E3 Partners Ministry

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At e3, we strive to fulfill this calling. Through Gospel trainings, short-term trips, International Workers, church partnerships, local evangelism, and more, we work to make disciples and plant churches across all nations.

Contact information

Mailing address:
E3 Partners Ministry
2001 W Plano Pkwy, Suite 2600
Plano, TX 75075

Website: www.e3partners.org

Phone: (214) 440-1101

Email: info@e3partners.org

Organization details

EIN: 161680978

CEO/President: Jim Shannon / Scott Cheatham

Chairman: Brett Flagg

Board size: 9

Founder: Mr. Mike Downey

Ruling year: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1998


E3 Partners Ministry spreads the Gospel of Jesus Christ by conducting missionary outreaches, by planting churches worldwide and by conducting Christian leadership conferences in numerous countries.

Much of the work of E3 Partners is the work of training and facilitating others into various mission work. E3 Partners accomplishes their goal through training, teamwork, support staff, Ministry Partner Development, built-in networks, and life support.

All of their missionaries are required to attend Boot Camp, a three-day training session, which includes everything from simple campaign execution, to principles in church-planting, to leadership development. They also offer self-paced training. Rather than waiting for the next instructor-led course, potential missionaries can learn from home with the notebooks and videos they provide. These materials include exercises and self-tests to help measure progress and understanding. Boot Camp will then become a place to ask deeper, more refined questions. In addition to Boot Camp, they also offer a variety of "continuing education" courses depending on need and interest.

E3 Partners Ministry is a growing organization, with two offices (one located in Plano, TX and the other in San Diego, CA), and missionaries located all over the country. In order to keep their staff connected, everyone who becomes a missionary with E3 Partners is placed on a team. Each team has a coach who assists with field ministry, recruiting, logistics, yearly goal setting, training and accountability to enable team members to perform at their best.

Support Staff
Running a 7-10 day mission trip halfway around the world can be challenging. When it comes to keeping up with airline tickets, multiple currencies, expenditures, campaign applications, passports, visas, emergency information, insurance, and so on, it's easy to get lost. That's why they created a logistics department that does most of these things for missionaries using 20+ years of mission-trip expertise. From logistics, to finance, to technology, their support staff is there to help facilitate individuals interest in ministry.

Ministry Partner Development
Many people who join E3 Partners raise their own support. Almost everyone who draws a salary at E3 raises it, and everyone who raises support is trained on how to do so. For those that begin raising their support, they will be assigned a mentor - someone who has been through the process, who can give a jumpstart and then keep them moving forward. They will guide through the various stages and help avoid making the same mistakes others have. Together, they will lay a financial foundation that will sustain in long-term ministry.

Built in Networks
E3 Partners hopes to provide a network, a personal circle of influence from which to draw upon. E3 has Church Mobilizers, working together with their Team Enlistment department, provide missionaries with great help for their trips.

E3 Partners also has a strong network of international friends. These are people they have nurtured, mentored and helped to plant thousands of churches. Plugging into their international network means ministry will have impact from Day One.

Life Support
E3 Partners Human Resource department exists to support both ministry and family life. The ultimate goal is to provide a place in which missionaries can make a lifelong investment. Heavenly benefits aren't the only thing E3 Partners offers. Their employee benefits include:

  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Holidays
  • Vacation
  • Business Casual Attire
  • Non-smoking Environment
  • Christian Atmosphere
E3 Partners believes Jesus was more concerned with who his disciples were rather than what they did. Why? Because when they were faithful, God did mighty things through them. Jesus told us that stewards are required to be found faithful. At E3 Partners, they strive to provide a working environment where missionaries can do just that--be faithful.

Mission statement

Equipping God's people to evangelize His world by establishing healthy, multiplying, transformative churches everywhere.

Statement of faith

We believe that the Godhead eternally exists in three persons-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-and that these three are one God, having precisely the same nature, attributes, and perfections. Although their eternal relationship is inscrutable, there is no priority or superiority between the three persons. Each person of the Godhead is equally worthy of the same homage, confidence, and obedience. (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:18-20; Mark 12:29; John 1:14; Acts 5:3-4; II Corinthians 13:14; Hebrews 1:1-3; Revelation 1:4-6)

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, death on the cross to provide for our redemption, bodily resurrection and ascension into heaven, present ministry of intercession for us, and His return to earth in power and glory. (John 1:1,14; Philippians 2:6-7; Matthew 1:20-21; Luke 1:34-35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 4:18-19; I Peter 3:18; I Timothy 2:4-6; I Corinthians 15:1-5, 12-20; Hebrews 7:25; I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Acts 1:10-11; Matthew 26:64; Revelation 19:11-16).

We believe in the divine, plenary, and verbal inspiration of the Scriptures. The whole Bible is inspired in the sense that holy men of God were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the very words of Scripture. This divine inspiration extends equally and fully to all parts of the writings as appeared in the original manuscripts. Therefore, the whole Bible, in the originals, is without error. As the revelation of God, we believe the Bible to be the sole authority and sufficiency with regard to Christian faith and practice. As such, it serves as the standard upon which all Christian beliefs, morality, lifestyles, and behavior should be based and evaluated.

