Online Christian Ministry Incubation and Acquisition
TechMission is a nonprofit organization that has been providing technology consulting and programs to nonprofit and ministries since 2000. Many online ministries have found it difficult to survive on their own. 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 has continued running CIR as a program of TechMission, and TechMission has provided accounting, administrative and technical support.
- 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.
- 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.
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 is completing his doctoral degree in 2014 in disruptive innovation in Christian higher education. See the Christianity Today feature article on TechMission and Andrew Sears here.
Evan has been heavily active in the open source community for the Drupal CMS, and eventually became a maintainer for over 10 modules, some of which he developed himself. Among the modules he maintains 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 has also done most of the configuration and development of TechMission’s Salesforce systems for its internships program, City Vision College, the NET Institute, the Shores Institute, and Bakke Graduate University. In addition to his work for TechMission, Evan has worked as a Drupal developer under contract to PINGV and Above the Fold Design.