GOLD2023

MINISTRY ESSENTIALS INT'L

'til Christ is formed in you

aka MEI   |   Wheaton, IL   |  www.meintl.org

Mission

Ministry Essentials, International (MEI) is a non-profit mission agency that establishes and cultivates spiritual community among Christian leaders and their families serving internationally. As a soul care and spiritual formation mission, we purpose to spiritually nourish Christian leaders by: -Joining their journey of faith -Challenging their assumptions about life and God -Igniting a deeper hope in Him

Ruling year info

1996

Guiding Director / President

Dr. David Shepherd

Main address

PO Box 4947

Wheaton, IL 60189 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

75-2661374

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS filing requirement

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

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2022, 2021 and 2021.
Register now

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Getting caught up in their work for God, Christian leaders too often lose sight of their lives in God. This affects not only their actual work but has a negative impact on their families and core relationships.

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?

Soul Care

Research shows that resilience or ‘vitality’ in ministry (and life) is directly
correlated to the quality of community one enjoys. Scripture (Jn. 13 & 17) indicates that the quality of our relationships actually provide the validity of our message (by our love and unity). In other words, if Christian leaders struggle under the weight of spiritual dryness, relational loneliness, and depleted energy, how much more will their congregation, church plant, discipleship group be limited in their growth? Our mission is to strengthen and grow the body of Christ by investing in the ongoing growth of Christian leaders.

Providing soul care for Christian leaders, we offer hospitality, training/equipping, spiritual direction, worship & prayer events, counseling, workshops and mentoring.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Resourcing sending agencies and mentoring college aged TCK's in their transition back to their passport country.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

We offer educational assessments to third culture kids in global settings to help them thrive educationally while living in another culture outside of their passport country.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Missio Nexus 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

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.

By God's grace and the Holy Spirit's work through our ministry, Christian leaders will:
• experience a vibrant relationship with God that is characterized by spiritual hunger
• understand themselves in light of God's love, relating to others without fear or pretense
• embrace the gifts and challenges of sharing spiritual community with other believers
• passionately express Christ in the world, freely giving themselves for others' sakes.

We believe that spiritual community is essential for every Christian; therefore, MEI establishes spiritual communities in strategic locations around the world where Christian leaders can gather for care and growth. Creating a vital, relevant, and faithful presence of community enables MEI to support Christian leaders in their journey, which includes challenging their assumptions about life and God, and seeking to inspire a deeper trust in Him. Ministry Essentials uses a variety of methods to gather, build, and deepen spiritual community both at their chosen hubs and on-location.

Methods include:

Gather community through Hospitality, Praise Gatherings, and Community Development.

Build Community through Training, Coaching, Debriefs, and TCK testing.

Deepen Community through Counseling, Discipleship, Spiritual Friendship, and Conflict Resolution.

For the Budapest Garden House, our specific strategies are in light of the refugee crisis. National pastors and cross-cultural workers in the region are asking for help with post-traumatic stress syndrome, trauma care, debriefing, and living in community with these issues and more. Through the Garden House we will offer:
• Soul care
• Debriefs
• Counseling intensives
• Spiritual retreats
• Training in spiritual formation specifically related to ministry challenges like Marriage, Parenting, Team dynamics, Trauma care, Conflict resolution, Listening to God, Resiliency, Pastoral Care.

Members of our team already serve leaders in Asia, the Balkans, Central Asia, Southeast
Asia, the Middle East, and Russia.

Our 19 staff members are highly trained in counselling and spiritual direction. Our more specialized staff have further training in their areas of expertise--like trauma counselling and care, school psychological testing, and education.

In the 20 years of MEI's work, we have increased our staff from 2 to 19 professionals doing work in 12 countries, with each team member serving approximately 80 Christian leaders per year.

Our new endeavor, the Budapest Garden House, is undergoing a reboot. Over the past four and a half years, it has been a place for crisis intervention and local community building. Starting fall of 2017, it has become a Soul Care and Training Center.

Financials

MINISTRY ESSENTIALS INT'L
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

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

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

MINISTRY ESSENTIALS INT'L

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Annette Haskins

Valley Community Baptist Church

Term: 2021 - 2023

Annette Haskins

Karen Fenz

Dave Shepherd

Ministry Essentials Int'l

Jeanni Shepherd

Ministry Essentials Int'l

Mark Forstrom

Jim Balazs

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes