Doulos Partners exists to reach the maximum number of unreached people in the shortest amount of time in the most cost-effective way.
We believe last words matter. Jesus’ last recorded instruction given to His disciples was the Great Commission – a commandment to
“… go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you…”
Jesus’ disciples felt these last words were especially important, as displayed in the fervor they exhibited spreading the Gospel. Our prayer is to live out this commandment so that every human being has the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Doulos is a Greek word used in the New Testament over 140 times (for example Philippians 1:1) meaning slave – as in bondservant to the master, Jesus Christ – fully committed to carrying out His commandments. We find encouragement in our name to remain focused on living out the Great Commission on a daily basis. We seek to partner with individuals and organizations that share this vision.
There are many good ways to reach the unreached. To us, the most cost-effective, efficient and successful method is supporting indigenous pastors with financial resources, training and prayer to reach their own country for Christ.
We partner – by providing financial funding, prayer, encouragement and accountability - with established, successful church planting ministries that already have deep relationships with indigenous pastors around the world. All of the evangelical work, from leadership at the national level to sharing the Gospel one-on-one, is done by indigenous leaders in their own countries. This approach eliminates many of the obstacles that non-native missionaries face in gaining trust, navigating customs and learning the culture.
We act as a ‘no-load missions mutual fund'
We act as a ‘no-load mission’s mutual fund’, sending resources where we believe they will get the greatest return on investment for the Kingdom. We really mean ‘no load’ – since inception, we have been able to send 100% of your donation directly to the church planting work in the field. How do we do this? Since our founding, our Board has funded 100% of Doulos Partners’ administrative costs and we have agreements with each of our partners that none of our funding will go to fund their administrative costs.
We enter the field regularly to oversee the work
We enter the field regularly (3 – 4 times per year) to oversee and validate the work that is being done on behalf of our donors and to encourage and assist in training our local partners as they lead individuals to Christ.
Three third party organizations regularly vet the effectiveness of our mission
We submit ourselves to three third party organizations for annual vetting. As a member of ECFA (Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability) we produce an annual report to ensure that we are practicing the “Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship” that they put forth for Christian Nonprofits. For the last five years, we have been chosen to be on ROI (Return On Investment) Ministries’ Top 10 Global Ministries List. We undergo thorough annual vetting through ROI and their partner, Calvin Edwards and Company. These additional steps ensure that you can rest knowing that we are living up to the promises made to you as a donor.
An indigenous evangelist sponsored by one of our church planting ministry partners, goes into a village or town. He begins reaching the lost through street preaching, personal testimony, the Jesus film – whatever works for the culture and people. Once individuals make professions of faith, that local leader immediately begins to place new believers into discipleship opportunities in the local church. Inevitably, God will raise up a ‘Timothy’, someone with the gift and heart to pastor. The indigenous evangelist then disciples, trains, and mentors this lay leader to continue to preach and pastor the local church.
We believe that evangelism naturally leads to discipleship and discipleship naturally leads to the gathering of local believers which, in turn, is the planting of a church. The new believers and the indigenous church planter plant a new church. It may meet in a hut, storefront or someone’s home. As this church and its members mature, they reach out to their village or city, adding to the number in the congregation as the Lord allows. They may even plant new churches themselves. For example, in a Cuban city one church pastor began 70 new church plants!
The indigenous evangelist then moves to another village or town and begins evangelizing there. He continues to support church planting work in the area by providing mentoring and accountability. Furthermore, he continues to move to new areas, replicating the process to reach more lost.
- Commit to pray for the ministry and our partners
- Donate to the ministry
- Join us on Christian mission trips to participate in the work being done in the field
- Spread the word about the good works God is doing through the ministry