"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 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 is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, 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 is available in English, Russian, and Portuguese.
ECFA President, Dan Busby, appointed Dr. 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 Kenya (serving sub-Saharan Africa) respectively.
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 (“Concilio de Organizaciones No-lucrativas, Financieramente Integras, Auditables, Bíblica y Legalmente Establecidas” or “Council of Non-profit Organizations, Financially Integrated, Auditable, Biblically and Legally Established”) 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. It is available in English, Russian, and Portuguese.
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 its 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. He worked in that capacity for about 10 months to help get GTP going. On 6 May 2019, Ereny Monir of Alexandria, Egypt 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.
In March 2020, GTP expanded our teaching and training programs by adding online offerings to multiply the impact of our efforts during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 1 April 2020, Paula Mendoza of Guatemala City, Guatemala joined the GTP staff as Global Administrator. . On 1 July 2020, Matthew Gadsden of Adelaide, Australia began working as CFO & Strategy Catalyst.
In August 2020, GTP had our first independent financial review performed by BiggKofford, and got accredited by ECFA, which we renew annually after each engagement with our auditors. In October 2020, GTP released our 2020 Annual Report. It was our first edition which traced our history from the beginning.
On 3 April 2021, we released the “GTP at 2” infographic to illustrate the cumulative impact of our programs over 2 years.
In July 2021, we launched Monthly Global Prayer Hour on the third Wednesday of each month to unite the world in prayer with volunteer facilitator, Linnea Baney.
In September 2021, we activated the Inspiring Stewards podcast with volunteer host, Nathan Jones.
In October 2021, GTP released our 2021 Annual Report. In December 2021, the vision for Palmful of Maize was born in Malawi. The impact of the “Give God What You Have” message would spread across the country and around the world.
On 3 April 2022, we released the “GTP at 3” infographic to illustrate the cumulative impact of our programs over 3 years.
In June 2022, Gabrielle Fortunato of Cape Town, South Africa joined the staff as Regional Trainer for Africa.
In October 2022, Prakash Chandra Giri of Pokhara, Nepal began working as Curriculum Developer, Jonathan Devadas of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia started serving as Regional Trainer for Southeast Asia, and Trevor Lui of Hong Kong (soon relocating to Vancouver, Canada) signed on as COO (Chief Operating Officer).
Also in October 2021, GTP released our 2022 Annual Report.
In November 2022, Samuel Mujyanama of Kigali, Rwanda became the tenth staff member. GTP appointed him to work as Multimedia Specialist.