Religion, Spiritual Development

DELTA Ministries International

  • Vancouver, WA

Mission Statement

For the fulfillment of the Great Commission, DELTA Ministries International serves as a missions resource for the local church as it cultivates Christ-like character in individuals.

Main Programs

  1. Mobilization

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chief executive

Mr. Brian Heerwagen

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co-chief executive

Mr. Chris McDaniel

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church, churches, youth, youth development, spiritual formation, evangelism, Jesus, disaster relief, food, shelter, missionaries, missionary, Disaster Relief, Missions, Short-term Missions, Short-term, Mid-term Missions, Cross-cultural Missions, Cross-cultural, International, Training, North America

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Physical Address

1400 NE 136th Avenue, Suite 201

Vancouver, 98684

Also Known As

Christian Mission Teams International - Compassion and Gospel Outreach


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

Helped to send 84 teams and 607 people who volunteered 101,976 hours to serve in 29 countries
Collectively reached 30.692 constituents using face-to-face and technology strategies.
Developed innovative approaches utilizing technology, Facebook and Twitter and webinars to equip the next generation for missions
Continued long-term relief and recovery efforts in Colorado, Oklahoma and Haiti, through building homes, schools and rebuilding lives.
Distributed over 2,000 copies of training curriculum to churches around the U.S.


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

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Program 1


DELTA comes alongside the local church and provides customized training, consultation and logistical support so that the church can
integrate short-term ministry teams into their outreach strategy. DELTA has Short-Term Mission Coaches who serve as a partner with local church leadership and provide regular consulting throughout the multiple phases of a short-term team.


Religion, General/Other



Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)


Charting Impact

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

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. Facilitate 300 teams and 2,750 individuals for quality short-term ministry.
    2. Develop and launch the first online virtual short-term mission training to prepare 350 individuals for cross-cultural ministry. Seek approval for academic credit through colleges and universities.
    3. Train 500 national pastors and missionaries on how to effectively integrate short-term teams to support their long-term ministry vision.
    4. Train 250 Team Leaders who will disciple 2,500 team members to become more like Christ through their short-term mission experience.
    5. Offer the highest quality short-term mission training and facilitation for the lowest price.
    1. To coach 25 ministries across the U.S. in becoming Great Commission ministries. A Great Commission ministry has a strategic mission vision that reaches the lost and hurting locally and globally and is owned by constituents through prayer, giving and going.
    2. To equip and empower 40 mission leaders in releasing 8,100 individuals to be the hands and feet of Christ in their own communities and around the world.
    3. To ignite 27 strategic cross-cultural partnerships with national pastors and missionaries.
    4. To provide churches and mission agencies the most experienced and qualified mission coaches in the country at the lowest price.
    1. Launch, - a new crowdraising community, connecting generous givers from the Pacific Northwest and around the world with impactful projects and those who serve (participants), including churches and ministries that mobilize Christian volunteers (individuals and teams) and non-profit advocates
    2. Write and produce two new Spiritual Journals that help team members keep a record of God’s work in their lives throughout the short-term mission.
    3. Offer the highest quality training materials that are regularly updated for recurring customers and that are relevant for the millennial generation.
    4. Develop two new training modules for churches: Building Relationships with the Field and A Church Coaching Assessment.
    5. Become the ministry leader in short-term mission webinars and equip 720 ministry leaders over the next five years.
    6. Distribute 10,000 copies of The Next Mile curriculum to over 500 churches, ministries and mission fields.
    7. Reach over 15,000 churches, ministries and fields through existing short-term mission tools and social media.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    See comprehensive strategic plan attached, also located at:
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Organizational longevity - 35 years
    Staff tenure and experience
    Proven and effective services
    Loyal prayer and financial partners
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Customer evaluations and feedback. Each volunteer is provided with a feedback form. Those forms are reviewed and monitored and necessary adjustments are made.
    Quarterly Performance/Board Meetings ensure financial and operational goals are being met.
    Annual Audit ensures the highest financial standards are being upheld.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    All stated goals are for 2014-2018 We conduct a quarterly review of established goals and all 2014 goals are on track.

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Funding Needs

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Mr. Brian Heerwagen

co-chief executive

Mr. Chris McDaniel


I serve as the Chief Executive Officer for DELTA Ministries. My first short-term mission (STM) ever was on a DELTA team in 1980. I continued to go on short-term teams each year. In 1985 I was hired as the director at DELTA. At that time, I was a student at the University of Oregon in the School of Architecture. Though I don't do much with design or building buildings, much of what I learned about strategies, organization and people have helped in my leadership at DELTA. I have been to missions fields in 26 countries and have led or been on countless short-term teams. One of the highlights, for me, was taking Jesus to an unreached people group in the Andes Mountains of northern Argentina. Another highlight would be partnership with churches in southern Italy and participating in evangelistic ministries where we've seen so many come to Christ. And I'd have to say an added highlight would be all the missionaries that I've gotten to know over the years - I have some great friends around the world!


"DELTA Ministries started as a great idea and, in 1979, the first team was sent out to serve local churches. The training, at its core was rooted in God’s Word and His principles for service. As a result, it was life-changing and the ministry that followed gave people opportunity to put it into practice. Now, having completed our 35th year, I am proud to say that what was core to DELTA then remains core today. Yet, I have to admit over the years things have challenged the very core of what we do. Those things may come from the outside through “the changing times,” or they may come from the inside, like in those times when we “think we’ve got it all together.” In any case, keeping to the core can be challenging. The delivery of every ministry may be different, but the core remains: Discipling – We utilize short-term missions to remind, train and equip those who are already saved to the call of a completely surrendered life to Christ—to imbibe in His Spirit and to imitate His example. Evangelizing - DELTA equips every short-termer to share their faith. Leading - DELTA’s missionary staff offers over 200 years of combined missions and ministry experience that has collectively served in over 40 countries. This experience enables DELTA to step in and help train and equip both pastors and lay staff to lead teams as well as personally lead teams as needed. Training - DELTA trains up short-termers in four core areas: Christian Character, Conduct, Community, and Crossing Culture. Assisting - DELTA provides churches, schools, partner mission ministries and individual assistance through the three phases of short-term mission: pre-field, on-field and post-field. Our assistance is hands-on and customized based on the needs at hand and the leading of the Holy Spirit."



Mr. Brian Heerwagen

DELTA Ministries International

Term: Jan 2013 - Jan 2015


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