The essence of any organization is revealed by their answers to a few simple questions:
Who are we?
We are a movement of like-minded leaders passionately committed to Jesus Christ and to each other for the fulfillment of His Great Commission.
Why do we exist?
We exist to offer every person the only hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
How do we behave?
We behave in love, with passion, and strategic intentionality.
What do we do?
We prayerfully identify and train leaders to multiply disciples who ignite church planting movements everywhere.
How do we succeed?
We succeed by:
Establishing self-multiplying and financially self-sustaining SI Teams in Strategic Cities of the world,
Continually multiplying at all levels to the 4th Generation, and
Developing and implementing ongoing systems to support and sustain every function.
How did Strategic Impact come about?
Founder & President Mike Downey can tell you...
It was 4:30 AM on April 12, 2002… Clear as a bell, I could see a map of Africa in my mind’s eye with leaders from every nation being gathered and equipped with the necessary skills to saturate their nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. When I opened my eyes, I grabbed a pad of paper and quickly sketched the image.
For many, many years, I have studied world evangelization. Pondering the questions: “How can we literally fulfill the Great Commission in our lifetime?” “What would it take to put the gospel into the hands of every person on the face of the earth?”
Between the pursuit of these answers and the clear vision from God that early morning, Strategic Impact was born.
Albert Einstein was once asked, “What is the most powerful force in the universe?” His reply was “compound interest.” What if we could use the mathematical principle of compound interest and harness it to reach the world for Christ?
That is exactly what we do through Strategic Impact. We train leaders in the church to be able to fully equip others to multiply at every level:
Leaders multiplying Leaders…
Disciples multiplying Disciples…
Churches multiplying Churches…
Movements multiplying Movements…
… until all have heard the only hope of eternal life in Jesus Christ.
By locking arms together, we can truly give all 7+ billion people alive today a clear presentation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Won’t you join with us in this noble task of world evangelization?
Founder & President
Travel around the world and ask most any church what their greatest need is, and you will get the same answer: Quality Leadership
At Strategic Impact, we focus on developing quality leaders who will then be able to equip and release the next generation of leaders in order to fulfill the Great Commission. There are three "tracks" which run through everything we do.
The need for Godly Character is abundant around the world - but especially within the church. Biblically, if you are not a person of Character, you will never be qualified for a leadership role. Therefore, we begin with training in Godly Character lived out in all aspects of life. The root of this Godly character is the Great Commandment, and it provides the foundation upon which the other two tracks are built.
To be a Quality Leader, one must not only possess Godly Character, but also be equipped in leadership skills and practices. Godly Character in combination with solid Leadership Skills assures that a person may carry out their role in a manner that is both honoring to God and effective in moving their people toward the intended goal. What you do and the manner in which you do it are of equal importance.
Ministry of Multiplication
What should a Quality Leader who possesses Godly Character and is equipped with solid Leadership Skills do? Multiply! We believe that every leader is called to multiply at every level. This ministry of multiplication begins with Disciples - making and maturing multiplying Disciples of Jesus Christ. It is followed by multiplying Cell Churches - gathering those new Disciples into Christian community to grow together in their new found faith. From this body of believers, the next generation of Leaders are identified and equipped in the same pattern. When Disciples, Cell Churches, and Leaders continue to reproduce, a multiplication of Movements will emerge. Every generation multiplying at every level to the 4th generation, just as we see in 2 Timothy 2:2.
We begin with Leaders because most everything hinges on leadership.
No one "graduates" from personal evangelism and discipleship.
This is the only way the lost will
hear the only hope of
eternal life in Jesus Christ.
When you grow and multiply disciples, new churches will happen!
As national leaders, disciples, and churches multiply, they will go to the next
village, city, province, country, and region and multiply the movement until all have heard!
How We Do It.
VISION SEMINAR (VS)
“SEE THE GREAT COMMISSION.”
A one-day introduction to Strategic Impact.
LEADERSHIP THRUST (LT)
“EXPERIENCE THE GREAT COMMISSION.”
A three-day intensive experience in personal growth,
leadership, and church planting.
