The Church's Role in Our Programs

Compassion International's local church partners are responsible for the day-to-day activities that affect the lives of the children the ministry serves. The local church partners essentially "own" the local Compassion child development center.

The Church's Role in Our Programs
A local mission

Our church partners are responsible for the day-to-day activities that affect children's lives — they essentially "own" the local Compassion child development center.

A boy stands with his arms crossed. A cross hangs in the background. The words prayer and fasting are painted on the wall.

What's more, the center's committee and staff are recruited by and report directly to the local church leaders. These people all have a vision, calling and motivation for to carry out effective child development ministry and activities.

"A local church partner is always the implementer of child development work resourced through Compassion. This is due to our belief in the church’s Biblical mandate as salt and light in its community and our desire to equip the church to play its role. No matter how NGOs come and go, the church will always remain." — Emily Sarmiento, Senior Strategy & Development Advisor
Church responsibilities

The church is also responsible for the funds that Compassion provides. It establishes its own bank account for the center and all money in that account is used for one purpose only: to promote child development. Some other important roles the church is responsible for include:

  • having an established work that has the respect of the local government, Christian community and general public.
  • creating a structure that is not dependent on Compassion for its long-term existence.
  • maintaining integrity and excellence in all operations.
  • setting up an accountability structure and annual budget.
How Does the Church Offer Hope for Children in Poverty?

A Kenyan pastor, holding a baby, stands in front of a group of mothers and their children

The involvement of Redeemed Gospel Church in Nairobi, Kenya, in taking care of the needy and being an alternative community that yearns for justice, positions the church in a place that its community can’t ignore.

What Is There to Love About the Church?

A young Burkinabe boy stands next to a chalkboard

The local church is the means through which we implement our holistic child development program. Our partner churches dedicate time, energy and love to serve children in need. And as they do so, the little ones discover hope for the future.