People restored by God and the world restored through design.
To develop people, design structures, and construct facilities which serve communities and the Church.
EMI revolves around the person of Jesus and serves the global Church to glorify God through:
Design: EMI works within the local context to design and construct culturally-appropriate facilities that are sustainable, affordable, and transformational.
Discipleship: EMI develops people spiritually and professionally through intentional discipleship and mentoring.
Diversity: EMI builds the Church by connecting people of diverse backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities to demonstrate our love for God, our love for the nations and the unity we share in Christ.
Statement of Faith
EMI holds to a historic, orthodox understanding of Christianity, founded on the Bible, and as enunciated by the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) in their statement of faith adopted in 1951 as listed below:
We believe in:
The Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and his personal return in power and glory.
The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ.
The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
The birth of EMI
EMI was born from a desire to strategically blend design professions and faith in Christ to expand God’s kingdom.
In 1981, a structural engineer chaperoned a youth group mission trip to Saipan. A typhoon had recently hit the island and he was able to help the missionaries by designing repairs to their damaged school. On the flight home, God gave a vision for mission that included design professionals and “Engineering Ministries International” was born. Bending the short-term mission model to suit architects & engineers was the seed idea which became EMI’s global ministry.
Engineering Ministries International was incorporated in May of 1982 in Colorado, USA. The first design professional joined as full-time staff in 1984. During these formative years, volunteers began to participate in short-term trips that focused on design for ministries in developing countries. Since then, EMI worldwide has completed over 1,500 projects in more than 90 countries around the world. Beginning in 1998, EMI USA sent its first staff member to live overseas and be a part of a local context. Today, EMI has over 150 staff and interns who serve in ten locations around the world.