ECFA Standards


       Equipping Leaders International is fully accredited by the Evangelical Council on Financial   Accountability and fully endorses and practices the standards set by the Council.

      ECFA is committed to helping Christ-centered organizations earn the public’s trust through developing and maintaining standards of accountability that convey God-honoring ethical practices.



Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™

Standard 1 – Doctrinal Issues

Every organization shall subscribe to a written statement of faith clearly affirming a commitment to the evangelical Christian faith or shall otherwise demonstrate such commitment and shall operate in accordance with biblical truths and practices.

Standard 2 – Governance

Every organization shall be governed by a responsible board of not less than five individuals, a majority of whom shall be independent, who shall meet at least semiannually to establish policy and review its accomplishments.

Standard 3 – Financial Oversight

Each organization shall prepare complete and accurate financial statements. The board or a committee consisting of a majority of independent members shall approve the engagement of an independent certified public accountant, review the annual financial statements and maintain appropriate communication with the independent certified public accountant. The board shall be apprised of any material weaknesses in internal control or other significant risks.

Standard 4 – Use of Resources and Compliance with Laws

Every organization shall exercise the appropriate management and controls necessary to provide reasonable assurance that all of the organization’s operations are carried out and resources are used in a responsible manner and in conformity with applicable laws and regulations, such conformity taking into account biblical mandates.

Standard 5 – Transparency

Every organization shall provide a copy of its current financial statements upon written request and shall provide other disclosures as the law may require. The financial statements required to comply with Standard 3 must be disclosed under this standard.

An organization must provide a report, upon written request, including financial information on any specific project for which it has sought or is seeking gifts.

Standard 6 – Related-party Transactions – Effective until December 31, 2013

Every organization shall avoid conflicts of interest. Transactions with related parties may be undertaken only if all of the following are observed:  1) a material transaction is fully disclosed in the financial statements of the organization; 2) the related party is excluded from the discussion and approval of such transaction; 3) a competitive bid or comparable valuation exists; and 4) the organization’s board has acted upon and demonstrated that the transaction is in the best interest of the organization.

Standard 6 – Compensation and Related Party Transactions – Effective January 1, 2014

Every organization shall set compensation of its top leader and address related-party transactions in a manner that demonstrates integrity and propriety in conformity with ECFA’s Policy for Excellence in Compensation-Setting and Related-Party Transactions.

Standard 7 – Stewardship of Charitable Gifts

7.1 Truthfulness in Communications

In securing charitable gifts, all representations of fact, descriptions of the financial condition of the organization, or narratives about events must be current, complete, and accurate. References to past activities or events must be appropriately dated. There must be no material omissions or exaggerations of fact, use of misleading photographs or any other communication which would tend to create a false impression or misunderstanding.

7.2 Giver Expectations and Intent

Statements made about the use of gifts by an organization in its charitable gift appeals must be honored. A giver’s intent relates both to what was communicated in the appeal and to any instructions accompanying the gift, if accepted by the organization. Appeals for charitable gifts must not create unrealistic expectations of what a gift will actually accomplish.

7.3 Charitable Gift Communication

Every organization shall provide givers appropriate and timely gift acknowledgments.

7.4 Acting in the Best Interest of Givers

When dealing with persons regarding commitments on major gifts, an organization’s representatives must seek to guide and advise givers to adequately consider their broad interests.

An organization must make every effort to avoid knowingly accepting a gift from or entering into a contract with a giver that would place a hardship on the giver or place the giver’s future well-being in jeopardy.

7.5 Percentage Compensation for Securing Charitable Gifts

An organization may not base compensation of outside stewardship resource consultants or its own employees directly or indirectly on a percentage of charitable contributions raised.


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Board of Trustees

ELI is governed by a strategic policy oriented Board of Trustees, i.e. a Board that thinks strategically, allowing future priorities to determine present decisions. It plans its work and works it plan to accomplish specific objectives effectively. The Board implements its policies through an Executive Director.


C. David Watson, JD
Senior Counsel for Reynolds Consumer Products


Richard Ashlock
Owner, Sales, Purchasing for Avodah Purchasing Group


Clifford Montgomery, CFA
Owner and Portfolio Manager for Scotia Parters, LLC


Vicki Kloosterhouse_headshot

Vicki Kloosterhouse, PhD
Speaker, Trainer, Coach


Dr. Daniel Steere, PhD

Project Director, Equipping Leaders International


Michael Hicks, MBA

Senior Consultant for Telecommunications Consulting Services


Donald Mountan, MDiv
Executive Director, Equipping Leaders International, Inc.

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Equipping Leaders International Inc. is a non-profit para-church ministry organized to glorify God by developing strategic Christian leaders inside and outside the institutional church to lead biblical reformation in their cultures and to replicate this leadership

Christians are called to make disciples of the nations, to change cultures so that to a discernible degree our prayer “Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven” is increasingly manifest as answered. The biblical worldview and Reformed heritage sees no distinction between sacred and secular, “whatsoever you do…do all to the glory of God.” Christ’s Kingdom work takes place in a bigger arena than the institutional church. Leaders in every area of culture need to be equipped with a Christ-centered biblical worldview and skills.

Pastors alone, as significant as they are, are not sufficient to the task because of the limits of their own training, experience and time. From among the priesthood of believers, God has equipped Christian leaders in strategic areas who are able to equip the saints for service in areas outside the institutional church, e.g. education and the workplace, two vital areas impacting culture.

There is a need for the Reformed community to lead in applying a Christ-centered biblical worldview theology to the task of equipping strategic Christian leaders. Equipping Leaders International is responding to this need by recruiting experienced Christ-centered biblical leaders gifted to teach other leaders to influence strategic areas in their culture – their churches, homes, schools, workplaces.

“Leaders influence. It’s that simple”
Dr. Robert Clinton

Equipping Leaders International desires the LORD use us to influence and equip other leaders to influence and equip other leaders to influence others to live a Christ-centered biblical lifestyle by the grace of God through faith in Christ

Historically, ELI is newly organized, being founded in 2008, but it is well experienced. The founding members have many years of ministry leadership experience. The founder and Executive Director has over 32 years church leadership experience, the last seven of which has been training leaders overseas.

Over 140 years of Christian leadership experience is represented by the full-time instructional staff of ELI. This experience covers local church leadership, church planting, church revitalization, founding and administration of Christian schools, academic studies and publishing and overseas ministries in Africa, China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Israel. This experience also covers over 130 years of living out the Christian faith “successfully” in marriage, family, business, and neighborly community relations. The LORD has prepared the ELI staff with wisdom born of study and experience to practically apply His word.

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