Religion, Spiritual Development

Love in the Word Church Inc

The Love of God, The WORD of God, The Care of God!

aka LOVE IN THE WORD CHURCH   |   Sun City Center, FL   |  https://loveinthewordchurch.org

Mission

Our mission to reconcile the world to the Kingdom of God for our Lord Jesus Christ while providing community and personal family development through economic development. To work with each nation to elevate the standard of living for its citizens.

Ruling year info

2019

Presiding Bishop

Bishop Eric Lee Douglass Sr

Executive Pastor

Pastor Ronald Keith Douglass Sr

Main address

3848 Sun City Center Blvd Ste 104 # 39

Sun City Center, FL 33573 USA

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EIN

83-4104239

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Christian (X20)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem overall as we see it is that much of Christianity has become so seeker sensitive that what we finally offer becomes ineffective for practical application to better the lives of its adherents. In our fastest growth nation of Kenya, by way of example, about 85% of the population or higher live in conditions far below the standard of our homeless in American. The need to find food and care for a family occupies the greater part of the day so that progress to a better standard of living is near impossible. We believe that with a moderate funding source and tried and true fiscal and economic principles could save families and free them up to manage their lives at a higher level of standard. So as an organization, we need to help create an economic system that will allow citizens to develop not only the nuclear family, but the community. This is essential to deal with the spiritual development of each citizen. It is clear that if I am hungry and am not listening efficiently.

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?

Weekly Worship Service

These are our services where we honor God with our praise and worship and we apply a biblical principle to everyday life. Standard is 70 to 90 minutes online. Our Weekly services are designed to enhance the Bible Study that is occurring that week. Each service will host a communion as we remember the Lord Jesus and as we celebrate fellowship with our Family.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$124,000

These services meet at various times during the week online for general beginners, intermediate, and advanced Christians, and also for specialized groups such as for Women, Men, Over 55 years old, single Moms, Moms of Sons, Moms of Daughters. The desire is to go deeper that week into the same text that was received that weekend before. It is also during this time that questions are fielded and answered about Who we are, What we believe, and How that belief looks having been put into practice. Each one of these groups will have a leader and will be managed by Planning Center Groups module.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$50,000

This is done for family-ship (members) at no cost or a free will offering online in private cyber rooms with a Staff Pastor. Pastoral counseling may be offered on a limited basis to those who are not members for free or for an offering or nominal fee.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Budget
$25,000

The mission of Love In The WORD Church’s (LITWChurch) Forum for Global Evangelism (FFGE) is to carry the WORD of God to every corner of the earth by increasing the economic, community, and spiritual standards of living at the family level.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$10,000,000

This is a Discipleship Program initiated by Lead Bishop for Africa Geoffrey Khisa Wandela in Kenya and developed for each LITWChurch Region and Mission. SUSTAIN takes Subject Matter Experts (SME) and masters of their trades and pairs them with unemployed church members who barter volunteer labor for training/knowledge about a self-reliance skill that can be duplicated in the community. Each graduating member will be assisted at starting their own crop so that they too can sustain themselves and the church and community which sponsored them. In this way LITWChurch hits the trifecta of spiritual, economic, and community development goals.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people
Families
Budget
$1,000,000

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 farmer members of the Coop or suppliers of the SME/Enterprise that are producing crops/products and selling them to the SMEs/Coop/Enterprise

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

Families,Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Related Program

SUSTAIN

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of SME's that support our program per country per year. This metric is used to help us measure the impact of transferable skills from one generation to another for sustainability.

Number of partner churches

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

General/Unspecified,Families

Related Program

Forum For Global Evangelism

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of churches registered with our Missions Department, Forum For Global Evangelism.

Number of families who report they are supported in utilizing natural supports in their communities (e.g., family, friends, neighbors, churches, colleges, recreational services)

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

General/Unspecified,Families

Related Program

Weekly Worship Service

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This is our measure of increased self-reliance through our church building-centered programs opened to the community.

