World Impact, Inc.

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According to The Center for the Study of Global Christianity, only 5% of the world's church leaders are trained for ministry. Everything at World Impact is focused on training and equipping church leaders - making resources affordable and accessible to as many as possible. We exist to serve people who minister in communities of poverty - affirming their call and vocation. They are the transforming agents in their community.

World Impact is perfectly positioned to train urban church leaders.

World Impact champions the ability of the urban poor to own and lead ministry. We believe in the power of community insiders.

World Impact is kingdom focused. By holding tight to the historical Christian Traditions rather than denominational differences, we attract a wide range of Kingdom-minded partners.

World Impact is trusted. Our decades of experience in urban America bring partners to the table - and donors trust us to get resources in the hands of those who need it.

World Impact is global because we are local. Given the increasingly global nature of our country, if we train leaders in major U.S. cities, many will take that training back to their home country, families and friends.

World Impact has leverage. Our staff is impacting even more leaders by being trainers of trainers.

Contact information

Mailing address:
World Impact, Inc.
2001 South Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007-1256


Phone: (323) 735-1137


Organization details

EIN: 952681237

CEO/President: Dr. Alvin Sanders

Chairman: Mr. Carl LaBarbera

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Keith Phillips

Ruling year: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Our dream is for a healthy church in every community of poverty. We believe that the best way to change our world is the hope of the Gospel in our cities. The best way to declare that hope is to partner with denominations, networks, and local church leaders. And the best way to partner with them is through relationships.

Mission statement

World Impact uses the following to communicate its mission:

World Impact is a Christian missions organization committed to facilitating church planting movements by evangelizing, equipping and empowering America's unchurched urban poor. Our vision is to recruit, empower, and release urban leaders who will plant churches and launch indigenous church planting movements.

Statement of faith

1. There is one living and true God, infinitely perfect in glory, wisdom, holiness, justice, power and love, one in His essence but eternally existing in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God sovereignly created the world out of nothing, so that His creation, while wholly dependent upon Him, neither comprises part of God, nor conditions His essential perfection (Genesis 1:2; Matthew 28:19,20).

2. The books which form the canon of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired by God, inerrant in the original writings, the only infallible rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16).

3. God created man in His own image, in a state of original righteousness, from which man subsequently fell by a voluntary revolt, and consequently is guilty, inherently corrupt and subject to divine wrath.

4. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son, became man without ceasing to be God by uniting to His divine nature a true human nature in His incarnation, and so continues to be both God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, forever. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, exhibited His deity by manifold miracles, fulfilled the requirements of the Law by His sinless life, shed His blood as a vicarious and propitiatory atonement for man's sin, was resurrected from the dead in the same body, now glorified. He ascended into heaven and now intercedes in glory for His redeemed as our great high priest and advocate, and as the Head of the Church and Lord of the individual believer (Matthew 1:20,21; John 1:1-14; Romans 3:21-26; 5:6-11; I Peter 3:18; I John 2:1,2; Luke 24; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 8:1).

5. The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, through the ministry of regeneration and sanctification applies salvation and places believers into the Church, guides and comforts God's children, indwells, directs, gifts and empowers the Church in godly living and service in order to fulfill the great commission, and seals and keeps the believer until Christ returns (John 16:1-33; I Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 1:13,14).

6. Every person, regardless of race or rank, who receives the Lord Jesus Christ by faith is born into the family of God and receives eternal life. This occurs solely because of the grace of God and has no ground in human merit.

7. The Holy Church is the one institution specifically ordained of God to function in the furthering of the Kingdom until Christ comes again. It consists of all those regenerated by the Spirit of God, in mystical union and communion both with Christ, the head of the Body, and with fellow-believers. Neighborhood congregations are the local manifestation of the Church universal. In obedience to the command of Christ, these congregations preach the word of God, equip God's people for the work of ministry, and administer the Lord's Supper and Baptism.

8. The Lord Jesus Christ will return bodily, visibly and personally to receive His own, to conform believers to His own image and to establish His millennial kingdom. He will judge the living and the dead and will effect a final separation of the redeemed and the lost, assigning unbelievers to eternal punishment and believers to eternal glory, enjoying conscious fellowship with Him (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; I Corinthians 15:50-58; Revelation 20:4-6).

