Interested in Partnership?

Are you working in urban ministry and thinking about a possible partnership with Desire Street Ministries?

Below is a list of objective criteria that helps guide our team as we  look at potential partners. Additionally, there are intangible /subjective factors that also carry weight throughout the process. If an organization fits the initial objective and subjective criteria, the Desire Street Ministry team will spend a lot of time with the potential partner to see if it is a good fit relationally and philosophically.

DSM adds new partners based upon our capacity, which on average has been one partner every 12-24 months. In the past few years, we have had numerous requests for partnership opportunities. Unfortunately, due to our current capacity, we must move slowly to best serve our current partners and allow for a steady and controlled growth of our ministry offerings.

Desire Street Ministries Partner Criteria

Although there are many ways to transform neighborhoods, Desire Street Ministries specifically seeks to serve leaders and ministries that:

  1. Live in the direct neighborhood they seek to serve.
  2. Have certified 501(c)3 non-profit status or are incorporated as a church.
  3. Have been actively serving in an official capacity for at least two years.
  4. Have an active board of directors or oversight committee providing appropriate levels of accountability and governance.
  5. Have a strong interest in receiving coaching, mentoring, and resourcing from Desire Street Ministries.
  6. Have a strong interest in networking and engaging with other Desire Street Ministries partners.
  7. Are engaged in grassroots, holistic, Christ-centered service offerings and programs to the poor and at-risk populations in their neighborhood.
  8. Feel comfortable leveraging their organization’s success in a way that is mutually beneficial for both them and for Desire Street as they both partner to accomplish their complimentary missions.
  9. Profess a statement of faith that unequivocally affirms a saving faith in Jesus Christ alone.
  10. Are open to engaging in honest dialogue, critique, assessment, and accountability that strives to improve the organization’s thrivability and sustainability.

Here are the recommended steps to consider before inquiring about becoming a partner:

  1. Attend a CCDA conference. The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) provides valuable training in the principles of urban ministry and helps those who are called to urban ministry meet like-minded Christians.
  2. Apply for non-profit 501(c)3 status. Application and approval take a while, so get started early. The IRS website provides all the information you need.
  3. Read some of the material on our Suggested Reading List.
  4. Review DSM’s Criteria for Partnership listed above.
  5. Fill out the Community Ministry Profile.
  6. Attend a Thriving Leaders Series session.