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.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating284 of 66040 of 88
Fund acquisition rating126 of 66220 of 88
Resource allocation rating304 of 66236 of 88
Asset utilization rating489 of 66067 of 88

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%2%2%2%2%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%2%2%2%2%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%87%84%84%95%84%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%2%2%2%2%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%13%16%16%5%16%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%84%84%85%87%85%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%105%91%94%107%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
82%88%77%80%92%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%-5%9%6%-7%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-3%5%4%-4%5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%14%14%13%11%12%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.370.420.380.400.450.42
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.021.021.021.021.02
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.180.420.390.410.460.43
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
14.58118.04130.06125.47102.38102.82
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.010.010.010.010.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.1028.1030.4329.1126.1027.47
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%33%32%32%32%32%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%161%177%170%152%160%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$378,587$369,382$516,475$454,751$475,303
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$184,841$197,519$159,256$189,238$197,517
Short-term investments$14,917,474$15,133,065$14,188,041$13,671,662$14,245,084
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$15,480,902$15,699,966$14,863,772$14,315,651$14,917,904
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$254,954$259,510$286,510$301,682$300,925
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$254,954$259,510$286,510$301,682$300,925
Total assets$15,735,856$15,959,476$15,150,282$14,617,333$15,218,829
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$131,149$120,714$117,302$135,668$138,425
Other current liabilities$0$0$1,167$4,167$6,667
Total current liabilities$131,149$120,714$118,469$139,835$145,092
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$42,634$53,503
Other long-term liabilities$5,036,614$4,955,010$4,725,715$4,538,281$4,725,414
Total long-term liabilities$5,036,614$4,955,010$4,725,715$4,580,915$4,778,917
Total liabilities$5,167,763$5,075,724$4,844,184$4,720,750$4,924,009
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$1,589,449$1,586,692$1,186,735$1,169,739$995,711
Temporarily restricted$8,978,644$9,297,060$1,143,513$888,233$1,077,277
Permanently restricted$0$0$7,975,350$7,838,611$8,221,832
Net assets$10,568,093$10,883,752$10,306,098$9,896,583$10,294,820
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$5,438,625$5,629,631$5,450,368$5,833,848$5,892,231
Program service revenue$867$1,081$2,736$1,499$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$682,327$966,973$884,171$53,565$809,954
Other revenue$117,741$124,579$149,855$229,654$284,209
Total other revenue$800,935$1,092,633$1,036,762$284,718$1,094,163
Total revenue$6,239,560$6,722,264$6,487,130$6,118,566$6,986,394
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$5,500,073$5,188,210$5,177,008$5,658,863$5,456,072
Management and general$931,401$854,504$797,079$721,306$755,218
Fundraising$123,745$101,396$104,028$136,634$242,239
Total expenses$6,555,219$6,144,110$6,078,115$6,516,803$6,453,529
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($315,659)$578,154$409,015($398,237)$532,865
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($315,659)$578,154$409,015($398,237)$532,865

Response from ministry

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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.