Antioch Network


Antioch Network (AN) is an organization which serves a growing fellowship of local churches who are interacting with the challenge of sending church planting teams to unreached peoples.

Contact information

Mailing address:
1101 W. 34th Street; Box 315
Austin, TX 78705-1907


Phone: 480-844-2726


Organization details

EIN: 330380799

CEO/President: Ryan M. Thurman


Board size: 0


Year founded: 1990

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Antioch Network (AN) is an organization which serves a growing fellowship of local churches who are interacting with the challenge of sending church planting teams to unreached peoples.

Antioch Network's Passions:

Worshippers of the Lamb among all peoples The 18th century Moravians, a community of around 600 Christians in Central Europe, matured into the most significant Protestant missionary movement of their time. They were propelled forward by the watchword "The Lamb must receive the reward of His suffering." Antioch Network is driven by a passion that worshippers be won for the Lamb from all peoples and gathered into spiritually vibrant, culturally relevant, reproducing church communities.

A high view of the local church The Scriptures describe the church as "the fullness of Him who fills everything in every way" (Eph. 1:23), and "through the church the manifold wisdom of God should be made known" (Eph 3:10). This is exalted language. Churches are endowed with awesome potential and capacity, poised to be developed and released. Not long after the resurrection of Christ, local churches became bases from which church planting teams were released into unevangelized cultures (the Gentiles). The foundational instruments of Kingdom expansion within a culture are spiritually vibrant, culturally relevant churches rooted in and ministering throughout that culture.

Every believer is a gifted minister Starting churches among unreached peoples is a complex process. It calls forth the spiritual gifts, vocational expertise and life experiences with which God has graced each believer. The task is far too great to be viewed as the exclusive domain of a select group of religious professionals. Every believer is invited to join with the Father in fulfilling His mission on earth and is graced with potential to play a significant role.

Effective mission is rooted out of community Community is the environment of extended family. It is committed relationships, developed over time, in the midst of real life, providing nurture, support, accountability, and staying power for the long haul. Most believers will not leave home and move somewhere else to participate in missions. It is not their Father's calling for them to do so. If their unique contribution is to be made, it will take place right where they live in the context of their church. Churches are graced by God with the capacity to mature into centers of ministry and church planting.

Commitment to the nurture of people The most fundamental image God uses to identify Himself in Scripture is that of a Father. His mission on earth can be described as Him forming a family for Himself from among all peoples. It is therefore unthinkable that He approaches world evangelization in ways which are casual about the long-term physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the people involved in them. God's purposes are not advanced when His servants suffer neglect. The gospel is most effectively preached among all peoples by those who do so out of fullness -- out of hearts overflowing with worship, thanksgiving and joy.

Godly character God always seems to take longer to do His work than we would expect. The central reason for this is His commitment to Godly character. We tend to more easily recognize gifting and ability, and take action based on them. But when gifting is not built on the foundation of character it will collapse, and the development of character continues over a lifetime. Man is looking for better methods, programs, plans and schedules. God is looking for better people. The greatest need in missions is not more activity (although more activity is certainly called for), but more men and women of God.

Prayer The missionary movement which grew out from the Moravian community was fueled by a 24-hour prayer chain which endured 100 years. Unreached peoples are shielded from the gospel by entrenched and powerful spiritual forces hostile to Christ and His church. The call to church planting among unreached peoples is a call to intense spiritual warfare. At the heart of victories in spiritual warfare are the faithful, believing prayers of the church.

Churches working together A church is a family, and healthy families find no need to compete. They enjoy and enrich each other. Individual churches, like individual believers, are gifted of God with specific areas of strength. When churches invest in relationships of love and trust among themselves, these strengths can be shared for the benefit of all. This fosters a giving and receiving among churches which is pleasing to the Father and yields increased capacity for Kingdom advance.

(From "A Manifesto" by George Miley)

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Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating135 of 58615 of 45
Fund acquisition rating145 of 58616 of 45
Resource allocation rating222 of 58620 of 45
Asset utilization rating240 of 58624 of 45

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$378,500$321,688$398,365$371,789$371,606
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$755,206$645,923$740,675$783,411$486,669
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$11,871$15,781$14,381$9,487$8,355
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$11,871$15,781$14,381$9,487$8,355
Total assets$767,077$661,704$755,056$792,898$495,024
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,721$2,724$4,210$3,929$3,633
Total long-term liabilities$3,721$2,724$4,210$3,929$3,633
Total liabilities$3,721$2,724$4,210$3,929$3,633
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$590,343$675,127$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$763,356$658,980$750,846$788,969$491,391
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,108,215$952,246$980,925$1,294,346$1,020,791
Program service revenue$48,674$55,335$63,554$73,381$84,333
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$6,866$3,327$1,579$187$24
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$55,540$58,662$65,133$73,568$84,357
Total revenue$1,163,755$1,010,908$1,046,058$1,367,914$1,105,148
Program services$896,256$947,011$928,196$0$824,344
Management and general$116,129$110,521$108,528$109,884$97,775
Total expenses$1,059,380$1,102,774$1,084,181$155,421$969,360
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$104,375($91,866)($38,123)$1,212,493$135,788
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$104,375($91,866)($38,123)$1,212,493$135,788

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On March 16, 1987, leaders from seven churches in different parts of the US came together for a day at Hope Chapel in Austin, Texas. The purpose was to explore a vision that was living within them -- that each of their churches would develop and send a church planting team to an unreached people. Throughout the day they shared their experiences, prayed for each other and learned from one another. When the day was over, they knew they wanted to meet again in six months' time. They were unaware of it, but Antioch Network had just been born.

They found that they represented a variety of Christian traditions. Some came from denominational congregations and others from independent churches. Some were rooted in one theological stream and some in another. But that day their common ground was not defined by these issues. They were beginning to discover a whole new set of convictions which seem to be true of churches who are drawn to the vision of starting new churches among unreached peoples. And as more churches have continued to join the Network, they continued to discover that these values have been formed in their collective ethos by the Holy Spirit.

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