Equipping and supporting future Christian ministry leaders

About 222 Foundation

About Us

The 222 Foundation Is A 501(C)3 Public Charity That Was Founded To Invest In The Future Christian Ministry Leaders Of The World.  In Addition to Financial Assistance, Our Goal Is To Invest In Each Of Our Student Partners In Three Areas: Personal Growth, Spiritual Growth, And Ministry Development.

  • Personal growth – We mentor student partners as they grow in their roles within their family and ministry and provide them with financial support to alleviate the burden of financial debt coming out of theological education.
  • Spiritual growth – We provide periodic encouragement through the calendar year by assigning Primary Mentors and prayer partners to students to encourage their growth in personal spiritual development (Bible study, reading and prayer life), evangelism, equipping others and growth in the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
  • Ministry Development – Through each student’s Primary Mentor, we desire to give each student partner skills and wisdom to help them succeed in specific areas of their vocational calling.  Additionally, 222 has a team of Subject Matter Experts that are pulled into the mentoring process to cover certain topical areas that arise through mentoring. Some examples of these topics are personal finance, leadership, working with a ministry team, resolving conflict, and church planting.

Frequently Asked Questions

General

The 222 Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity that exists to equip the next generation of Christian leaders.  We partner with students to provide them support personally, financially and spiritually.

The 222 Foundation partners with students to help them in three areas: personal growth, spiritual growth, and ministry development.

Personal growth includes mentoring related to their growth as a leader within their family as well as their church or ministry.  Personal growth mentoring includes a student talking through experiences and opportunities with their Primary Mentor to grow personally and in their ministry.  222 also encourages the student’s connection with their studies to their future ministry goals and aspirations.  Finally, we provide financial support to alleviate the burden of financial debt coming out of theological education.

Spiritual growth includes periodic encouragement in the student’s growth in the disciplines of the Christian faith including, but not limited to, personal spiritual development (Bible study, reading and prayer life), evangelism, equipping others and growth in the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

Ministry development focuses on utilizing each student’s Primary Mentor to give each student partner skills and wisdom to help them succeed in specific areas of their vocational calling.  Additionally, 222 has a team of Subject Matter Experts that are pulled into the mentoring process to cover certain topical areas that arise through mentoring.  Some examples of these topics are personal finance, leadership, working with a ministry team, resolving conflict, and church planting.

The 222 Foundation considers the conferral of Grants only upon those individuals who are able to demonstrate that they qualify in all three of the following criteria:

  1. Successful achievement, in fidelity to the Gospel, with respect to their academic endeavors involving courses in ministry.
  2. Financial need; and
  3. The willingness to participate and develop a mentorship relationship with the one or more of the Foundation’s mentors.

Grants are potentially available to men who are pastoral students and both men and women studying for all other vocational ministries who meet certain qualifications.

No.  We are a non-denominational, Christ-centered nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with many different denominations and seminaries.

The 222 Foundation does subscribe to the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith and expect our student partners and seminaries to be in alignment with that Statement.  (https://www.nae.net/statement-of-faith/)

The 222 Foundation keeps a current list of approved, doctrinally vetted seminaries that the 222 Foundation has reviewed and can be obtained by contacting the Executive Director.

Grants will be awarded to accepted student applicants in the range of $3,000 – $10,000 per year (determined annually).

  • Grants are potentially available to men who are pastoral students and both men and women studying for all other vocational ministries.
  • In order to qualify for a grant, you must be an entering or existing student committed to take a minimum of six credit hours per term (both for the current and the next term) at one of the educational institutions approved by the 222 Foundation, with a minimum 3.0 GPA (viz., equivalent to a grade of “B”).
  • The student must have a demonstrable financial need.

Additionally, in the first step of the application process, a student must be able to respond with short answers (two to four sentences each) as to their perspective or belief on certain doctrinal questions.

Finally, the student must be able to write a short essay confirming whether or not they believe ALL of the precepts of the National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith and provide specific Scriptural references to support the student’s assertions.

The 222 Foundation has the following goals for mentorship of students:

  1. Student has a daily pattern of time in God’s Word and prayer (Joshua 1:8; Jeremiah 33:3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
  2. Student completes 222 Mentorship Program (Acts 17:11).
  3. Student is connected and serving in the local church (Mark 10:45).
  4. Student is in good academic standing (Colossians 3:23; Proverbs 1:7; Proverbs 3:5-7; Proverbs 6:10-12; Proverbs 9:17; Mark 12:29-30; Titus 2:7-8).
  5. Student is growing in dependence on the Lord and sanctification (Psalm 42:5; Philippians 4:6-7; Galatians 5:22-23; Proverbs 17:22).
  6. Provide students with practical ministry skills to allow them to succeed in whichever vocational calling the Lord is leading them (2 Timothy 2:2; 2 Timothy 
    3:16-17; Proverbs 27:17; Proverbs 9:9; Proverbs 13:20; Colossians 3:23).

The 222 Foundation has two roles for which we are accepting applications for volunteer mentors.  Those two roles are Primary Mentor and Subject Matter Expert.

