United Marriage Encounter

Summary

United Marriage Encounter ("UME") is a Christian ministry seeking to help couples around the world renew their marriages and build Christ-centered homes. UME does this in response to the grace of the one God. UME offers Marriage Encounter Weekend ("Weekend") and related activities that help married couples and their families grow in their relationship with each other, with God, and with the church. Weekend combines Christian values and practical methods to improve communication between husband and wife. Weekend gives couples time to focus on each other, free from distractions of everyday life. It provides time for them to examine their marriage and discuss feelings, joys, disappointments, and hopes. Weekend is for all couples who have a good marriage and want to make it better. UME does not recommend Weekend for anyone who is receiving professional marriage counseling or psychiatric care, or who needs that kind of help. UME is organized as an interdenominational, ecumenical Christian organization. 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). United Marriage Encounter's vision:
Offering Christ's love to strengthen and build marriages.


Contact information

Mailing address:
2610 Park Ave.
P.O. Box 209
Muscatine, IA 52761-0069

Website: www.unitedmarriage.org

Phone: (866) 483-8889

Email: info@unitedmarriage.org


Organization details

EIN: 222164348

CEO/President: Mr. Steve Chapman

Chairman: Mr. Steve Swallow

Board size: 18

Founder: Len & Colleen Pagland and Rev. L.D. Baize

Year founded: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Purpose

United Marriage Encounter ("UME") is a Christian ministry seeking to help couples around the world renew their marriages and build Christ-centered homes. UME does this in response to the grace of the one God. UME offers Marriage Encounter Weekend ("Weekend") and related activities that help married couples and their families grow in their relationships with each other, with God, and with the church.

Weekend combines Christian values and practical methods to improve communication between husband and wife. Weekend gives couples time to focus on each other, free from distractions of everyday life. It provides time for them to examine their marriage and discuss feelings, joys, disappointments, and hopes in a face-to-face, heart-to-heart, private sharing between wife and husband.

Weekend is for all couples who have a good marriage and want to make it better. UME does not recommend Weekend for anyone who is receiving professional marriage counseling or psychiatric care, or who needs that kind of help. UME is organized as an interdenominational, ecumenical Christian organization. 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).


Mission statement

United Marriage Encounter uses the following to express its mission:

Our Mission In response to our call, we offer our Weekend experience and a community of caring couples who are committed to having a stake in other marriages. We will create an environment that can help transform marriages around the world. By following our mission and proclaiming God's plan for marriage we believe we CAN influence the world for Christ.

Our Vision To start a transformation in marriages that leads to stronger Christian families and stronger Christian communities.

Our Core Values

  • We are a Christ-centered ministry. We will honor our Statement of Faith.
  • We believe God's plan for marriage is one man, one woman, seeking oneness and serving God and others with grace. We will stay focused on our specific call.
  • We believe our Weekend experience is God's call for our ministry and can start a transformation in a marriage. We will offer Christ's love through our Weekend experience.
  • We believe married couples deserve an entire Weekend away from everyday activities. We will create an environment for couples to focus on their relationship with spouse and with God.
  • We believe the concepts learned on a Marriage Encounter Weekend are ongoing tools to keep a marriage strong and lasting and can lead to stronger Christian families and stronger Christian communities. We will strive to help couples live out God's plan for marriage.
  • We believe couples deserve to experience our Weekend regardless of their ability to pay. We will fund our Weekend expenses by encouraging couples to "Pay Forward", encouraging members to support the ministry annually, and seeking other generous donors.
  • We believe to make the transformation we must have an ongoing stake in the Weekend couples' marriages. We will support our UME Communities by upholding them in prayer along with providing activities and marriage resources.
  • We believe God expects responsible stewardship of our financial and human resources. We will maintain responsible budgets, invest in our volunteers, and conduct our Weekends economically without compromising excellence.

Statement of faith

United Marriage Encounter uses the following to express its statement of faith:

  1. We believe the Bible is the only, complete, inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of God the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return to judge in power and glory.
  4. We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female in His image and to reflect His glory, but that as a result of sin, mankind is alienated from God, and is helpless to remedy this lost condition apart from the grace of God, through the blood of Christ.
  5. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, and that salvation is the gracious gift of God, received by faith alone, in Christ alone.
  6. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a godly life.
  7. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all people; those who believe in Christ, to eternal life with God, and those who do not believe in Christ, to suffer eternal separation from God.
  8. We believe the institution of marriage to be God inspired as the union of one man and one woman.
  9. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
Supporting Scripture References are as follows:
  1. II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20; Revelation 22:18-19
  2. Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:18-19; II Corinthians 13:14
  3. John 1:1-18; Galatians 4:4; Luke 1:35; Hebrews 4:15; John 2:1-11, John 6:5-13; Romans 3:21-25, Romans 5:8-10, Ephesians 1:7; Luke 24:5-7; Mark 16:19; Matthew 16:16-18, Ephesians 1:22-23; II Timothy 4:1
  4. Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:22-23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:12-13
  5. John 3:16-18; Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5
  6. Galatians 5:16-25
  7. John 5:28-29; Revelation 20:12-15
  8. Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9
  9. Romans 12:5; I Corinthians 12:12-14, Ephesians 4:3-6

