Training Leaders International

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Summary

Throughout the world, there are millions of pastors doing the difficult work of leading the church with little to no theological training. TLI wants to help.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Training Leaders International
PO Box 310
Wheaton, IL 60187

Website: trainingleadersinternational.org

Phone: 888-546-1118

Email: info@trainingleadersinternational.org


Organization details

EIN: 800366071

CEO/President: Darren Carlson

Chairman: Mark Stone

Board size: 13

Founder: Darren Carlson

Ruling year: 2009

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2011


Purpose

With the rapid expansion of Christianity in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres, the migration of Christians to the west, coupled with the challenges many Christians face worldwide, the church lacks well-trained teachers where they are needed the most.

Training Leaders International intends to play a unique role in addressing the need for trained leaders. First, we seek out trained pastors, seminary professors and future evangelical leaders enrolled in graduate schools. Those whom we send to teach in our modular programs and schools are mentored and sent to different locations around the world where TLI has formed a partnership and is training pastors. Qualified leaders mentor the teachers we send, helping them with their lessons and their mindset as they minister in a cross-cultural context. Every trip is done at the request of, in cooperation with, and in submission to local national leaders, theological institutions, and churches. For students in non-formal settings, TLI has developed a flexible, efficient, and reproducible curriculum designed for pastors and church leaders who have limited or no theological training. TLI also partners with schools and provides teachers for modular courses in accredited degree-granting institutions.

Training Leaders International also serves as a sending agency for those interested in teaching overseas, planting theological schools and serving in international churches. Our global partners are administrators, professors, trainers, school planters, and international church pastors. As an agency, we work directly with sending churches to equip and send qualified people to serve internationally.


Mission statement

Training Leaders International exists to establish and strengthen local churches and their leaders around the world.


Statement of faith

Training Leaders International has adopted The Gospel Coalition's Confessional Statement. All of our board members, teachers, mentors, and sent global partners must joyfully subscribe to this statement.

The Gospel Coalition's Confessional Statement

The Tri-une God

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who know, love, and glorify one another. This one true and living God is infinitely perfect both in his love and in his holiness. He is the Creator of all things, visible and invisible, and is therefore worthy to receive all glory and adoration. Immortal and eternal, he perfectly and exhaustively knows the end from the beginning, sustains and sovereignly rules over all things, and providentially brings about his eternal good purposes to redeem a people for himself and restore his fallen creation, to the praise of his glorious grace.

Revelation

God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word. Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world. These writings alone constitute the verbally inspired Word of God, which is utterly authoritative and without error in the original writings, complete in its revelation of his will for salvation, sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do, and final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks. We confess that both our finitude and our sinfulness preclude the possibility of knowing God's truth exhaustively, but we affirm that, enlightened by the Spirit of God, we can know God's revealed truth truly. The Bible is to be believed, as God's instruction, in all that it teaches; obeyed, as God's command, in all that it requires; and trusted, as God's pledge, in all that it promises. As God's people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.

Creation of Humanity

We believe that God created human beings, male and female, in his own image. Adam and Eve belonged to the created order that God himself declared to be very good, serving as God's agents to care for, manage, and govern creation, living in holy and devoted fellowship with their Maker. Men and women, equally made in the image of God, enjoy equal access to God by faith in Christ Jesus and are both called to move beyond passive self-indulgence to significant private and public engagement in family, church, and civic life. Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union that establishes the only normative pattern of sexual relations for men and women, such that marriage ultimately serves as a type of the union between Christ and his church. In God's wise purposes, men and women are not simply interchangeable, but rather they complement each other in mutually enriching ways. God ordains that they assume distinctive roles which reflect the loving relationship between Christ and the church, the husband exercising headship in a way that displays the caring, sacrificial love of Christ, and the wife submitting to her husband in a way that models the love of the church for her Lord. In the ministry of the church, both men and women are encouraged to serve Christ and to be developed to their full potential in the manifold ministries of the people of God. The distinctive leadership role within the church given to qualified men is grounded in creation, fall, and redemption and must not be sidelined by appeals to cultural developments.

