Word Partners / Leadership Resources International

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The movement of God's Word predates us by thousands of years. It's there in the pages of Scripture and throughout church history. It continues on today, bringing life wherever it goes. We long to see God's Word flowing powerfully through every church to every nation. But that vision isn't a reality everywhere yet. For God's life-giving Word to have its transforming effect, pastors around the world need to discover the depths of its richness and power - first for themselves and then for their people. Together, WordPartners is developing a team of global partners who encourage and equip pastors to teach God's Word with God's heart.

Through a series of highly relational, interactive, and transferable workshops, we invest in the same small groups of pastors twice a year over several years. And as a pastor completes the training, he's being equipped to train others, multiplying the impact of God's Word around the world.

The primary source of transformation is God's Word, so each multi-day workshop involves a deep immersion into a single book of the Bible. Using an engaging method that is interactive, relational, and pastoral, we give pastors the tools to discover the message of the book themselves.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Word Partners
12575 Ridgeland Ave
Palos Heights, IL 60463-1867

Website: wordpartners.org

Phone: (800) 980-2226

Email: info@wordpartners.org

Organization details

EIN: 362972097

CEO/President: Craig Parro


Board size: 0

Founder: Bill Mills

Year founded: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


We long to see the word of God flowing powerfully through every church to every nation.

Mission statement

Elevating God's life-giving Word in the hearts, lives, and ministries of pastors and their people.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating785 of 94138 of 51
Fund acquisition rating903 of 94347 of 51
Resource allocation rating813 of 94344 of 51
Asset utilization rating275 of 94113 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$30,806
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,981,649$1,800,859$1,079,507$1,058,697$1,243,838
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$548,175$276,658$299,610$322,562$345,515
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$548,175$276,658$299,610$322,562$345,515
Total assets$2,529,824$2,077,517$1,379,117$1,381,259$1,589,353
Payables and accrued expenses$26,643$9,802$24,970$14,039$18,502
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$26,643$9,802$24,970$14,039$18,502
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$26,643$9,802$24,970$14,039$18,502
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$2,161,906$1,236,219$455,224$350,300$412,994
With donor restrictions$341,275$831,496$898,923$1,016,920$1,157,857
Net assets$2,503,181$2,067,715$1,354,147$1,367,220$1,570,851
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,221,208$4,362,370$3,133,711$3,118,400$3,315,128
Program service revenue$7,763$10,258$8,314$14,579$23,254
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$42,329$2,905$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$50,092$13,163$8,314$14,579$23,254
Total revenue$5,271,300$4,375,533$3,142,025$3,132,979$3,338,382
Program services$3,553,274$2,594,505$2,071,848$2,411,845$2,815,828
Management and general$568,183$467,057$591,924$578,861$500,496
Total expenses$4,835,834$3,661,965$3,155,098$3,336,610$3,447,982
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$435,466$713,568($13,073)($203,631)($109,600)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$435,466$713,568($13,073)($203,631)($109,600)


Craig ParroPresident$135,000
Phil SmithManaging Director$114,742
Todd KellyDirector$113,404
Dwight WarrenChief Development Off$107,120
William MillsDirector$105,988

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/29/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


1970 - Personal Ministries

The ministry begins as Personal Ministries. Our founder, Bill Mills, meets one-on-one with young Christians to disciple them in biblical truth. Within a few years, others join the staff, Bible study curriculum and workshops are developed, and a printing press is purchased to produce materials.

1977 - Church conference ministry

With a growing conviction that ministry should take place within the local church, Personal Ministries transitions from a one-on-one ministry to teaching Bible conferences in U.S. churches, with a focus on the heart of God as revealed in the Word of God.

1981 - International work begins

Bill Mills travels to Quito, Ecuador to teach a Bible conference to missionaries. Afterwards, Bill and Americo Saavedra sit together on a bench at the airport and dream and pray about how the Lord might lead them to work together. Bill also travels to other countries to do conferences for Wycliffe Bible Translators.

1985 - Pastoral training begins

The ministry begins conferences to train pastors in Latin America as Americo and Kathy Saavedra - and later, other Spanish-speaking brothers and sisters - join the ministry.

1990 - Leadership Resources

The ministry changes its name to reflect a new focus. Leadership Resources International better expresses our passion to equip and encourage pastors in countries where rapid church growth is outpacing the development of church leaders.

2001 - A new strategy

The ministry launches a new strategy for training pastors. Instead of doing large, one-time conferences, we begin to focus on small groups of pastors who will then train others according to the model of 2 Timothy 2:2. Soon the ministry broadens outside of Latin America to Asia and Africa, and the focus of the training narrows to equipping pastors to teach God's Word with God's heart.

2012 - Investing in training partners

With our staff at the extent of their capacity to do training, God opens our eyes to another shift in strategy. As gifted leaders emerge in training groups around the world, we begin to invest more in these key training partners. As our work with these partners grows, they are able to reach exponentially more pastors in even more places than we could alone.

2021 - WordPartners

The ministry takes on a new name to reflect what God has been doing in the last several years - not through us alone, but through the many global partners God has given us the privilege to work with. How is God accomplishing the work? Through the power of His Word and through the partners He's given us. And so - we change our name to WordPartners.

Program accomplishments

Global Impact

63 countries

254 training partners

463 training groups

14,054 pastors and leaders