Religion, Spiritual Development

Langham Partnership International

  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • http://www.langham.org/

Mission Statement

OUR VISION is to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through the ministry of pastors and leaders who believe, teach and live by the Word of God.

OUR MISSION is to strengthen the ministry of the Word of God through:
- Nurturing national movements for training in biblical preaching (Langham Preaching);
- Multiplying the creation and distribution of evangelical literature (Langham Literature); and,
- Strengthening the theological training of pastors and leaders by qualified evangelical teachers (Langham Scholars).

Main Programs

  1. Equipping the Global Church
Service Areas

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International

Our programs serve throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Latin America in 90+ nations, impacting what many call the Majority World, essentially the global south along with Eastern Europe, China, Russia and the Middle East.

The vastness of the nations we serve in is accomplished with a relatively small staff because of our extensive use of partnerships and the deep networks of trust that exist through our work with the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and due to our network of volunteers that flow to us from our hundreds of scholar alums who serve around the world.

ruling year

1975

President

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Mr. Benjamin K. Homan

Keywords

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Christian, preaching, scholars, equipping, Bible, Word, John Stott, Majority World, developing world, Church, growth, Langham

Notes from the Nonprofit

When you partner with Langham, you help provide the resources needed to raise the standards of biblical preaching in the global church, leading to a chain reaction of changed lives. When God’s people are equipped with God’s Word, lives are transformed for His glory.

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Also Known As

John Stott Ministries

EIN

23-7417198

 Number

5735156604

Physical Address

c/o Sobrato Center for Nonprofits 580A Valley Way

Milpitas, CA 95035

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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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For more than 45 years, Langham Partnership, by God's grace, has equipped and resourced pastors and leaders to shepherd the growing, and yet vulnerable, church throughout the Majority World. To date, tens of thousands of grassroots pastors in 70 countries have been equipped to preach God's Word, more than one million biblical books have been provided to pastors, 600+ Bible colleges and seminaries in 82 countries, and 400 emerging theological leaders have received funding toward their Ph.D. studies, with 350 graduates serving around the world. In addition, groundbreaking, indigenous commentaries, like the Africa Bible Commentary and the South Asia Bible Commentary, have been developed and utilized to shepherd millions of believers.

The real impact is what happens when God's people are equipped with God's Word.

TRAINED PASTORS teach the Bible and church members grow in their faith and extend the Gospel to their families and communities.

"Langham gave me the opportunity to go deep into the study of the Word and become a pastor...what has produced such a growth in the church? Without any doubts, it has been the preaching of the Word. When the people of this church meet with God's Word, their lives are transformed." Langham-trained pastor Fernando, Bolivia

THEOLOGICAL LEADERS multiply themselves many times over by starting vital new ministries, equipping pastors and playing significant leadership roles for the church in their nations.

"Anybody that is sponsoring a Langham Scholar should see that they are training somebody that is going to impact not just a community, but a nation." Langham Scholar Sunday Agang, Nigeria

BIBLICAL BOOKS help equip churches, Bible colleges and seminaries to respond to local issues effectively and biblically.

"I am a billion times thankful for you sending me such valuable material...you cannot know how precious the books are to me - and our church! I pray that God will bless you personally and the ministry that is making these efforts to equip God's people around the world." Pastor, Recipient of pastor's book pack, Burundi

Langham's ministry is effective because we focus on biblically equipping and resourcing indigenous pastors and leaders, who then serve in their local context to shepherd believers to growth in Christ and to fulfill God's mission in their families, communities and nations.

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

Equipping the Global Church

Langham Partnership's three programs, Scholars, Preaching, and Literature, impact more than 90 nations, bolstering the ministry of God's Word and equipping leaders and pastors to biblically shepherd God's people.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$2,005,269

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?
    Langham Partnership began informally, with founder John Stott never intending to start an organization. Early in his ministry, he traveled around the world and consistently heard global church leaders cry out for help:

    - "Can you help train our pastors to teach the Bible more effectively?"
    - "Can you provide our churches and schools with books to help us learn?"
    - "Can you help us train the theological leaders that will guide the growth of the church in our country?"

    It was Stott's rare quality of listening - and personally responding to the needs - that sparked a movement lauded throughout the developing world as an essential strategy to extend the Gospel in a sustainable way through local leaders.

    Today, 45 years later, the task is monumental. The church continues to grow in numbers, with more than 1.3 billion out of 2.2 billion Christians residing in the Majority World, yet the development of leaders and resources has not kept up with the rapid growth.

    The result is a a church not growing in depth, vulnerable to false teachings and struggling to understand what it means to follow Christ in their context. The vision of Langham Partnership is to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through the ministry of pastors and leaders who believe, teach and live by the Word of God.

    In short, we want to see the Bible changing the church, so that the church, under God, can change the world. John Stott envisioned what this would look like in every church of every country:

    "I see every pulpit in every church occupied by a conscientious, Bible-believing, Bible-studying, Bible-expounding pastor. I see with my mind's eye multitudes of people in every country world-wide converging on their church every Sunday, hungry for more of God's Word. I also see every pastor mounting his pulpit with the Word of God in his mind (for he has studied it), in his heart (for he has prayed over it until it has inflamed him), and on his lips (for he is intent on communicating it). What a vision! The people assemble with hunger, and the pastor satisfies their hunger with God's Word! And as he ministers to them week after week, I see people changing under the influence of God's Word, and so approximating increasingly to the kind of people God wants them to be, in understanding and obedience, in faith and love, in worship, holiness, unity, service and mission."