The Fall

We believe that Adam, made in the image of God, distorted that image and forfeited his original blessedness-for himself and all his progeny-by falling into sin through Satan's temptation. As a result, all human beings are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being (e.g., physically, mentally, volitionally, emotionally, spiritually) and condemned finally and irrevocably to death-apart from God's own gracious intervention. The supreme need of all human beings is to be reconciled to the God under whose just and holy wrath we stand; the only hope of all human beings is the undeserved love of this same God, who alone can rescue us and restore us to himself.

The Plan of God

We believe that from all eternity God determined in grace to save a great multitude of guilty sinners from every tribe and language and people and nation, and to this end foreknew them and chose them. We believe that God justifies and sanctifies those who by grace have faith in Jesus, and that he will one day glorify them-all to the praise of his glorious grace. In love God commands and implores all people to repent and believe, having set his saving love on those he has chosen and having ordained Christ to be their Redeemer.

The Gospel

We believe that the gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ-God's very wisdom. Utter folly to the world, even though it is the power of God to those who are being saved, this good news is christological, centering on the cross and resurrection: the gospel is not proclaimed if Christ is not proclaimed, and the authentic Christ has not been proclaimed if his death and resurrection are not central (the message is: "Christ died for our sins . . . [and] was raised"). This good news is biblical (his death and resurrection are according to the Scriptures), theological and salvific (Christ died for our sins, to reconcile us to God), historical (if the saving events did not happen, our faith is worthless, we are still in our sins, and we are to be pitied more than all others), apostolic (the message was entrusted to and transmitted by the apostles, who were witnesses of these saving events), and intensely personal (where it is received, believed, and held firmly, individual persons are saved).

The Redemption of Christ

We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous agency of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As the mediatorial King, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God's sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, propitiated God, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was vindicated by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Because God chose the lowly things of this world, the despised things, the things that are not, to nullify the things that are, no human being can ever boast before him-Christ Jesus has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.

The Justification of Sinners

We believe that Christ, by his obedience and death, fully discharged the debt of all those who are justified. By his sacrifice, he bore in our stead the punishment due us for our sins, making a proper, real, and full satisfaction to God's justice on our behalf. By his perfect obedience he satisfied the just demands of God on our behalf, since by faith alone that perfect obedience is credited to all who trust in Christ alone for their acceptance with God. Inasmuch as Christ was given by the Father for us, and his obedience and punishment were accepted in place of our own, freely and not for anything in us, this justification is solely of free grace, in order that both the exact justice and the rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners. We believe that a zeal for personal and public obedience flows from this free justification.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

We believe that this salvation, attested in all Scripture and secured by Jesus Christ, is applied to his people by the Holy Spirit. Sent by the Father and the Son, the Holy Spirit glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ, and, as the other Paraclete, is present with and in believers. He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and by his powerful and mysterious work regenerates spiritually dead sinners, awakening them to repentance and faith, and in him they are baptized into union with the Lord Jesus, such that they are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. By the Spirit's agency, believers are renewed, sanctified, and adopted into God's family; they participate in the divine nature and receive his sovereignly distributed gifts. The Holy Spirit is himself the down payment of the promised inheritance, and in this age indwells, guides, instructs, equips, revives, and empowers believers for Christ-like living and service.

The Kingdom of God

We believe that those who have been saved by the grace of God through union with Christ by faith and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit enter the kingdom of God and delight in the blessings of the new covenant: the forgiveness of sins, the inward transformation that awakens a desire to glorify, trust, and obey God, and the prospect of the glory yet to be revealed. Good works constitute indispensable evidence of saving grace. Living as salt in a world that is decaying and light in a world that is dark, believers should neither withdraw into seclusion from the world, nor become indistinguishable from it: rather, we are to do good to the city, for all the glory and honor of the nations is to be offered up to the living God. Recognizing whose created order this is, and because we are citizens of God's kingdom, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, doing good to all, especially to those who belong to the household of God. The kingdom of God, already present but not fully realized, is the exercise of God's sovereignty in the world toward the eventual redemption of all creation. The kingdom of God is an invasive power that plunders Satan's dark kingdom and regenerates and renovates through repentance and faith the lives of individuals rescued from that kingdom. It therefore inevitably establishes a new community of human life together under God.

