Accredited Membership


SOE Accreditation is an advanced level of SOE membership. This status denotes proven compliance to the Standards of Excellence. To be eligible, your organization must first be an Associate Member in good standing, and then complete a Peer Review audit of your short-term mission programs. Only your Peer Review Team (PRT) will determine whether or not you meet or exceed the Standards of Excellence.

During Associate Member status, your organization only had to philosophically agree to adopt and incorporate the Standards. Fully Accredited Members must factually demonstrate that they are regularly complying with the Standards, as determined by your Peer Review.

Your Peer Review Team (PRT) will evaluate your organization based on your:
Initial Associate Member Application
Adherence to SOE short-term mission continuing education requirements (see section below entitled “Maintaining Accredited Member Status”).
Annual Renewal Forms
Peer Review Materials and Evaluation Forms

A very important note: Your PRT is charged to be “grace-driven” and not legalistic in its evaluation. For example, if your PRT determines that overall you are compliant but are weak in one or more areas of the Standards, your organization will be given 6 to 18 months to make improvements in that area (unless serious concerns exist and warrant suggestion for immediate remedy). As long as your organization makes reasonable progress, you will continue to be a member in good standing (and fully accredited if your overall assessment meets or exceeds the Standards of Excellence). The whole concept behind the Peer Review is to gather a team of like minded peers who — in Christ’s love and compassion — challenge your organization toward continued excellence, and provide you with every possible opportunity to succeed!

Membership accountability takes place predominantly within a given SOE member’s Peer Review Team.  Typically, the Peer Review Facilitator acts as an accountability partner and resource.  As a cooperative membership organization, the SOE has no direct “policing authority” over SOE members. The SOE Leadership is the only body that has the authority to revoke SOE membership, and will do so only when one or more of the following serious issues exist:

Substantiated and persistent non-compliant action or inaction
Substantiated unethical/unbiblical and unrepentant action
Substantiated and markedly illegal activity
Any other reason that, in the opinion of mature and prudent Christian men and women, rises to a level warranting revocation


Once your organization achieves accreditation, you will need to meet the following requirements to maintain that status:

Maintain on staff at least one key person who has attended a Standards Introductory Workshop (SIW)
Have key staff (at least one, preferably all) attend and SOE-approved STM Training Conference no less than once every three years for continuing education
Submit your annual dues and renewal survey
Honor the use of the SOE Accredited Member Seal and logo
Host a recertification Peer Review every 5 years (may be extended at the discretion of SOE Leadership if programming and staff are largely unchanged)