Ministry Gear (also known as Impact Shirts) was formed for the purpose of making t-shirts and apparel for youth groups and churches.
In 1993 Don Kick was working with the jr. high ministry at The Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, California with his good friend Mike Millett, the church’s youth pastor. Mike, always looking to help people explore their gifts, asked Don to design a t-shirt for the upcoming summer camp. It came out so great that before he knew it, 4 other departments from the church were requesting t-shirt designs. So late in 1993, Don & Mike purchased all the equipment they would need to start printing their own t-shirts and Impact Shirts was born!
The company was named “Impact” because Don and Mike wanted to make an “impact” for Christ with their new company. Shortly after starting the company, Mike moved on to another ministry and Don continued running Impact Shirts. For 20 years Don and his team served 1000’s of churches, schools, non-profits and businesses. In 2009 Don decided he wanted to get back to his roots and focus on creating t-shirts just for churches and ministries. He launched VBSTShirts.com to help VBS directors, and MinistryGear.com for the variety of other shirt needs churches may have. They are both projects that Don and his team of designers are passionate about. We now ship nationwide working with churches in all 50 states and beyond!
Our Core Values
Our goal is to serve everyday heroes looking for t-shirts–we do that through our vision and values. The combined power of all 6 of the core values working together to achieve the vision is greater than the sum of it’s parts. As a customer, you are a part of our vision, and we hope you are encouraged reading through these; we’d love to help bring your vision to life, too!
The Impact Vision: We thrive on guiding everyday leaders with excellence.
Serve with Joy
The bottom line of serving with Joy is this: we treat everyone we meet like a friend. Because you are our friend! We’re on the same mission, so we want to do everything we can to meet you and your group’s needs. We strive to keep our promises, ask good questions, be reliable, be humble servants.
Building a longstanding relationship, we hope you begin to think of us as a part of your team.
Be Humble & Honest
Do all things with humility and integrity. That means honest prices, straightforwardness and honesty when communicating and making decisions. We choose humility and honesty because it honors God (Proverbs 12:22, 1 Peter 3:14), and it helps us serve you best, which is our primary goal.
See the Big Picture
This is what keeps us from getting lost in the nitty gritty. Although the details matter, the big picture is what makes sure we stick to our values and run every decision through them. This means teamwork (you included!) and asking the right questions! For example, when you ask for 20 shirts, we might offer 25 so you can get a better price and have extras.
Build & Maintain Trust
Strong relationships are built on mutual trust. We want you to know that we care about your ministry, and will work to earn your trust by delivering on our promises and guiding you through the entire process! Internally, we trust each other to complete our piece of each project well. So it doesn’t matter who you get on the phone, any one of us can pick up where you left off!
Pursue Growth & Learning
At Impact Shirts, we never want to stop improving. Individually, we’re always challenging ourselves to grow in both our strong and weak areas. Practically, we set personal goals, work outside of our comfort zone, embrace constructive criticism and work to grow as leaders. We also want to educate you, and give you all the information you need about ordering t-shirts. We believe awareness has longterm benefits, like the confidence of knowing you’re getting what you need, at the right price.
Create & Innovate Systems
We do what we do by creating and innovating systems. Through trial and testing, we do our best to figure out the best process for completing something. No bandaid fixes. Once we figure it out, we document our steps and follow them company-wide. On top of this, we know that change is the only constant! All of the systems are subject to improvement.
“Working with people who love serving ministry makes all the difference.”
- The best design for free, with no obligation.
- Print t-shirts at a great price.
- Reliable and quick turnaround. See our shipping & delivery page for the details
- Do everything we can to save you time and free you up for other ministry projects