annual report two thousand sixteen
H E LLO My name is Jennie Allen. I am a wife, mother, author and the Founder and Visionary of a non-profit organization called IF:Gathering. IF:Gathering seeks to gather, equip and unleash women to live out Godâ€™s calling on their lives. Our focus is on building tools that allow the local church to minister to the women in their congregations. We do not exist to throw successful events to reach the masses. We only exist to build disciples who love and serve their local churches. We hope to equip women leaders to bring the resources of IF:Gathering to local churches and communities. IF:Gathering may or may not be around for our daughters and granddaughters, but we know the church WILL. It is the church that we hope to serve. That is the focus of our existence. Our approach is not cutting-edge or fresh or a different disciple-making than what weâ€™ve seen the Church thrive on. We believe in the simple, pure power of God and His Word. We gather around Scripture daily to read, pray and apply it to our lives. We share meals and have deep, honest conversations about faith. And finally, and fundamentally, we get on our knees together and pray that God would use us to His glory and for the good of others. The following pages contain more information about IF:Gathering. We hope this letter gives you clarity and peace about what God has called us to do and what we hope to partner with you in as we seek to serve the local church, honor God and make His name great.
Jennie Allen Founder & Visionary
WE DREAM OF ORDINARY WOMEN WHO BECOME LEADERS AND RISE UP TO MAKE DISCIPLES IN EVERY CITY IN THE COUNTRY AND EVERY COUNTRY IN THE WORLD.
THE NI CENE CR EED : We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and
W H AT W E BEL IEV E: In response to great division and theological disputes in the first
was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand
three centuries of the church, a
of the Father. He will come again in glory to
council formed to bring unity and
judge the living and the dead, and his king-
agreement over the most essential
dom will have no end. We believe in the Holy
doctrines of Christianity. One of
Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds
the creeds that has stood the test
from the Father and the Son. With the Father
of time is the Nicene Creed. This
and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He
creed became a guiding state-
has spoken through the Prophets. We believe
ment of faith for the Church. We now find ourselves divided over many, many things - and yet about the most important things we whole-heartedly agree.
in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen
OUR VALUES IF:Gathering is a non-profit organization with a vision to gather, equip, and unleash women to live out their calling. We do this by providing tools and resources that leaders use to serve women in their communities through the local church.
a utho r i ty
au t h en t i ci t y
We believe the God of the universe reveals and defines Himself through His Word. We believe the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired by God, fully trustworthy and of supreme and final authority in what they say.
We want to create a safe environment where women can bring their wrestling, their doubts, and their confessions.
part i ci pat ory We believe that together, by unleashing our God-given gifts, we can restore ourselves and the world to be more like God
the c hurch We believe in the universal church, expressed through local bodies of believers, as the primary means of faithful expression to God. We are passionate about creating resources and tools to serve the church as they serve women around the world.
h u m ble We will humbly come together with our unique gifts, resources, and perspectives, believing that unified under the name of Christ, we can be more effective at reaching our generation than divided.
ho no ri n g
ch ri st - cen t ered
We honor each person and their values. We respect the value and traditions of each indvidual, while coming together for the sake of unity to carry God to the next generation of women.
We believe in one God. Everything we do is grounded in the truth of Christâ€™s life, death and resurrection. What we do exists for the glory of God.
OUR MISSION GATHER ::
Our 2-day gathering each year brings together women from all over
the world to humbly seek God and to equip them to better live out their callings. We seek to model, resource, and empower women so that they create fresh, honest spaces in their local contexts to wrestle with essential questions of faith. We call them IF:Locals. The makeup and mechanics of each IF:Local is unique. There are monthly and annual opportunities to gather with women for prayer, around dinner tables, and for dreaming about what God can do through the laying down of our lives in obedience.
We create tools to put in the hands of disciples who make disciples. The
IF:Gathering app provides daily content that talks about the basic tenants of our faith. Our prayer is that women would know God and use our tools to give Him away to others. By providing easy online access to a like-hearted community and relevant resources, we release women around the world to live out their purposes.
UNLEASH :: Our hope is that IF:Gathering transforms hearts and leaves a tangible impact on the world. By partnering with organizations like Food for the Hungry, IJM, Feed the Children, Africa New Life Ministries and Hope International, we are coming alongside women around the world, fostering relationships and utilizing our God-given gifts.
ME E T OUR TE A M
Founder & Visionary
COO & Strategist
A LY BONVILLE
Event Logistics & Intern Manager
Accounting Associate & Office Manager
Sponsorship & Marketplace Coordinator
INTERNSHIPS As part of our discipleship and leadership model, we have created and built an intern program that allows us to not only build out our vision but also build into women. Over the course of the past 4 years we have had 23 interns as part of our program, ranging in age from 21-29.
Each intern personally fundraises around $30,000 to cover the cost of their living expenses for the year. While part of IF, interns support major programs and events throughout the year alongside our staff and experience weekly mentorship and spiritual development.