SCHOOL OF MULTIPLYING CHURCH PLANTERS (SMCP)
“LEARN AND LIVE THE GREAT COMMISSION.”
A one-year team experience growing in Christ
and multiplying church planters and churches.
SCHOOL OF MULTIPLYING LEADERS (SML)
“LEAD AND LAUNCH THE GREAT COMMISSION.”
A one-year team experience multiplying leaders
and church planting movements.
FAN-THE-FLAME SUMMIT (FtFS)
“MULTIPLY THE GREAT COMMISSION.”
An annual three-day gathering for Staff, Leaders, and Multipliers
to equip, encourage, and strategize in each major region of the world.
Statement of Faith.
Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 4:24, 10:30; 2 Corinthians 13:14
We believe that there is one true, holy God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all the things therein, thus manifesting the glory of His power, wisdom, and goodness. By His sovereign power He continues to sustain His creation. By His providence He is operating throughout history to fulfill His redemptive purposes.
Matthew 20:28; Acts 4:12; Romans 5:10; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; 1 John 2:2
Jesus Christ is the eternal second Person of the Trinity who was united forever with a true human nature by a miraculous conception and virgin birth. He lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father and voluntarily atoned for (made a payment for) the sins of all by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation and eternal life for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended to heaven, and sat down at the right hand of the Father, where He, the only Mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own. He shall come again to earth, personally and visibly, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
THE HOLY SPIRIT and THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
John 15:26, 16:8-11
The natural accompaniment of a genuine saving relationship with Jesus Christ is a life of holiness and obedience, attained by believers as they submit to the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity. He was sent into the world by the Father and the Son to apply to mankind the saving work of Christ. He enlightens the minds of sinners, awakens in them a recognition of their need of a Savior and regenerates them (gives them new life). At the point of salvation He permanently indwells every believer to become the source of assurance, strength and wisdom, and He uniquely endows each believer with gifts for the building up of the body. The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scripture. His power and control are applied by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christlike character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.
2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21
The sole basis of our belief is the Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament. We believe that the Scripture in its entirety originated with God, and that it was given through the instrumentality of chosen men. Scripture thus one and at the same time speaks with the authority of God and reflects the backgrounds, styles and vocabularies of the human authors. We hold that the Scriptures are infallible and without error in the original manuscripts. They are the unique, full and final authority on all matters of faith and practice, and there are no other writings similarly inspired by God.
Romans 3:23; 5:8; Ephesians 2:1, 8-9
The central purpose of God's revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Originally created to have fellowship with God, man defied God, choosing to go his independent way, and was thus alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his nature, rendering him unable to please God. The fall of man took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since have suffered these consequences and are thus in need of the saving grace of God. The salvation of mankind is, then, wholly a work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part of human works or goodness, and must be received by faith on an individual basis. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of any person, He gives assurance in His Word that He will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Hebrews 9:27
Death seals the eternal destiny of each person. For all mankind, there will be a resurrection of the body into the spiritual world, and a judgment that will determine the fate of each individual. There is an eternal state of punishment for the unsaved and an eternal state of blessing for the saved. Those who have trusted Christ will be received into eternal communion with God and will be rewarded for works done in life.
Acts 2:42; Romans 12:1-6
The result of union with Jesus Christ is that all believers become members of His body, the church. There is one true church universal, comprised of all those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Scripture commands believers to gather together to devote themselves to worship, prayer, teaching of the Word, observance of baptism and communion as the ordinances established by Jesus Christ, fellowship, service to the body through development and use of talents and gifts, and outreach to the world. Wherever God's people meet regularly in obedience to this command, there is the local expression of the church. Under the watch care of elders and other supportive leadership, its members are to work together in love and unity, intent upon the ultimate purpose of exalting Christ for the glory of God and the fulfillment of Christ's Great Commission.
FAITH and PRACTICE
1 Corinthians 10:24, 31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Scripture is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice. We recognize that it cannot bind the conscience of individuals in areas where Scripture is silent. Rather, each believer is to be led in those areas by the Lord, to whom he or she alone is ultimately responsible.