God's New People

We believe that God's new covenant people have already come to the heavenly Jerusalem; they are already seated with Christ in the heavenlies. This universal church is manifest in local churches of which Christ is the only Head; thus each "local church" is, in fact, the church, the household of God, the assembly of the living God, and the pillar and foundation of the truth. The church is the body of Christ, the apple of his eye, graven on his hands, and he has pledged himself to her forever. The church is distinguished by her gospel message, her sacred ordinances, her discipline, her great mission, and, above all, by her love for God, and by her members' love for one another and for the world. Crucially, this gospel we cherish has both personal and corporate dimensions, neither of which may properly be overlooked. Christ Jesus is our peace: he has not only brought about peace with God, but also peace between alienated peoples. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both Jew and Gentile to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. The church serves as a sign of God's future new world when its members live for the service of one another and their neighbors, rather than for self-focus. The church is the corporate dwelling place of God's Spirit, and the continuing witness to God in the world.

Baptism and the Lord's Supper

We believe that baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordained by the Lord Jesus himself. The former is connected with entrance into the new covenant community, the latter with ongoing covenant renewal. Together they are simultaneously God's pledge to us, divinely ordained means of grace, our public vows of submission to the once crucified and now resurrected Christ, and anticipations of his return and of the consummation of all things.

The Restoration of All Things

We believe in the personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ with his holy angels, when he will exercise his role as final Judge, and his kingdom will be consummated. We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust-the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell, as our Lord himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of him who sits on the throne and of the Lamb, in the new heaven and the new earth, the home of righteousness. On that day the church will be presented faultless before God by the obedience, suffering and triumph of Christ, all sin purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all and his people will be enthralled by the immediacy of his ineffable holiness, and everything will be to the praise of his glorious grace.

Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
12%5%9%11%11%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
8%5%9%11%11%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
87%100%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%5%9%12%13%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
13%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
77%88%81%76%76%76%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%97%97%97%88%88%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%86%79%73%67%67%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%3%3%3%12%12%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%52%13%11%40%43%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%7%9%13%12%20%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.9613.433.493.512.692.97
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.163.481.421.281.221.12
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.7646.734.944.523.293.33
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.202.2911.6848.1629.8215.79
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.440.090.020.030.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.140.142.222.603.523.37
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
16%15%7%4%6%6%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
40%6%26%27%35%32%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620142013
Cash$766$622,249$576,274$432,348$269,425
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$84,128$52,580$43,566$49,352$61,372
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$84,894$674,829$619,840$481,700$330,797
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$190,253$206,526$117,495$102,257$40,883
Other long-term assets$20,297$73,566$59,127$5,551$0
Total long-term assets$210,550$280,092$176,622$107,808$40,883
Total assets$295,444$954,921$796,462$589,508$371,680
 
Liabilities20182017201620142013
Payables and accrued expenses$37,080$57,753$12,871$16,155$20,946
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$37,080$57,753$12,871$16,155$20,946
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$6,853$13,708$20,562$16,697$0
Total long-term liabilities$6,853$13,708$20,562$16,697$0
Total liabilities$43,933$71,461$33,433$32,852$20,946
 
Net assets20182017201620142013
Without donor restrictions$979,011$849,225$733,224$532,241$307,889
With donor restrictions$38,113$34,235$37,906$24,415$42,845
Net assets$251,511$883,460$763,029$556,656$350,734
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620142013
Total contributions$4,093,105$3,452,380$2,885,965$1,810,808$1,253,078
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,341$626$364$34$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$3,341$626$364$34$0
Total revenue$4,096,446$3,453,006$2,886,329$1,810,842$1,253,078
 
Expenses20182017201620142013
Program services$3,504,233$2,716,617$2,120,889$1,205,181$839,001
Management and general$272,011$303,953$354,333$182,495$216,426
Fundraising$190,651$316,435$324,145$198,814$47,079
Total expenses$3,966,895$3,337,005$2,799,367$1,586,490$1,102,506
 
Change in net assets20182017201620142013
Surplus (deficit)$129,551$116,001$86,962$224,352$150,572
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$129,551$116,001$86,962$224,352$150,572

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Darren CarlsonPresident$94,329

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2014


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/8/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Training Leaders International was started in 2009 as a ministry of Bethlehem Baptist Church with the intent of mentoring and sending seminary students overseas to provide theological education in places where it is lacking. Today, TLI is training over 1,000 leaders globally, sending people around the world, and has planted three degree-granting schools that train pastors.


Program accomplishments


Needs

We rely on the support of faithful partners to help us bring training to places around the world that need it most.