience as Terminal Operations Manager for Yellow Freight Systems, who later in life designed patented computer systems, including Behavioral Health Care and other Health Care systems, became an ordained Minister and lifetime member of National Certified Chaplains Associations.

We have 2 volunteer CPAs who researched and announced we are THE MOST EFFICIENT CHARITY IN THE USA, at 99.8% of every donated dollar spent directly to Feed, Clothe, Shelter the Homeless & Needy. Only 2/10ths of 1% is spent in Admin costs, and zero for salaries.

CBS television in Nashville, TN broadcast two news reports about Layman Lessons Ministries in one month!
November 7, 2018 3 minutes
https://www.newschannel5.com/news/refugees-from-sudan-living-homeless-in-nashville?fbclid=IwAR0y98QnuKrYErd5zgaXeiDUdhF9leM2AUaaKOp3A9rkmhO3sP4CWeiqYVc

October 25, 2018 2 minutes
https://www.newschannel5.com/news/pastor-recognized-after-two-decades-of-service-to-the-homeless?fbclid=IwAR1-NtAeB-WoUk2Wa6IIUQyOyI0Uwsv0DE1fPndMUO1R2jetOglItKYMYQY

November 2017 this 30 minute feature news report on CBS Nashville, TN
http://laymanlessons.org/nashville-channel-5-news-interview-november-2017/

PROGRAMS: Mobile Disaster Relief to thousands of Homeless living outdoors, delivering donated food directly to the needy and through hundreds of faith based groups who personally know their local people in need, Mobile Showers & Laundry Center serving dozens of homeless camps in Middle Tennessee…all this we do is with ZERO paid staff since 2001.

CONSTANT DISASTER RELIEF: Layman Lessons Ministries has no paid staff since our founding in 2001, yet annually procures and delivers over $8 million annually in donated food, drinks to its proprietary network of faith based groups in 15 states that consistently provide constant disaster relief to homeless and truly needy.

Layman Lessons Ministries Teams in Middle Tennessee are a very unique all volunteer army of multiple Mobile Disaster Relief Teams unconditionally serving Homeless & Needy by delivering directly to hidden Nashville homeless camps life saving food, drinks, clothing, meds, supplies, Mobile Showers & Laundry Center, with optional Life Skills training and non-denominational Judeo-Christian counseling available.

Our Nashville, TN Team personally visits hidden homeless camps regularly providing Disaster Relief supplies and services, unconditionally serving the over 10,000 homeless in Nashville, Davidson County, TN.

OPERATIONS: Since 2001 registered by the Secretary State in North Carolina as Welcome Baptist Church Rescue Mission and in Tennessee as Layman Lessons Church Ministries, our name became Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church Inc., under IRS 501c3 approved EIN 56-2209129, we provide constant Disaster Relief services for homeless, Men's and Women's Homes in multiple states for those in Recovery to transition from addictions, homelessness, hopelessness, all with zero funding from any Government source.

Since 2001, over 8,770 (documented) homeless were rescued from Nashville streets to become productive citizens, less than 100 of those are homeless today, food and drinks served for over 10 million meals to our homeless & needy, most in Middle Tennessee, but expanded in 2015 to deliver donated food in 14 states.

From January 1 to December 2017 we provided $8.2 million in donated food for meals to homeless & needy in 15 states, all with ZERO paid staff. Our Admin ratio was a miracle low of just 2/10ths of 1% of total donations.

www.LaymanLessons.org

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.

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    to inspire volunteers, donors and supporters

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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    None, it is freely offered

Financials

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Operations

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Layman Lessons Church and Welcome Baptist Church Inc.

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Canniff

Judson Baptist Church

Term: 2020 - 2025

David Hairston

CPA

David Canniff

CPA

Julie Hannah

State of Tennessee

June Jakes

Retired

Lillian Weist

Lillian's Interiors

Steve Perrigo

Attorney

Michael Maples

Maples Farm

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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • 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 11/4/2022

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
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2022

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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 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.