  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Langham accomplishes our mission to strengthen and equip the global church through three interrelated programs:

    LANGHAM PREACHING
    Langham partners with national leaders to nurture indigenous biblical preaching movements for pastors and lay preachers around the world. With the support of a team of over 300 volunteer trainers from many countries, a multi-level program of seminars provides practical training, and is followed by a program for training local facilitators. Local preachers' groups and national and regional networks ensure continuity and ongoing development, seeking to build vigorous movements committed to Bible exposition. Tens of thousands of grassroots pastors in more than 70 countries have been equipped to preach God's Word and help their congregations grow in in Christ-likeness and, as a result, churches and communities are being transformed.

    LANGHAM LITERATURE
    Langham provides Majority World pastors, scholars and Bible college/seminary libraries with evangelical books and electronic resources through grants, discounts and distribution. The program also fosters the development of indigenous evangelical books for pastors in many languages, by training writers and editors, sponsoring writing and translation, and strengthening local evangelical publishing houses. Langham invests in major, ground-breaking regional literature projects, such as the one volume Africa Bible Commentary and the South Asia Bible Commentary.

    LANGHAM SCHOLARS
    Langham provides financial support for evangelical doctoral students from the Majority World so that they may train pastors and other Christian leaders with sound biblical and theological teaching. Langham Scholars also works in partnership with Majority World seminaries in strengthening both the faculty and curriculum for evangelical theological education. As well as teaching the next generation of pastors, graduated Langham Scholars exercise significant influence through their writing and leadership. We have provided Ph.D. scholarships for over 400 Christian evangelical scholars from 80+ countries. Most play a significant role in the growth of the church in their nations, starting churches, Bible colleges and seminaries - multiplying themselves many times over. 75 are currently enrolled in Ph.D. programs, and about half of those are studying in the Majority World.




  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Langham is committed to wisdom in our planning and stewardship, but we rely on God's grace to grow our ministry and multiply the impact of our efforts.

    STRATEGIC PLAN
    Langham's comprehensive five-year strategic plan (2017-2021) integrates the work of all programs (Scholars, Literature, Preaching) under the theme: “The Global Church: Growth with Depth."

    RESPECTED LEADERS
    Langham serves the global church, and our ministry efforts are spearheaded by internationally respected global church leaders. Rev. Dr. Chris Wright, Langham's international ministries director, is a world renown theologian, award-winning author of more than 19 books, and is a pastor of pastors. Dr. Riad Kassis is the International Program Director for Langham Scholars, as well as the International Director for ICETE (the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education) and respected Bible teacher in Arabic and English. Pieter Kwant, international director of Langham Literature, has more than 40 years in the business of publishing and distributing books. And Rev. Dr. Paul Windsor, international director of Langham Preaching, was raised as a missionary kid in India, received theological training at TEDS, and is a global leader in preaching and pastor training.

    LISTENING POSTURE
    Reflecting the heart of our founder, John Stott, Langham partnership only goes into countries or communities where we are invited. Our goal is not to set up a Langham base of operations, but rather to come alongside local leaders and offer the support, training and resources they need. John Stott's reputation around the world, described by Billy Graham as “the most respected clergyman in the world," softens the soil in some of the hardest countries. Paul Windsor, international director for Langham Preaching, says, “I find it very difficult to convey to people what it means to be part of an organization that was started by John Stott when you're traveling around these countries. It doesn't open doors. it flings open doors. He is so respected and so admired."

    EQUIPPING THE EQUIPPERS
    Our approach respectfully walks with indigenous pastors and leaders, investing in their sustainable growth and serving them as they serve God's Kingdom. Pastors, churches, publishers, writers and scholars catch the vision and multiply their ministries by equipping and shepherding believers to growth in Christ.

    GLOBAL PARTNERS
    Langham recognizes the strategic importance of partnership and that's why we are committed to working closely with a range of other ministries. We work in collaboration with organizations like ICETE, Overseas Council, and Lausanne—and especially with local churches, seminaries, Bible colleges, publishers and other local training ministries.

    COMMITTED TO THE WALK
    Langham is committed to making long-term investments that impact generations as we walk with the global church, listen to the needs and respond in a way that promotes sustainability.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    While Langham has always evaluated the activities and outcomes of our programs—we're now benefitting from a system of collecting and analyzing data from the field. Beginning in 2014, and motivated by our desire to use what we learn to improve program planning and become more effective in executing our vision and mission, we partnered with Excellence in Giving to design, test, and implement a more formal set of tools and processes for measurement and evaluation. This is not a one-time study. The data collection processes will be economically and logistically feasible for our international staff to implement, and will be built into all three of Langham's programs to provide ongoing feedback.