9. Man's chief end in life is to honor and glorify Almighty God. Personal salvation is a means to this end.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Leadership Training

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating825 of 99916 of 21
Fund acquisition rating487 of 100110 of 21
Resource allocation rating676 of 100110 of 21
Asset utilization rating920 of 99919 of 21

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,153,272$1,093,676$1,416,196$1,477,201$1,514,750
Short-term investments$8,623,897$8,198,973$9,179,123$10,122,168$13,567,101
Other current assets$196,699$188,316$72,152$71,155$72,144
Total current assets$10,864,520$10,003,009$11,127,436$12,749,064$15,872,779
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$14,301,944$15,702,254$16,779,510$18,287,351$20,313,273
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$14,301,944$15,702,254$16,779,510$18,287,351$20,313,273
Total assets$25,166,464$25,705,263$27,906,946$31,036,415$36,186,052
Payables and accrued expenses$483,148$754,933$544,023$758,983$696,171
Other current liabilities$94,537$91,960$95,369$93,132$87,345
Total current liabilities$577,685$846,893$639,392$852,115$783,516
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$577,685$846,893$639,392$852,115$783,516
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$18,347,332$18,886,591$20,927,397$24,150,724$28,736,522
With donor restrictions$6,241,447$5,971,779$6,340,157$6,033,576$6,666,014
Net assets$24,588,779$24,858,370$27,267,554$30,184,300$35,402,536
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Total contributions$5,589,800$5,887,138$6,261,122$6,284,574$6,828,325
Program service revenue$2,771,414$2,893,559$2,779,159$2,612,522$2,436,501
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$391,682$224,133$626,008$327,225$296,841
Other revenue$4,397,095$2,800,730$1,704,043$98,743$1,314,108
Total other revenue$7,560,191$5,918,422$5,109,210$3,038,490$4,047,450
Total revenue$13,149,991$11,805,560$11,370,332$9,323,064$10,875,775
Program services$10,465,940$11,157,200$11,207,469$11,765,528$12,112,169
Management and general$2,373,897$2,465,104$2,663,054$2,228,508$1,478,459
Total expenses$13,419,582$14,214,744$14,287,078$14,541,300$13,935,632
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Surplus (deficit)($269,591)($2,409,184)($2,916,746)($5,218,236)($3,059,857)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($269,591)($2,409,184)($2,916,746)($5,218,236)($3,059,857)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/18/2021. To update the information below, please email:


In 1964 God called Dr. Keith Phillips to the inner city and inspired him to reach its residents for Christ. In 1965 Keith began a Bible club for children in a federal housing project in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Before long, neighboring housing projects asked him to expand his ministry into their communities. Encouraged by these invitations, Keith recruited 300 college volunteers to help respond to these requests for ministry.

During this time World Impact's outreach was to the children living in these housing projects, hundreds of whom accepted Christ. But soon Impact noticed five major problems:
1.) Little lasting fruit - hundreds of inner-city children prayed to accept Christ, but few were noticeably changed,
2.) No Biblical precedent for limiting ministry to children. They wanted to Impact entire families,
3.) No nearby inner city church to provide fellowship and worship for new believers - Impact's attempts to place youngsters in churches outside the projects did not work,
4.) No full-time staff - inner city converts needed constant availability from committed Christians,
5.) Limited resources - the spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and educational needs of the children were not being met due to a lack of resources.

In response to these observations Impact prayerfully committed to follow seven principles in order to minister in the inner city.
1.) To honor and glorify God and delight in Him in the inner city through knowing God and making Him known.
2.) Impact's staff members must be called by God into inner-city ministry through His Word, the Spirit's leading, prayer, and the counsel of godly people who know them well.
3.) Career missionaries commit themselves to make inner city disciples, who join with us in teaching others to teach others.
4.) Those of their staff who minister in the inner city, live in the inner city.
5.) Build quality relationships with individuals by limiting the student-to-teacher ratio within educational programs.
6.) Seek to restore the family unit by reaching children, teenagers and adults with the gospel of Christ.
7.) Establish churches where believers worship God, fellowship with Christians and are taught God's Word. These operating principles became the foundation of World Impact, Inc., which was incorporated in March 1971.

