Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission

Making Mission Trips Better.

aka DELTA Ministries International   |   Vancouver, WA   |  www.soe.org

Mission

Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission is a catalyst for excellence in all short-term mission endeavors by the promotion of The Standards through training, membership, accreditation, resources, facilitation, and donor connections.

Notes from the nonprofit

SOE does have a 990 prepared each year by an outside accounting firm. We do have a yearly strategic plan which is not included here.

Ruling year info

2003

CEO

Mr. Brian Heerwagen

Main address

1400 NE 136th Avenue Suite 201

Vancouver, WA 98684 USA

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Formerly known as

CBInternational

EIN

93-1216590

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Mutual/Membership Benefit Organizations, Other N.E.C. (Y99)

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

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Making Mission Trips Better. Because organizing and leading mission trips is hard. Research suggests that roughly 80% of those traveling cross-culturally aren't properly prepared. When this happens, our good intentions can lead to bad results.

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?

Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission is a catalyst for excellence in all short-term mission

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Population(s) Served
Christians

Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission assists mission sending and receiving entities in pursuing excellence for effective Kingdom services.

Population(s) Served
Christians

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2014

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.

SOE seeks to lead a movement through the short-term mission world--a movement towards excellence. With international travel getting more accessible, it's getting easier to go on a short-term mission trip. This means more people are going without a real understanding of what they are doing. We want to lead the way and set the standard of what excellence in short-term mission looks like while also providing the tools, resources and conferences to help all short-term mission trips be better.

SOE helps others apply the Seven Standards to their context in four main ways:

Membership: by being a member, our organizations declare their commitment to excellence but they also receive valuable benefits such as a monthly publication, free webinars, and discounts on products and services in the short-term mission world

Resources: SOE seeks to produce and curate the best resources and make them easily available

Onsite training and mobilization: SOE can train and mobilize your program with excellence

Conferences and workshops: SOE facilitates the short-term missions track at mission conferences all around the US as well as co-sponsors many types of mission conferences

Connection for individuals or organizations looking to participate in mission trips

SOE's best resource is it's human resource. Our staff and board represent a range of experience and expertise including educators, pastors, missionaries, writers, and tech developers. The people behind SOE are what make it possible to provide the assistance each members and others who needs to apply the Seven Standards to their ministry context and or to connect to a possible ministry situation.

SOE has grown it's membership to roughly 155 members, we've created a new site that curates and makes resources available in one place to the short-term mission world, and participate in several conferences each year that allow us to equip participants to apply the Seven Standards to their ministry context.

We have expanded coaching and consulting as this is the most customized and inexpensive way to address our member's ministry context. We have also expanded our involvement in at least 8 conferences nation-wide in the next 3 years, grow membership, and begin to take the Seven Standards to new countries that are sending short-term missionaries.

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

    Individuals, churches, organizations

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    Strengthening online training.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    Strengthened online training and the number of such training.

  • 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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission

Board of directors
as of 03/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Don Johnson

Send International

Term: 2016 -

Don Johnson

SEND

Charlotte Kassis

Isabel Lee

CBCM

Jenny Collins

Taylor University

Jesse Kroeze

Touch the World

Jolene Erlacher

Leading Tomorrow

Marti Wade

Orlando Team

Randy Schmor

Jim Cross

John Jordan

Dennis Fuqua

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 ? 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/9/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data