XPCulture at IWMC 2019

By Josiah Holland | April 2019


I’m excited about all that is happening at the 2019 International Wholistic Mission’s Conference, and while the rest of my team couldn’t make it, I hope to see you around.

I’ve done my best below to give you an idea of what XPCulture is all about.

We’re SOE certified resource providers.

That means we’re passionate about seeing churches and organizations practice the following standards in short-term missions:

  1. God-Centeredness
  2. Empowering Partnerships
  3. Mutual Design
  4. Comprehensive Administration
  5. Qualified Leadership
  6. Appropriate Training
  7. Thorough Follow-Through

Our mission is

to glorify God by equipping teams to be learners, guests, and ambassadors, who value their hosts.

We believe

1. On a basic theology level that…

    1. Jesus is the son of God, was fully human, died for our sins, and was raised from the dead. Whoohoo!
    2. The Bible is the inspired word of God.

2. Christians are responsible for…

      1. Following the example of Christ
      2. Going out and making disciples
      3. Living above reproach
      4. Trusting in God for salvation, not ourselves

    3. Short-term term missions…

      1. Often play out as a glorified vacation, and this needs to change.
      2. Require more than good intentions to be done effectively.

    Did you know that

    1. 1.6 million Americans go on STMs each year.
    2. $2 billion are spent on 7-14 day trips.
    3. Without pre-trip and post-trip discipleship, there is no evidence of long-term impact on those who go.
    4. Mission trip participant manuals don’t get read.
    5. Short-termers rise the standards they are held to (aka accountability).

    So we created an online toolbox for STMs

    It really comes down to this: we want to make it as easy as possible for leaders and organizations to prep and debrief their teams.  Instead of everyone recreating the wheel, we’re trying to refine a model that can be replicated, customized, and built upon for each specific situation.

    Here is a 2-minute overview of what we’ve created our platform to do:

    There are several ways to get started with XPCulture

    1. Jump to our home page to see your options.
    2. Create an XPIndividual account.
    3. Create an XPTeam.
    4. Schedule a time to talk about XPOrganization or get a demo.

    Here is what it looks like on a phone and computer

    Below is a 5-minute demo:

    Our Story

    I grew up as an MK in Togo, Africa until I was 10, and my parents still work in missions.  In fact, my dad, Jeff, is the head of content development for XPCulture! Here is a fun family picture (My dad is the bald one if you were trying to figure out who’s who).

    In addition to my dad, XPCulture wouldn’t have happened without Nathan.  Nathan heads up the tech side of things as our CTO.

    But how and why did we come together to build XPCulture? Well, through summer internships abroad, I experienced first hand the difference it makes to do the work of training and debriefing on either end of a mission trip.  But it was expensive and time-consuming, so I understood why many teams neglect it. I figured there had to be a way to make it easier and cheaper with technology.

    I ran the idea by a bunch of missionaries and after a lot of refining, my dad and Nathan were willing to help me bring the idea to life. Since we started, it has been so much fun to connect with people who share our fierce passion for the gospel and the Kingdom of God. It is because of this passion that we’ve poured time and energy into making XPCulture what it is today, and so many people have helped us along the way.

    Why are we an LLC instead of a nonprofit?

    Well geez.  y’all sure ask a bunch of questions.  But since you asked…

    1. It is much faster to incorporate as an LLC than a 501C3.
    2. Building XPCulture wasn’t capital intensive, so we didn’t need to fundraise to get going.
    3. As we built it, we wanted to ensure that XPCulture provided value. The best way to assess that was if people were willing to pay for it.
    4. We will tithe 10% of our profits to missions efforts (But for now, we haven’t gotten to the profitable point yet).

    In case you missed it, here is how to get started.

    1. Jump to our home page to see your options.
    2. Create an XPIndividual account.
    3. Create an XPTeam.
    4. Schedule a time to talk about XPOrganization or get a demo.

    Still have questions?

    If that is the case, drop me an email at [email protected] or give me a call at 615-797-8441.  You can also use the form at the bottom of this page to shoot me a note.

    Thanks for the read!



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