The Navigators

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The Navigators aims to serve God by helping people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Working with people primarily on a one-to-one basis, staff with The Navigators also train men and women to have their own outreach to others. The Navigators staff help Christ's followers "navigate" spiritually, coming alongside them as they search the Word of God to chart their lives. Dawson Trotman founded The Navigators in 1933.

This organization is an interdenominational nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 6000
Colorado Springs, CO 80934-0934


Phone: (719) 598-1212


Organization details

EIN: 846007896

CEO/President: Mutua Mahiaini

Chairman: Mr. DG Elmore

Board size: 22

Founder: Mr. Dawson Trotman

Ruling year: 1933

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 08/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


The Navigators aims to serve God by helping people to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Working with people primarily on a one-to-one basis, staff with The Navigators also train men and women to have their own outreach to others. Navigator staff help Christ's followers "navigate" spiritually, coming alongside them as they search the Word of God to chart their lives. Dawson Trotman founded The Navigators in 1933.

The Navigators endeavors to:

1. Develop thriving reproducing ministries among military personnel, students, in churches, and the mainstreams of strategic cities in the United States.
2. Develop ministries that result in Christ-centered disciples living and ministering in their community to reach those without Christ in their natural spheres of influence.
3. Become a ministry and organization that is more effective among and more clearly reflects the diverse people we seek to reach in the United States.
4. Integrate our ministries at the national and local levels for synergistic impact on our nation.
5. Recruit, train and develop godly and gifted leaders to advance our mission in the United States and to the nations.
6. Provide resources, training and leadership within our mission, vision and values for The Body to help penetrate the United States and the nations with the Gospel of the Kingdom.
7. Provide ministry resources to the Global Society to expand our ministry to the major unreached nations.

This organization is an interdenominational nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

The Navigators uses the following to communicate its mission:

To advance the Gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom into nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost.

Essential to this is:
Engaging people in the Scriptures to discover Christ and apply His truth.
Discipling people life on life to trust and obey Jesus Christ.
Equipping disciples to reproduce the life of Christ in others.

Statement of faith

The Navigators use the following to express its beliefs:

  • We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as inspired by God, and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.

  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, was born of the virgin Mary, and is true God and true man.

  • We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice; and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

  • We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His ascension into Heaven, and in His present life there for us as High Priest and Advocate.

  • We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

  • We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.
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    Financial efficiency ratings

    Sector: Christian Growth

    CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
    Overall efficiency rating700 of 101052 of 76
    Fund acquisition rating865 of 101257 of 76
    Resource allocation rating479 of 101242 of 76
    Asset utilization rating475 of 101039 of 76

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    Balance sheet
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,810,000$3,123,000$2,378,000$2,738,000$3,636,000
    Short-term investments$79,069,000$72,425,000$71,352,000$64,081,000$56,338,000
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$90,453,000$80,160,000$79,356,000$70,697,000$63,630,000
    Long-term investments$2,606,000$2,163,000$2,086,000$1,996,000$1,726,000
    Fixed assets$26,556,000$23,836,000$20,647,000$21,078,000$18,531,000
    Other long-term assets$3,020,000$3,085,000$3,065,000$3,343,000$2,775,000
    Total long-term assets$32,182,000$29,084,000$25,798,000$26,417,000$23,032,000
    Total assets$122,635,000$109,244,000$105,154,000$97,114,000$86,662,000
    Payables and accrued expenses$8,213,000$8,119,000$7,230,000$6,936,000$7,472,000
    Other current liabilities$0$1,885,000$638,000$1,449,000$0
    Total current liabilities$8,213,000$10,004,000$7,868,000$8,385,000$7,472,000
    Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
    Other long-term liabilities$1,985,000$0$1,889,000$1,968,000$1,735,000
    Total long-term liabilities$1,985,000$0$1,889,000$1,968,000$1,735,000
    Total liabilities$10,198,000$10,004,000$9,757,000$10,353,000$9,207,000
    Net assets20202019201820172016
    Without donor restrictions$59,224,000$51,682,000$53,732,000$48,099,000$40,330,000
    With donor restrictions$53,213,000$47,558,000$41,665,000$38,662,000$37,125,000
    Net assets$112,437,000$99,240,000$95,397,000$86,761,000$77,455,000
    Revenues and expenses
    Total contributions$123,188,000$121,587,000$121,084,000$115,059,000$109,493,000
    Program service revenue$4,250,000$9,626,000$8,877,000$7,916,000$7,598,000
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$7,486,000$2,920,000$4,738,000$5,252,000$2,749,000
    Other revenue$3,400,000$3,321,000$3,291,000$4,137,000$4,279,000
    Total other revenue$15,136,000$15,867,000$16,906,000$17,305,000$14,626,000
    Total revenue$138,324,000$137,454,000$137,990,000$132,364,000$124,119,000
    Program services$99,886,000$104,972,000$104,113,000$99,373,000$97,117,000
    Management and general$12,432,000$15,274,000$13,400,000$12,798,000$13,845,000
    Total expenses$126,025,000$133,611,000$129,354,000$123,058,000$119,558,000
    Change in net assets20202019201820172016
    Surplus (deficit)$12,299,000$3,843,000$8,636,000$9,306,000$4,561,000
    Other changes in net assets$898,000$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$13,197,000$3,843,000$8,636,000$9,306,000$4,561,000


    Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

    Response from ministry

    The Navigators provided the following as a ministry response:

    Please be aware that the enclosed audited statement accounts for only the U.S. portion of our worldwide revenue. We send missionaries to each new country with the goal of eventually handing the ministry over to the believing nationals for local operation. We have completed this process in 24 countries to date.

    Audits are not available for the operations of our other 24 partnering countries, but we do maintain estimates based on internal reporting. Estimated global revenue and expense for 2003-04, based on our internal surveys, are as follows:

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    We respectfully request that these figures be included in our MinstryWatch profile, as they are a more accurate representation of our true worldwide ministry. Thanks for considering the unique characteristics global non-profit partnerships such as ours, in which a significant portion of operations are managed and funded outside the U.S.

    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/10/2021. To update the information below, please email:


    The ministry of The Navigators began in the 1930s through the call of God to a young Californian, Dawson Trotman. He began to teach high school students and local Sunday school classes. Then in 1933, he and his friends began to extend their work to sailors in the U.S. Navy. Dawson Trotman began teaching sailor Les Spencer the principles of Christian growth. They spent many hours together praying, studying the Bible, and memorizing Scripture. When one of Spencer's shipmates asked him the secret of his changed life, Spencer brought the man to Trotman. "Teach him what you taught me," Spencer said. Trotmans's response "You teach him!" -was the beginning of The Navigators.

    Many hours were spent with individual sailors in Bible study, Scripture memorization and prayer with an emphasis on each teaching another what he had learned. By the end of World War II, thousands of men on ships and military bases around the world were learning the principles of spiritual multiplication.

    At the same time, the high school students whose lives Dawson had touched went on to reach out to others around them in Southern California. Today, more than 80 years later, The Navigators minister not only in the military and with students on college campuses, but in the marketplace with businessmen and women, among homemakers, ethnic groups, international students, ... wherever there are people who need Christ.

    The Navigators was incorporated in California in 1943. The Navigators headquarters was transferred to Colorado in 1953 when they obtained the Glen Eyrie property in Colorado Springs. In Colorado Springs, The Navigators maintains the Glen Eyrie Conference Center and NavPress as well as their administrative offices. A few miles away is Eagle Lake Camp.

    The Navigators aims to make a permanent difference in the lives of people around the world. The Navigators motto, "To Know Christ and Make Him Known ", describes the center and direction of the ministry. From the beginning, Navigators have sought not only to reach people for Christ but to equip them so that they, in turn, can help fulfill Christ's commission to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

    Navigators spend hours with new believers individually and in small groups. They study the Bible, pray, witness, counsel and teach. It is a ministry of individual, intensive training on a person-to-person basis.

    Internationally, Dr. Mike Treneer is International President of The Navigators, of which the U.S. Navigators are a part. Mr. Doug Nuenke is the U.S. director, working with a national leadership team that oversees the U.S. Navigator ministries.

    Program accomplishments

    The Navigators uses the following to communicate its accomplishments:

    Nearly 5,000 Navigator staff members of 70 nationalities serve in 108 countries of the world. The U.S. Navigators, with approximately 3,000 staff members, serves college students, members of the military, church leaders and laymen, and young adults, in small towns and major cities of America. About 500 U.S. Navigators serve as missionaries in other countries.

    The Navigators ministries include:

    Church Discipleship Ministry, Collegiate, Eagle Lake Camps, Glen Eyrie Conference Center, International Student Ministry, Metro Ministry, Military Ministry, Nav20s, NavPress, and NavMissions.


    The Navigators uses the following to communicate its needs:

    The Navigators is a faith ministry supported by the contributions of individuals and churches. Field staff, those directly involved in field ministries, are actively involved in raising support for their area of ministry.