Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission)

Summary

Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) is a missions sending agency that has more than 200 missionaries in 16 countries. They believe the motive and power for mission is the gospel of grace at work in the life of a believer. They are guided in their work by the following vision, mission, and values:

Vision: Movements of churches empowered by grace for the world's good and God's glory.

Mission: Laying down our lives to proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through preaching, healing, and equipping.

Values: 1. Centrality of the gospel, 2. Kingdom-centered prayer, 3. Ministering from weakness, 4. People-focused ministry, 5. Evangelism and church-planting, 6. Primacy of missions, 7. Training, equipping and mobilizing leadership, and 8. Encouragement of churches and pastors.

Serge is a nonprofit organization. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. They are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Missio Nexus (formerly Mission Exchange).


Contact information

Mailing address:
101 West Ave Ste 305
Jenkintown, PA 19046-2039

Website: www.serge.org

Phone: (215) 885-1811

Email: info@serge.org


Organization details

EIN: 232223692

CEO/President: Mr. Bob Osborne

Chairman: Mr. Craig Wood

Board size: 15

Founder: Dr. Jack Miller

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

Serge is a missions sending agency that has more than 200 missionaries in 16 countries. They believe the motive and power for mission is the gospel of grace at work in the life of a believer. They are guided in their work by the following vision, mission, and values:

Vision: Movements of churches empowered by grace for the world's good and God's glory.

Mission: Laying down our lives to proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through preaching, healing, and equipping.

Values:

  1. Centrality of the gospel
  2. Kingdom-centered prayer
  3. Ministering from weakness
  4. People-focused ministry
  5. Evangelism and church-planting
  6. Primacy of missions
  7. Training, equipping and mobilizing leadershipEncouragement of churches and pastors

Serge is a nonprofit organization. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. They are members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Missio Nexus (formerly Mission Exchange).

Mission statement

Serge's mission is expressed as follows:

Laying down our lives to proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through preaching, healing and equipping.

  • LAYING DOWN OUR LIVES: We lay down our lives in joyful response to the call of Christ, who laid down His life for us (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We do this in partnership with believers everywhere who have answered Christ's call to be willing to lose our lives for his sake (Matthew 16:24-25). The reality of God's love shown in our hearts causes us to value His Kingdom above our own personal pursuits. By faith, we have counted the cost, and found that what we gain by making the sacrifices necessary to follow Jesus is far greater than what we lose.
  • TO PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM OF JESUS CHRIST: The gospel message we seek to proclaim is this: that the Kingdom of God has invaded this fallen and broken world and is driving back the forces of darkness, bringing the reconciliation and restoration of the whole of creation (Revelation 21). The gospel is a message of personal forgiveness, assurance of a life in heaven, and personal sanctification, but it is also more than all of these things. It is the good news that every force that conspires to destroy the glory of God in man, society, or creation is coming under the reign of Jesus Christ. Believing that the proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom requires both words and action, we send missionaries both to speak the gospel message and to incarnate it.
  • THROUGH PREACHING: While we believe the proclamation of the Kingdom must include actions as well as words, we do not want to minimize the importance of preaching--of giving verbal expression to the gospel message we seek to live out (1 Peter 3:15). This can take place in a clinic, a coffee shop, from a street corner or a pulpit. The aim of our preaching is always to exalt Jesus Christ as the sole source of salvation and the center of the ongoing life of faith.
  • HEALING: We believe seeking the healing of physical, emotional, and social brokenness is an inextricable part of proclaiming the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. When Jesus sent out his disciples, he sent them to teach, preach, and heal (Matthew 4:23-25). Early church leaders were instructed to pray for healing for the sick and broken (James 5:14-16). We believe healing-treating injury and disease, providing drinkable water, and seeking to influence social and economic structures-is itself an active expression of the far-reaching effects of the gospel of the Kingdom, and not just a means to the end of converting the soul.
  • EQUIPPING: We recognize that the proclamation of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is a task far bigger than Serge--it is a task given by Jesus to the Church. Therefore, we seek to support and strengthen churches around the world, coming alongside church leaders to help them live and minister out of the gospel of grace. We do this in a variety of ways, from publishing training resources and presenting seminars to one-on-one relationships and personal discipleship. We equip others knowing that they can take the gospel further and deeper into their cultures than we ever could. Our goal in all this is to see the Church built up and invigorated for her part in the unfolding drama of redemption and re-creation, through which the Kingdom of Jesus Christ is made known throughout the earth (Ephesians 4:11-13).

