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STEM Int'l, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Address: PO Box 386001
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55438  
United States
Number of Volunteers Serving Nationally: 100
Number of People Being Served: 500
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Mission Statement


STEM Organizational Mission Statements STEM Int'l has 3 program services, each focused on short-term mission: 1. Outreaches (mission trips) 2. Training 3. Publications STEM Int'l delivers these program services through 4 organizational divisions: * STEM Ministries (outreaches) * STEM Share (outreaches to 10/40 Window Nations) * STEM STM Training (short-term mission training & consulting) * STEM Press (publications) Overarching Mission Statement STEM Int?l To extend God?s glory through strategic partnerships in short-term mission outreaches, training, and publications. Program #1: Outreaches STEM Ministries Through the process of short-term mission, STEM encourages Christians to discover God?s world, and fulfill their strategic role in His global plan. STEM Share To take the light of Christ to unreached people groups by sending short-term teams to pray and serve with long-term Christian workers in restricted-access nations. Program #2: Training STEM STM Training To empower churches and other sending entities to achieve maximum impact in their short-term mission programs through industry-leading training events and consulting and speaking services. * STMLC: The April Minneapolis Short-Term Mission Leaders? Conference seeks to empower the local church and other sending entities to achieve maximum effectiveness in their short-term mission programs. Program #3: Publications STEM Press STEM Press exists to extend God's glory by publishing and distributing mission materials and resources that equip, support, and improve short-term mission efforts. * Mission Maker Magazine: To glorify God by helping to equip the global mission community for Great Commission teamwork. * Commissioned Magazine: To re-mobilize STEM?s previous short-term team members and to mobilize Christians of all ages to seek their strategic role in God?s Great Commission.

