Equipping Leaders To Impact Their World

aka Equipping Leaders International   |   St. Augustine, FL   |
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EIN: 26-3725078


OUR MISSION We partner with highly influential yet under-resourced Christian leaders globally to equip and multiply Biblically mature leaders for every area of community life. 4 CORE VALUES DEVELOPING WORLD FOCUS ELI is committed to serving Christian leaders who have had little formal training, resources, or prospect of attaining either. Therefore, we focus our ministry in developing world nations, typically in the global south. FOSTERING RELATIONAL RESPECT ELI recognizes that God has been building his Church long before our arrival in a particular country. We serve those whom God has called and engage them for wisdom and strategy for bringing gospel transformation. LEVERAGING INFLUENCE ELI intentionally trains men and women with the capacity and call to train others. This leveraged a

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Rev. Charles McArthur

Main address

384 Village Drive

St. Augustine, FL 32084 USA

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Subject area info

Adult education

Education services


Population served info


Indigenous peoples


NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Christian leaders in churches, schools, and the marketplace throughout the global south are poorly prepared to lead their organizations or run their businesses in ways that would both glorify God and benefit those they serve. This reality is exasperated by corrupt governments, economic poverty, western dependence, and lack of opportunity for ongoing education.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Leadership Conferences

Conferences for large groups (50-300) of leaders in the majority world to teach one topic that provides entry level understanding of particular topic or book of the Bible. We are currently training Pastors, Educators, and Business Leaders.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Intensive training to equip called and capable nationals (10-20 at a time) to teach a particular course. These CCIs are mobilized throughout their country to teach other leaders the course. This practice minimizes cultural and language barriers.

Population(s) Served

Our trained Certified Course Instructors are mobilized to take the courses they have learned and pass them onto the least resourced pastors, educators, and business leaders. These conferences are usually for about 50 leaders. We typically assist by providing transportations, translated course materials, and assistance with food for the participants.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Christian leaders are in the French Speaking countries of West Africa but they are typically susceptible to the influence of destructive elements of tribal practices, "the prosperity gospel", and moralism. This initiative is designed to focus on the countries that are particularly dominated by Islam.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability 2021

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability 2022

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability 2023

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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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 ultimate goal is to glorify God by equipping leaders who have the calling and capacity to equip other leaders who will lead biblical, Christ-centered transformation in their communities.

Quantitatively, by 2020, we are working toward:

1. Instructing over 50,000 leaders in conference level training events

2. Equipping and mobilizing over 1000 indigenous leaders annually as volunteer Certified Course Instructors who then train the least equipped in the villages of their home countries

3. Coaching our 3 nationally owned and operated bible colleges who will be operating at a "western" standard producing graduates who have taken over full operation of these colleges.

4. Training the leadership of 50 primary/secondary schools operating with an increasingly integrated biblical Christ-centered world-view

5. Training and coaching 50 indigenous businesses who are successfully operating intentionally as Business as Ministry

By December 2025, 7 million people will be under the direct influence of our trained Christ-centered leaders who are working to bring gospel transformation to their families, churches, schools, businesses, and communities.

We will seek to accomplish our goals through effective leadership using four key strategies:

1 - Sound Contextual Instruction
Whether teaching pastors, educators, or business leaders, our goal is gospel transformation that begins with a clear exposition of the Word of God. We typically begin a work doing large group conferences while seeking out those nationals who are capable and called to train other leaders. We then transition our focus from large group conferences to equipping these trainers who can bypass the culture and language barriers and teach our courses to the least resourced.

2 - Reproducible Resources
Wherever our audiences are literate, we seek to provide a written version of the course in the local language. Furthermore, as those we train pass our courses on, we seek also to empower them to pass on these printed resources. For many, they will be the extent of their theological libraries.

3 - Strategic Partnerships
Our partners enrich our initiatives: They include Mission to the World, Third Millennium Ministries, Advancing Native Missions, Ligonier Ministries, Miami International Seminary, World Reformed Fellowship, Christian Leadership Alliance, and the Central FL Christian Chamber of Commerce.

4 - Global Mobilization
ELI is actively recruiting mature believers with the gift of teaching who have a heart for making disciples globally. It is our delight to connect them to serve the network of one of our National Movement Leaders. Instructional volunteers teach alongside one of our faculty members and many go on to serve as adjunct or even full-time faculty. Ultimately, we want to see national leaders mobilized to reach their neighboring countries.

