TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission)

Summary

TEAM is an international, cross-cultural mission whose sole motive is to help plant and grow the church virtually anywhere and everywhere. Because it's that important.

Simply, they exist to serve the church-helping equip people for ministry-so that they can do the work...work that counts...for eternity!

TEAM's Core Values are as follows:

God dependent: We rely on God through prayer. God provides what is necessary to carry out world evangelization. While only God can save, we speak His words, use His gifts, and reflect His love. Without constant reliance on God through prayer, we can do none of these things.

Church focused: Our work is focused on the church from beginning to end. We engage existing churches in cooperative efforts to establish new churches worldwide and then encourage those churches to establish even more new churches. We see the day when the people of God from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation will be gathered around the throne of heaven, worshipping Him.

Visionary: Christian visionaries see the immediate future in light of eternity. We live in a world that demands ever more adaptability and flexibility, and we willingly change methods while keeping our eyes on the goal.

Passionate service: Because lost people matter to God, they matter to us. We go to serve, not to be served. We work in corners of the world where the gospel is not known not only because we've been commanded to do so, but because we know, deep down, that people's greatest satisfaction is found in their relationship with God.

Life-long learners: Both character and competence are indispensable. None of us starts with complete maturity or fully developed skills. Through life-long learning and development we increase our effectiveness and become what God already knows we can be. We will empower all of our members to reach their full potential.

Caring community: People are our most valuable asset. We relate to each other in a community characterized by unity, trust, acceptance, and diversity, linking arms with God's people wherever we find them. We will be accountable to one another, evaluating ourselves regularly. The more we learn to be a caring community, the greater our ability to demonstrate peace and brotherhood to a world torn apart by divisive hatreds.


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 969
Wheaton, IL 60189-0969

Website: www.team.org

Phone: (800) 343-3144

Email: info@team.org


Organization details

EIN: 362169146

CEO/President: Scott Henson, International Director

Chairman: Mr. Ralph Friebel

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Fredrik Franson

Year founded: 1890

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2005


Purpose

TEAM works together with churches (in North America and even those offshore), to reproduce the body of Christ wherever the most people have the greatest need.

Wherever that takes them, TEAM strives to liberate people who live in spiritual darkness by preaching the gospel of shalom. Breaking down walls of hostility, transcending barriers and building new and thriving communities of believers!

TEAM is:

  • A leading-edge mission
  • offering leadership and expertise in intercultural ministry
  • working on over 150 ministry initiatives
  • serving and equipping over 750 TEAM missionaries
  • with 110 plus years on the front lines


TEAM is a group of believers with diverse skills and backgrounds ready to use their expertise for Christ:
  • evangelists, mentors, Bible teachers
  • worship and drama team members
  • student workers
  • small group leaders and those who develop other leaders
  • medical caregivers
  • business specialists
  • teachers, English tutors
  • construction workers
  • and many more

Mission statement

TEAM uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

TEAM's purpose is to help churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches among the nations to the glory of God. We seek to establish reproducing churches wherever the most people have the greatest need in collaboration with churches anywhere.


Statement of faith

TEAM uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

Members of TEAM see themselves as new creatures in Christ, who share in a deep love for Him, and, because of that love, are inspired to perpetuate His Church around the world. TEAM members wholeheartedly agree to the following Statement of Faith.

The Holy Scripture: We believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of man and the divine and final authority for all Christian faith, life, and conduct.

God and His Son, Jesus Christ: We believe in one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ, without any change in His eternal deity, became man through conception by the Holy Spirit and virgin birth, that He died on the cross, a perfect and complete sacrifice, in our stead and for our sins according to the Scriptures. He arose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.

The Holy Spirit: We believe that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. And during this age, to convict of sin and regenerate the sinner upon believing in Christ. At the time of regeneration, baptizing the believer into the one body of which Christ is the Head; and to indwell, guide, instruct, fill, and empower the believer for godly living and service.