Statement of faith

Serge uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

Serge was born from the evangelical and reformed theological tradition. All Serge missionaries are required to affirm either the following statement of belief written by Dr. Benjamin Warfield or the Westminster Confession of Faith.

  • THE BIBLE I believe that my one aim in life and death should be to glorify God and enjoy Him forever; and that God teaches me how to glorify and enjoy Him in His Holy Word, that is, the Bible, which He has given by the infallible inspiration of His Holy Spirit in order that I may certainly know what I am to believe concerning Him and what duty He requires of me.
  • GOD I believe that God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal and unchangeable, in His being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth; incomparable in all that He is; one God but three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, my Creator, my Redeemer, and my Sanctifier; in whose power, wisdom, righteousness, goodness and truth I may safely put my trust.
  • THE CREATION I believe that the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, are the work of God's hands; and that all that He has made He directs and governs in all their actions; so that they fulfill the end for which they were created, and I who trust in Him shall not be put to shame but may rest securely in the protection of His almighty love.
  • MAN I believe that God created man after His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, and entered into a covenant of life with him upon the sole condition of the obedience that was His due: so that it was by willfully sinning against God that man fell into the sin and misery in which I have been born.
  • THE FALL I believe that, being fallen in Adam, my first father, I am by nature a child of wrath, under the condemnation of God and corrupted in body and soul, prone to evil and liable to eternal death; from which dreadful state I cannot be delivered save through the unmerited grace of God my Savior.
  • GRACE I believe that God has not left the world to perish in its sin, but out of the great love wherewith He has loved it, has from all eternity graciously chosen unto Himself a multitude which no man can number, to deliver them out of their sin and misery, and of them to build up again in the world His kingdom of righteousness: in which kingdom I may be assured I have my part, if I hold fast to Christ the Lord.
  • CHRIST I believe that God has redeemed His people unto Himself through Jesus Christ our Lord; who, though He was and ever continues to be the eternal Son of God, yet was born of a woman, born under the law, that He might redeem them that are under the law: I believe that He bore the penalty due to my sins in His own body on the tree, and fulfilled in His own person the obedience I owe to the righteousness of God, and now presents me to His Father as His purchased possession, to the praise of the glory of His grace forever: wherefore renouncing all merit of my own, put all my trust only in the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ my Redeemer.
  • THE LORD I believe that Jesus Christ my Redeemer, who died for my offenses was raised again for my justification, and ascended into the heavens, where He sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty continually making intercession for His people, and governing the whole world as head over all things for His church: so that I need fear no evil and may surely know that nothing can snatch me out of His hands and nothing can separate me from His love.
  • THE HOLY SPIRIT I believe that the redemption wrought by the Lord Jesus Christ is effectually applied to all His people by the Holy Spirit, who works faith in me and thereby unites me to Christ, renews me in the whole man after the image of God, and enables me more and more to die unto sin and to live unto righteousness; until, His gracious work having been completed in me, I shall be received into glory: in which great hope abiding, I must ever strive to perfect holiness in the fear of God.
  • THE GOSPEL I believe that God requires of me, under the gospel, first of all, that, out of a true sense of my sin and misery and apprehension of His mercy in Christ, I should turn with grief and hatred away from sin and receive and rest upon Jesus Christ alone for salvation: that, so being united to Him, I may receive pardon for my sins and be accepted as righteous in God's sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to me and received by faith alone: thus, and thus only, do I believe I may be received into the number and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God.
  • GOOD WORKS I believe that, having been pardoned and accepted for Christ's sake, it is further required of me that I walk in the Spirit whom He has purchased for me, and by whom love is shed abroad in my heart; fulfilling the obedience I owe to Christ my King; faithfully performing all the duties laid upon me by the holy law of God my heavenly Father; and ever reflecting in my life and conduct, the perfect example that has been set me by Christ Jesus my Leader, who has died for me and granted to me His Holy Spirit that I may do the good works which God has afore prepared that I should walk in them.
  • THE CHURCH I believe that God has established His Church in the world, one and the same in all ages, and now, under the Gospel, has endowed it with the ministry of the Word and the holy ordinances of Baptism, the Lord's Supper and Prayer; in order that through these as means, the riches of His grace in the gospel may be made known to the world, and by the blessing of Christ and the working of His Spirit in them that by faith receive them, the benefits of redemption may be communicated to His people: wherefore also it is required of me that I attend on these means of grace with diligence, preparation, and prayer, so that through them I may be instructed and strengthened in faith, and in holiness of life and in love; and that I use my best endeavors to carry this gospel and convey these means of grace to the whole world.
  • THE FUTURE I believe that as Jesus Christ has once come in grace, so also is He to come a second time in glory, to judge the world in righteousness and assign to each his eternal award: and I believe that if I die in Christ my soul shall be at death made perfect in holiness and go home to the Lord; and when He shall return in His majesty I shall be raised in glory and made perfectly blessed in the full enjoyment of God to all eternity: encouraged by which blessed hope it is required of me willing to take my part in suffering hardship here as a good soldier of Christ Jesus, being assured that if I die with Him I shall also live with Him, if I endure, I shall also reign with Him.

