Liebenzell Mission of USA, Inc.

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.liebenzellusa.org

Phone: (908) 852-3044

Email: missions@liebenzellusa.org


Organization details

EIN: 221585580

CEO/President: Vacant

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.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating64 of 43011 of 78
Fund acquisition rating80 of 43015 of 78
Resource allocation rating31 of 4304 of 78
Asset utilization rating206 of 43036 of 78

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%1%3%3%3%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%2%2%2%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%75%60%68%57%56%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%2%2%2%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%25%40%32%43%44%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%94%92%91%91%91%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%104%101%91%104%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%98%92%83%94%93%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-4%-1%9%-4%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-8%-1%13%-5%-2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%5%6%7%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.461.081.021.031.05
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.112.092.052.362.38
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.533.092.252.102.422.51
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.107.3912.079.996.649.11
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.140.080.100.150.11
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.063.354.885.154.204.25
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%22%19%22%26%23%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%5%3%5%4%2%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%54%75%76%72%73%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$211,446$214,837$361,177$180,902$188,908
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$46,381$43,869$40,488$36,160$40,842
Short-term investments$477,772$524,259$425,805$439,449$427,488
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$735,599$782,965$827,470$656,511$657,238
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$819,916$849,525$866,535$894,113$908,536
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$819,916$849,525$866,535$894,113$908,536
Total assets$1,555,515$1,632,490$1,694,005$1,550,624$1,565,774
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$63,398$44,201$43,609$63,843$57,072
Other current liabilities$36,088$20,660$39,215$35,005$15,095
Total current liabilities$99,486$64,861$82,824$98,848$72,167
Debt$71,000$55,000$82,000$67,500$35,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$165,641$197,288$205,037$233,862$248,267
Total long-term liabilities$236,641$252,288$287,037$301,362$283,267
Total liabilities$336,127$317,149$369,861$400,210$355,434
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$702,631$751,736$713,763$651,329$752,197
Temporarily restricted$516,757$563,605$610,381$499,085$458,143
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,219,388$1,315,341$1,324,144$1,150,414$1,210,340
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$1,624,896$1,057,273$1,293,121$871,148$912,327
Program service revenue$577,824$656,295$618,063$596,445$663,287
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($23,223)$44,721$1,390$31,756$24,292
Other revenue$0($1,964)($4,280)$32,755$24,538
Total other revenue$554,601$699,052$615,173$660,956$712,117
Total revenue$2,179,497$1,756,325$1,908,294$1,532,104$1,624,444
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$2,145,756$1,624,522$1,585,066$1,444,750$1,510,016
Management and general$108,867$108,207$113,865$117,015$113,689
Fundraising$20,827$32,399$35,633$30,265$26,683
Total expenses$2,275,450$1,765,128$1,734,564$1,592,030$1,650,388
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($95,953)($8,803)$173,730($59,926)($25,944)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($95,953)($8,803)$173,730($59,926)($25,944)

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.

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.