Baptist World Alliance

Networking the Baptist Family to Impact the World for Christ

aka No Former Name   |   Falls Church, VA   |  http://www.baptistworld.org

Mission

Networking the Baptist family to impact the world for Christ

Ruling year info

1949

General Secretary

Dr. Elijah M. Brown

Main address

405 N Washington St

Falls Church, VA 22046 USA

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Formerly known as

No Former Name

EIN

53-0204667

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Freedom of Religion Issues (R65)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 75% of all Baptists in our organization live in areas of the world designated as high or very high risk of religious persecution. We speak out on behalf of those in danger because of their faith and work to build tolerance for all to express their faith. Our NGO status as a consultative organization before the United Nations gives us a voice to work on those problems at the world level. We also equip churches and indigenous pastors to present the gospel in the context of their culture and help them respond to disasters with immediate aid when needed and with support for development projects to address long term problems of chronic poverty and health issues. We have organizations in 30 countries where there is no theological education, so we supply mini libraries and other resources to train pastors to present the gospel.

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?

Our Ministry

The Baptist World Alliance involves five main areas of ministry - Freedom and Justice, where we oppose injustice at every level and defend religious freedom, standing up for the oppressed around the world; Mission and Evangelism, taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world and helping to train indigenous pastors and evangelists; compassionate Aid where we feed hungry people and sponsor disaster relief and development programs; Fellowship where we unite Baptists in mission and create opportunities for sharing our gifts, and Theological Reflection, in which we thoughtfully study, consider, and publish theological papers on the Baptist perspective to questions of life.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Families

Nurturing the passion for mission and evangelism among the Baptists of the world, the BWA promotes relevant theological reflection and resources the churches in their work. The BWA provides literature to encourage the churches to reflect on the mission Jesus Christ has entrusted to the church and, through our network of member bodies, we offer opportunities for partnership in mission. Through the work of special study commissions, the BWA gathers leading Baptist theologians to probe key issues for Christians in a Baptist perspective. Our aim is to support the work of our member bodies in fostering Christian nurture and church health. The resources provided are intended to assist the churches in forming Christ in their members.
We also engage in conversations with other Christian World Communions to give expression to the will of Christ for the churches to be a united force for good.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We defend human rights and work for justice, speaking on behalf of the Baptist worldwide family. The BWA works tirelessly to influence decisions regarding human rights and religious freedom issues in the international arena. We do this through special consultative status granted by the United Nations.

The BWA may appoint as many as 22 persons to engage and participate at the international level through UN connections because of the BWA’s status as a nongovernmental organization (NGO). We relate to the U.N. at their main offices in the USA, Switzerland, and Austria, as well as at regional offices in Chile, Ethiopia, Thailand, and Lebanon.

When groups and individuals suffer religious persecution, the BWA is moved to call the world’s attention to injustice and work for freedom of worship for all faiths. The BWA is becoming the Baptist voice for freedom and justice in the world!

Population(s) Served
Adults

BWAid was formed to provide aid following World War I. For more than a century, it has provided relief and development, training, and networking. From its beginning, BWAid relief has been for all who are in need, regardless of race or religion.

BWAid has been collecting information on needs around the world, sharing these concerns with its member bodies and others, building a collaborative response to meet the needs within communities, and encouraging Baptists and others to give to show the care and concern of Jesus Christ.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

Promoting worship, fellowship, & unity among
Baptist Christians, we meet in international gatherings for families and young persons, to worship, learn, pray, share, and experience the unity that is in Christ and that leads to true compassion and cooperation among all peoples.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Formal dialogues with other Christian Communions to promote better understanding and opportunities for cooperation among Christians.
We have conducted talks with Catholics, Lutherans and Methodists among others.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Top-Rated Non-Profit 2017

Great Non Profits

Top-Rated Non-Profit 2016

Great Non Profits

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2018

Christian Service Charities 2018

Combined Federal Campaign 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of grants given for world evangelism

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Gave two grants through the Baptist Fund for World Evangelization and Discipleship to provide context-appropriate gospel sharing by indigenous leaders

Number of financial supporters

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

733 member organizations, churches and individuals financially supported the Baptist World Alliance

Number of mini libraries distributed for theological study

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Academics

Related Program

Mission, Evangelism, Theological Reflection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Distributed mini libraries to strengthen 4 different theological institutions in India

Number of countries visited to provide leadership and program advancement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Visited 18 countries to provide pastoral presence, leadership, and further program advancement

Number of people impacted by direct project grants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Related Program

Baptist World Aid

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, BWAid supported 151 project grants that impacted more than 138,000 people in 84 countries.

