Christians in Action, Inc.

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Christians In Action ("CinA") is an international, interdenominational, and intercultural evangelical mission operating in over 20 countries. CinA specializes in evangelism, discipleship and indigenous church planting. This is achieved by recruiting, training and sending full-time missionary workers, and establishing partnerships with local churches in each country.

Presently, Christians in Action has 300 workers in 20 countries. Administrative services are provided by the international headquarters in Fresno, CA, and regional offices worldwide.

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

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 25093
1318 E. Shaw Ave #308
Fresno, CA 93729


Phone: (559) 370-4103


Organization details

EIN: 956102220

CEO/President: David P. Ingerson

Chairman: Mr. Tom Balch

Board size: 11

Founder: Rev. Lee Shelley

Year founded: 1957

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


To Glorify God by building His Kingdom in all nations. 1Timothy 2:3b-4; Matthew 24:14

Vision ->15KPray->50U2->. Fifteen thousand Christians praying to the Lord of the harvest daily to send laborers into His harvest, leading to the transformation of 50 communities among the unengaged, unreached peoples. Matthew 7:37,38.

Mission statement

To proclaim Christ to the nations through

  • Encounter (evangelism)
  • Equip (discipleship training)
  • Empower (train, trust and release)

Statement of faith

A) Statement of Faith

  1. We believe the Bible to be the only, inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
B) Human Sexuality
  1. We believe that marriage is the sacrament/ordinance of the Church which has been established by God. The Church/CinA defines marriage as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government's sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church/CinA only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of "marriage" found in these articles and Statement of Faith.
  2. We believe that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as "Porneia") including, but not limited to adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.
  3. We believe that every minister, board member, employee, or volunteer shall affirm their agreement with the Statement of Faith, which includes Human Sexuality, and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith. This shall be a prerequisite and continual condition, for these positions.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating516 of 81762 of 99
Fund acquisition rating47 of 8177 of 99
Resource allocation rating713 of 81789 of 99
Asset utilization rating657 of 81783 of 99

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,700$60,210$3,750$26,781$4,300
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$263,854$346,308$302,247$274,191$198,594
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$224,759$229,006$233,253$249,381$537,820
Other long-term assets$407,408$382,212$476,681$396,012$4,500
Total long-term assets$632,167$611,218$709,934$645,393$542,320
Total assets$896,021$957,526$1,012,181$919,584$740,914
Payables and accrued expenses$145($3)$0$261$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$145($3)$0$261$0
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$145($3)$0$261$0
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$53,152$102,139$99,513$62,926$32,672
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$895,876$957,529$1,012,181$919,323$740,914
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,060,114$1,028,057$1,050,491$1,102,446$1,135,606
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,122$19,264$20,375$9,717$1,546
Other revenue$14,650$85,227$115,295$190,318$38,630
Total other revenue$32,772$104,491$135,670$200,035$40,176
Total revenue$1,092,886$1,132,548$1,186,161$1,302,481$1,175,782
Program services$814,150$993,073$952,959$971,194$1,074,174
Management and general$295,496$133,573$115,306$114,338$78,780
Total expenses$1,109,646$1,185,851$1,120,379$1,123,812$1,202,061
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($16,760)($53,303)$65,782$178,669($26,279)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($16,760)($53,303)$65,782$178,669($26,279)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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 8/20/2020. To update the information below, please email:


Christians In Action originated with Rev. Lee Shelley as the first president in 1957, with the byline of "WINNING THE LOST ACROSS THE STREET AND AROUND THE WORLD". Incorporated as Missionary and Soul Winning Fellowship in 1958, the name was changed to Christians In Action in 1974. The core of missionary development and sending was the compact training program which enabled many missionaries to enter their field within 12-16 months.

Program accomplishments

CinA's ministries are centered on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, which includes Bible schools, pre-schools, day-care, disaster relief, and self-help projects. From North America there are annual events that help create mission awareness as well as encourage Christians to serve in needy areas of the world. More recently this has meant an annual short-term emphasis to Columbia, the Philippines and Cambodia, using pastors conferences, evangelistic crusades, and small and large-scale medical missions/evangelism outreaches.


There is a need for couples and singles to be involved with developing ministries and networking with local churches in most of the countries around the world. They should be dedicated to evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

There is a need for concerned Christians to stand with the missionaries around the world in prayer.

Faithful donors that can be steadfast and faithful throughout the life of the ministry and missionary is key for multi-generational impact.

The International Headquarters is staffed by those that have a worldview for missions and provide for key financial and administrative services and therefore are worthy of financial support.