Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship / CHIEF

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Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship ("CHIEF") is a ministry to the 51.1 million Native Americans in the 1,200 tribes of the Western Hemisphere. CHIEF's primary motivation is to take the Gospel to every Native tribe in this generation. According to CHIEF, the discipleship, mentoring, and training of Native leaders in a relevant cultural context is the key to effective church growth and on-going evangelism among Native peoples.
CHIEF's strategies to accomplish its Ministry Objectives are as follows:
1.) Discipleship - Recruiting, encouraging, and discipling Native Christian pastors, church leaders, and believers, by providing training uniquely suited for the ongoing needs of the indigenous church.
2.) Evangelism - Assisting the leadership of the local Native churches with evangelism outreach in their own communities and beyond to other unreached peoples and tribes.
3.) Helps - Giving practical assistance, in the context of God's love through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which concerned individuals can respond to the physical needs of Native people to help them become self-reliant.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship
1644 East Campo Bello Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85022-2108


Phone: (602) 482-0828


Organization details

EIN: 510168112

CEO/President: Rev. Huron Claus

Chairman: Arlan Melendez

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Tom Claus

Ruling year: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


CHIEF's motivation vision is to see an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation.

Mission statement

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its mission as follows:

The mission and purpose of CHIEF is to disciple and equip a strong Native American leadership for the development of the indigenous church throughout North, Central and South America.

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its vision as follows:

CHIEF's motivating vision is to see an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation.

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Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating750 of 102226 of 42
Fund acquisition rating55 of 10243 of 42
Resource allocation rating936 of 102439 of 42
Asset utilization rating937 of 102236 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$46,848$44,036$24,158$24,925$24,640
Short-term investments$13,898$12,433$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$210,500$156,424$108,568$83,143$66,786
Long-term investments$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596
Fixed assets$453,637$454,192$456,182$464,855$475,573
Other long-term assets$430$1,200$1,989$1,989$1,989
Total long-term assets$471,663$472,988$475,767$484,440$495,158
Total assets$682,163$629,412$584,335$567,583$561,944
Payables and accrued expenses$3,456$29,589$55,113$117,984$99,381
Other current liabilities$0$0$1,102$1,102$0
Total current liabilities$3,456$29,589$56,215$119,086$99,381
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$76,991$101,587
Total liabilities$3,456$29,589$56,215$196,077$200,968
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$580,904$510,185$425,038$280,540$291,877
With donor restrictions$97,803$89,638$103,082$90,966$69,099
Net assets$678,707$599,823$528,120$371,506$360,976
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$391,112$361,185$541,636$420,416$522,189
Program service revenue$3,145$4,400$8,883$4,734$10,062
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,309$2,891$5,608$169$180
Other revenue$1,052$4,748$3,427$3,514$3,793
Total other revenue$6,506$12,039$17,918$8,417$14,035
Total revenue$397,618$373,224$559,554$428,833$536,224
Program services$211,862$247,136$350,895$332,746$429,923
Management and general$106,872$54,385$52,045$85,557$120,419
Total expenses$318,734$301,521$402,940$418,303$550,342
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$78,884$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$78,884$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)


Huron ClausPresident$100,024

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/23/2021. To update the information below, please email:


CHIEF began in March of 1975, when Tom Claus (Founder and President Emeritus) called together more than 100 Christian Native leaders, from different areas of the hemisphere to participate in the Conference on Christian Indian Leadership and Evangelism held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Native delegates came from across North, Central and South America representing mission agencies, denominations, schools, colleges, tribes and government agencies. The primary objectives to come out of the conference were:

1) To develop a strong and growing Christian lay leadership within the tribal communities.
2) To provide fellowship for evangelical Native Christians, and a strong Native voice to the whole church on issues which concern Native peoples of the Americas.
3) To conduct an international Native congress on evangelism and Christian leadership with Native pastors, evangelists, and Christian educators from the entire western hemisphere.
4) To encourage qualified Native young people to go on to higher education as a preparation for Christian service. 5) To create pride in Native identity and in the ability and leadership potential of Native peoples.
6) To acquaint the church at large with these programs and the organizations that are making a distinctive evangelical contribution to Native communities and churches in order to mobilize the church to a greater degree of effective evangelism and reconciliation.

By the end of the conference, the consensus of the delegates was to target and respond to the areas of greatest need. First, to disciple and develop a strong Native leadership for the continued growth of the indigenous church. Then, to encourage the local churches to send out their own people to evangelize every tribe and nation.

With this mandate and vision, CHIEF was formed and organized by the conference delegates. For the past twenty-five years, CHIEF has provided discipleship training, evangelism outreach, and a practical helps ministry for approximately 300 tribes in the Americas and Mongolia.

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