About Us

 

Our vision is to see EMPOWERED COLLABORATIVE MINISTRIES DEVELOPING CHRISTIAN LEADERS FOR GOSPEL-CENTERED IMPACT.

Who We Are

“See, I have done a new thing in the land.” These words from God’s word rang in our founders’ minds day after day as they pondered the requests to start a business as mission (BAM) project in Colorado Springs. Mike Contreras and Alan Feuerhaken followed the move of the Spirit and set out on a journey to start this non-profit, propelling marketplace profits toward international ministry training opportunities.

What has transpired has been nothing short of miraculous. God has allowed them to form an incredible team of directors, volunteers, and businessmen to make this vision a reality. The Lord Jesus be praised for His Spirit and His steady nudging, constantly guiding us to new avenues – giving us the ability to act in focused compassion. We hear His voice, and follow!

What Motivates Us

 The question that started it all: “How do we keep our young ministers from leaving the field and never returning?”

MissionConnect is driven to respond to the call for long-term, sustainable, and generational funding for international ministry training. The ultimate goal is to see the training of our young leaders turn into sustainable ministry impact in the communities they serve.

OUR CORE VALUES 

– We practice prayer as a life-giving source of connection to Jesus (John 15:6).

– We uphold professional business practices focused on integrity and workmanship (Titus 2:7-8).

– We are workers of God’s kingdom – called to proclaim His name unto the world (Mark 16:15).

How We Do This

MissionConnect raises funds through four streams:

1. Short-term real estate investments.
2. Home service projects with volunteer engagement.
3. Donor and partner acquisition. 
4. Grant and foundation applications.

All of these create the necessary funding for building and outreach projects. We engage and empower local volunteers to help raise mission funding by sharing their serving gifts with us. We compassionately seek enduring partner relationships to drive Christian leader development!

Where Is Our Impact?

We are in various stages of partnership with training centers in five strategically-located countries. Our vision is that these ministries will be a base from which to reach their surrounding regions. MissionConnect carries out its mission aims through a partnership with Base Ministry. This training organization, based in Chicago, supplies our necessary ministry training and logistical processes – setting up the coordinating church partnerships and certification of national trainers to amplify discipleship. In addition to our international outreach, we have also trained in a number of domestic locations.

We are followers of Jesus...

…investing in real estate

We are followers of Jesus...

…renovating homes

We are followers of Jesus...

…training leaders

We are followers of Jesus...

…spreading the gospel

Our Ministry Partners

Our Story


IN OCTOBER OF 2018
, I was approached by the board of directors via Base Ministry president, Drew Hester, concerning my background in business-as-mission (BAM) models. The organization asked me to consider utilizing this method to help in the funding for the international training goals which had been threatened due to unforeseen circumstances. Since my 
desire since joining YMI, was to train international pastors and ministry leaders, I was overjoyed at the challenge.

Later, I was approached by Dr. Tom Basile, founder of the BAM Center Puebla (Mexico), to consider carrying out a BAM project in Colorado Springs. After this surprise request, I remember thinking to myself, Lord – am I up to this? I knew this task  could not be handled without extraordinary personnel to come along side me.

Within a week I was seeking wisdom from a trusted friend, Alan Feuerhaken. What occurred was a five-year commitment from Alan! His wisdom and experience in ministry start-up have been more than amazing. Our leadership bears a cohesive focus on forwarding God’s mission via business.

After collecting commitments from the founding board members, we set up the necessary 501(c)3 non-profit status, build organizational structure and generated key ministry goals as well as the  vision and mission statements.

MissionConnect was set up to utilize our collective construction experience to offer the public handyman services which provided the original funding for the first of many international ministry trainings with Youth Missions International. The long-term, sustainable goal was to build enough profit to sustain the training needs as well as a generational giving model through a commercial BAM center to be built in Colorado Springs. 

Over time, we were invited to buy houses to re-furbish and sell at a profit. We found these short-term real estate investments (STRI) to be successful and now have expanded our organizational to include these and other investments to provide for our funding model.

During this current year we partnered with a public charity firm to aide with development of our ministry. Through interactions with the charity, the idea of building a ministry training center in Burundi (Africa) was initiated. Within two weeks, we were talking with a second organization. A day later had a donor commit to a large gift to get the building underway.

At MissionConnect, we have developed a mantra of Listen to the Field, Seek God, and Act. The process over these two plus years, has been proof of our what we say we are. Certainly, we carry this out both internationally and domestically. 

Currently, I (Mike) am being commissioned to raise organizational funding, as well as sustain international training centers as we follow the clear leading of God. Due to the COVID 19 crisis, we have found much success building financial partnerships with individuals, churches and businesses. While business profit will once again be our primary stream of force, we are overjoyed the Lord has blessed us with the steady funding to continue the ministry. With over 265 leaders trained, and two full time offices sustained, we are well on our way to meeting our spiritual goals of empowering collaborative ministries, developing leaders for gospel-centered impact – all, via funding through enduring partner relationships.