PLATINUM2023

Discipleship Journeys with Jesus

Making Discipleship Doable

aka DJJ   |   Vista, CA   |  www.djjministry.org

Mission

This mission exists to disciple people in actionable, biblical wisdom. Our vision is to take 100 million people on a Discipleship Journey with Jesus

Notes from the nonprofit

We provide discipleship lessons and videos via our website. Currently, we have been downloaded in 100 countries, and we offer many languages for New Testament Quarter 1 on the website, which represent many major languages. Core Values: 1. Strategic partnerships: We offer a resource for strategic partners to multiply disciples. 2. Ministry to the most spiritually needy: We focus on providing free digital materials where they are most needed. 3. Excellence: We seek to be the best we can and do the best we can for the Lord Jesus. 4. Spirit and truth: We minister in the power of the Spirit and faithfulness to the teachings of Scripture. 5. Stewardship: We recognize that we don’t own anything; it all belongs to God. 6. Pleasing Jesus: We live to please and glorify the Lord in every way Discipleship Journeys with Jesus was launched in September 2016.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Dr. Mark Alan Williams

Main address

PO Box 2975

Vista, CA 92085 USA

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EIN

81-3003618

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Dallas Willard wrote that “The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘"Christians" will become disciples—students, apprentices, practitioners—of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence." While there are Bible study resources available, we find that most churches don’t have a discipleship process. They have a praise band, youth ministries, sports teams, women’s fellowships, committees, and so on. Most don’t have a purposeful disciple-making process. Overseas the need is even more critical. In many places, people lack any discipleship materials that are easy to access, affordable, simple, and in their own language. Our vision is to help provide a clear process of discipleship, especially for the half-billion Christians in the Global South who often lack any discipleship materials in their language.

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?

Discipleship Lessons

Our tool is a two-year path to maturity in Christ. There are 104 lessons and each has 2 videos recorded on location in the Bible Lands.

We believe Discipleship Journeys with Jesus is helping fill the desperate need for true discipleship with this one-year plan to cover the basic tenets of the Christian faith. The teachings are culturally relevant and denominationally neutral.

They can be taught as part of the discipleship strategy of any church, evangelistic ministry, or missions organization. And because we are a non-profit ministry, all lessons are available without charge through the generosity of our supporters.

Population(s) Served
Christians

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 countries in which materials have been downloaded.

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

Adults, Christians

Related Program

Discipleship Lessons

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of downloads of the organization's materials and explanations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Discipleship Lessons

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A large amount of new subscribers from Malawi and India in 2022. This brings the overall impact total to 695,440.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 goals are realistic, measurable and repeatable. Upon completion of the Discipleship Journeys with Jesus studies, disciples will see the following objectives accomplished:

• Learning the basic and advanced spiritual disciplines of the Bible.
• Making written commitments to practice these spiritual disciplines.
• Growing into a deep commitment to and communion with Christ as His true disciples.
• Inviting others to join in the Discipleship Journeys with Jesus.
• Discipling others through the journeys.
• Many will pursue church planter training and help to plant churches.

With God's help, our vision is to take 100 million people on these Discipleship Journey with Jesus.

We believe Discipleship Journeys with Jesus is helping fill the desperate need for true discipleship with a two-year plan (102 lessons)to cover the basic tenets of the Christian faith. The teachings are culturally relevant and denominationally neutral.

They can be taught as part of the discipleship strategy of any church, evangelistic ministry, or missions organization. And because we are a non-profit ministry, all lessons are available without charge through the generosity of our supporters.

Each successive quarter moves students through the Gospels, into the Acts, and finishes with teachings from the Epistles. Our vision is to eventually help provide a mentor to assist those going through the journey in a group or church setting, and to also have volunteers available in our office for questions or concerns. A Certificate of Completion is awarded quarterly to encourage each student’s progress.

Discipleship Journeys with Jesus begins with a 52-lesson, interactive New Testament study of discipleship essentials, based on biblical journeys, that produces Christian maturity. While the lessons start with salvation, they quickly move to discipleship teachings that all Christians need, no matter how long they have been a believer. This is followed up by an additional 52 lessons through the Old Testament.

DJJ materials can be used in many contexts such as mentoring, small groups, house churches, leadership training groups, family devotions, children’s classes, self-study with mentor input, home schools, classrooms, and more.

Anyone can easily be directed to our DJJ website to sign up and download their lessons. The first point of contact ideally would be a mentor who is taking one through these lessons. A small group leader or local pastor can help. If none exists, people can email us at [email protected] for assistance. We have begun an Online Help Desk to answer questions, provide guidance, and offer prayers.

We have written and are in the process of the online publication of 52 New Testament discipleship lessons, divided into 4 quarters. New Testament Quarters 1 to 4 have been published online. Each quarter provides 13 Bible lessons. In addition, we are now releasing the Old Testament lessons@

Here is a list of the first lessons for Quarter One, “Foundational Journeys with Jesus” based on the Gospels:
o The Cross
o Baptism
o Temptation
o Mentoring
o Witnessing
o Prayer
o The Church
o Lordship
o The Lord’s Supper
o Sacrificial Giving
o Trials
o Trusting
o Worship

Each lesson contains:
• Two videos shot on location in the lands of the Bible
• A Bible map
• Study questions
• Applications
• Memory verses
• Checkpoints to make sure the student is understanding

These lessons provide a well-rounded understanding of the Bible and lay the foundation for a lifetime journey with Jesus. Though the Bible truths are profound, we’ve made them easy to access and study. Our goal is not just information, but transformation!

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 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • 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?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Discipleship Journeys with Jesus

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cynthia Standley

Richard Fernandez

Cynthia Metoyer Standley

Cal State San Marcos

Mark Alan Williams

Discipleship Journeys with Jesus

Gerlanda Reyes

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 1/25/2023

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.