    The results reveal how the work of Langham in equipping leaders has a multiplicative impact, bolstering the ministry of God's Word and in the process, transforming churches, families and communities.

    TRAINING PASTORS
    As we look at the biblical training of pastors, we have measured that pastors train on average 48 people to use the Bible study skills they learned from Langham. This has far-reaching, multiplicative implications and affirms our approach in equipping leaders who go on to equip and disciple others. In addition, when pastors are trained to teach the Bible, a majority of church members:

    - Understand the pastor's preaching better
    - Are motivated to read their Bible more
    - Have changed their behavior and are serving in their community.

    EQUIPPING THEOLOGICAL LEADERS
    As we provide scholarships to key theological leaders, we see these leaders making breakthroughs for their church in their regions.

    - 82% equip students who launch ministries, churches and schools (82%)
    - 73% expand indigenous theological education (73%)
    - 44% have written the first biblical books on theology in their national language (44%)
    - 22% advise governments and international NGO's (22%)

    Langham Scholars multiply themselves many times over, discipling pastors and leaders serving in more than 70 nations.

    DEVELOPING BIBLICAL RESOURCES
    It is not just about books, but about biblical resources that bring transformation. Langham has been at the forefront of groundbreaking projects for the Majority World church. Key commentary projects, such as the Africa Bible Commentary, South Asia Bible Commentary and Slavic Bible Commentary (with a launch date of Oct 1, 2016 in Russia), are equipping pastors, students and leaders and allowing leaders to learn God's Word in their native language, with contextually relevant examples, illustrations and applications. In 2015 alone, Langham:

    - Supplied 11,152 biblical books to 531 colleges across 81 countries to help equip students.
    - Distributed 24,446 books to pastors, students and ministry partners.
    - Supported 15 indigenous publishers, printing 30 local language titles.
    - Launched the South Asia Bible Commentary, a resource that will help equip millions.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Langham's vision is a God-sized vision - to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ. The work we have done, by God's grace, is providing sustainable growth through the strengthening of seminaries, Bible colleges and churches. Langham Scholars have started new seminaries, serving their countries and event their continents. This has provided stability and helped equip leaders who are trained to disciple believers. Langham Preaching has equipped pastors to teach God's Word, which transforms lives and communities. Langham Literature has provided the biblical resources for pastors, leaders, students and churches to learn and apply God's Word in their text. Langham's approach has been effective and transformational because it is focused on providing God's Word to God's people.

    But there is much work to do. Even with our training of 10,000+ pastors annually, 80% of pastors around the world have no formal training. Even as 350+ theological leaders are leading the church in their nations and having great impact, there is need for hundreds, if not thousands of additional leaders across the Majority World. And even as books like the Africa Bible Commentary impact millions of lives, a majority of believers do not have contextually relevant biblical resources to help them understand what it means to follow Christ in their context.

    We move forward in faith, knowing that our vision and mission are firmly rooted in God's Word. God longs for His church to grow in maturity - that there would be disciples of all nations. Langham knows we can individually reach each new believer, but we do believe, by God's grace, that we can equip and resource their pastors and leaders.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Our programs serve throughout Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and Latin America in 90+ nations, impacting what many call the Majority World, essentially the global south along with Eastern Europe, China, Russia and the Middle East.

The vastness of the nations we serve in is accomplished with a relatively small staff because of our extensive use of partnerships and the deep networks of trust that exist through our work with the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization and due to our network of volunteers that flow to us from our hundreds of scholar alums who serve around the world.

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Funding Needs

Our most pressing funding needs: 1. Scholarships for Majority World Scholars. Langham identifies candidates to receive Ph.D.'s, training theme for a lifetime of ministry as they serve to equip the church in their nations. There is a tremendous need for theological leaders around the world. 2. Majority world commentary projects, such as the Arabic Commentary series. Langham distributes thousands of books to majority world Bible colleges, seminaries and churches. In addition, we partner with indigenous publishers and scholars to develop commentaries for the local church. One example is the Africa Bible Commentary, written by Africans for Africans and addressing African issues. 3. Pastor Training in more than 64 nations. A majority of pastors around the world have no formal, biblical training. Langham equips pastors to teach the Bible and shepherd believers in their churches with God's Word.

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President

Mr. Benjamin K. Homan

BIO

From 2001 until 2010, Homan served as president and chief executive officer of Food for the Hungry, a relief and development organization serving in more than 26 developing countries. In his leadership role, Homan has led assessment teams to Iraq, Afghanistan, tsunami-ravaged Indonesia, Sudan's Darfur region, and other devastated zones of the world. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the HELP Commission, an entity that was established by Congress to recommend reform of all of the U.S. government's foreign assistance. Homan has also served as president of the Evangelical Relief and Development Organizations (AERDO) and as chairman for the Alliance for Food Aid.
Homan also has served as vice president of development across 13 years at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.. Homan is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communication Studies, and also an alumnus of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Washington University and Shanghai Normal College where he studied Organizational Communication, International Affairs and the Mandarin language, respectively. In 2005, Homan was awarded an honorary doctorate by Belhaven College. Homan is married to Annette, and they have three children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. John Rain

Thompson and Knight, LLP

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