Because we desire to see a global
gathering of women across denomina-
attendees at IF:Austin
tions, generations, and cultures come together in the name of Jesus we have
live stream viewers
not charged a ticket price for IF:Austin or IF:Local the last four years. Instead,
we asked everyone, in faith, to give what
registered IF:local events hosted around the world
they could (donate) as the registration fee. We trusted and believed God, and
the gatherings were completely funded
by tens of thousands of generous women
giving to our vision.
estimated number of viewers
We gather in Austin, TX annually with 2,500 women in person and hundreds of thousands of others around the world through our Livestream and IF:Locals.
WOMEN IN AUSTIN, TX 2014 2015 2016
LIVE STREAM VIEWERS
1,200 2,000 2,500
REGISTERED IF:LOCAL EVENTS
2014 2015 2016
150,000 412,000 1 MILLION
122 in 2016
the vision for if:table is based on
â€œThey broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.â€?
if:table We are inviting women to host dinners once a month in their local communities. Inspired by Acts 2:46, IF:Table is: 2 hours | 4 questions | 6 women We believe the table is a place to gather women and share a simple meal and dive deep with people over real stories and Christ centered conversations. A time for a whole lot of laughter and maybe a few tears but time spent that leaves us with glad hearts. Full hearts. Grateful hearts.
women all over the country are registered to host an if:table each month.
if:equip IF:Equip is a daily discipleship tool that is designed to help women around the world to know God more deeply and to live out their purpose. Our studies include: I Believe: A Study of the Nicene Creed Rooted: A Tool for Studying Your Bible Woven: The Art of Discipleship Anno Domini: The First 500 Years of the church
views of our equipping videos
2014 2015 2016 12,000 subscribers 70,000 subscribers
Our hope is that IF:Gathering transforms hearts and leaves a tangible impact on the world. By partnering with other organizations and the local church
are coming alongside women around the world, fostering relationships and utilizing our God-given gifts.
IN 2016 IJM RAISED OVER $1 MILLION THROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIP COLLABORATION. Over 1,000 churches around the world are implementing and experiencing IF resources.
social media impact
ABOUT :: ADORA MCCURRY
IF:GATHERING IS LIFE-CHANGING, SOMETHING THAT YOU WONDER WHERE ITâ€™S BEEN YOUR WHOLE LIFE WHEN YOU EXPERIENCE IT.
Adora is a single mother, marketing director and community leader in Little Rock, AR. She has implemented IF:Table, Gathering and Equip tools and experiences in every aspect of her community. She believes that these tools and relationships are important for women of every generation and chapter of life. Since we as women wear so many hats, taking the time to invest in our personal spiritual development and care is paramount.
- Adora McCurry Little Rock, AR
ABOUT :: ANDREA MCMASTER Andrea MacCaster is a media coach, originally from Omaha, NE who moved to Minneapolis, MN with her family. As she encountered this new chapter, she longed for purposeful and authentic community, and found it was harder to create and experience than she ever thought. Seeking her God given purpose and direction, she felt led to host an IF:Local. In 2015 she hosted her areaâ€™s first IF:Local event during IF:Austin. Dreaming of 100 local women to gather together, 250 attended representing 56 churches. In 2016 that number increased to 600 local women and 80+ churches being represented showing that God can do powerful things with your yes and belief that He wants to use you right where you are.
IN A GENERATION OF WOMEN
GOD’S GLORY IS ON DISPLAY
The best metaphor we have to describe what has happened is this: each person in this story is a domino. Small acts of obedience to God result in the laying down of our lives, or our dominoes. Jennie and the IF team’s obedience is a very small part of a really huge matrix of dominoes. What has happened over the last three years is that an army of women have been obedient to their call and it has unleashed others to do the same. The result is simply that God’s glory is on display through the laying down of lives in the midst of a generation of women who want to see Him move.
WHO WANT TO
financial year in review 2016 INCOME ACTUALS 01
d o n ati o n s
$460,000 $329,000 $993,000 $315,000
t o t a l $2,097,000
2016 EXPENSE ACTUALS 01
ev en ts $897,000
t o t a l $1,899,000
2017 PROJECTED INCOME 01
d o n ati o n s
$385,000 $448,000 $975,000 $275,000
t o t a l $2,083,000
2017 PROJECTED EXPENSES 01
ev en ts $630,000
$197,000 $134,000 $1,084,000
t o t a l $2,045,000 18
PARTNER WITH US We cannot do this alone. We need the help of individuals, foundations and corporations who see the need and are excited to partner to continue seeing the vision of IF and their resources for women grow. We believe this is just the beginning of a ministry that will impact women for years to come.
WILL YOU CONSIDER GIVING? Email Suzanna Hendricks to explore and learn more about impact partnerships and potential opportunities for giving: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TO O UR D O NO RS & PA R TN ER S your incredible faith in this vision and generosity makes all of these programs and resources possible. thank you!
T HA N K YOU FOR C ONSIDERING TO PA RTNER WITH U S AS WE WORK TO G ATHER , EQU IP & U NLEASH WOM EN TO LIVE OUT THEIR CA LLING.