The Barnabas Group Orange County

We collaborate to chiefly help ministries raise vision, not funds!

The Barnabas Group does not ask our partners to hand over their wallets to ministries we connect them with. We thoughtfully choose ministries with a promising vision and trustworthy practices and have them prepare a presentation that communicates a specific need or challenge they think could be served well by our partner’s insight. This allows our partners to invest their unique skills, talent and time to help build the Kingdom of God rather than simply writing checks.

Our Barnabas Consult Meetings, which any partner can participate in, meet with ministries several times each year to help with challenges and issues they are facing. Even our “ministry interview process” is used as an opportunity to coach and guide ministries as they are screened to see how we might help them. We never stop looking at ways to make a difference.

The Itch

Since 1999, God has been using The Barnabas Group to make a powerful impact on its partners as well as ministries around the corner and around the globe. Like minded Christian leaders join together and develop relationships that God uses in unique ways to bless His Kingdom. You will never know what God might do when you take your seat at a TBG event and meet the people on each side of you! It could be someone else who has an “itch” to get in the game and be active in using all God has given them for His Glory.

It’s the way that things converge here that sets us apart

TBG is different in contrast to many great individuals and organizations who support ministries primarily with their checkbook. We are the only collaboration of leaders dedicated to maximizing ministry potential by matching nonprofit challenges with business perspective to advance Kingdom work.

The Barnabas Group enables business leaders to use their expertise to further the Kingdom by connecting them with specific ministry opportunities that align with their unique calling.

Mission: Connecting Leaders, Changing Lives

To see the time, talent, network and knowledge of marketplace and other Kingdom leaders help ministries transform lives worldwide.

Vision: Engage, Release, Launch and Grow

Engage thousands of marketplace leaders with Christian ministry opportunities around the corner and around the world.

Release generosity in our communities with the dedication of unique gifts of time, talent, network and knowledge to God’s service.

Launch and Grow Barnabas Group locations alongside local Christian foundations through the efforts of The Master’s Program graduates and other Christian leaders in every American metropolitan area with a population of at least one million.

 Values: Christ First, Calling, Character, Collaboration

Christ First

A personal commitment to be authentic followers of Jesus who know, love, and serve the Lord and Savior of our world.


A personal commitment first to God the Caller, then as faithful stewards, engaging our unique abilities and gifts with a Kingdom purpose in service to Him.


A personal commitment to Christian virtue and integrity where our stated values match our choices and actions.


A personal commitment to work together and leverage relationships for the greatest Kingdom impact and outcome.

A Word on Our Past, Present and Future

The Barnabas Group was founded in 2000 by Bob Shank and Jim West to help men and women who had completed a three-year coaching program (The Master’s Program) to engage their personal calling in service for God’s Kingdom. Today, The Barnabas Group is made up of men and women who have that “itch” to be used by God to make a difference for His Kingdom. They want to use all God has given them to help people draw closer to Jesus Christ.