Number of countries where project grants were awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples

Related Program

Baptist World Aid

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

People in 17 countries were impacted by project grants totaling more than $234,000

Number of Baptist leaders mobilzed for theological reflection

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Theological Reflection

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

439 world class Baptist leaders from 57 countries were mobilized to strengthen meaningful theological reflection on the critical issues of the day and produce resources for churches and individuals.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

241 member organizations in 126 countries/territories with 49 million baptized believers in 173,000 churches worldwide

Number of churches in organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

170,000+ churches within our 241 member organizations in 126 countries/territories

Number of countries/territories represented by members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Our Ministry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

126 countries and territories are represented by our 241 member organizations around the world.

Number of individuals accredited for action at the United Nations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

To foster a sense of unity among Baptists of the world.
To encourage churches to use available resources to help heal broken relationships within their national life.
To encourage and promote personal and group prayer.
To promote creativity in the churches' endeavor to engage in mission today.
To encourage both short- and long-term mission partnerships
To resource churches in their spiritual formation programs for followers of Christ
To stimulate the provision of indigenously relevant material for Christian education and pastoral training for use especially among Baptists.
To support church planting programs.
To promote networking for meeting human needs within BWA regions
To mobilize Baptist individuals and groups for response to situations of need.
To increase understanding in the worldwide Baptist community of the reality and effects of poverty.
To expose and respond to situations of abuse regarding human rights violations
To encourage participation in human rights and justice efforts by organized church and parachurch groups.
To promote peace, justice, and freedom as priorities of Baptists life
To create a Baptist human rights advocacy network
To increase networking with other ecclesial and civil society organizations in the search for respect for freedom, justice, and peace.
To increase BWA participation, especially through the United Nations, in programs aimed at defending human rights in the international arena.
To support and promote a responsible attitude to people of other living faiths in line with historic Baptist convictions on religious liberty.
To conduct freedom and justice visits of strategic importance.
To alert the Baptist family to pray for, and take action on, urgent issues of freedom and justice.
To promote theological reflection on issues of concern to the churches.
To encourage intentional theological education at all levels in the church community.

To promote regular contact with churches, organizations, and to report Baptist work through BWA Connect, Baptist World magazine, and press releases.
To identify where fellowship is impaired and facilitate a process of healing by drawing upon appropriate available human resources.
To develop and distribute worship and educational resources.
To organize conferences and meetings for inspiration, sharing, and training.
To prepare shared materials in various languages for days of prayer emphasis and distribute to individuals and organizations.
To publish stories and papers as resources for the churches.
To share information on cross-cultural mission exchanges and ethically responsible mission planning.
To organize discussion and study groups as a nursery of ideas for churches.
To support the equipping of pastors and theological schools through provision of religious materials.
To foster networking for shared expertize on church planting.
To fund emergency responses, ongoing projects and cooperative efforts to meet a variety of human needs in BWA regions.
To mobilize Baptist individuals and groups to respond to needs.
To encourage churches to sponsor income and skills development and micro-enterprise projects in BWA regions.
To encourage prevention, rehabilitation and healing ministries regarding human rights abuses.
To publish press releases on human rights concerns and causes.
To take appropriate action on freedom and justice issues as they arise.
To seek opportunities for youth to participate in United Nations related meetings on justice issues.
To promote training opportunities for Baptists interested in learning about human rights advocacy.
To offer Baptist expertise on specific human rights issues to the NGO committee at the U.N.
To collaborate with churches and agencies in developing joint responses to specific violations of human rights.
To participate in interfaith initiatives related to peace, justice, and freedom.
To communicate with national authorities regarding our concern about strategic justice visits.
To organize Baptist International Conferences on Theological Education to share resources and help lay leader formation.
To publish a volume of significant papers presented during the quinquennium
To report on progress in interchurch relations in the regions of the BWA.