Description


STEM?s Legal Structure & History STEM Ministries was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry corporation in the State of Minnesota in December 1984. STEM Ministries officially changed its legal name to STEM Int?l in 2001. * State of Minnesota Exempt Number: ES 30188 * U.S. Federal Employer Identification Number: 36-3367669 * Registered Address: 6800 West 115th St., Bloomington MN 55438 * Delivery Address: 6800 West 115th St., Minneapolis (Bloomington) MN 55438 * Business Office Mailing Address: P.O. Box 386001, Minneapolis MN 55438-6001 Article of Incorporation & Bylaws The following "purpose" paragraphs have been extracted from STEM's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws: STEM Articles of Incorporation ARTICLE II. The purpose of this corporation shall be as follows: 1. This Corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for religious, educational, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or a related section of a successor statute (hereinafter ?Code?). 2. This Corporation shall operate to glorify God by serving throughout the world in accordance with the Holy Bible and its Great Commission, including, but not limited to: mobilizing servant workers to go to developing and disaster-stricken nations on both short- and long-term bases, in order to provide wholistic, integrated care, instruction, and assistance to needy men, women, and children of other cultures and beliefs; and by publishing educational materials related to this purpose. STEM Bylaws ARTICLE III. (AFFILIATION) This corporation intends to work in an integrated, non-competitive manner in conjunction with and in the service of local churches, fellowships, other ministries or other care/instruction/assistance organizations throughout the world in seeking to accomplish and fulfill its afore-stated purposes. As part of this mutual cooperation and service, this corporation purposes and intends to encourage, to educate via related publications, to assist, to organize and mobilize persons from churches, fellowships, schools and other groups throughout the ?developed? world in going to other parts of the ?underdeveloped? world as servant workers, to wholistically improve the lives of hurting and impoverished people of other cultures and beliefs. While this organization is autonomous and self-governing as a corporate structure, it serves spiritually as vital part of the church universal in accordance with the Holy Bible. I.R.S. Form 990 STEM?s Annual Financial Report to the Federal Government As a registered and duly-operating 501(c)(3) nonpprofit corporation, STEM Int?l is required to file specific information concerning our tax-exempt operations and revenue and expenses incurred every year. Click here to view or download a PDF copy of the most recent STEM I.R.S. Form 990. Organizational Structure One Corporation, Three Programs The STEM ?parent? corporation is STEM Int?l. STEM Int?l has three primary program divisions: 1. Short-Term Mission Outreaches (Trips) ? organized and delivered through two organizational divisions: STEM Ministries and STEM Share 2. Short-Term Mission Training ? organized and delivered through STEM Training 3. Short-Term Mission Publications ? organized and delivered STEM Press View or download a PDF copy of the STEM Functional Organizational Chart. History of STEM Organized in 1984 After being involved in several years? worth and dozens of early short-term mission outreaches through YWAM (Youth With A Mission), GCM (Global Christian Ministries), LCM (Lutheran Church of the Master), and other churches, Roger Peterson, Toni Freer, Mike Whitchurch, Janeen Whitchurch, and Dave Shepherd would gather regularly in 1984 to asses their current short-term efforts in Haiti, and to pray. One of the fast-growing issues they faced was doing short-term mission outreaches within in a structure of financial accountability and overall integrity. Through that womb of prayer, coupled with several years of short-term mission experience in Haiti and elsewhere, and regular discussion and assessment, God led this small group of 5 people to start a brand new Christian mission organization that would specialize in short-term missions, and do so with accountability and integrity. Toni Freer came up with the acronym STEM for ?Short-Term Evangelical Missions.? Roger Peterson was the leader of this group, and located a Christian attorney to help incorporate this radical new concept (it was radical back in 1984!). God also provided aoriginal STEM logo gifted artist who designed the original STEM logo used for nearly 20 years, photographers, and others who helped provide some initial marketing and promotional material at no cost. Working & Ministering in 1985 Lutheran Church of the Master (Brooklyn Center, Minnesota) provided a complimentary Sunday School classroom for STEM?s first offices from 1985?1988. The first full-time staff in 1985 were Roger Peterson and Toni Freer, assisted by volunteer efforts from Mike Whitchurch, Dave Shepherd, Jean Brueninger, and several others too numerous to name. STEM Team #1 (Crystal Evangelical Free Church Single Adults, New Hope MN) went to Haiti March 16, 1985, three months after STEM incorporated. STEM Team #2 (North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville MN) also went to Haiti March 25, 1985. In that first year, 1985, STEM sent 8 mission teams to Haiti, one to Jamaica, and did three field familiarization trips (Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico). TEAMS: 1985?2007 Between 1985 and 2007, God has sent 425 STEM Teams, or 7,210 people (our 2007 year = 50 Teams, or 832 people). EXPANSION STEM began expanding somewhat ?accidentally? in 1991, when STEM Founder Roger Peterson co-authored and published a solid, empirical 40-page research study on the post-field outcomes of 366 previous STEM short-term missionaries. This study (still in print) has sold several thousand copies, and reports statistically significant changes in prayer, financial giving, commitment to world mission, mission-related activities and education, and in feelings about returning to the mission field. STEM Press now has several titles under ISBN registration, more than 80 other short-term mission-related ?helps? books or tools, plus another 80 general mission-related books. In April 2004, STEM Press launched a national mission magazine, Mission Maker Magazine. TODAY Since 2005, STEM Int?l consists of 3 program services, each focused on short-term mission: 1. Outreaches (mission trips) 2. Training 3. Publications STEM Int?l delivers these 3 program services through 4 organizational divisions: * STEM Ministries (outreaches to domestic and international locations) * STEM Share (outreaches to restricted-access, unreached 10/40 Window Nations) * STEM STM Training (short-term mission training & consulting) * STEM Press (publications)

