NICS and Downline Ministries Announce Strategic Partnership


Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Downline Ministries is unique in that its singular purpose is to train and resource God’s Kingdom workers with tools for relationally-based spiritual formation and discipleship.  Sharing the passion for “making disciples of all nations,” the Network of International Christian Schools and Downline Ministries are pleased to announce a ministry partnership both agencies believe will have lasting and eternal results.  “The (almost) 5,000 students in NICS schools around the world will soon have access, through their mentors (NICS staff), to the extensive resources made available through the Downline Builder,” says Dr. Joe Hale, President of NICS.  “We both are ministries deeply committed to the concept that ‘when a student if fully learned, he will be like his teacher.’”  Shad Berry (right), Downline Executive Director, expressed great excitement regarding the possibilities that will open given the international students and locations where NICS schools exist.  Dr. Steve Winstead (left), Downline Global Director, is known for his passion for the nations, and is thrilled to see this partnership come to reality.  Dr. Winstead has already visited the largest NICS school, in Seoul, Korea, exposing several Downline Ministry constituents to the educational ministries of NICS.  Dr. Hale expresses, “This is a partnership that makes a lot of sense; we need resources for our students and Downline’s purpose is to provide those exact resources.  This is clearly a 'win' for all!”  More information on Downline Ministries can be found at their website:; NICS information is found at