Vision for Transformation 2020

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Letter from the President

In 2008 we became convinced God was inviting us to adopt a refreshed vision which centered on providing “transformational” education services. Our decision to embrace this led to the development of a strategic plan entitled, “Birth of a Dream, 2010-2014.” It was full of bold hopes and promises, but to our amazement we discovered that our dreams were too limited and our goals too modest.

The medium for us is education, but the goal is the transformation of individuals and communities in ways that bring honor to Jesus Christ.

Over the last 18 months we have revised that plan and adopted a new one entitled, “Vision for Transformation.” The title captures the core idea which we are all pursuing, namely God-inspired, Spirit-empowered transformation. The medium for us is education, but the goal is the transformation of individuals and communities in ways that bring honor to Jesus Christ.

Our new plan, which is summarized in this booklet, grew out of long discussion with input from across the TeachBeyond world. All our team members had an opportunity to contribute and the goals we set reflect their prayers as well as the prayers of our dedicated Board of Directors. It is a vision born out of a longing to serve Christ and to love people as God Himself loved us. We invite you to share this vision and to join us in the journey which lies ahead.

Board Members

  • Steve Chilcraft (Chair)
    • Freelance Christian Worker
    • United Kingdom
  • Yana Ahn
    • Mission Pastor
    • United States
  • Chung Dao
    • Entrepreneur
    • Vietnam
  • Brian Delamont
    • Senior Associate Pastor
    • Canada
  • Juçara Dini
    • Business Communications
    • Brazil
  • Dwight Koerber, Jr.
    • Attorney
    • United States
  • Dzmitry Lazuta
    • Pastor
    • Belarus
  • Eivor Oborn
    • Professor
    • United Kingdom
  • Diane Peneycad
    • Learning Consultant
    • United States
  • Joe Schuringa
    • Retired Business Executive
    • Canada
  • Wolfgang Zschämisch
    • School Director
    • Germany
  • Cesar Leandro Voltz
    • Senior Pastor
    • Brazil
  • Karen McAdam
    • Secondary School Teacher
    • Germany

  • George Durance
    • President
    • United States/United Kingdom

Cabinet Members

  • Howard Dueck
    • VP of Human Resources
    • Canada
  • Becky Johnson
    • VP of Educational Services
    • United Kingdom
  • David Fornell
    • Director Creative Access
  • Gregory Needham
    • Director North America
    • Canada
  • Haesook Won
    • Director Asia
    • Asia
  • Diane Kraines
    • Director of Language Services
    • Germany
  • David Midwinter
    • Director of Teacher Education
    • United Kingdom
  • Peter Regez
    • Director Europe/Eurasia
    • Germany

Brief History of TeachBeyond

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    1954 The Janz Brothers Gospel Association is founded by Leo Janz and team to bring the gospel message to post-war Germany.

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    1955 First broadcast over Radio Luxembourg. The work spreads from German language radio programs to church, music, and educational work.

  • 1956 A homeschool is started in the Janz family living room in Basel, Switzerland for six Janz children. Later this becomes Black Forest Academy (renamed 1973).

  • 1950s-1960s Janz Team provides evangelistic crusades, outreach programs, youth work, and Bible courses in Europe and South America.

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    1960s-1990s Evangelistic crusades are held in Europe, South and North America. Janz Team expands its work to new places including Belarus, UK, France, and Portugal. English camps begin.

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    2006 The board of directors and members recast the vision to focus on education as a means for spiritual and life transformation.

  • 2009 The organization is renamed “TeachBeyond: Transformational Education Services.” Dr. George Durance is appointed president. “Birth of a Vision” Strategic Plan (2010-2014) launches global education initiatives.

  • 2014 TeachBeyond holds its first global conference. The GlobalCentre is established in the UK. 435 members serve in 39 countries around the world, using education as a medium to reach others for Christ.

Our Identity Statements

Our Vision Prayer

We wholeheartedly desire to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.

Our Mission

As followers of Jesus we are an international organization providing transformational education to children and adults. We offer teaching and learning services to all regardless of gender, ethnicity, or religion in order to promote holistic personal growth and enduring social benefit.

