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Leadership Ministries Worldwide

Equipping leaders for gospel-centered ministry worldwide

aka Leadership Ministries Worldwide   |   Chattanooga, TN   |  https://LMW.org

Mission

By synthesizing the wisdom of theologians throughout the ages into one resource - The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® - Leadership Ministries Worldwide aims to provide pastors in the global church with the means to understand the Bible that they may preach the Word of God clearly, plainly, and confidently, impacting their congregations and communities for the Kingdom of God.

Our vision is to place The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® and other Outline Bible Resources into the hands of millions of pastors and leaders around the globe.

Ruling year info

1994

President & CEO

Anthony Philip Raffa

Main address

1928 Central Avenue

Chattanooga, TN 37408 USA

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EIN

57-0957346

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is estimated that 50,000 people are baptized DAILY into the Christian faith. To bring these people along in their faith would require at least 1,000 pastors to answer the call to ministry. God is calling the pastors, but they lack the resources and ability to attend seminary for training and education in their calling. LMW publishes The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® - a 44-volume outline Bible with commentary that synthesizes the wisdom and theology from across the ages in an easy-to-follow format that uses simple language to explain and elucidate scripture. The series is sold in print, digitally, as an app, and through Bible software in the USA. Sales and donations allow LMW to deliver 3 books free to under-resourced pastors for every book that is purchased. In 2017, more than 280,000 free volumes were distributed to pastors in more than 175 countries.

Our programs

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

Developing Resources

Development of The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® and other Outline Bible Resources in printed and digital formats to serve pastors worldwide. Translation of these books into target languages including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, etc. for use by people in developing nations.

Population(s) Served
Christians

International training for pastors seeking biblical and theological training.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ECFA Accredited 2018

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 copies of work distributed/sold

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

Christians

Related Program

Developing Resources

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Totals include print and digital sales and free distribution. Adding Chinese partner WeDevote to our digital distribution in 2017 greatly enhanced our distribution.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Leadership Ministries Worldwide (LMW) is dedicated to equipping leaders for gospel-centered ministry worldwide. To that end, LMW publishes The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® – a complete outline and commentary of every verse of scripture in a 44-volume series. Our mission is to equip pastors all over the world with this valuable, easy-to-comprehend biblical resource that is designed to help them with their preaching, teaching, and biblical understanding.

It is estimated that as many as 95% of pastors who are called to preach have little or no biblical training. By equipping these leaders with gospel-centered resources, they are able to understand and share God's Word, changing hearts and transforming communities. As healthy leaders pastor healthy churches, healthy communities spring up around them, with schools, hospitals, and churches dedicated to serving God and His people.

LMW recognizes that to reach the greatest numbers of people, The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® needs to be translated into the primary languages used throughout the world. Portions of the series have been translated into 20 languages, and are being used in 175 countries around the world. More than 1.5 million pastors have received free copies of these resources.

1. The LMW app – an online library of resources for pastors and trainers. In 2018, LMW launched this digital library that offers The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible®, theological curriculum, and a sermon preparation platform to pastors, trainers, and seminaries throughout Asia and the Global South.

2. Partnerships with like-minded ministries: LMW has developed partnerships with ministries that serve pastors and trainers all over the world. Through these partnerships, LMW is able to reach ever-increasing numbers of global Christian leaders.
a. Theological Book Network and OM Ships delivered thousands of LMW's printed books to pastors and seminaries throughout Africa and Asia.
b. The Grace Institute delivered 1,000 Spanish volumes of The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® to pastors and learning centers in Colombia.
c. WeDevote, a Chinese Bible app, makes the Chinese language Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® available for free to pastors and Bible students throughout China. Over 11,000 volumes were downloaded in the first 2 months on the app.
d. Third Millennium Ministries provides free theological curriculum for Lystra Global.
e. Prison Fellowship distributes LMW resources to prison ministries in the USA.
f. Frontline Fellowship and Timosoara Bible Institute in Romania translate volumes into the Romanian language, and arrange for printing and distribution to pastors throughout that country.
g. Pakistan Christian Leadership Ministries translates, prints, and delivers resources throughout Pakistan.
h. We continue to develop partnerships with Christian ministries, expanding God's Kingdom.
i. We having a ministry partnership with the Bivocational and Small Church Leaders Network.

3. Sales –More than 2 million volumes of The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® have been sold to pastors in the US and other Western countries. Funds from sales contribute to the writing, printing and publication of the books, and any excess helps us distribute volumes to equip pastors in other parts of the world.

1. History - LMW has a long history of success in reaching the world with God's Word. LMW formed as a 501(c)3 in 1992. Our 25 years of experience in the Christian publishing field has established The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® as a leader in Bible Commentaries. With over 2 million volumes sold and hundreds of thousands more distributed for free, the resource can now be found in 175 countries, and portions of the work have been translated into 20 languages. Bible software platforms have ranked The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® as their top-selling commentary series.
2. Creativity - In response to an outcry from pastoral trainers to have resources that they can give to pastors after a training is complete, LMW developed Lystra Global, a free online library for pastors and trainers. Since its launch in 2016, hundreds of pastoral trainers in more than 50 countries have registered to access and use the system. Other ministries have partnered with LMW to provide translations and access to global pastors. Lystra Global is the first digital resource that offers a library of books and training, along with systems that allow trainers to track usage and impact.
3. Partnering to expand God's Kingdom - In the past few years, LMW has cemented partnerships with like-minded ministries serving pastors all over the world. These partnerships focus on expanding the gospel globally by combining talents and resources to God's glory.
4. Access to New Technology and Delivery Systems – Moving forward, LMW will be looking at new systems for delivering resources. E-books, audio files, and print-on-demand systems make it easier to put quality resources in the hands of hungry pastors. LMW is moving forward to use updated technologies and systems to reach ever-greater numbers of pastors.
5. Nurturing relationships with donors who are committed to equipping leaders for gospel-centered ministries worldwide.

1. The 44-volume Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® is complete and in high demand both in the US and abroad – but revisions and updates are necessary.
2. Portions of the series have been translated into 20 languages – LMW is seeking to complete the Spanish and Chinese translations in the next year.
3. Pastors all over the world know about The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible® and appreciate it as a rich resource. We have reached 175 countries, but we constantly receive requests for more books.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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Leadership Ministries Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Ron Lyles


Board co-chair

Mr. Dave Worland

Glenn Aldridge

Hank Lyles

Harry Lyles

Ron Lyles

Michael Roberts

Chuck Zeiser

Timothy Schmidt

Michael Grady

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? Yes