Sin: We believe man was created directly by God in His own image but fell into sin. The entire human race therefore, is lost and only by repenting, faith in Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit, can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.

Atonement: We believe the atoning death of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground of justification and salvation...for all who believe and that only those who receive Jesus Christ by personal faith are born of the Holy Spirit and by Him are sealed to the day of redemption.

Return of Christ: We believe in the personal, pre-millennial return of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that the hope of His appearing has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.

Resurrection of the Body: We believe in the bodily resurrection of all the dead, of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord, and of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting and conscious punishment.

The Church: We believe that the Church is composed of all people who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head.

Baptism, Lord's Supper: We believe that water baptism and the Lord's Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during this present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.

Living with Honor: We believe that all the saved should live in such manner as will honor and glorify and not bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord, and that it is commanded of God to remain separate from false doctrines and sinful pleasures, practices and associations.

Angels: We believe in the existence of angels who worship God and minister to believers.

Satan: We also believe in the existence of Satan, the devil, a fallen angelic being, who with his demons opposes God, His people, and His work, but over whom Christians can have spiritual victory.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating264 of 43048 of 78
Fund acquisition rating238 of 43044 of 78
Resource allocation rating187 of 43032 of 78
Asset utilization rating322 of 43060 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%8%9%6%9%8%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%7%6%7%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%86%85%99%84%89%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%7%5%7%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%14%15%1%16%11%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%84%80%81%82%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%101%103%128%105%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%84%82%103%86%85%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-1%-3%-28%-5%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-1%-2%-12%-2%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%13%14%11%10%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.480.480.450.390.32
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.521.501.471.411.48
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.530.740.710.660.550.47
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.0918.3917.5917.0049.8853.08
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.050.060.060.020.02
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.0715.4215.8517.2221.5824.84
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%23%23%17%13%12%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%159%162%186%226%274%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$7,506,000$6,051,000$6,769,000$7,706,000$8,604,000
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$73,000$32,000$43,000$21,000$16,000
Short-term investments$47,914,000$49,670,000$49,979,000$56,614,000$56,935,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$55,493,000$55,753,000$56,791,000$64,341,000$65,555,000
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$24,176,000$23,312,000$22,218,000$21,607,000$24,731,000
Other long-term assets$4,638,000$4,580,000$4,262,000$4,992,000$6,469,000
Total long-term assets$28,814,000$27,892,000$26,480,000$26,599,000$31,200,000
Total assets$84,307,000$83,645,000$83,271,000$90,940,000$96,755,000
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$1,042,000$1,106,000$1,182,000$1,290,000$1,235,000
Other current liabilities$1,975,000$2,064,000$2,159,000$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,017,000$3,170,000$3,341,000$1,290,000$1,235,000
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$16,223,000$16,081,000$10,698,000$10,550,000$10,525,000
Total long-term liabilities$16,223,000$16,081,000$10,698,000$10,550,000$10,525,000
Total liabilities$19,240,000$19,251,000$14,039,000$11,840,000$11,760,000
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$46,352,000$44,574,000$51,878,000$62,699,000$70,467,000
Temporarily restricted$18,715,000$19,820,000$18,004,000$16,401,000$14,528,000
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$65,067,000$64,394,000$69,232,000$79,100,000$84,995,000
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$34,888,000$32,749,000$28,875,000$28,168,000$27,275,000
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,551,000$5,998,000$194,000$5,202,000$3,248,000
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$5,551,000$5,998,000$194,000$5,202,000$3,248,000
Total revenue$40,439,000$38,747,000$29,069,000$33,370,000$30,523,000
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$34,118,000$31,964,000$30,079,000$28,809,000$25,855,000
Management and general$4,041,000$5,051,000$5,345,000$3,772,000$3,008,000
Fundraising$2,688,000$2,784,000$1,815,000$2,486,000$2,213,000
Total expenses$40,847,000$39,799,000$37,239,000$35,067,000$31,076,000
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($408,000)($1,052,000)($8,170,000)($1,697,000)($553,000)
Other changes in net assets$1,081,000($4,436,000)($1,048,000)($4,198,000)($1,947,000)
Total change in net assets$673,000($5,488,000)($9,218,000)($5,895,000)($2,500,000)