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating70 of 4425 of 51
Fund acquisition rating87 of 44211 of 51
Resource allocation rating2 of 4421 of 51
Asset utilization rating265 of 44227 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%55%94%94%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%45%6%6%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%100%100%100%100%99%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%109%79%123%125%125%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%109%79%123%125%124%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-9%21%-23%-25%-25%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-6%14%-10%-17%-20%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%0%0%0%0%1%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.270.690.520.510.800.99
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.001.001.001.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.450.690.520.510.800.99
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.9760.89270.580.0015.0633.03
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.020.000.000.070.03
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.0917.2222.8623.5613.9311.75
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%2%0%0%7%3%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%144%190%196%116%98%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$101,908$115,535$68,484$95,661$79,337
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,983$20,315$17,987$86,410$114,592
Short-term investments$180,733$184,198$173,541$168,190$168,214
Other current assets$24,535$27,382$38,433$0$0
Total current assets$332,159$347,430$298,445$350,261$362,143
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$332,159$347,430$298,445$350,261$362,143
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$5,455$1,284$0$23,263$10,964
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$5,455$1,284$0$23,263$10,964
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$5,455$1,284$0$23,263$10,964
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$243,618$231,936$203,223$241,090$255,073
Temporarily restricted$83,086$38,245$27,256$21,121$31,820
Permanently restricted$0$75,965$67,966$64,787$64,286
Net assets$326,704$346,146$298,445$326,998$351,179
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$113,892$216,364$116,432$225,984$287,574
Program service revenue$97,541$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($3,465)$10,761$6,344($402)$149
Other revenue$252$2,287$703$0$0
Total other revenue$94,328$13,048$7,047($402)$149
Total revenue$208,220$229,412$123,479$225,582$287,723
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$227,662$181,711$152,032$281,701$356,336
Management and general$0$0$0$0$2,087
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$314
Total expenses$227,662$181,711$152,032$281,701$358,737
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($19,442)$47,701($28,553)($56,119)($71,014)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$31,938$30,209
Total change in net assets($19,442)$47,701($28,553)($24,181)($40,805)

Response from ministry

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History

In 1974 a group of Protestant couples in the Rochester, New York area who had attended Worldwide Catholic Weekends began planning for a United Protestant Expression of Marriage Encounter (UPEME). Len and Colleen Pagnard and the Rev. D.L. and Marilyn Baize were co-founders and early leaders.

Couple Power, Inc., the Rochester branch of Worldwide (Catholic) M.E., actively helped UPEME to get started, paid the cost of training the first four UPEME Team Couples, and provided Weekend supplies, and much other support. The first UPEME Weekend was presented in Rochester, NY in February 1975. It was originally contemplated that UPEME would be part of Couple Power, Inc. and Worldwide M.E. It was expected that UPEME would primarily serve Protestant couples and Couple Power, Inc. would primarily serve Roman Catholics. However, from the beginning, the Weekends of both groups were open to couples of all faiths.

Worldwide M.E. decided that UPEME could not be formally affiliated with Worldwide because UPEME did not (and chooses not to) meet two Worldwide M.E. criteria for its affiliated groups. Worldwide required and still requires that all Team Couples and a large percentage of Weekend couples come from one church denomination. UPEME welcomes Team Couples and Weekend Couples from all Christian traditions.

In 1977 UPEME, Inc. was incorporated as a New York nonprofit corporation. In 1988 the name, United Protestant Expression of Marriage Encounter (UPEME), was changed to United Marriage Encounter (UME) to be more inclusive, and UME was incorporated as an Iowa nonprofit corporation.


Program accomplishments

United Marriage Encounter has established 26 local United Marriage Encounter Communities. In the last decade, UME significantly expanded its office and staff to provide more service and support in reaching Southeast Asia. Since 1998, UME has expanded into Malaysia and Indonesia.


Needs

United Marriage Encounter invites volunteers to join them in expanding the reach of the ministry. Additional financial resources would allow the ministry to accelerate its expansion in new areas.