Mission & Vision

Mission

The Timothy Initiative exists to advance Christ’s Kingdom by multiplying disciples and disciple making churches around the world.

Vision

In obedience to Jesus and through Kingdom partnerships, The Timothy Initiative’s vision is to see multiplying, disciple making churches in every place and people group.

TTI’s Seven Core Values

Kingdom
Focused

It’s all about the King
and His Kingdom.

Prayer
is Priority

First we pray, then we
plan, then we plant.

Spirit-Led

Scripture-Based

The Holy Spirit and The Holy
Scriptures are our guides in
planting churches.

People Matter

All people matter to God, so
we reach out to everyone.

Integrity First

Integrity matters to God, so it
matters to us.

Faith Driven

We want to bring glory to God.
If there is no faith involved,
there is no glory for God.

Disciple-Making
Leads to
Church Planting

The best way to plant churches
is by making disciple makers.

Our History

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2007
2008
2010
2013
2014
2016
2020
2021
Today
Future

2007

Origins 

During a trip to Asia, founder David Nelms saw countless temples and mosques and asked, “Where are the churches?” “There are none,” came the reply. Through a broken heart and a whispered prayer, God birthed a new movement.    

2008

Tragedy 

God uses David Nelms and local leaders Joshua Vijayakumar and Harsha Kumar to start a church planting training program. Harsha is killed by falling boulders weeks before the launch of TTI’s first 3,075 church planters.

2010

Core 

TTI’s 10-book core training materials are developed with the expectation that each disciple plants one church by the end of their training. 

2013

Multiply 

A new multiplication model for training, called Disciples Making Disciples (DMD), is implemented. TTI is active in 30 countries.   

2014

Sacrifice 

Each church plant begins to care for widows and orphans. TTI crosses 25,000 churches planted. 

2016

Unreached 

The Lord leads TTI to focus on helping reach Unreached People Groups (UPGs). 

2020

ACHIEVE 

God gives TTI an amplified vision: A Church In Every Village, Everywhere (ACHIEVE). Two Asian countries began surveying and mapping 700,000 villages so each could have a church. A new church is planted through TTI every 40 minutes. 

2021

Pursuit 

In pursuit of ACHIEVE, TTI knows it can only happen in partnership. COTW, the Coalition of the Willing, was born. Ministries work together to map 5 million villages. A new church is planted through TTI every 20 minutes.  

Today

Acceleration 

TTI surpasses 180,000 churches planted, 1.7 million new disciples and is expanding toward 50 countries. 

  • A new church is planted through TTI every 11 minutes. 

Future

Homecoming 

Someday, every tribe, tongue, and nation will gather around Christ’s throne and give God all the glory.