We are living in an exciting time to be involved in global discipleship. Our heavenly Father is working through national pastors so that as they proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit is regenerating the spiritually dead. Gordon Conwell Seminary missiologists estimate that 170,000 people a day are coming to faith and yet 85% of church leaders outside the US have no formal preparation for the gospel.

We are finding that with regeneration, God is also giving new believers the faith to accept the Bible as the word of God and the humility to desire to rightly understand it and proclaim it.

Simultaneously, baby boomer pastors and church leaders are entering that season of their lives when they want to retire from the daily demands of the the pastorate but at the same time--not retire from doing God's work.

ELI gives them the opportunity to set their own travel pace while putting them into the position of possibly having their most fruitful season of ministry.

By working across denominational lines, we attract national movement leaders asking us to come train their leaders and well trained western leaders who have the maturity to give them exactly what they need.

We are well on our way to accomplishing the numerical goals. See "Impact Summary" above. The exponential power of leveraging leaders who have the calling and capacity to train others is what makes them even possible. We believe that a godly national movement leader is the key to the impacting a country.

We need to make progress in accessing our effectiveness beyond the first generation that we get face to face time with. We know they are getting what we teach by class discussions, their questions, and their joy in learning.

We have not yet figured out how to raise the money needed to mobilize out national trainers as they go out to lead conferences nor do we have money to supplement potential staff who have the time and willingness to go but not the financial means to do it.

How we listen

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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 54.34 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

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Average of 4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

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Average of 5% over 10 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of EQUIPPING LEADERS INTERNATIONAL INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $35,195 $76,925 $185,587 $290,092 $545,927
As % of expenses 3.3% 7.0% 12.7% 17.7% 25.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $35,195 $76,925 $185,587 $290,092 $545,927
As % of expenses 3.3% 7.0% 12.7% 17.7% 25.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,094,208 $1,175,697 $1,643,525 $1,929,004 $2,726,185
Total revenue, % change over prior year 10.6% 7.4% 39.8% 17.4% 41.3%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,059,013 $1,098,772 $1,457,938 $1,638,912 $2,180,258
Total expenses, % change over prior year 12.0% 3.8% 32.7% 12.4% 33.0%
Personnel 33.5% 29.7% 29.3% 31.1% 30.6%
Professional fees 2.0% 1.4% 1.1% 1.0% 0.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 64.4% 68.9% 69.6% 67.9% 68.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,059,013 $1,098,772 $1,457,938 $1,638,912 $2,180,258
One month of savings $88,251 $91,564 $121,495 $136,576 $181,688
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,147,264 $1,190,336 $1,579,433 $1,775,488 $2,361,946

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 3.2 3.9 4.5 6.2 7.7
Months of cash and investments 3.2 3.9 4.5 6.2 7.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 3.9 4.5 6.1 7.6
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $282,178 $358,408 $546,743 $845,556 $1,396,116
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 0.3% 0.7% 1.5% 1.2%
Unrestricted net assets $280,370 $357,295 $542,882 $832,974 $1,378,901
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $280,370 $357,295 $542,882 $832,974 $1,378,901

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Executive Director

Rev. Charles McArthur

In 1983 Chuck and Sheree McArthur accepted an invitation from the African Bible College to move to Liberia. At the completion of our two year term, they entered Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Chuck had the privileged to plant and pastor two wonderful churches in Florida; New Hope PCA in Eustis (8 years) and Cross Creek Church in Switzerland (14 years). Chuck's first trip back to Liberia was in 2006 and he continued to make annual training trips. This resulted in a strong sense of call from God to resign the pastorate in 2011 and devote his energies to serving Liberian pastors dividing his time between the ABC University and training rural pastors. In January of 2015, Don Mountan recommended to the board that Chuck take his position as the Executive Director of ELI. While He continues to work with 45 national instructors in Liberia, his responsibilities now include growing the organization for maximum Kingdom impact for the glory of God.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/21/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Grant McMillion

Scotia Partners, LLC

Term: 2022 - 2023

Dave Watson

Reynolds Consumer Products

Cliff Montgomery

Scotia Partners, LLC

Donald L Mountan

Equippping Leaders International

Charles McArthur

Equipping Leaders International

Rita Talarico

Equipping Leaders International

Gene Whitehead


Grant McMillion

Bank of America

Michael Hicks

Telecommunication Consultant

Carter Skeel

Institute on Religion & Public Life

Kerry Nations

TN Insurance Guaranty Assn

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes