Christar

Summary

The mission of Christar (formerly International Missions) is to glorify God by establishing churches, primarily within least-reached Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim and Asian communities worldwide. In this endeavor,they partner with churches to send out missionaries who proclaim the gospel and equip the body of Christ. The vision of Christar is to see more churches planted among more of the least-reached through effective prayer, growing people, godly teams and fruitful partnerships. They define the least-reached as: People who do not have access to a church where the gospel is preached in their own language and culture. Christar was started in 1930 by Benjamin Davison and has over three hundred missionaries scattered among the least-reached.

It is non-profit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1500 International Pkwy, Ste 300
Richardson, TX 75081-2339

Website: www.christar.org

Phone: (214) 838-3800

Email: info@christar.org


Organization details

EIN: 221717576

CEO/President: Mr. Stephen Coffey

Chairman: Rev. Greg Parsons

Board size: 15

Founder: Mr. Benjamin Davidson

Year founded: 1930

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1986


Purpose

The mission of Christar (formerly International Missions) is to glorify God by establishing churches, primarily within least-reached communities worldwide. In this endeavor, we partner with churches to send out missionaries who proclaim the gospel and equip the body of Christ. The vision of Christar is to see more churches planted among more of the least-reached through effective prayer, growing people, godly teams and fruitful partnerships. We define the least-reached as: People who do not have access to a church where the gospel is preached in their own language and culture. Christar was started in 1930 by Benjamin Davison and has over three hundred missionaries scattered among the least-reached.

It is non-profit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

Christar's Mission Statement and Vision Statement is as follows:

The mission of Christar (formerly International Missions) is to glorify God by establishing churches, primarily within least-reached communities worldwide. In this endeavor, we partner with churches to send out missionaries who proclaim the gospel and equip the body of Christ.

The vision of Christar is to see more churches planted among more of the least-reached through effective prayer, growing people, godly teams and fruitful partnerships. We define the least-reached as: People who do not have access to a church where the gospel is preached in their own language and culture.


Statement of faith

Christar's Statement of Faith is:

We Believe:
The Bible is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.

There is one only, living and true God, eternally co-existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

God the Father loves the world, gave Christ to be its Savior, and is Father of all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

God the Son became incarnate in the person of Jesus Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man. He lived a perfect, sinless life and all His teachings and utterances are true. He shed His blood and died for the sins of the whole world, according to the Scriptures, as a vicarious and substitutionary sacrifice. The crucified body of Christ was raised from the dead. He ascended into Heaven, and sits on the right hand of God as our High Priest and Advocate.

The Holy Spirit is a Person. He is the Divine Author of the Scriptures; He convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgement; He is the Divine Agent of regeneration; He indwells all believers; and He baptizes all believers into the body of Christ at the time of their conversion.

Man, created in the image of God, sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. All men are consequently born with a sinful nature, which is enmity against God. Man is totally depraved, a sinner in thought, word, and deed, and he needs to be saved.

Salvation is by grace through faith. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit. All who are truly born again have been given eternal life and shall never perish.

There are two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which are divinely enjoined upon all believers. They are without saving merit in themselves but provide an expression of faith regarding the believer's identification in Christ.

Jesus Christ shall return personally and bodily to rapture the Church. The second coming of Christ will be premillenial to establish His kingdom upon the earth and to reign in righteousness and justice.

Both the just and the unjust shall be raised from the dead bodily. The redeemed in Christ shall enjoy eternal blessedness. Those who have not received the offer of salvation shall suffer eternal conscious punishment.

The Christian life is to be lived by faith, trusting the Lord for the provision of our spiritual and material needs. All who are saved possess two natures with provision made for the victory of the new nature over the old nature by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Christians are called to a Spirit-filled life, and we are to be separated from all worldly and sinful practices.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating257 of 44245 of 77
Fund acquisition rating251 of 44248 of 77
Resource allocation rating320 of 44261 of 77
Asset utilization rating168 of 44228 of 77

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%8%8%7%8%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%8%8%7%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%97%98%99%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%8%8%7%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%3%2%1%2%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%77%74%75%75%76%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%97%98%100%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%76%71%74%75%74%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%3%2%0%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%3%7%4%1%5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%15%18%17%18%16%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.271.691.721.781.801.81
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.591.661.801.861.81
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.452.692.853.203.353.27
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.9713.2315.9114.7010.6213.42
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.080.060.070.090.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.094.123.953.503.253.40
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%13%14%17%21%23%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%52%50%46%44%42%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$1,789,357$1,733,743$1,245,392$1,239,470$1,348,840
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$299,475$301,073$315,484$246,738$190,211
Short-term investments$3,465,099$3,276,334$3,010,814$2,837,654$2,811,984
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,553,931$5,311,150$4,571,690$4,323,862$4,351,035
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,298,237$3,488,573$3,654,192$3,714,746$3,522,632
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,298,237$3,488,573$3,654,192$3,714,746$3,522,632
Total assets$8,852,168$8,799,723$8,225,882$8,038,608$7,873,667
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$419,734$333,859$311,034$407,217$324,150
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$419,734$333,859$311,034$407,217$324,150
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$712,833$926,037$1,118,908$1,319,755$1,510,174
Total long-term liabilities$712,833$926,037$1,118,908$1,319,755$1,510,174
Total liabilities$1,132,567$1,259,896$1,429,942$1,726,972$1,834,324
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$3,179,676$3,210,973$2,646,854$2,517,815$2,389,560
Temporarily restricted$4,539,925$4,328,854$4,149,086$3,793,821$3,649,783
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,719,601$7,539,827$6,795,940$6,311,636$6,039,343
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$15,037,442$15,164,499$14,627,422$14,414,309$14,303,971
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($82,065)$273,262$155,257$2,052$164,250
Other revenue$208,254$219,360$74,924$103,144$74,874
Total other revenue$126,189$492,622$230,181$105,196$239,124
Total revenue$15,163,631$15,657,121$14,857,603$14,519,505$14,543,095
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$11,538,529$11,140,544$11,021,434$10,860,506$10,789,620
Management and general$2,273,485$2,717,846$2,414,483$2,607,286$2,235,891
Fundraising$1,152,749$1,273,211$1,180,632$1,005,154$1,199,891
Total expenses$14,964,763$15,131,601$14,616,549$14,472,946$14,225,402
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$198,868$525,520$241,054$46,559$317,693
Other changes in net assets($19,094)$218,367$243,250$0$100,248
Total change in net assets$179,774$743,887$484,304$46,559$417,941

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

CHRISTAR (formerly International Missions) began on January 1, 1930 in Southern India. Founded by a seventy-year-old Scotsman, Benjamin Davidson, the original focus was an outreach to unreached Hindus. After Pakistan separated from India in 1947, CHRISTAR began a ministry among Muslims. Since then, it has expanded to over 20 countries and targeted 27 people groups. In 1970 CHRISTAR began a pioneer tentmaking effort in Turkey. Currently CHRISTAR employs strategic tentmaking-type ministries in 11 creative access nations.


Program accomplishments

  • Four Uzbecks in Kazakhstan came to faith in Christ. In Iraq, Prime Minister Ayad Allawi appointed a liaison for the evangelical Protestant churches. This man came to Jordan to meet with the church leaders who were doing mission in Iraq, including Christar's Nabeeh Abbassi.
  • The Good News Center in Pakistan has shared the gospel through Bible correspondence courses for over three decades. Still, to this day, at least 100 Muslims a year profess faith in Christ.
  • In Christar's southern Philippine ministry 150 Muslims each week are in Bible studies. They have grown from zero Muslim background believers about 20 years ago to somewhere between 50 and 75 today. There were seven baptisms in about 13 months.
  • In the year 2004, the Friends of Yunan award was given to Doug Briggs, on of Christar's staff.

Needs

ALL CHRISTAR missionaries, from the President on down, secure their own personal support.

Christar needs some of the following:

People to volunteer their time over a summer. Get hands-on training in reaching Muslims, Hindus and East Asians.

Short-term Teams: Spend several weeks working with CHRISTAR to reach least-reached people.

Internships/professional opportunities: Earn college credit or put your professional skills to work on the mission field.

Tailor-made experiences: Create your own short-term experience with the help of our expert team!

Second-career opportunities.