Religion, Spiritual Development

Overseas Council for Theological Education and Missions Inc

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.overseas.org

Mission Statement

To advance non-western Christian leaders with biblical training to be effective pastors, teachers, evangelists, missionaries and Christian leaders in their own countries.

Overseas Council targets leaders who are called by God to make a difference in the Majority World where the Church is growing gastest or against formidable odds. These men and women are biblically trained in God's Word within the context of their local culture in order to be most effective. Through these leaders' lifetimes of ministry, God's Kingdom is multiplied in a perpetual cycle of conversion and growth, person by person, small group by small group, community by community.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
  2. Compassionate Care
  3. Institutes for Excellence in Leadership
  4. Regional Leadership Development
  5. Church and Seminary Partnership
  6. TEACH
Service Areas

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International

Overseas Council serves the following geographical areas: North Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

ruling year

1976

President & CEO since 2004

Self-reported

David A. Baer Ph.D.

COO

Self-reported

Mr. Rick D Hampton

Keywords

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Christian Leadership Development

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Also Known As

Overseas Council

EIN

35-1333030

 Number

5477407152

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Overseas Council works with 130 seminaries and Bible institutes in 70 different countries.  Our Institutes for Excellence Leadership programs helps seminary presidents and leadership team participants. Each year 58,000 leaders take courses and 19,000 graduate from OC partner schools. The TEACH program is assessible to 5 million people living throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Overseas Council is being used by God to help spread His Word to the uttermost corners of the World.

Programs

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

Program 1

Scholarships

OCI provides funding for student scholarships, faculty scholarships, campus development, educational (library) resources, and leadership consultations that enhance the theological education of nearly 30,000 students currently enrolled at OCI's 130 partner schools.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$864,000.00

Program 2

Compassionate Care

Compassionate Care programs vary depending upon the particular  geographic area served.  Some programs address clean water, some serve  children, women, or medical needs.

Category

None

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$500,000.00

Program 3

Institutes for Excellence in Leadership

The Institute for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development is an international forum developed by OC to strengthen leadership skills and organizational expertise for presidents, deans and other senior administrators at partner institutions.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$536,670.00

Program 4

Regional Leadership Development

OC works with partner schools and church leaders to develop local and regional ministry training infrastructures.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$379,917.00

Program 5

Church and Seminary Partnership

CaSP links individual churches and international seminaries with the objective of cooperative and mutual support, participation and development

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$30,000.00

Program 6

TEACH

TEACH uses a variety of multi-media technology to provide theological education throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Participants can earn a certificate or degree by taking online theological courses.

Category

Theology & Comparative Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

None

None

Budget

$6,000,000.00

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goal of Overseas Council is to advance Christian leadership in the Majority World. Our aim is to equip leaders who are called by God to make a difference in the Majority World where the Church is growing fastest or against formidable odds. These men and women are biblically trained in God's Word within the context of their local culture in order to be most effective. Through these leaders' lifetimes of ministry, God's Kingdom is multiplied in a perpetual cycle of conversion and growth, person by person, small group by small group, community by community.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Overseas Council hosts institutes for seminary leaders. The institutes allow the leaders to learn and gain support from other seminary leaders. The leaders receive consulting and coaching services including collaboration to support seminary Ministry Action Plans.

    Overseas Council provides between 800 - 1,000 student and faculty scholarships.

    Other seminary programs provide financial assistance to help advance specific campus capital and educational programs.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Since 1974, Overseas Council has had a strong foundation. The organization has grown from serving one school in South Korea, to currently serve 130 seminaries and institutes in 70 different countries. Our supporters are foundations, churches and individuals with a heart for Kingdom building work. Our mission is to see a growing Church with a solid theological foundation. Overseas Council works with a small dedicated staff, of approximately 30 individuals, but by the grace of God, our impact is reaching the uttermost corners of the World.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The indicators of success are:
    1) The development of religious leaders through theological education
    2) The fostering of scholarship that links the academy to religious communities and other audiences
    3) The support for new models of theological education that prepares leaders for service in a religiously plural world
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Overseas Council began with one seminary in South Korea in1974 and we have grown to serve 130 seminaries in 70 countries in 5 regions of the World. More than 3,580 seminary leaders have participated in our Institutes for Excellence, 58,000 students take courses and 19,000 students graduate from Overseas Council partners every year.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Overseas Council serves the following geographical areas: North Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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Funding Needs

Total Needs in all Five RegionsStudent and Faculty Scholarship Assistance - $1,339,950 Educational Resources - $115,000Campus Development - $920,750Other Projects - $281,000

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

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OVERSEAS COUNCIL INTERNATIONAL INC
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Overseas Council for Theological Education and Missions Inc

Leadership

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President & CEO

David A. Baer Ph.D.

COO

Mr. Rick D Hampton

BIO

Dr. David A. Baer became president of Overseas Council International (OCI) on July 5, 2004. OCI partners with more than 100 seminaries and Bible colleges in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to equip indigenous Christian leaders with biblical training. Christianity is growing most rapidly in the non-Western world, underscoring the need for biblically trained leaders to disciple new believers in the Christian life. OCI provides funding for student scholarships, faculty scholarships, campus development, educational (library) resources and leadership consultations. Before joining OCI, Dr. Baer served as president of OCI partner ESEPA Seminary in San José, Costa Rica. In addition, he has been a lecturer and tutor in biblical Hebrew and Old Testament at the University of Cambridge. Dr. Baer is a distinguished Old Testament scholar and recently completed a book on the theology of Isaiah (When We All Go Home: Translation and Theology in LXX Isaiah 56-66). In addition, he has written numerous academic articles in English and Spanish for various theological journals and the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. Dr. Baer has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wheaton College magna cum laude, a Master of Divinity cum laude from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Old Testament from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the distinguished John Stuart of Rannoch Hebrew Prize at the University of Cambridge in 1996. In addition, he completed a Certificate in Spanish as a Second Language from the Institute of the Spanish Language (San José, Costa Rica).

STATEMENT FROM THE President & CEO

"Overseas Council is training the trainers, mentoring the mentors, teaching the teachers and influencing the influencers who carry Christian faith into every avenue of life with a confidence that God Himself has called them there.

We work with Bible institutes, seminaries and other strategic leadership trainers in more than sixty countries. We are convinced that leadership training is the premier task of Western Christians who are engaged with a global church. It's all we do because we believe in an emerging generation of Christian leaders whose lives demonstrate vision, integrity and competence. It is these men and women who preach and teach the redeeming gospel of Jesus Christ, minister to widows and orphans, seek justice in and through public institutions, lead their nations through the debilitating morass of corruption, and in a thousand other ways take God's truth into the public arena."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James Blankemeyer

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