The EGM Institute

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Over the last 27 years, Every Generation Ministries has developed a ministry presence in over 20 different countries across five continents. We have learned that effective cross-cultural ministry focuses on biblical principles that never change, but can be applied within each unique culture. This is different than a common ministry practice that focuses on methods and programs that simply advance unique cultural practices.

Using this approach, EGM has developed a unique children’s ministry method that includes biblical ministry principles of:

  • Children’s ministry
  • Indigenous fundraising
  • Board governance
  • Effective leadership

Mediums by which EGM Institute will provide these valuable resources and materials:

  • Podcasts
  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Curricula

The EGM Institute was established in 2020 to further EGM’s mission of transforming children in Christ through His Church by developing, teaching, and promoting these biblical ministry principles worldwide. EGM’s founder, Daniel Watts, now serves as the Director of the EGM Institute. Along with developing these essential materials, Daniel will also promote them as he travels around the world and engages local churches.

what others have to say about

- John Nicholas, EGM Board of Directors-

"I have had the pleasure of knowing Daniel and Marla Watts for over 30 years. During this time, I have witnessed Daniel’s passion for children to experience Jesus in a transformational and culturally relevant way. It has been a joy to watch Daniel lead EGM to develop work in over 20 countries. I am excited to see Daniel’s continued support of EGM through his next phase of ministry, EGM Institute, as he will be developing materials that are essential to EGM’s ministry around the world."

- Rick Fortier, EGM Board of Directors -

"I have seen firsthand the fruits of effective children’s ministry as I have visited churches who use the EGM methods. The creation of EGM Institute will ensure that the 27 years of children’s ministry experience is organized into materials and resources that can be used and taught anywhere in the world. EGM Institute will pass this vision on to the next generation."

- Thomas Wilson, EGM Board of Directors -

"I have been honored to serve with Daniel from the time of being one of EGM’s very first members of its Board of Directors. Daniel has an unparalleled passion for children around the world. EGM is looking forward to the days ahead as Daniel serves as an ambassador for this ministry, sharing its values and vision both personally and in writing for his latest book entitled The Almighty’s Dollar – The Road Less Traveled in Fund Development. I have no doubt that the best days are ahead for this great organization."

- Jan Kraushaar, EGM Board of Directors -

"Daniel Watts is one of the most outstanding Christian leaders I have encountered.  A master storyteller, Daniel writes and speaks with wisdom, humor and reverence for God and His Word. As President of EGM, Daniel led the development of an extensive body of solidly biblical materials for children’s leaders as well as dynamic curriculum for church pastors and ministry directors. Under Daniel’s leadership, I have no doubt that pastors, children’s ministry leaders and church communities worldwide will receive helpful training and development."


"The EGM Institute will focus on
developing EGM's Innovative Biblical
principles, which have been proven
for over 27 years, and coaching gifted
leaders around the world as they
implement them in their own unique cultures."

- Daniel Watts -


  • Daniel is developing his cross-cultural ministry experience into written resources about children’s ministry, indigenous fundraising, board governance and effective leadership.

  • Daniel will travel around the world to promote the EGMI written resources and materials, and will teach related seminars for ministry leaders.

  • The EGM Institute exists to serve the church by providing innovative resources and equipping leaders for transformational ministry.


Daniel Watts served as the founder and President of Every Generation Ministries (EGM) for 27 years. He stepped down from his role as President of EGM in early 2020 to pursue his calling for EGMI.

Since 1993, EGM has worked with local churches to launch and develop transformational ministry to children and families. Daniel and his wife Marla founded the first EGM ministry team in Poland in 1993. From those small beginnings, EGM has partnered with hundreds of local ministry team Board members, raised thousands of dollars of indigenous funding and developed over 40,000 passionate children’s workers on five continents. Prior to founding EGM, Daniel served for 10 years as the Children’s Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, CA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from California State University in Long Beach and a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. Daniel and his wife Marla have two grown children and two wonderful grandchildren.

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