Number of churches built

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

General/Unspecified

Related Program

Forum For Global Evangelism

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is an impact measure of our resources to create Centers of Excellence among our church commiunities

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We want to set up temporary and permanent building in each area so that our church building during the week becomes the focal point of each area for the feeding, the education, and the general care of the family and the community. By creating small business, we generate jobs and create the need for other small business, elevating the economic success of the community and assisting each nation government to lift the standard of living of its citizens without relying on the wealth of each nation state. So we preach and instruct on the weekends and educate from our buildings during the week so that the community and church becomes self-sufficient. We are using our seven churches in Kenya as our model and we have started a global forum, Forum for Global Evangelism (FFGE), that identifies members in each country already operating ministries. We are looking to support these ministries and train in administration to enlarge and increase success. We are focusing on specific people who fit our measuring rubric as stated in the FFGE Information Packet. We are creating small business, teaching business administration, marketing, and finance, and responsible money management in our churches, free and providing each location a temporary, then permanent building that will be the center of the community.

The method of Love In The WORD Church and its FFGE is to create an economy in each area by creating small businesses that serve a community using the principle of the Logos of God. By building church buildings that are community centers of learning and care, the church becomes the focal point of each community for each family seeking a better way of sustaining life. The goal is to make each community self-sufficient by introducing principles of fiscal management, marketing, personal hygiene, and business administration. The church will be the center of global skill training such as language, technology, and the education of global systems.

We already have EVERY skillset that is needed. We just received our 501 (c) 3 so we just lack funding. Our founder and Executive pastor have successfully run businesses for decades. They are accomplished at job cost accounting that focuses on project management and managerial accounting that create views for assistance in managing businesses efficiently. We have lawyers on our Boards. We have a bicameral Board of Directors - the Elders Board and the Board of Trustees. The Elder's Board cares for the spiritual character of the church and the Board of Trustees cares for the fiscal and administrative need of the Church. We have doctorates in Theology on our Board which help us stay biblically sound. We are represented by a diversity of gender, age, and culture that adds to our wholeness for this work! We have extensive training in job cost and managerial accounting and almost half of our Board were licensed teachers. We have connected with many people that have desires to fund humanitarian projects and we are just now organizing our expansion plan on the global stage. We have more than 4000 following us via social media and our platform. We do all of our own legal, accounting, marketing, graphical, technology work with skillstes that are resident to our Boards and staff. We developed and tested a solution in Kenya for communication that we use currently and it is the model for at least 15 other nations that have asked us to come and mentor them!

Our metrics for success for economic success are the number of small businesses funded and operating at a profit in each area that did not exist before our involvement. Community development success are the number of people availing themselves of the Care services at each church building during the week. Spiritual development success is first measured by the number of people attending services each week as well as the length of time it takes for the church building to clear after the close of the service. This metric is augmented by the number of new baptisms and the level of tithes and offerings over time.

We started April 1, 2019. WE had our first online worship service on Saturday and Sunday the first weekend in May 2019. Within a month we were asked to mentor and manage seven churches in Kenya who had been operating for seven years. We have had a conference August 29-31, 2019 and the churches are now. We developed our enrichment model from a vision in May and our churches there are thriving and we have almost doubled in this last month to 200 in our headquarter church in Machakha, Kenya. We now have proven the spiritual model and to a limited extent the economic model. Now all we need are donations so that we can fund our test market. We are caring for 10 orphans and now the local government has asked Love In The WORD Church to open up an orphanage.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: zoom polls.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

  • What significant change resulted from feedback

    We were requiring all of our out of country family-ship (member types) to contact us not by Messenger, but via our website. So many people in small villages and with meager means did not have access to adequate devices to comply. That feedback cause us to institute an alternate method to communicate to the corporate office. We are global and 99% online!

Financials

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Operations

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

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Love in the Word Church Inc

Board of directors
as of 1/24/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Elder Mary Douglass

Retired

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Pastor Ronald Douglass

LOVE IN THE WORD CHURCH INC

Term: 2020 - 2021

Brandon Douglass

Farhang &Medcoff PLLC

Geoffrey Wandela

LOVE IN THE WORD CHURCH Africa

Obed Bett

LOVE ION THE WORD CHURCH Kenya

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? 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 09/28/2019

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/28/2019

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. 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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.

Keywords

Spiritual Development, Economic Development