STEM?s Legal Structure & History STEM Ministries was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit ministry corporation in the State of Minnesota in December 1984. STEM Ministries officially changed its legal name to STEM Int?l in 2001. * State of Minnesota Exempt Number: ES 30188 * U.S. Federal Employer Identification Number: 36-3367669 * Registered Address: 6800 West 115th St., Bloomington MN 55438 * Delivery Address: 6800 West 115th St., Minneapolis (Bloomington) MN 55438 * Business Office Mailing Address: P.O. Box 386001, Minneapolis MN 55438-6001 Article of Incorporation & Bylaws The following "purpose" paragraphs have been extracted from STEM's Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws: STEM Articles of Incorporation ARTICLE II. The purpose of this corporation shall be as follows: 1. This Corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for religious, educational, and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or a related section of a successor statute (hereinafter ?Code?). 2. This Corporation shall operate to glorify God by serving throughout the world in accordance with the Holy Bible and its Great Commission, including, but not limited to: mobilizing servant workers to go to developing and disaster-stricken nations on both short- and long-term bases, in order to provide wholistic, integrated care, instruction, and assistance to needy men, women, and children of other cultures and beliefs; and by publishing educational materials related to this purpose. STEM Bylaws ARTICLE III. (AFFILIATION) This corporation intends to work in an integrated, non-competitive manner in conjunction with and in the service of local churches, fellowships, other ministries or other care/instruction/assistance organizations throughout the world in seeking to accomplish and fulfill its afore-stated purposes. As part of this mutual cooperation and service, this corporation purposes and intends to encourage, to educate via related publications, to assist, to organize and mobilize persons from churches, fellowships, schools and other groups throughout the ?developed? world in going to other parts of the ?underdeveloped? world as servant workers, to wholistically improve the lives of hurting and impoverished people of other cultures and beliefs. While this organization is autonomous and self-governing as a corporate structure, it serves spiritually as vital part of the church universal in accordance with the Holy Bible. I.R.S. Form 990 STEM?s Annual Financial Report to the Federal Government As a registered and duly-operating 501(c)(3) nonpprofit corporation, STEM Int?l is required to file specific information concerning our tax-exempt operations and revenue and expenses incurred every year. Click here to view or download a PDF copy of the most recent STEM I.R.S. Form 990. Organizational Structure One Corporation, Three Programs The STEM ?parent? corporation is STEM Int?l. STEM Int?l has three primary program divisions: 1. Short-Term Mission Outreaches (Trips) ? organized and delivered through two organizational divisions: STEM Ministries and STEM Share 2. Short-Term Mission Training ? organized and delivered through STEM Training 3. Short-Term Mission Publications ? organized and delivered STEM Press View or download a PDF copy of the STEM Functional Organizational Chart. History of STEM Organized in 1984 After being involved in several years? worth and dozens of early short-term mission outreaches through YWAM (Youth With A Mission), GCM (Global Christian Ministries), LCM (Lutheran Church of the Master), and other churches, Roger Peterson, Toni Freer, Mike Whitchurch, Janeen Whitchurch, and Dave Shepherd would gather regularly in 1984 to asses their current short-term efforts in Haiti, and to pray. One of the fast-growing issues they faced was doing short-term mission outreaches within in a structure of financial accountability and overall integrity. Through that womb of prayer, coupled with several years of short-term mission experience in Haiti and elsewhere, and regular discussion and assessment, God led this small group of 5 people to start a brand new Christian mission organization that would specialize in short-term missions, and do so with accountability and integrity. Toni Freer came up with the acronym STEM for ?Short-Term Evangelical Missions.? Roger Peterson was the leader of this group, and located a Christian attorney to help incorporate this radical new concept (it was radical back in 1984!). God also provided aoriginal STEM logo gifted artist who designed the original STEM logo used for nearly 20 years, photographers, and others who helped provide some initial marketing and promotional material at no cost. Working & Ministering in 1985 Lutheran Church of the Master (Brooklyn Center, Minnesota) provided a complimentary Sunday School classroom for STEM?s first offices from 1985?1988. The first full-time staff in 1985 were Roger Peterson and Toni Freer, assisted by volunteer efforts from Mike Whitchurch, Dave Shepherd, Jean Brueninger, and several others too numerous to name. STEM Team #1 (Crystal Evangelical Free Church Single Adults, New Hope MN) went to Haiti March 16, 1985, three months after STEM incorporated. STEM Team #2 (North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville MN) also went to Haiti March 25, 1985. In that first year, 1985, STEM sent 8 mission teams to Haiti, one to Jamaica, and did three field familiarization trips (Haiti, Jamaica, and Mexico). TEAMS: 1985?2007 Between 1985 and 2007, God has sent 425 STEM Teams, or 7,210 people (our 2007 year = 50 Teams, or 832 people). EXPANSION STEM began expanding somewhat ?accidentally? in 1991, when STEM Founder Roger Peterson co-authored and published a solid, empirical 40-page research study on the post-field outcomes of 366 previous STEM short-term missionaries. This study (still in print) has sold several thousand copies, and reports statistically significant changes in prayer, financial giving, commitment to world mission, mission-related activities and education, and in feelings about returning to the mission field. STEM Press now has several titles under ISBN registration, more than 80 other short-term mission-related ?helps? books or tools, plus another 80 general mission-related books. In April 2004, STEM Press launched a national mission magazine, Mission Maker Magazine. TODAY Since 2005, STEM Int?l consists of 3 program services, each focused on short-term mission: 1. Outreaches (mission trips) 2. Training 3. Publications STEM Int?l delivers these 3 program services through 4 organizational divisions: * STEM Ministries (outreaches to domestic and international locations) * STEM Share (outreaches to restricted-access, unreached 10/40 Window Nations) * STEM STM Training (short-term mission training & consulting) * STEM Press (publications)

