In the world of missions, disaster response, and community development, there are a lot of organizations. A LOT. World Renew works in partnership with a lot of them.
From time to time I will be contacted by a church that has been contacted by another organization or someone knows someone at an international organization, and I'm asked whether it's a "good" organization to support. Sometimes I am able to connect with CRWM or World Renew staff if we are also in the country and get some on the ground scoop. Other times I just look at their website and I can get an idea what sort of organization it is.
The Accord Network, of which World Renew is a part, suggests the following 8 Principles of Excellence in Integral Mission. I think it's a great starting point for evaluating any organization. You can get the more detailed listing here, but below is an overview:
- Our Christian faith is at the center of our identity, motive and manner of being.
- We acknowledge the reality and significance of the spiritual realm.
- The Church is central.
- Transformational practices start with us.
- We recognize the whole system of poverty.
- In our relationship journey with the church, our local partners, and the community, we enter as guests, co-labor as partners, and continue as friends.
- We support local communities and churches in measuring All that matters.
- We tell the story with integrity.
Are there any you would add to that list? How do you know if the organizations you support have these characteristics?