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

TEAM's history begins with a young Swedish man who came to the United States in 1869. Fredrik Franson and his family settled on a farm in eastern Nebraska. The Fransons were dedicated Christians who had been members of the "free," non-state church of Sweden. Fredrik, however, hadn't experienced an authentic relationship with Christ.

After helping on the family farm for three years, Fredrik was struck with malaria and was unable to work for almost a year. During those days of inactivity, he read the Bible and searched for meaning in his life. His mother prayed for him and encouraged him, and eventually Fredrik came to a genuine relationship with the Savior.

Sensing the need for more training, Franson went to Chicago in 1876 hoping to meet the famous evangelist D.L. Moody. He became a part of the church founded by Moody and was trained by the evangelist as a counselor.

Franson eventually returned to Nebraska to minister to Scandinavian immigrants, but in 1879 he felt led to go to the Utah territory to minister to some 30,000 Swedish immigrants who had gone there for inexpensive land. Franson's evangelistic endeavors were broadened to include the Mormons who had recently arrived in the Utah territory.

Two years later Franson left for his homeland. While carrying on an extensive ministry in Europe, he heard the well-known missionary statesman, Hudson Taylor, challenge people to go to China with the gospel. From that encounter, Franson got a vision to form missionary sending agencies in various European countries, and before he left the continent, six such organizations had come into being. All six agencies continue to send out missionaries to this day.

After arriving back in America, Franson continued to preach. His desire to motivate others for cross-cultural missions led him to form a training class in Brooklyn, New York. His first class on October 14, 1890, is recognized as the "birthday" of TEAM, although the early name for the agency was "The Scandinavian Alliance Mission." This name reflected Franson's vision to bring churches together into an alliance enabling even small congregations to have a part in sending out missionaries. Classes were also initiated in Chicago, Minneapolis and Omaha. Soon a formal board of directors came into being, and on January 17, 1891, the first band of 35 missionaries boarded a train for the West Coast and eventually China.

Photographs of these early missionaries depict a dedicated group of people who chose to live and dress as the Chinese did. Other groups soon joined the first recruits, and Franson fervently challenged still more to go. In order to get to China, the early missionaries had to pass through Japan, and that soon became a new field for the mission. In a similar manner, by 1892, a small group also went to Swaziland in southern Africa. In 1906 T.J. Bach and his wife left for Venezuela, South America. Bach would later become TEAM's third General Director. In 1908, following one of his lengthy trips to the fields, Franson took several days off to rest at the home of some friends in Idaho Springs, Colorado. One morning his host tried to wake him for breakfast, but he had died during the night.

Franson left behind no family or estate. His legacy was a group of dedicated people whose desire was to take the gospel to all people. Franson's two passions-evangelism and church planting-continue to be the focus of TEAM's worldwide ministry.

As was true when Franson founded the mission, TEAM's purpose is to help churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches in other nations to the glory of God.


Program accomplishments

  • TEAM introduced the Day of Prayer and Vision CD this year to help missionaries and staff focus at least one day exclusively on seeking renewal and guidance from God.
  • Over 150 TEAM ministry initiatives are underway on six continents. Each ministry team is preparing and updating strategic profiles that describe the work God is leading in their unique ministry.
  • TEAM is creating video and printed sketches to help: 1 - churches identify shared vision that inspires partnerships in ministry with missionaries and national churches, 2 - individuals recognize their calling to serve in a special place or fulfill a unique ministry need, 3 - financial and prayer partners catch a vision for the work God is doing and fully understand the importance of their support.

  • Needs