By 1972 Impact had opened ministries in five cities, a period of consolidation began, as the size and the maturity of Impact's staff was increased and the support base was expanded. Impact joined forces with ministries in St. Louis and Newark in 1976 and continued their inner-city work.They also moved into their national headquarters in Los Angeles and continue to reside there.

The year 77 brought new additions to the ministry. Impact of Canada was incorporated, a ministry in Fresno began in response to an invitation from a coalition of churches.

During the next three years, staff training materials were upgraded and films depicting Impact's ministry were produced for use by supporting churches and colleges. Impact also sought God's direction for how their discipling ministry should counterbalance the blights of poor housing, unsafe schools, unemployment, and teen gang involvement - with the gospel of Christ.

In 1981 Impact acquired a 560-acre Kansas ranch for equipping young adults to lead productive lives. Graduatesof this program began to minister in their city ministries. The ranch also serves Impact's Wichita and St. Louis ministries' camping needs.

In 1982 Impact's commitment to make disciples who will lead the inner-city church led them to open the Los Angeles Christian Elementary School with kindergarten and first grade. Additional grades were added every year. By 1984 Impact had opened the Newark Christian School, plus started Inner-City Enterprises (a job-training program) and the Sonshine Shop (a thrift store) in Los Angeles to encourage inner city disciples to become self-supporting through vocational training. These programs have since been developed in other cities as well. Impact also began a five-year project of writing a culturally conducive "Through-the-Bible" curriculum for every age group they teach.

In 1985 Impact remodeled 21 housing units in Newark to rent to low-income families and a 20-unit apartment building was remodeled for low-income housing in Los Angels.The following year Impact began remodeling the former Northside YMCA building in St. Louis with the help of thousands of volunteers. Inner-city men received job training through working on this 80,000-square-foot facility. Impact of Wichita acquired an 11-acre, 88-unit apartment complex, World Impact Village, to use as a worship center and medical/dental clinic. God also provided The Oaks, a 172-acre camp, 65 miles north of Los Angeles.

In 1987 a 10,000-square-foot gymnasium was constructed for the Los Angeles ministry and Christian school. 1988 was another productive year as Impact dedicated their Fresno Ministry Center (including a gym, offices, and classrooms), San Diego also remodeled a ministry center, another ministry was established in Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia. A former public school building was purchased from the City of Chester for use as a ministry center. In 1989 Impact dedicated "Prayer Mountain at The Oaks," a chapel where people pray for Impact's cities.

In 1990 Impact's Watts ministry in Los Angeles became a separate ministry entity. Impact now operates two area ministries in Los Angeles, each with its own director. A camp was purchased in 1991 named Harmony Heart, a 30-acre camp north of Scranton, Pennsylvania, which ministers to inner-city children and teens from New York City; Chester, Pennsylvania; and Newark, New Jersey. Impact opened new ministries in Oakland and San Jose, California in 1992 and more churches were planted in Los Angeles, Wichita and Newark. A new ministries began in 1993 in San Francisco and Impact began a partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, thus starting a new ministry in that area of the country. After purchasing a 10,000-square-foot ministry center in the San Francisco and an additional 475 acres of land at The Oaks, Impact broke ground on a 1,386-square-foot, motel-style accommodation available to pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers. The Watts Christian School, bordering the Imperial Courts Housing Project in south Los Angeles, opened in September.

In 1995 Impact opened the Frederick Douglass Christian School in Chester, Pennsylvania. Impact also began The Urban Ministry Institute in Wichita, Kansas. Its goal is to provide theological education to urban leaders. Deer Creek Christian Camp, in the Colorado Rockies, was acquired and became Impact's fourth camping ministry. In 1996 Impact opened a new inner-city ministry in south Dallas, Texas.

In each of these locations, Impact is committed to planting indigenous churches among the urban poor and to fostering the development of leadership from these emerging churches. Impact plans to add new cities, schools, and other ministries in the future, as God provides the resources to do so.

Program accomplishments

By 2023, we will have actively served 700 partners, empowering 50,000 workers in communities of poverty.


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