Servant Partners Inc

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Servant Partners is a movement centered on Jesus Christ, planted in urban poor communities, and empowered to pursue community transformation. We plant churches, organize communities, and partner with local leadership towards individual, communal, and systemic transformation.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Servant Partners Inc
PO Box 3144
Pomona, CA 91769


Phone: 626-398-1010

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 954020431

CEO/President: Derek & Lisa Engdahl

Chairman: Mr. Kevin Rhodes

Board size: 9

Founder: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship graduates

Ruling year: 1986

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


We Send: Servant Partners sends teams to inner-city and slum communities to share their lives with the urban poor, while living out the Gospel among their neighbors. Field teams partner with indigenous churches whenever possible, and where there are none, plant them. Teams work at the grass-roots and systemic levels to address the spiritual and physical needs of the communities we serve. Instead of creating a permanent Servant Partners presence, we evangelize, train, and empower people to transform their own communities in ways that will continue long after we are gone.

We Equip: Servant Partners' Learning and Collaboration Department equips our staff and local leaders for holistic ministry in their urban communities. We build the ministry and leadership capacity of individuals, churches, and community organizations. As we seek to facilitate the growth and development of nation-wide/region-wide urban poor movements, we empower national leaders to develop self-sustaining movements through prayer, mutual learning, and strategic consultation as they seek transformation in their own cities, nations, and regions.

We Train: Servant Partners Interns live, serve, and learn in urban poor communities worldwide. Interns gain a foundation of training and experience that prepares them for lives of service to and advocacy for the urban poor. A majority of internship graduates continue to directly serve the urban poor either with Servant Partners or other organizations. Our vision is that all of our internship alumni, regardless of career path, will influence the church at large to take action to live out God's heart for the urban poor.

Mission statement

We use church planting and community organizing to transform urban poor communities.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating359 of 107438 of 139
Fund acquisition rating371 of 107553 of 139
Resource allocation rating387 of 107533 of 139
Asset utilization rating567 of 107471 of 139

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$23,670$25,578$23,219$24,422$17,021
Short-term investments$1,608,484$1,054,955$933,509$763,955$854,543
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,695,141$2,376,018$1,955,516$1,773,306$1,792,661
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$50,834$12,807$7,750$12,152$8,402
Other long-term assets$40,147$8,147$7,808$9,788$6,096
Total long-term assets$90,981$20,954$15,558$21,940$14,498
Total assets$2,786,122$2,396,972$1,971,074$1,795,246$1,807,159
Payables and accrued expenses$79,431$58,616$75,173$106,424$65,509
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$79,431$58,616$75,173$106,424$65,509
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$32,000$200,000$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$32,000$200,000$0$0$0
Total liabilities$111,431$258,616$75,173$106,424$65,509
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$1,178,952$972,019$978,796$819,132$802,930
With donor restrictions$1,495,739$1,166,337$917,105$869,690$938,720
Net assets$2,674,691$2,138,356$1,895,901$1,688,822$1,741,650
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$3,501,673$3,089,625$3,027,618$3,051,610$3,009,167
Program service revenue$7,145$0$2,640$5,928$9,874
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$74,636$21,055$27,973$20,406$25,048
Other revenue$886$1,995$5,503$10,255$4,333
Total other revenue$82,667$23,050$36,116$36,589$39,255
Total revenue$3,584,340$3,112,675$3,063,734$3,088,199$3,048,422
Program services$2,733,892$2,579,125$2,600,807$2,717,006$2,605,046
Management and general$226,445$217,647$222,180$194,292$205,139
Total expenses$3,089,676$2,919,627$2,950,953$3,032,542$2,903,406
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$494,664$193,048$112,781$55,657$145,016
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$494,664$193,048$112,781$55,657$145,016


Derek EngdahlGeneral Direct.$58,125
Lisa EngdahlGeneral Direct.$36,959

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

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Servant Partners grew out of a renewal movement that spread across American college campuses in the 1980's and 1990's. John Perkins and Viv Grigg, Christian leaders with hearts for justice, influenced this movement profoundly through their prophetic Biblical teaching and example. Inspired by God's Spirit, hundreds of graduating university students relocated into North American inner city neighborhoods to build deep relationships with people across cultural and economic divisions.

Servant Partners was founded in 1993 to facilitate a work among the urban poor that God's Spirit had already begun among graduates of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's campus ministry. Over the years, Servant Partners teams serving in urban poor neighborhoods have strengthened existing churches, planted new churches, and/or helped create non-profits for increased ministry impact in their communities. Since 1995, hundreds of young adults have entered our internship programs and learned to love the urban poor by living, working, and ministering in urban poor neighborhoods.

In the late 1990's, God led us to expand our ministry from the US into the cities around the world. Today we work in over twenty cities around the world helping to plant churches, organize communities, and train leaders. We are working with national leaders to catalyze movements among the urban poor that transform their communities throughout their region.

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