Our ability to deliver on our mission is located in the strength of our relationships with Baptist organizations around the world.
1) Our “network to the world" of Baptists keeps us in touch with the needs of individuals and communities around the world and helps keep us sensitive to cultural differences and needs that must be considered in order to effect ministry and positive outcomes for people.
2) Our connection to so many areas and other ministries that have chosen to work in cooperation with us gives us an immediacy of response that few organizations can accomplish. When disaster strikes, for instance, we generally already have contacts on the ground who can advise us how best to organize help or can point us to expertise needed to help.
3) Our staff includes persons with extensive travel experience, language capabilities, and contacts around the world who can help us assess need and make cohesive and effective plans for help.
4) Our structure is set up to make sure that we listen “from the ground up" and receive ideas from diverse cultures and communities with recommendations for addressing local and regional needs. Projects are proposed by those best positioned to know what the needs and resources are in the immediate area, so our learning curve is very short.
5) The breadth and depth of 234 Baptist organizations means we have expertise and resources available that a single organization could not possibly assemble.

We have been very successful in providing education and training for evangelism, especially to pastors and laypersons who might never have such an opportunity. We are very successful at providing development funds for projects that would never reach the attention of large organizations. We have been very successful at giving Baptists a voice at the table as a United Nations NGO working on issues of justice and religious freedom, and in assisting with the release of persecuted pastors and others who have been wrongly imprisoned for their faith in other countries.

We are also effective in getting emergency as well as sustaining funds to local communities after disasters and following national or regional civil conflict, such as ongoing efforts in Nepal and Lebanon (Syrian refugees.) We are very good at gathering the best preachers and teachers for international events that draw thousands for cooperative study and sharing, and for our continued awareness programs in days of prayer and hunger emphasis.

All of our programs depend on sustainable support, which is the issue for every non-profit. Our programs depend on the funds available and there are always more needs than funds provided. Our biggest dilemma is not what to fund, but what not to fund. We make every effort to be fair regarding how projects are allocated among the regions the BWA serves, as part of our ministry of unity and fellowship, including supplying funds for persons to attend our meetings by offering scholarships to persons in areas of the world where it is most difficult to come up with travel expenses. We are proud of the diverse participation we enjoy from all regions of the BWA's extensive network.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Baptist World Alliance

Board of directors
as of 11/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dr. Tomás Mackey

Argentina

Term: 2020 - 2025


Board co-chair

Karl Johnson

Jamaica

Term: 2020 - 2020

John Upton

Virginia Baptist Mission Board

Carolyn Fossen

Columbia Baptist Church Member

Amanda Haines

BWA Youth Department

Jeremy Bell

North America Baptist Fellowship

Regina Claas

European Baptist Mission International

Jonathan Hemmings

Jamaica Baptists

Melvin Harris

Callibre CPA Group, LLPC

A. Roy Medley

ABCUSA, Inc.

Jan Saethre

European Baptist Federation

Neville Callam

Baptist World Alliance

Ross Clifford

Asia Pacific Baptist Federation

William Thompson

Caribbean Baptist Fellowship

Paul Msiza

Peniel-Salem Baptist Church

Karl Johnson

Jamaica Baptist Union

Ernest Adu-Gyamfi

Ghana

Jerry Carlisle

Texas Baptist Foundation

Jules Casseus

Haiti

Tapan Chowdhury

Bangladesh

Miyon Chung

Australia

Michael Okwakol

Uganda

Dimitrina Oprenova

Bulgaria

Jorge Quinteros

Chile

Luis Silvado

Brazil

Naomi Tyler-Lloyd

Trinity Baptist Church

Anselm Warwick

Trinidad & Tobago

Samson Ayokunle

All Africa Baptist Fellowship

Ross Clifford

Asia Pacific Baptist Federation

Tim McCoy

North American Baptist Fellowship

Tomas Mackey

Union of Baptists in Latin America

Tomas Klimt

Germany

Lone Moller-Hansen

Denmark

Suzii Paynter

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

David Kerrigan

United Kingdom

A. Medley

USA

Joina Dhlula

Zimbabwe

Terry Smith

Canada

Steve Vernon

Texas Baptists

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? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/08/2021

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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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data