Christians in Action, Inc.

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We are a God centered inter-denominational mission organization with a focus on those who have not heard the good news about Jesus' love and forgiveness. We specialize in sharing the good news, discipleship, church planting, medical outreaches, community development, and education.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Christians in Action
PO Box 25093
Fresno, CA 93729-7912


Phone: (559) 370-4103

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 956102220

CEO/President: David P. Ingerson

Chairman: Thomas Balch

Board size: 5

Founder: Rev. Lee Shelley

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


To ignite the most compelling missions movement of the 21st Century, propelling the Body of Christ to missions.

Mission statement

Partnering with the Church to mobilize reproducing disciples among all peoples, emphasizing the unreached.

Statement of faith

  • We believe the Bible to be the only, inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • B) Human Sexuality
    1. We believe that marriage is the sacrament/ordinance of the Church which has been established by God. The Church/CinA defines marriage as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. A civil government's sanction of a union will be recognized as a legitimate marriage by the church/CinA only to the extent that it is consistent with the definition of "marriage" found in these articles and Statement of Faith.
    2. We believe that legitimate sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities outside of marriage (referred to in the New Testament as "Porneia") including, but not limited to adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, and pedophilia are inconsistent with the teaching of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious conduct, transgender behavior, and the creation and/or distribution and/or viewing of pornography, are incompatible with the biblical witness.
    3. We believe every missionary, board member, employee, or volunteer shall affirm their agreement with this Statement of Faith which includes marriage and human sexuality, and shall conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent therewith.

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    Sector: Foreign Missions

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    Balance sheet
    Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,900$3,700$60,210$3,750$26,781
    Short-term investments$24,443$0$0$0$0
    Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total current assets$372,654$263,854$346,308$302,247$274,191
    Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
    Fixed assets$220,512$224,759$229,006$233,253$249,381
    Other long-term assets$373,124$407,408$382,212$476,681$396,012
    Total long-term assets$593,636$632,167$611,218$709,934$645,393
    Total assets$966,290$896,021$957,526$1,012,181$919,584
    Payables and accrued expenses$1,186$145($3)$0$261
    Other current liabilities$73,545$0$0$0$0
    Total current liabilities$74,731$145($3)$0$261
    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$0$0
    Total liabilities$74,731$145($3)$0$261
    Net assets20202019201820172016
    Without donor restrictions$883,559$842,724$856,737$912,668$856,397
    With donor restrictions$8,030$53,152$102,139$99,513$62,926
    Net assets$891,559$895,876$957,529$1,012,181$919,323
    Revenues and expenses
    Total contributions$1,057,412$1,060,114$1,028,057$1,050,491$1,102,446
    Program service revenue$101,291$0$0$0$0
    Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
    Investment income$22,213$18,122$19,264$20,375$9,717
    Other revenue$22,080$14,650$85,227$115,295$190,318
    Total other revenue$145,584$32,772$104,491$135,670$200,035
    Total revenue$1,202,996$1,092,886$1,132,548$1,186,161$1,302,481
    Program services$958,040$814,150$993,073$952,959$971,194
    Management and general$204,313$295,496$133,573$115,306$114,338
    Total expenses$1,162,353$1,109,646$1,185,851$1,120,379$1,123,812
    Change in net assets20202019201820172016
    Surplus (deficit)$40,643($16,760)($53,303)$65,782$178,669
    Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
    Total change in net assets$40,643($16,760)($53,303)$65,782$178,669


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    The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/18/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


    Christians In Action originated with Rev. Lee Shelley as the first president in 1957, with the byline of "WINNING THE LOST ACROSS THE STREET AND AROUND THE WORLD". Incorporated as Missionary and Soul Winning Fellowship in 1958, the name was changed to Christians In Action in 1974. The core of missionary development and sending was the compact training program which enabled many missionaries to enter their field within 12-16 months.

    Program accomplishments

    CinA's ministries are centered on evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, which includes Bible schools, pre-schools, day-care, disaster relief, and self-help projects. From North America there are annual events that help create mission awareness as well as encourage Christians to serve in needy areas of the world. More recently this has meant an annual short-term emphasis to Columbia, the Philippines and Cambodia, using pastors conferences, evangelistic crusades, and small and large-scale medical missions/evangelism outreaches.


    There is a need for couples and singles to be involved with developing ministries and networking with local churches in most of the countries around the world. They should be dedicated to evangelism, discipleship and church planting.

    There is a need for concerned Christians to stand with the missionaries around the world in prayer.

    Faithful donors that can be steadfast and faithful throughout the life of the ministry and missionary is key for multi-generational impact.

    The International Headquarters is staffed by those that have a worldview for missions and provide for key financial and administrative services and therefore are worthy of financial support.