Asheville, NC - January 20, 2012 - Helps International Ministries (HIM) announced today that it has launched a non-profit Ministry Incubator for like-minded Christian ministries operating out of its headquarters building at 573 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC.
HIM’s Ministry Incubator provides a three-year incubation and organizational development program for ministries seeking to grow and launch out on their own, typically under their own 501(c)(3) non-profit designation. Though the emphasis is on start-up ministries, HIM also serves longer-established ministries who are seeking to grow to the next level.
The HIM Ministry Incubator offers administrative, accounting, information technology, standard business-equipment, and office-space related support services to various ministries. Ministries served by HIM¹s Ministry Incubator may also receive management consulting, strategic planning, fundraising coaching, Board Development resources, and capital campaign planning and oversight.
HIM Executive Director, Bo Harris, stated that “the Ministry Incubator is designed to give entrepreneurs in ministry an opportunity and a place where their idea can grow into a full blown organization. HIM believes that growing and sending organizations will not only strengthen and serve the people of Asheville and WNC, but also people all over the world.”
New Hopes New Beginnings, a start-up ministry to abused and battered women in WNC, moved into the HIM office on June 1, 2011 as a participant in the Ministry Incubator pilot program. New Hopes’ Executive Director, Susan Lytle, reported that “the practical services and ministry development tools we receive from HIM provide an obvious advantage to ministries like ours, and the shared-office-space environment provides encouragement, camaraderie, and networking opportunities as we connect with other like-minded Christian entrepreneurs.”
Helps International Ministries, Inc. (HIM) is a non-denominational, non-profit Christian mission society headquartered in Asheville, NC. Founded as a “mission helping missions” in 1976, HIM provides various operational, administrative, and technical services, or “helps,” to other missions, including architectural planning and design services, child sponsorships, and computer and IT support, among others. Over the past 35 years, HIM has provided help to hundreds of organizations, working on over 250 projects in over 79 different countries. More information can be found at www.helpsmission.org.