CHILDREN OF CHARACTER INC

Every Child Reached, Mature, and Leading Others in Christ

aka Children In Christ®   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.childrenic.org

Mission

Vision: Every child reached, mature, and leading others in Christ Mission: Called to go to challenging places and unreached people groups, CIC inspires, equips, and mobilizes a God-grown indigenous ministry from local church to broader communities that: 1. Values Children 2. Ministers God's Love to Them 3. Matures Them in Christ And Empowers them to Impact Families, Villages, and Nations for Christ.

Ruling year info

2002

CEO

Jennifer Merryman

Main address

6608 North Western Avenue # 1053

Oklahoma City, OK 73116-7326 USA

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EIN

82-0541197

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Africa is the fastest-growing continent, with 48% children, and projected to have 1 in 3 global children hailing from Africa by 2050. Yet children are often marginalized socially, economically, and spiritually. Even local indigenous churches often marginalize children and do not have substantial equipping in discipleship methodologies for children.

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?

Local Church Partnerships: Equipping and Empowerment

MINISTRY VOLUNTEER TRAININGS: CIC INSPIRES, EQUIPS, AND TRAINS INDIGENOUS AFRICAN CHURCH LEADERS AND LAY MINISTRY VOLUNTEERS IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDREN AND HOW TO MINISTER TO THEM EFFECTIVELY. WE TRAIN PASTORS AND CHURCHES TO UNDERSTAND THAT CHILDREN, WHO ARE 48% OF THE ENTIRE POPULATION IN AFRICA, ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO GOD AND SHOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT TO THE CHURCH AS WELL. ADDITIONALLY CIC EMPHASIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH REACHING OUT TO UNCHURCHED CHILDREN AND MINISTERING GOD’S LOVE TO THEM. CIC PROVIDES INTERESTED PASTORS AND CHURCHES WITH 5 DAYS OF CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VISION AND MINISTRY TRAININGS, SO THAT THOSE CHURCHES CAN ESTABLISH MINISTRY TO UNCHURCHED CHILDREN IN THEIR PROXIMATE REGIONS THROUGH CHILDREN’S WEEKLY CLUBS.

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 children discipled weekly

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Social and economic status, Religious groups

Related Program

Local Church Partnerships: Equipping and Empowerment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Covid-19 gathering restrictions across Africa reduced weekly attendance in CIC Clubs; however the majority of clubs continued to meet with reduced attendance.

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.

Every child reached, mature, and leading others in Christ

Children in Christ trains thousands of pastors, lay ministry people, community leaders, parents, children, and others in 200+ trainings per year to spiritually nurture children through child-focused, impactful discipleship methodologies.

In partnership with local churches, CIC Clubs minister God's love to children who are typically marginalized, mature them in His love and truth, and empower them to lead others with His love and truth.

We also focus on indigenous leadership development with particular emphasis on children, teens, and young adults.

Over 20,000 indigenous volunteers trained and serving in CIC Clubs; over 23 years of ministering across Africa

We operate in 20+ African countries, ministering weekly to over 200,000 children through over 20,000 indigenous local church volunteers.

For future strategic goals, please contact our CEO.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Children ages 4-18 Young adults 18-24 Local church and community members

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    By reading through thousands of testimonies of children and feedback from our trainings, and doing impact surveys in the field we realized that the most effective way to teach, equip and empower children was to give them a highly participative, active method of learning. Additionally, we learned that those who were illiterate or having difficulty reading our curriculum were lacking confidence to minister to children effectively. This provided the inspiration (and the Lord provided the revelation) to develop not just an oral Bible storying method but a multi-sensory one. We call this our Living Active Method. Conceived in 2019 and beginning roll-out in 2020, this method has been proving effective in high levels of local empowerment and transformational impact.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    A key value of CIC is empowering the local churches and communities. Not only do we provide them the results of our impact surveys and testimonies, but we also coach, equip and empower them to co-facilitate this feedback-gathering process with us, with the objective of ultimately making this a fully-empowered, indigenously sustainable ministry. In this way, they experience the fullness of their own God-given empowerment to lead ministry strategy, local leadership development, implementation, evaluation, and thanksgiving/praise for all the Lord has done through them.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We randomize selection of our survey respondents and younger children sometimes are less articulate ,

Financials

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Operations

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

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CHILDREN OF CHARACTER INC

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Frank Williams

Tim Andrews

Theresa Andrews

Tayo Fagbenro

Scott Zimmerman

Jennifer Merryman

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 11/03/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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