EQUIP Leadership, Inc. (formerly The Equip Foundation)


EQUIP's Vision. . . To see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation.

EQUIP's Mission. . . To equip international Christian leaders through conferences, resources, partnerships, and technology.

EQUIP's Objective. . . To develop one million Christian leaders worldwide by 2008.

EQUIP's Invitation. . . We invite you to partner with EQUIP to develop effective Christian leaders to reach the nations for Christ!

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1808
12000 Findley Rd, Ste 150 (30097)
Duluth, GA 30096-0096

Website: www.iequip.org

Phone: (678) 225-3300

Email: equipinfo@equiporg.org

Organization details

EIN: 330686464

CEO/President: Dr. Sam Chand

Chairman: Dr. John Maxwell

Board size: 15

Founder: Dr. John Maxwell

Year founded: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


In 1996, a team of key leaders committed themselves to the dream of developing leaders in the most strategic places of the world.

EQUIP was birthed.

EQUIP is a nonprofit leadership organization with the mission of developing godly leaders for the purpose of furthering the Gospel. EQUIP's mission is to equip international Christian leaders through conferences, resources, partnerships and technology.

EQUIP is driven by two defining values--leadership and partnership. The organization develops leaders through practical and insightful instruction, high-caliber resources, and innovative training experiences. EQUIP's goal is that these leaders be marked by integrity and committed to producing other Christ-glorifying leaders. EQUIP partners with ministries and organizations across the globe to train and equip strong and effective Christian leaders.

Mission statement

EQUIP Leadership uses the following to express its mission:

"To equip international Christian leaders through conferences, resources, partnerships, and technology."

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating423 of 59312 of 15
Fund acquisition rating538 of 59313 of 15
Resource allocation rating425 of 59310 of 15
Asset utilization rating154 of 5937 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$300,000$1,591
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,926,545$1,275,871$1,080,595$1,501,775$1,253,475
Long-term investments$92,832$90,361$83,852$76,429$77,299
Fixed assets$62,758$97,565$44,971$53,276$54,054
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$155,590$187,926$128,823$129,705$131,353
Total assets$3,082,135$1,463,797$1,209,418$1,631,480$1,384,828
Payables and accrued expenses$485,818$70,872$190,251$241,969$94,502
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$485,818$70,872$190,251$241,969$94,502
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$485,818$70,872$190,251$241,969$94,502
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$92,832$43,031$36,522$29,099$29,969
Permanently restricted$0$47,330$47,330$47,330$47,330
Net assets$2,596,317$1,392,925$1,019,167$1,389,511$1,290,326
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$7,653,166$5,274,738$4,429,725$5,235,881$4,604,849
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,372$7,317$4,340$258$3,221
Other revenue$98,278$10,688$0$0$0
Total other revenue$102,650$18,005$4,340$258$3,221
Total revenue$7,755,816$5,292,743$4,434,065$5,236,139$4,608,070
Program services$5,025,100$3,583,598$3,041,311$3,240,375$2,763,379
Management and general$289,182$1,001,556$1,293,771$448,680$358,355
Total expenses$6,552,424$4,918,985$4,804,409$5,136,954$4,286,734
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$1,203,392$373,758($370,344)$99,185$321,336
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,203,392$373,758($370,344)$99,185$321,336

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John Maxwell's years in local church ministry allowed him many occasions to visit missionaries and national Christian leaders around the world. John would return from those overseas trips grateful to God for these leaders and their passion for the gospel; but also frustrated - because he saw that so many of them had never had the opportunity, while in ministry service, to develop their leadership skills.

It was during a missions related trip in the mid 1990's that John was encouraged by an international Christian leader to take the best of his leadership materials (that he'd been teaching for years in North America) and format it to fit a global audience. From that challenge and the affirmation of others, John launched EQUIP as a non-profit global mission ministry, in 1996.

It's John Maxwell's conviction that if the Church ever hopes to impact the next generation for Christ - and generations to come, there must be a return to the strategy of Jesus - that is, develop leaders. John often states that the purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to seek and save the lost. His public ministry lasted only three and a half years. During that time, He did not preach crusades across Asia, nor did He heal everyone he met. What He did with the greatest amount of His time was to train twelve leaders to impact the world over the next generation.

John's vision for EQUIP is that it be continually committed to developing leaders whose potential is great but opportunities for learning leadership have been limited. He is absolutely convinced that if Christian leaders around the world are trained, resourced, and encouraged, there is no limit to what can be accomplished in fulfilling the Great Commission!

Program accomplishments

EQUIP exists to see effective Christian leaders fulfill the Great Commission in every nation. Therefore, they have launched the Million Leaders Mandate. This exciting initiative will enable EQUIP to train one million church leaders, worldwide, in basic leadership skills. This army of effective leaders will provide visionary leadership to local churches and national organizations, while training other national leaders throughout the world.

Goal: To provide one million international Church leaders with basic leadership training.

Time: The goal of one million trained leaders should be reached by 2008.

Resources: The Million Leaders Mandate offers the following leadership resources to church leaders on every continent:

  • Conferences: multiple training events with live instructors
  • Conference Notebooks: Six core training notebooks
  • Leadership curriculum on DVD
  • Leadership tools via the Internet

    Training Strategy: The program will be launched continent-by-continent in successive years starting January 2003. EQUIP staff, pastors and Christian business leaders are training 40,000 certified trainers in key nations, who in turn will train 25 other leaders each. Totaling an exponential amount of one million leaders trained.

    The initiative features a three-year leadership training strategy for national pastors and other church leaders. Each region of a selected country is assigned a training team that returns every six months to provide instruction. This model encourages lasting relationships, stability and accountability in each nation.

    Partnership Opportunity: A gift of $15 will provide the resources necessary to train one pastor for a full three years! A gift of $15,000 will provide training and resources for 1,000 leaders!

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