Our Name

The name TeachBeyond best captures in two simple words our understanding of the Great Commission in Matthew 28, in which Jesus says, “Go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” The word beyond suggests crossing geographic and cultural boundaries. It also indicates our commitment to teaching beyond one-dimensional, utilitarian forms of education to a comprehensive, holistic form that fosters personal, transformational growth, and enduring social benefit.
Our name reflects both our organizational mission as well as our challenge to Christians to think beyond their current context, to encourage their growth as transformational educators, to inspire them to get involved, and to help them go where God is leading them.

Our Distinctive

We hold to a collection of characteristics and qualities, which influence our approach to transformational education. Our distinctive is the way we embrace them.

1. Our calling to transformational education

Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit active in education, children and adults can experience redemptive, holistic transformation. This makes them increasingly like Christ in their world.

2. Our commitment to the idea of teaching beyond

We are committed to…

  • Teaching with an attitude of teachability
  • Teaching creatively in formal and informal settings
  • Teaching in local communities, but always thinking beyond to the world and its needs
  • Teaching for effectiveness in society, but also for fruitfulness in God’s eternal Kingdom

3. Our commitment to cultivate a learning community

We seek to grow corporately in our understanding of our global mission and identity as we think together. We also seek to grow personally and vocationally, in our service to our community and world, and in our love for our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. Our vision to foster a global movement

We are part of a global community of like-minded people. We envision this community becoming a vibrant global movement used by the Spirit to impact our world in redemptive ways. We see ourselves supporting this movement through the services we provide.

5. Our multi-ethnic composition and unifying organizational structure

We seek to be as ethnically rich and diverse as the Church itself. Our organizational structure fosters a cooperative spirit and ensures we work together in effective ways that extend local and national endeavors. We view our national legal offices to be expressions of TeachBeyond and derivatives of a global community committed to the ideals of TeachBeyond.

6. Our statement of faith

We ascribe to the statement of faith of the World Evangelical Alliance.

7. Our values

We ascribe to and embrace nine values which inform our beliefs, guide our actions, and define our character: faith, integrity, holiness, love for people, creativity, cultural relevance, congeniality, partnering with others, and excellence.

In light of our vision prayer and mission, we provide the following educational services:

Schools (preschool, elementary, secondary)

  • Startups
  • Personnel
  • Management
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Professional development
  • Partnerships, networks, and consultation
  • School board training

Higher Education (universities, colleges, and seminaries)

  • Startups
  • Personnel
  • Management
  • Teacher education programs
  • Teacher education conferences
  • Degree and diploma programs
  • Partnerships, networks, and consultation

Informal Education

  • Language programs (e.g., ESL)
  • Camps and retreats
  • Counseling
  • Leadership development
  • Seminars

Continuing education

  • Personalized development plans
  • Transformational education institute
  • Online courses and resources

Understanding our Organizational Context

God is using education to build His Church everywhere.

In every country people enthusiastically welcome educational services that cross social, religious, and economic barriers.

Believers, in the power of God’s Spirit, are seizing the opportunity education provides to make followers of Christ.

God has given us a rapidly growing group of qualified educators and support staff who are committed to serving Jesus Christ anywhere.

Nevertheless, we desperately need more people with skills and commitment to serve God through education.

To sustain the momentum and rapid growth, we must significantly expand our support infrastructure.

People from many cultures want to participate in transformational education; to have the most impact for God, we need to become simultaneously more diverse and integrated.

As the opportunities continue to increase, we need more financial and prayer partners.

God has called TeachBeyond to be an agent of Holy Spirit empowered transformation AMONG those whom we serve: educators, learners, organizations, and communities


We exist and serve so that educators will become increasingly effective, transformational models of a Christ-centered life which integrates biblical faith, learning, and living. Educators refer initially to all our members and then to all responsible for teaching, in professional/non-professional and formal/informal settings.


We exist and serve in order for learners of all ages and in all regions of the world to become holistically transformed and then to be agents of transformation. Learners refer to those whom we teach directly or through our sphere of influence. These include students, campers, seminar participants, and others.


We exist and serve in order that organizations with which we partner will achieve optimal mission effectiveness. Organizations refer to the legal or social entities people create to achieve a goal. These include schools, universities, seminaries, camps, churches, agencies, businesses, governments, and others. We ourselves must also pursue mission effectiveness, modeling the principles and practices we advocate.


We exist and serve in order that the communities where we serve across the globe will experience redemptive renewal. Communities are the social setting for the educational services we provide. Although the primary focus is on the family and the local church, our desire to bring renewal extends to neighborhoods, towns, cities, regions, and countries.

