Worldwide Discipleship Association

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Summary

WDA began as a campus ministry, with an emphasis on replicable discipleship (spiritual mentorship) and Christian maturity. Now, WDA operates in more than 50 countries to equip disciple-building leaders who think, feel, and act like Jesus and who are developing life-long followers of Jesus Christ.

Based on Jesus' ministry to His own disciples, WDA has developed an intentional and progressive growth curriculum for Christians, training pathways for disciple-making leaders, and virtual tools and platforms for discipling & training in a digital age.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Worldwide Discipleship Association, Inc.
PO Box 142437
Fayetteville, GA 30214

Website: www.disciplebuilding.org

Phone: (770) 460-1337

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 581211155

CEO/President: Robert Dukes

Chairman: Daniel Horne

Board size: 12

Founder: Carl Wilson

Ruling year: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

WDA's global vision is to create 1 million disciples who disciple by 2024.

We envision a worldwide network of disciple building associates serving local churches and church agencies who are committed to helping people grow to Christlike maturity.


Mission statement

WDA's mission is to serve the Church worldwide by developing Christlike character in people and equipping them to disciple others according to the pattern Jesus used to train His disciples.


Statement of faith

1. There is one true God who is infinite, eternal and unchanging in His being and who exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality.

2. The triune God is the Creator of all things. He sustains all things by the word of His power, and He has revealed Himself in history to all men through His chosen people, through the prophets and especially through His own son, Jesus Christ.

3. God has left the record of His disclosure about Himself and His will in the Holy Scriptures of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. These Scriptures we hold to be fully, uniquely and verbally inspired of God and a reliable and true testimony of what God has objectively disclosed to His people through word and act.

4. The Holy Scriptures are the only standard to determine what is the truth about and the will of the living Christ. However, each individual interpretation of Scripture should be evaluated in the light of the meaning given by the Holy Spirit to the overall teachings of Scripture, in the light of the understanding given by the Spirit to all available teaching officers (elders or deacons) who have humbled themselves under the lordship of Jesus Christ, and in the light of the understanding given by the Spirit to all the body of believers to which it is being presented.

5. Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He had lived and died. He ascended bodily into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, where He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He now is clothed in the glory of the Father and has all power given to Him in heaven and on earth.

6. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. By one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, and so death passed unto all men, for all have sinned. Man's nature is corrupted, and he is therefore totally unable to please God in the flesh. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace and is not the work, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who humble themselves and put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight. It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in believers the testimony of God in His written Word and who demonstrates the reality of God's working in their lives by the fruit of the Spirit and love for the brethren.

7. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth and seals them until the day of redemption. His fullness, power and guidance are appropriated in the believer's life by faith. Every believer is called to live in the power of the indwelling Spirit so that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh but will bear fruit to the glory of God.

8. Jesus Christ is the Head of the church, His body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. He, however, has chosen to organize His body and direct it through official leaders who seek His direction by the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures and set an example in humility and service. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures and for mutual encouragement. The home is the place where the father and mother should teach the Scriptures and set an example of sacrificial love. The continuance of the church from generation to generation is dependent on the bearing, nurturing and training of children and on the official male leadership in the church and home. Order in civil affairs depends on order in the home.

9. At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting glory and blessing, at which time he will share glory like that of Christ. At physical death the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of his body to everlasting judgment and condemnation. Jesus Christ will come again to the earth--personally, visibly and bodily--to consummate history and the eternal plan of God, and to visibly share His rule with those who have believed on Him.

10. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men in every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to obeying and teaching all things which He commanded.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating168 of 111312 of 61
Fund acquisition rating216 of 111410 of 61
Resource allocation rating544 of 111428 of 61
Asset utilization rating203 of 111316 of 61

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%3%3%5%4%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%3%3%4%4%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
80%99%100%82%98%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%3%3%5%4%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
20%1%0%18%2%3%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%82%82%82%81%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%100%95%89%88%107%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%83%78%73%72%80%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%0%5%11%12%-7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%0%10%24%32%-24%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%14%15%13%15%19%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.031.891.661.731.452.67
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.411.101.081.091.071.15
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.462.071.791.891.553.07
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.4346.6184.3868.7961.5733.27
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.020.010.010.020.03
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.095.686.636.267.613.80
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20232022202120202019
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%9%10%13%40%26%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
80%48%54%51%42%28%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20232022202120202019
Cash$293,910$817,640$750,467$813,916$426,778
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$17,111$17,169$12,921$44,493$19,435
Short-term investments$503,488$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$814,509$834,809$763,388$858,409$446,213
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$78,368$67,089$69,597$61,413$67,272
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$78,368$67,089$69,597$61,413$67,272
Total assets$892,877$901,898$832,985$919,822$513,485
 
Liabilities20232022202120202019
Payables and accrued expenses$17,475$9,894$11,098$13,943$13,410
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$17,475$9,894$11,098$13,943$13,410
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$66,667$80,000$93,333$350,667$120,000
Total long-term liabilities$66,667$80,000$93,333$350,667$120,000
Total liabilities$84,142$89,894$104,431$364,610$133,410
 
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$808,735$812,004$726,646$515,197$380,075
With donor restrictions$0$0$1,908$40,015$0
Net assets$808,735$812,004$728,554$555,212$380,075
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20232022202120202019
Total contributions$1,671,417$1,570,598$1,331,297$1,479,216$1,244,159
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,488$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$6,756$6,511$284,124$26,769$34,258
Total other revenue$10,244$6,511$284,124$26,769$34,258
Total revenue$1,681,661$1,577,109$1,615,421$1,505,985$1,278,417
 
Expenses20232022202120202019
Program services$1,388,705$1,226,651$1,184,247$1,077,826$1,021,722
Management and general$244,224$226,933$185,826$193,910$258,018
Fundraising$52,002$40,075$72,006$59,112$88,757
Total expenses$1,684,931$1,493,659$1,442,079$1,330,848$1,368,497
 
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($3,270)$83,450$173,342$175,137($90,080)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($3,270)$83,450$173,342$175,137($90,080)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Robert DukesBoard Secret$131,500
David ParfittVice Chairma$85,320

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2023


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History

Organized as Worldwide Discipleship Association, Inc. (WDA) in 1974, WDA is based in the United States and has ministry impact and partners in over 70 countries. WDA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization funded primarily by the tax-deductible gifts of those who share our commitment to Biblical disciple-building.

WDA was founded by Carl Wilson-a pastor, former director of the High School Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, and author of With Christ in the School of Disciple Building. He envisioned a worldwide network of interconnected ministries committed to the ongoing process of Christlike sanctification and renewal and staffed by teams of leaders trained using a Biblical pattern of discipleship.

Since its inception, WDA has focused on studying Jesus' ministry and methods and advocating for Biblical disciple-building principles in the Church. WDA's staff and writers have decades of ministry experience, giving WDA the knowledge and wisdom to help build Christian leaders worldwide.

WDA initiated its ministry on college campuses, realizing the strategic position held by universities as centers of influence. Now, its Next Generation Ministry continues to build disciples on college campuses. Still, WDA also focuses on developing other ministries, partnerships, publications, and resources that equip disciple builders in the US and overseas.


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Your gifts fund WDA ministries and projects that provide discipleship training and materials all over the world, including publications and translations.