Mission Statement: STEM Organizational Mission Statements STEM Int'l has 3 program services, each focused on short-term mission: 1. Outreaches (mission trips) 2. Training 3. Publications STEM Int'l delivers these program services through 4 organizational divisions: * STEM Ministries (outreaches) * STEM Share (outreaches to 10/40 Window Nations) * STEM STM Training (short-term mission training & consulting) * STEM Press (publications) Overarching Mission Statement STEM Int?l To extend God?s glory through strategic partnerships in short-term mission outreaches, training, and publications. Program #1: Outreaches STEM Ministries Through the process of short-term mission, STEM encourages Christians to discover God?s world, and fulfill their strategic role in His global plan. STEM Share To take the light of Christ to unreached people groups by sending short-term teams to pray and serve with long-term Christian workers in restricted-access nations. Program #2: Training STEM STM Training To empower churches and other sending entities to achieve maximum impact in their short-term mission programs through industry-leading training events and consulting and speaking services. * STMLC: The April Minneapolis Short-Term Mission Leaders? Conference seeks to empower the local church and other sending entities to achieve maximum effectiveness in their short-term mission programs. Program #3: Publications STEM Press STEM Press exists to extend God's glory by publishing and distributing mission materials and resources that equip, support, and improve short-term mission efforts. * Mission Maker Magazine: To glorify God by helping to equip the global mission community for Great Commission teamwork. * Commissioned Magazine: To re-mobilize STEM?s previous short-term team members and to mobilize Christians of all ages to seek their strategic role in God?s Great Commission.

Organizational Statement of Faith


Organizational Doctrinal Statements STEM?s Primary 9-Point Statement of Belief 1. The divine inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures as the inerrant and only Word of God. 2. The doctrine of the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 3. The fall of man and his consequent moral depravity and need for repentance and regeneration. 4. The human sexual experience rightly expressed through commitment in marriage between one man and one woman. 5. The atonement for sin through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. 6. The doctrine of justification by faith. 7. The regeneration and renewal of man through the work and presence of the Holy Spirit in his life. 8. The resurrection of the body both in the case of the just and the unjust. 9. The eternal life of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost, as described in Scripture. Other Statements of Belief We also accept and joyfully work together with all others who adhere to the basic tenets of faith as expressed in one or more of the following historically- and universally-recognized Christian Creeds/Confessions/Covenant: 1. The Apostles' Creed (circa A.D. 175) 2. The Nicene Creed (A.D. 325) 3. The Augsburg Confession (A.D. 1530) 4. The Westminster Confession (August 1647) 5. The Lausanne Covenant (July 1974) 6. Other similar or contemporary doctrinal statements of belief that do not contradict or disaffirm in part or in whole STEM?s Primary 9-Point Statement of Belief.


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