Strategic Plan for 2015-2020

Educators will be effective models of an integrated life.

We believe that well-trained, fully equipped, and discipled educators will be effective agents of transformation as they integrate their faith with their life and vocation. The greater the number of Spirit empowered, transformed, and transformational educators we have from every region and serving in every region, the greater will be the impact for God’s glory.

2015-2020 Strategic Goals

  • Increase TeachBeyond members from 435 to 1,550 by 2020.
  • Increase non-US and non-Canadian members from 17% to at least 50% of total TeachBeyond members by 2020.
  • Appoint at least 75 TeachBeyond members to serve in each region by 2020.
  • Increase TeachBeyond associates (incl. contracted volunteers) from 400 to 1,100 by 2020.
  • Equip 1,000 (up from 125) educators/trainers (non-TeachBeyond) a year in informal or formal programs by 2020.
  • Equip all TeachBeyond members through a well-designed, personalized development plan by 2020.
  • Develop and implement a plan to assess and improve the effectiveness of all our educators in all departments of Educational Services.


TeachBeyond members in 2020
435 members in 2014.


non-TeachBeyond educators equipped a year in 2020
125 educators in 2014.


non-US and non-Canada members in 2020
17% members in 2014

Where TeachBeyond Members come from and where they serve

We seek to increase the number of members coming from all countries and nations of the globe. As we become more diverse and integrated we can have the most impact for God.

Learners will be holistically transformed and transformational.

We believe that the Holy Spirit uses careful planning and excellent programming to create transformation in the life of a learner. As the learner is transformed, he or she becomes an agent of transformation. Therefore, we seek to educate as many learners as possible in the best educational environments we can provide.

2015-2020 Strategic Goals

  • Triple the number of learners under our direct teaching from 18,300 to 55,000 a year by 2020.
  • Triple the number of learners under our “sphere of influence” from 26,400 to 80,000 a year by 2020.
  • Establish 11 service hubs (up from 2) — strategically significant operational and service centers where at least three synergistic educational services are provided in the context of administrative office support — by 2020.
  • Increase the number of educational services and programs we provide from 140 to 365 a year by 2020.
  • Develop and implement a plan to assess and improve the effectiveness of all our programs and our provision of “transformational education” in all departments of Education Services by 2020.


directly taught learners in 2020
18,300 learners in 2014


educational services provided in 2020
140 services in 2014

Learners we reach worldwide

As the numbers of learners expands worldwide so does the impact that is seen around them. We seek to transform the globe through the life of learners.

Organizations will achieve optimal mission effectiveness.

We believe education occurs in an organizational environment that can be carefully developed to aid the teaching-learning process. We are committed to helping our partners become as organizationally effective and Christ-honoring as possible. In order for us to do this, we must model the principles and practices we advocate.

2015-2020 Strategic Goals

  • Create a global governance system that integrates an increased number of national legal offices (increasing from 13 to 26 national legal offices) by 2020.
  • Create global operational integration of essential services in all departments by 2020.
  • Increase the number of organizations with which we partner (defined by an MOA) from 60 to 230 by 2020.
  • Develop and implement a plan to assess and improve our effectiveness of working with organizations by 2020.

26 National Legal Offices in 2020

230 Partnering Organizations in 2020

Our organization grows in partnerships and ministry

As we continue to grow we seek to strengthen our organization so that we can be effective and expand our ability to serve those around us.

Communities will experience redemptive renewal.

We believe God will transform families, churches, communities, and societies as our educators model transformation and our learners experience it in their hearts and minds. This will bring social, economic, and spiritual restoration.

2015-2020 Strategic Goals

  • Increase the number of countries in which we provide educational services from 39 to 65, based on invitations from communities (e.g., churches, cities, towns, officials) who have heard that we provide a positive change.
  • Request all our service projects to demonstrate an effort to foster redemptive renewal in their surrounding communities.
  • Develop and implement a plan to determine and affirm the ongoing existence of redemptive renewal in communities surrounding all our service projects by 2020.
  • Promote and celebrate God’s global use of transformational education in at least 100 countries of the world by 2020 (through social media, websites, books, articles, broadcasts, etc.).

65 Countries served in 2020

The different communities and countries we serve worldwide

As we serve throughout the globe we seek to be agents of change that have an impact on the whole community. Even the smallest change can have an impact on the country and eventually the world.