Online Christian Ministry Incubation and Acquisition

As part of its work, TechMission has provided technology consulting and programs to nonprofit and ministries since 2000. Many online ministries have needed support to continue their mission. In some cases, TechMission has acquired nonprofit ministry initiatives as a part of their exit strategy. Some past acquisitions and incubations include:

  • Rescue College. In 2008, TechMission acquired Rescue College from the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. The school was renamed City Vision College and became a program of TechMission where it has grown substantially. After starting a master's program in 2014, it became City Vision University in 2015.
  • ChristiansInRecovery.org and Alcoholics Victorious. In 2013, TechMission acquired ChristiansInRecovery.org and Alcoholics Victorious and they became programs of TechMission. The founder continued running CIR as a program of TechMission until the end of 2017, and TechMission provided accounting, administrative and technical support until these programs went under new management in early 2018.
  • ILS Nova. In 2012, Innovative Learning Systems entered into a joint venture with TechMission to convert its CD-ROM-based curriculum into an online service.
  • TheCommon.org. In 2013, TechMission acquired TheCommon.org, which assist churches in serving their local communities. This program ended in 2016.
  • SafeFamilies.org and We-Blocker Internet Filtering Software. In 2005, TechMission’s Safe Families program entered a partnership with We-Blocker to take over future updates and distribution of their software. SafeFamilies.org still exists to share information about Internet safety, especially for families, but it no longer redistributes the We-Blocker software, now that better free alternatives have come on the market.
  • Blazing Grace. For several years, TechMission provided hosting for the BlazingGrace online sexual addiction recovery ministry, including their popular BlazingGrace support forums.
  • FASTEN Network. In 2008, TechMission's UrbanMinistry.org took over hosting for the FASTEN Network, which provides hundreds of articles on Christian community development, with a focus on churches.
  • UrbanMinistry.org.From 2006 to the early 2010's, UrbanMinistry.org was one of the most-visited sites for Christians serving the poor, providing over 150,000 resources, such as wiki articles, audio, and video. The video is still available on TechMission's YouTube channel, and the audio and articles are at City Vision University's online library.

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Andrew SearsAndrew Sears

Previously to founding TechMission, Andrew provided consulting on new product design and technology architecture to Sprint, St. Paul Venture Capital and several internet startups. He co-founded MIT's Internet Telecoms Consortium with one of the fathers of the Internet. He has consulted with many nonprofit organizations and ministries and serves as the lead architect and project manager for TechMission's consulting projects. He completed his doctoral degree in 2014 in disruptive innovation in Christian higher education. See the Christianity Today feature article on TechMission and Andrew Sears here.

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Evan DonovanEvan Donovan

For over 8 years, Evan was heavily active in the open source community for the Drupal CMS. He eventually became a maintainer for over 10 modules, some of which he developed himself. Among the modules he maintained are two for integration between Drupal and Salesforce: the Ubercart/Salesforce Integration module and the main Salesforce Suite. He has been involved in most of TechMission’s Web development projects since 2007. He also did most of the configuration and development of Salesforce-based systems for its internships program, City Vision University, the NET Institute, the Shores Institute, and Bakke Graduate University. In addition to his work for TechMission, Evan has worked as a Web developer under contract to PINGV and Above the Fold Design.

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