Interserve, USA / International Service Fellowship

Summary

International Service Fellowship, USA, d/b/a Interserve USA ("Interserve"), wishes to contribute to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ, particularly in south and central Asia, the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa, and in other countries where there are significant groups of migrants from these countries. 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 418
7000 Ludlow Street (19082)
Upper Darby, PA 19082-0418

Website: www.interserveusa.org

Phone: (610) 352-0581

Email: interserveusa@xc.org


Organization details

EIN: 231644377

CEO/President: Dr. Grace Dyrness

Chairman: Dr. Grace Dyrness

Board size: 22

Founder:

Year founded: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

International Service Fellowship, USA, d/b/a Interserve USA ("Interserve"), wishes to contribute to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ, particularly in south and central Asia, the Persian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa, and in other countries where there are significant groups of migrants from these countries. 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

InterServe uses the following to express its goals and operating principles:

The aim of Interserve is to proclaim in word and deed that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. As an international fellowship committed to serving the Christian Church, we wish to contribute directly or indirectly to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ, particularly in countries of south and central Asia, the Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa, and in other countries where there are significant groups of migrants from these countries. We invite men and women of all races who sense God's call to join us in showing God's love and in communicating the Gospel.

We affirm the crucial significance of the Church, whether expressed denominationally or congregationally, and we wish to share in the planting, nurturing and renewing of believing communities.

We believe that all congregations are to be involved in God's mission in the world. As God's fellow-workers, we seek to encourage local churches, parachurch agencies and individuals in the worldwide mission of the Church, and wish to share in cross-cultural ministry for the mutual benefit of churches world-wide.

We believe that the training of leadership is crucial for the growth of the Church and the development of communities and therefore emphasize this ministry.

We affirm the special place that ministry to the poor has in the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ, and emphasize service to the needy and the oppressed.

We are a fellowship of Partners whose aim as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ is to glorify God in everything we do. We aim to provide support for each other in finding and fulfilling our individual roles.

We seek to demonstrate God's love and the unity of all believers in the body of Christ. We commit ourselves to cooperate with the existing churches and Christian agencies in our areas of service, who share in similar goals and Biblical emphasis. Holding firmly to Biblical truth in love, we wish to promote genuine unity; and, in the interests of good stewardship, we seek to avoid unnecessary duplication in Christian work.

We emphasize the need for quality and high standards in all our varied ministries. Humanitarian services are not a propaganda tool for the message of spiritual salvation but part of ministry to the whole person. We respect the unique ministry to which each Partner is called, recognizing that although our roles are different, our primary objective is to make disciples.

We respect the laws of the countries in which we serve.

We recognize that we are engaged in a spiritual conflict, not with human enemies, but against spiritual forces, and we commit ourselves to work for the coming of God's Kingdom in the power of His Spirit, using the resources He has given us, especially the Word of God and prayer.


Statement of faith

Interserve uses the following to express its faith: We believe that there is one God who has revealed Himself to be three eternal persons whom we confess as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth and He so loves men and women that He sent Jesus Christ to save them from condemnation and eternal death. Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became fully human and by His sacrificial death on the Cross and by His resurrection from the dead, provided the redemption which saves those who come to Him in repentance and faith. The Holy Spirit continues Christ's work of conviction of sin and creating faith. He imparts unity amongst God's people and to them He gives power and love as well as gifts for different kinds of ministry. We accept that all men and women are by nature spiritually unresponsive to God and are disobedient to God's will. Each person needs to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit in order to receive eternal life. We acknowledge that the Church is God's instrument for mission and evangelization. The local congregation, in its worship, sacraments and fellowship, together with its evangelism and social care, witnesses to the love and justice of God. We affirm that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the uniquely inspired Word of God and is the only and wholly trustworthy test of faith and conduct. We confess Jesus Christ to be the only Savior and Lord and we affirm His deity, virgin birth, incarnation, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, ascension and personal return.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating138 of 43030 of 78
Fund acquisition rating83 of 43016 of 78
Resource allocation rating154 of 43026 of 78
Asset utilization rating288 of 43054 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%2%2%4%4%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%2%2%3%3%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%84%95%84%81%87%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%2%2%4%4%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%16%5%16%19%13%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%85%87%85%85%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%94%107%92%89%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%80%92%78%76%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%6%-7%8%11%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%4%-4%5%8%3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%13%11%12%11%10%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.400.450.420.460.48
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.021.021.021.021.02
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.530.410.460.430.470.49
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.09125.47102.38102.8283.9495.59
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.010.010.010.010.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.0729.1126.1027.4725.2124.15
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%32%32%32%33%33%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%170%152%160%145%139%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$516,475$454,751$475,303$428,700$305,795
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$159,256$189,238$197,517$184,071$357,166
Short-term investments$14,188,041$13,671,662$14,245,084$13,661,417$12,412,986
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$14,863,772$14,315,651$14,917,904$14,274,188$13,075,947
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$286,510$301,682$300,925$276,477$293,956
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$286,510$301,682$300,925$276,477$293,956
Total assets$15,150,282$14,617,333$15,218,829$14,550,665$13,369,903
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$117,302$135,668$138,425$160,880$134,785
Other current liabilities$1,167$4,167$6,667$9,167$2,005
Total current liabilities$118,469$139,835$145,092$170,047$136,790
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$42,634$53,503$37,076$9,615
Other long-term liabilities$4,725,715$4,538,281$4,725,414$4,581,587$4,287,116
Total long-term liabilities$4,725,715$4,580,915$4,778,917$4,618,663$4,296,731
Total liabilities$4,844,184$4,720,750$4,924,009$4,788,710$4,433,521
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$1,186,735$1,169,739$995,711$889,429$788,946
Temporarily restricted$1,143,513$888,233$1,077,277$1,005,973$1,015,844
Permanently restricted$7,975,350$7,838,611$8,221,832$7,866,553$7,131,592
Net assets$10,306,098$9,896,583$10,294,820$9,761,955$8,936,382
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$5,450,368$5,833,848$5,892,231$6,082,628$5,855,939
Program service revenue$2,736$1,499$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$884,171$53,565$809,954$1,215,385$559,905
Other revenue$149,855$229,654$284,209$241,261$319,278
Total other revenue$1,036,762$284,718$1,094,163$1,456,646$879,183
Total revenue$6,487,130$6,118,566$6,986,394$7,539,274$6,735,122
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$5,177,008$5,658,863$5,456,072$5,736,207$5,590,611
Management and general$797,079$721,306$755,218$732,035$624,850
Fundraising$104,028$136,634$242,239$245,459$213,452
Total expenses$6,078,115$6,516,803$6,453,529$6,713,701$6,428,913
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$409,015($398,237)$532,865$825,573$306,209
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$409,015($398,237)$532,865$825,573$306,209

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History

Interserve USA traces its English roots back to the Zenana Mission that began in India in 1852. A parallel organization, the Woman's Union Missionary Society, began in the U.S.A. in 1860. The groups merged in the twentieth century and became Interserve, the umbrella organization of which Interserve USA is a part. Interserve is the oldest independent, interdenominational faith mission in the world.
They now are made up of branches in 19 countries who send cross-cultural workers to countries in Northern Africa, the Middle East and Asia. They work in partnership with other agencies to ensure the work of their Partners reach those who need it the most.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Interserve invites men and women of all races who sense God's call to join InterServe in showing God's love and in communicating the Gospel.