Liebenzell Mission of USA, Inc.

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Summary

[God] wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1Timothy 2:4)

This verse has been Liebenzell's motto and challenge for over one hundred years. Today, all men includes over seven billion people. Only one-third of the people on earth confess to be Christians, and many of those hunger for teaching and discipleship. Jesus Christ gave His Church the mandate to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything He commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). Liebenzell is committed to this task. We labor to disciple the nations in over 20 countries around the world.

We are compelled to world mission by the great love God has shown to us, and because He desires that all hear the Good News.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 66
13 Heath Lane
Schooley's Mountain, NJ 07870-0066

Website: www.lmusa.org

Phone: (908) 852-3044

Email: missions@liebenzellusa.org


Organization details

EIN: 221585580

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Christopher Matthews

Chairman: Mr. Tom Cooper

Board size: 12

Founder:

Year founded: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Liebenzell USA conducts two parallel ministries.

Global Ministries focuses on promoting and facilitating cross-cultural evangelism and Christian discipleship around the world and in the U.S. through faith missionaries.

Retreat Ministries focuses on promoting missions and strengthening local churches in the U.S. by operating a Guest House and Retreat Center in Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey.

Liebenzell Mission of the U.S.A., Inc., is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) religious organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. Liebenzell USA is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Liebenzell Mission of USA, Inc.'s Purpose Statement is:

Liebenzell USA is a Christian organization that exists to help people worldwide come to know Jesus Christ through evangelism, discipleship, education, and humanitarian aid by partnering with churches to recruit, send, and support missionaries, facilitating Christian retreats, conferences and projects for the benefit of our ministry partners, and motivating Christians to greater mission awareness.


Statement of faith

Liebenzell USA is an international organization composed of evangelicals from many different denominations, who unreservedly subscribe to its doctrinal statement.

The doctrinal position of the Liebenzell USA is based on historic reformation foundations and holds a loyal position toward the Word of God. We subscribe to a conservative, evangelical theology and believe in the essential and vital importance of being diligent to observe the unity of the Spirit and to "speak the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:3, 15). Jesus prayed for the oneness of His people. He also prayed that they might be kept from evil and in truth (John 17).

For this reason, we strive for both truth and unity within the Body of Christ. We will not sacrifice the truth to improve external relations and widen fellowship. Similarly, we do not condone the spirit of schism, which disrupts the spiritual unity of the church and weakens its testimony.

The policy of Liebenzell USA is to maintain an independent position in relation to groups outside the Mission, while endeavoring to maintain fellowship with those of like evangelical position. We seek to preserve our interdenominational character, in view of our responsibility to the entire evangelical community represented in our membership.

  1. We believe that the whole Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the Divine authority and infallible rule for faith, life and doctrine.
  2. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in nature, power and glory.
  3. We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His shed blood as the only atonement for sin, in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, testifies of Christ, enables the believer to live a victorious life, and guides into all truth.
  5. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is in need of regeneration through faith in Jesus Christ.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of the body. The believer will arise to eternal life, the unbeliever will arise to eternal condemnation.
  7. We believe in the Spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. We believe in the commission of the Risen Christ, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19,20).
  9. We uphold the truths as stated in the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating197 of 94024 of 106
Fund acquisition rating189 of 94223 of 106
Resource allocation rating77 of 9429 of 106
Asset utilization rating674 of 94079 of 106

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%1%3%1%3%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%1%2%1%2%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%62%61%75%60%68%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%1%2%1%2%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%38%39%25%40%32%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%93%92%94%92%91%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%93%102%104%101%91%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%87%94%98%92%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%7%-2%-4%-1%9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%10%-3%-8%-1%13%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%6%5%6%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.261.021.121.461.081.02
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.261.992.062.112.092.05
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.872.022.323.092.252.10
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.203.338.657.3912.079.99
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.300.120.140.080.10
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.904.164.583.354.885.15
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%23%28%22%19%22%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%3%5%5%3%5%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
74%76%64%54%75%76%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$321,815$259,254$211,446$214,837$361,177
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$74,515$64,398$46,381$43,869$40,488
Short-term investments$410,878$422,763$477,772$524,259$425,805
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$807,208$746,415$735,599$782,965$827,470
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$795,899$791,452$819,916$849,525$866,535
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$795,899$791,452$819,916$849,525$866,535
Total assets$1,603,107$1,537,867$1,555,515$1,632,490$1,694,005
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$218,854$50,706$63,398$44,201$43,609
Other current liabilities$23,189$35,594$36,088$20,660$39,215
Total current liabilities$242,043$86,300$99,486$64,861$82,824
Debt$54,976$76,000$71,000$55,000$82,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$67,948$263,419$165,641$197,288$205,037
Total long-term liabilities$122,924$339,419$236,641$252,288$287,037
Total liabilities$364,967$425,719$336,127$317,149$369,861
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$646,348$596,468$702,631$751,736$713,763
With donor restrictions$591,822$515,680$516,757$563,605$610,381
Net assets$1,238,140$1,112,148$1,219,388$1,315,341$1,324,144
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$1,079,156$1,040,052$1,624,896$1,057,273$1,293,121
Program service revenue$586,069$569,073$577,824$656,295$618,063
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,661$19,921($23,223)$44,721$1,390
Other revenue$69,774$68,003$0($1,964)($4,280)
Total other revenue$673,504$656,997$554,601$699,052$615,173
Total revenue$1,752,660$1,697,049$2,179,497$1,756,325$1,908,294
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$1,516,899$1,591,535$2,145,756$1,624,522$1,585,066
Management and general$103,049$107,255$108,867$108,207$113,865
Fundraising$11,723$29,173$20,827$32,399$35,633
Total expenses$1,631,671$1,727,963$2,275,450$1,765,128$1,734,564
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$120,989($30,914)($95,953)($8,803)$173,730
Other changes in net assets$5,033($76,326)$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$126,022($107,240)($95,953)($8,803)$173,730

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

Liebenzell USA is a member of Liebenzell Mission International (LMI) consisting of independent offices in Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States.

Liebenzell Mission International exists to obey the Great Commission of making disciples of the nations (Matthew 28:18-20) through:

  • training and sending out missionaries;
  • preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with the aim of establishing churches which are self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating;
  • encouraging fellowship in the Spirit of Christ among LMI members and in churches around the world;
  • assisting national churches in training and equipping their members for missionary service;
  • and developing and encouraging mission awareness in churches at home and abroad.


Liebenzell USA Global Ministries is a member of Missio Nexus, an organization representing 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country of the world by more than 190 agencies and churches.

Liebenzell USA Retreat Ministries is a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/19/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In the late 1800s, Hudson Taylor traveled throughout Europe, garnering support for the work of the China Inland Mission. In Germany, news of Taylor's work so excited Rev. Heinrich Coerper that he founded the German Support Branch of the China Inland Mission in 1899. The little society grew quickly, sending out its first missionary to Hunan province within a year. In 1902, the mission was given a new home in the Black Forest town of Bad Liebenzell - and thus became Liebenzell Mission.

The work grew rapidly and spread to other fields in Asia and the Pacific: Manus Island, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Palau. By the 1930's, over 80 missionaries were involved in full time ministry overseas. The outbreak of World War II disrupted the work as missionaries were expelled, imprisoned or killed. In the late 1930s, a missionary couple returning to ministry in China became stranded in America as war broke out in Europe and Asia. Henry and Anna Zimmermann united several small groups of faithful mission supporters in the U.S. and founded Liebenzell USA in 1941. They purchased an old mansion and farm in rural northwestern New Jersey to welcome displaced German missionaries arriving in America, seeking refuge from the war. Within ten years, the first U.S. missionary was sent out to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea; others soon followed, continuing the Mission's work in PNG and Micronesia.

Liebenzell's work expanded to Taiwan when missionaries were forced to leave China in the early 1950s. Over the last 30 years, Liebenzell has entered new fields of service in Africa, Europe, and South America. Today about 240 career missionaries serve with Liebenzell Mission International through its seven independent branches. Many more short-term volunteers also assist in taking the Gospel to all the world.


Program accomplishments

Liebenzell Mission exists to bring glory to God by preaching the Gospel and making disciples of the nations. Toward that goal, we use many different tools:

  • Pioneer evangelism
  • Church planting
  • Pastoral ministry
  • Theological education through seminaries, Bible colleges, institutes, training centers, extension classes, retreats and workshops
  • Education; Pre-K through high school, in missionary schools and in locally-run Christian schools; teaching English; vocational training
  • Evangelism through Bible translation, literature preparation and literacy classes
  • Media outreach using print, radio broadcasts and the Internet
  • Medical care, including on-going services and preventative education
  • Community development projects and relief work
  • Technical support services

Needs

Liebenzell welcomes people with a heart for the lost, a burden for the task of evangelism and a call to God's service. We are looking for:

  • Career missionaries seeking to serve wherever the Lord may call, for as long as the Lord may allow.
  • Professional missionaries desiring to use their special skills for particular tasks for the Kingdom. (such as teachers, medical personnel, construction specialists)
  • Theological educators able to spend a month, a semester or up to a year teaching abroad.
  • Short-term volunteers (one week to six months) willing to complete specific projects or fill specific positions.
  • Mission partners committed to uphold the ministry through prayer and financial support.