A Rich History
In the mid-1990’s, while serving on the staff of a church in Nashville, TN, Steve Lorenz and Marti Scudder began establishing, developing and assisting business start-ups in Ukraine. This was not long after the nation had received its independence and the economy was growing. Steve and Marti were helping local business leaders operate within an ethical framework and Christ-like manner - a concept foreign to most people in this post-Soviet environment.
During many of their visits, leaders of local Christian ministries began approaching Steve and Marti asking for professional development, personal counsel, and ministry strategy advice. Over a period time, they felt the Lord leading them to serve these ministry leaders, who had nowhere else to turn.
In 1998, Missions Development International began as a ministry dedicated to mentoring and consulting Christian leaders.
Today, MDI has a team of 22 mentors who pour into the lives of ministry leaders around the world, including 16 countries, many US states, and throughout Middle Tennessee. The mentors build trusting relationships and help navigate organizational issues as well as provide a safe place to discuss personal struggles. In addition, MDI provides a variety of resources to better equip national and international leaders.
MDI is known for being Spirit-led, trusted, compassionate, strategic, invested and intentional. It is through these bedrocks that we serve ministry leaders. We believe God has strategically placed leaders around the world to care for His people. Many of these leaders are isolated in their circumstances and lack access to resources. MDI builds trusting relationships with these leaders by coming alongside them to mentor, consult and equip them to achieve God's calling on their lives.