"Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.
1979ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) was founded by Billy Graham, World Vision, and other ministries to enhance trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries in the USA. This has contributed to an ever-growing base of participation in God’s work.
2010ECFA Press published The Sower: Redefining the Ministry of Raising Kingdom Resources by R. Scott Rodin and Gary G. Hoag to help ministry workers integrate their Christian faith with their fundraising. It has been translated into Spanish, Romanian, and Chinese.
2014ECFA Press released The Choice: The Christ-Centered Pursuit of Kingdom Outcomes by Gary G. Hoag, R. Scott Rodin, and Wesley K. Willmer to provide biblical thinking on faithful administration. It has been translated into Portuguese.
ECFA President, Dan Busby, appointed Gary G. Hoag to serve as ECFA International Liaison after Hoag helped moderate meetings with a Korean delegation. Later that year, CCFK (Christian Council for Financial Transparency Korea) formed to grow trust in churches and ministries in South Korea.
With limited resources for international trips ECFA President, Dan Busby, and Executive Vice President, John Van Drunen, determined with Hoag to invite people interested in peer accountability from around the world to convene.
ECFA hosted the inaugural International Accountability Summit (IAS) on 13-14 April 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Some 32 delegates representing 12 countries came to discuss stewardship standards and steps to form an ECFA-type group.
Shortly thereafter, CCTA (Christian Council for Transparency and Accountability), CMASC (CMA Standards Council), and AfCAA (African Council for Accreditation and Accountability) activated in the Philippines, Australia, and Africa.
On 4-5 June 2017, ECFA underwrote the second IAS and CMASC hosted it in Melbourne, Australia. This time, 64 participants came at their own expense from 20 countries. God was stirring a global movement.
Three more peer accountability groups formed: CONFIABLE in Guatemala, EFAC (Evangelical Financial Accountability Council) in India, and NABLA Initiative in Egypt.
The ECFA board asked for a report on international affairs. Hoag had delivered biblical teaching on administration and accountability in 20 countries and helped mobilize 7 peer accountability groups. So, in their March 2018 meeting, the ECFA board made the decision to ask Hoag to lead a separate entity.
Busby and Van Drunen relayed this news to Hoag over dinner on 18 April 2019 in Dallas, Texas. Hoag asked for a season of prayer and fasting to determine next steps while finishing the manuscript for The Council: A Biblical Perspective on Board Governance with Wesley K. Willmer and Gregory J. Henson. ECFA Press released that book later in the year.
Hoag sketched a vision for forming Global Trust Partners after a season of prayer and fasting. He would serve as an “Apostle for Accountability” like Paul, but only if God moved a Barnabas to come alongside him and give a launch gift. On 4 December 2018, a Barnabas committed that gift. ECFA filed the papers to form GTP on 11 December 2018.
Hoag was appointed founding President & CEO, and Gregg Capin and Rob Martin agreed to serve with him as founding board members. From there, by prayer and fasting, God brought together the staff, board, and regional facilitators from the 12 regions of the Lausanne Movement.
On 3 April 2019, GTP got it’s official 501c3 status as a registered charity in the USA.
On 16 April 2019, Shawn Manley of Seattle, Washington, was appointed to serve part-time as CFO & COO. On 6 May 2019, Ereny Monir of Alexandria signed on as VP of Training & Empowerment. On 15 June 2019, Ruthie Cristobal of Manila, Philippines, accepted the role of VP of Partnership & Communications.
The “opening day” for the work of GTP happened in Winchester, Virginia, on 23 July 2019. Four staff from three countries met for two days at the ECFA offices. The ECFA staff prayed for them and commissioned them for service.
In October 2019, the GTP staff, board, and regional facilitators came together for the first time ever in Dubai, UAE. At this “Global Gathering” the group focused on confession, fasting, and prayer for the world.
On 4 December 2019, exactly one year after the first gift was committed, the GTP website went live to invite the world to join this global movement of God.