How can you know if an organization is well managed and that the best practices, ideas and processes undergird their work? Missio Nexus accreditation is designed to shine light on organizations willing to undergo a peer review against a list of seven standards.
Missio Nexus Accredited organizations have undergone a systemic evaluation aimed at discovering areas of strength and weakness, highlighting them to leadership, and providing a sense of the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission. No review process can guarantee outcomes. However, thoughtful, penetrating review can bring greater insight an focus into whether or not an organization is well managed.
If you are a church, a potential donor, foundation or other partner, look to see if an organization has been Missio Nexus Accredited.
The 7 Standards
A well-managed organization will have a clear reason for their existence reflected in a mission and/or vision statement and values which reflect their unique contribution to the Great Commission.
A well-managed organization will meet or exceed legal and ethical requirements for nonprofit organizations in their country(s) of incorporation.
A well-managed organization will have internal systems and structures that are appropriately monitored toward execution of the mission in light of the purpose and values of the organization.
A well-managed organization provides adequate training, supervision and structure within each operational area for all people involved in the mission.
A well-managed organization has good leadership, a plan for leadership growth and succession plans for replacing leaders.
A well-managed organizations can articulate and deliver on their mission in a way that engages a diverse set of stakeholders.
A well-managed organization has financial discipline, complies with financial regulations, and has a viable, sustainable financial model.
Participating organizations will receive feedback in numerous ways. Interaction with the peer review team is perhaps the best and most valuable feedback offered through accreditation. Additional feedback comes through written reports and standardized questionnaires.
A condensed public report of the peer review data collection will be posted on the Missio Nexus website. This will link to the “Missio Nexus Accredited” seal. The public report is developed with the approval of the reviewed organization and highlight the mission, vision, values and primary contributions of the organization.
Similar to a management letter in a financial audit, the peer review process will also create a private letter. This Management Letter will highlight areas of potential improvement and ways that the organization can further its mission.
All Missio Nexus accredited members will have the right to attach the accreditation seal to their website, correspondence and other communication pieces. This seal will link directly to the page on the Missio Nexus website hosting the Public Report for the organization.
During the accreditation process a case statement will be submitted by the organization, reviewed by the committee and included in the Public Report. Some public data points will also be shared on this report. The Case Statement is a means of describing your organizational purpose.
The Accreditation review team is chosen from peer organizations. These relationships will give you a common basis for future consultation, fellowship and engagement as you pursue your organizational goals. This will provide you with informed insight and different perspectives.
Organizations that wish to become accredited must apply for consideration online using the form below (you must be logged in to see the form). Organizations must be Missio Nexus members. A review team will be created from among Missio Nexus membership, with a focus to gathering a review team with similar sized peers and ministry focus. An Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by all participating parties. There is no cost for the accreditation process other than covering the expenses of the review team.