  • Primary Mentor – Each student has a Primary Mentor.  That mentor is responsible to be the primary touchpoint with the student.  The Primary Mentor walks through the primary and elective subject matters/curriculum with each student, dependent on the timeframe of partnership (e.g., for one semester, one year, etc.).   This individual would meet with a student twice a month for approximately 90 minutes at a time to go through our Mentoring curriculum and to encourage the student in their walk with the Lord.
  • Subject Matter Expert – A Subject Matter Expert has certain identifiable gifts that have been affirmed by others, in which the Lord has particularly gifted them, and they feel equipped to bless others with their wisdom or knowledge.  Several examples of these subjects may include financial stewardship, international missions, church planting, church leadership, pastoral ministry, discipleship, and particular theological topics.  This role would have a variable time commitment

The role of a mentor is both biblical and foundational to the raising up of leaders within the church and the advancement of the Kingdom of God. The 222 Foundation’s Mentorship Program is aimed at coming alongside those pursuing theological studies and building a relationship with them that will be focused on helping the student apply the truth of Scripture to all of life and ministry.

Mentorship is not only about intentionally investing in the spiritual growth of the student, but also an effective means for imparting essential skills for ministry.  In these ways, 222 Foundation mentors provide the practical guidelines and training through a discipleship/mentoring relationship with each student.  As the President of Wheaton College, Dr. Phil Ryken observed, “Seminary can teach you about half the things you need to learn for ministry and the other has to be learned through experience and the church.” Mentors will provide biblical resources and guidance to better equip each student for fruitful vocational ministry.

The mentorship will typically include:

  • A kickoff retreat to the mentorship.
  • Twice a month meetings to cover core and elective topics and conversations.
  • Prayer time and encouragement between each Primary Mentor and their mentee.
  • Suggested reading and resources to help the student grow personally and spiritually in their walk with Jesus Christ.

The 222 Foundation is accepting applications for volunteer mentors! Upon submission of your application, the application will be reviewed by our Board and you’ll be contacted for a face to face interview, if appropriate.

Currently, the 222 Foundation volunteer mentors must, at least, have the following qualifications:

  • Are a follower of Jesus Christ.
  • Are a member or regular attender* of a local church.
  • Are in agreement with the 222 Statement of Faith.
  • Are at least 25 years old.
  • Commit to a minimum one year term with your assigned student(s).
  • Honor the time commitment:
    • Primary Mentors:  Meet a minimum of twice a month for a 90-minute session.
    • Subject Matter Experts:  Variable time commitment.
  • Are in consistent contact with students and respond promptly when questions are asked or wisdom is sought out.
  • Communicate regularly with the 222 leadership team about how things are going and what is being discussed (either by phone, email, or in person).
  • Attend an initial training orientation and at least one additional training session each year.
  • Cover the 222 Foundation required curriculum with the student.

Giving / Financial

Yes!  The 222 Foundation is a 501(C)3 public charity.

The 222 Foundation exists to equip the next generation of Christian leaders which will involve not only financial grants but mentoring.  We are excited about the mentoring associated with student partners of the 222 Foundation, however, that does come with an administrative cost to coordinate mentors and facilitate an effective mentoring program.

God has graciously provided a group of people that have committed to giving financial support to support the administrative costs of the ministry at these beginning stages.

So what does that mean for our ministry partners?  For first-year gifts to the 222 Foundation, 100% of the gifts that ministry partners give go directly to support students!

The 222 Foundation will file a form 990 on an annual basis with the Internal Revenue Service, which is a publically available document.  Once filed, we’d be happy to make that available to anyone that requests a copy.

The 222 Foundation is funded through people like you!  We are looking for monthly givers, annual givers and strategic partners to support future Christian ministry leaders in their theological training and mentoring!

There are several ways you can give to support the 222 Foundation:

  • Give online – Give at the 222 Foundation website on a recurring basis or as a one-time gift
  • Personal check – Provide a personal check to the 222 Foundation.  Checks can be made out to222 Foundation
    119 North Avenue
    Barrington, IL 60010
  • Give gifts of appreciated stocks and securities – Make a gift of publicly-traded securities to the 222 Foundation and potentially save income tax and capital gains tax, too!  This might be right for you if (1) you own publicly-traded securities that you have owned for a least one year (2) some of those securities have increased in value since you bought them and (3) you’d like to make a gift to the 222 Foundation.  Contact Bjorn Olsen, Executive Director at 224-655-1902 or bolsen@222foundation.org for more information.
  • Corporate Matching gifts – Work for a corporation that does matching charitable gifts?  Allstate, Baxter, Boeing, United, etc.?  Perhaps your gift to the 222 Foundation can be doubled!
  • Estate Planning – Estate gifts can provide a legacy to the 222 Foundation to support Christian ministry leaders with grants and mentoring.  If you’re considering including the 222 Foundation in your estate planning documents, we would love to talk with you.  Please contact Bjorn Olsen, Executive Director at 224-655-1902 or bolsen@222foundation.org.
  • Retirement assets / Life insurance policies – Contact us about ways that you can strategically include the 222 Foundation in these plans.

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