The Scriptures center upon the Lord Jesus Christ in His person and work in His first and second coming, and hence no portion is properly read, or understood, until it leads to Him. The Christian's responsibility and duty is to handle accurately the Word of Truth. The reading and interpretation of the Scriptures is to be under the guidance and illumination of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39; Acts 17:2-3; Romans 15:4; I Corinthians 2:12-16; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16; II Peter 1:21)

We believe that man was originally created in the image and after the likeness of God. Adam fell through sin, and as a consequence of his sin, lost his spiritual life. Becoming dead in trespasses and sins, he became subject to the power of the devil. This spiritual death, or total depravity of human nature, has been transmitted to the entire human race of man, the Man Christ Jesus alone being excepted. Thus every child of Adam is born into the world with a nature which not only possesses no spark of divine life, but is essentially and unchangeably sinful apart from divine grace. (Genesis 1:26, 2:17, 6:5; Psalm 14:1-3, 51:5; Jeremiah 17:9; John 3:6, 5:40, 6:35; Romans 3:10-19, 8:6-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; I Timothy 5:6; I John 3:8).

We believe that, due to universal death through sin, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless born again. Our redemption has been accomplished solely by the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, who was made to be sin and was made a curse for us by dying in our place. (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 64:6; Matthew 26:28; John 3:7-18; Romans 5:6-9; II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13, 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; Philippians 3:4-9; Titus 3:5; James 1:18; I Peter 1:18-19, 23).

We believe that the new birth of the believer comes only through faith in Christ, not by works, and that repentance is a vital part of believing. (John 1:12, 3:16,18,36, 5:24, 6:29, 14:6; Acts 13:39, 16:31; Romans 1:16-17, 3:22,26, 4:5, 10:4; Galatians 3:22).

Such belief will motivate in God's children love, gratitude, and obedience to His commands (Luke 10:20; John 6:37, 10:28-30; II Corinthians 5:1, 6-8; Ephesians 1:13-14; II Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 10:22; I Peter 1:3-5; I John 5:13).

We believe that all those who have been redeemed by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ form the Body of Christ, the church. We also believe in the local church as the body of believers in a geographic locale who meet together to worship and serve God, observe the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord's Supper, and work together in a united effort to further the gospel of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:12-31; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:11-16; Colossians 1:18).

We believe the explicit message and mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all the nations. During His post-resurrection ministry, Christ gave two particular commands. First in Matthew 28, Jesus commands us to "Go and Make Disciples of All the Nations". Secondly, just before His Ascension, in Acts 1:8 we are called to be witnesses to "the remotest parts of the earth". The greatest responsibility and privilege of the church is to serve as ambassadors and witnesses for Christ (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; John 17:18; Acts 1:8; II Corinthians 5:18-20; I Peter 1:17, 2:11).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating483 of 103147 of 123
Fund acquisition rating870 of 103394 of 123
Resource allocation rating477 of 103351 of 123
Asset utilization rating142 of 103120 of 123

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$813,025$772,406$846,650$1,025,708$1,136,927
Short-term investments$0$0$85,275$80,176$178,633
Other current assets$660,970$661,899$496,452$463,559$551,348
Total current assets$4,028,927$3,233,161$2,393,045$3,084,693$3,165,013
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$641,679$523,855$454,158$515,372$650,793
Other long-term assets$1,865,830$3,885,000$3,511,622$896,518$1,666,875
Total long-term assets$2,507,509$4,408,855$3,965,780$1,411,890$2,317,668
Total assets$6,536,436$7,642,016$6,358,825$4,496,583$5,482,681
Payables and accrued expenses$226,154$466,512$463,985$665,642$613,118
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$226,154$466,512$463,985$665,642$613,118
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$400,000$450,000$0$0$0
Total liabilities$626,154$916,512$463,985$665,642$613,118
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,941,499$594,074$1,702,737$799,202$1,078,494
With donor restrictions$3,968,783$6,131,430$4,192,103$3,031,739$3,791,069
Net assets$5,910,282$6,725,504$5,894,840$3,830,941$4,869,563
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$13,296,719$15,771,244$18,786,236$17,404,469$19,430,120
Program service revenue$0$0$537,444$714,882$896,608
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$145,497$134,816$105,164
Other revenue$239,314$446,789$0$0$0
Total other revenue$239,314$446,789$682,941$849,698$1,001,772
Total revenue$13,536,033$16,218,033$19,469,177$18,254,167$20,431,892
Program services$12,198,474$12,987,398$14,713,654$16,253,604$17,262,737
Management and general$913,511$1,317,536$1,551,054$1,502,018$1,812,421
Total expenses$14,351,255$15,387,369$17,405,278$19,292,789$19,880,679
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($815,222)$830,664$2,063,899($1,038,622)$551,213
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($815,222)$830,664$2,063,899($1,038,622)$551,213


Mike JorgensenExec. Dir. I Am Second$147,905
Claudia AdameExec. VP Mission Support$145,573
Kimberly HartmannVP of Development$130,654
John HumphreyVP I Am Second$127,531
Scott CheathamExec. VP Operations$120,000
Brad PrizerVP Marketing & Comm$110,000
Jeffrey SundellExec. VP$76,725
James ShannonCEO$41,222

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2021

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In the summer of 1984, Rev. Mike Downey, and 15 of his Oklahoma church members and others from their Spanish speaking mission church to Mexico for a short-term mission trip. Partnering up with an existing national church, they began to evangelize in their city. Over two hundred professed their faith in Jesus Christ and a new church bloomed.

Upon returning Mike and his church decided that they would return the following summer and attempted to plant churches purposely this time. God planted through them five new mission churches. The following year, Mike left the pastorate to pursue the establishment of a church-planting ministry, Global Missions Fellowship (EIN: 75-2216539).

Global Missions Fellowship was merged into Global Partners Ministries (EIN: 16-1680978) effective January 1, 2004.

Global Partners Ministries then changed their name to E3 Partners Ministry.

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