And to Him, my Redeemer, with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, three Persons, one God, be glory forever, world without end. Amen, and amen.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating102 of 43018 of 78
Fund acquisition rating96 of 43018 of 78
Resource allocation rating197 of 43035 of 78
Asset utilization rating153 of 43025 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%3%4%6%2%1%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%4%6%2%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%97%99%98%96%95%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%3%5%6%2%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%3%1%2%4%5%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%83%83%80%82%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%92%97%97%95%93%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%77%80%77%77%77%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%8%3%3%5%7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%16%7%7%12%18%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%14%12%14%16%16%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.822.102.031.962.09
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.041.051.041.031.04
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.902.202.112.022.17
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1022.5926.1225.6123.5618.88
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.040.040.040.040.05
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.066.035.255.465.685.24
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%4%4%4%4%5%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%53%46%47%49%45%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$3,786,392$2,930,699$2,234,182$1,460,897$1,347,813
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$343,302$290,564$410,657$287,466$173,887
Short-term investments$3,322,116$2,961,771$3,152,828$3,692,447$3,308,343
Other current assets$118,496$108,922$104,724$95,827$90,521
Total current assets$7,570,306$6,291,956$5,902,391$5,536,637$4,920,564
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$77,367$93,657$105,951$120,326$134,837
Other long-term assets$259,840$209,840$121,013$62,825$43,263
Total long-term assets$337,207$303,497$226,964$183,151$178,100
Total assets$7,907,513$6,595,453$6,129,355$5,719,788$5,098,664
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$328,742$224,170$224,798$230,169$259,778
Other current liabilities$6,325$16,729$5,635$4,803$904
Total current liabilities$335,067$240,899$230,433$234,972$260,682
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$335,067$240,899$230,433$234,972$260,682
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$7,481,041$6,203,593$5,812,493$5,402,199$4,751,414
Temporarily restricted$91,405$150,961$86,429$82,617$86,568
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$7,572,446$6,354,554$5,898,922$5,484,816$4,837,982
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$15,137,132$14,129,396$12,621,201$11,423,742$10,995,095
Program service revenue$108,676$80,774$104,921$93,281$82,648
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$272,704($37,023)$83,450$281,823$342,929
Other revenue$103,752$105,937$72,637$52,072$104,215
Total other revenue$485,132$149,688$261,008$427,176$529,792
Total revenue$15,622,264$14,279,084$12,882,209$11,850,918$11,524,887
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$12,006,487$11,482,466$9,918,285$9,159,714$8,872,533
Management and general$1,948,694$1,713,291$1,777,365$1,833,382$1,657,377
Fundraising$449,191$627,695$772,453$210,988$141,546
Total expenses$14,404,372$13,823,452$12,468,103$11,204,084$10,671,456
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$1,217,892$455,632$414,106$646,834$853,431
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,217,892$455,632$414,106$646,834$853,431

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History

Serge was organized under the leadership of Dr. Jack Miller, a pastor, evangelist and author. In the late 1970s, the missions-outreach of the congregation he founded and pastored, New Life Presbyterian Church, was spreading beyond that local body. Other church leaders gathered with Dr. Miller to work together in wider ministry. After many informal missions trips to Ireland and Uganda, Serge was officially established in 1983.

Early on, Serge developed a leadership training program to help walk missionaries through some of these issues. Soon, a much broader constituency became interested in the course and its deeply applied gospel message, and the Sonship curriculum was born. In 1990, the mission created what is now called the Gospel Resource Network (GRN). Each year, GRN disciplers deliver the Sonship course to hundreds of ministy leaders, families, and individuals through phone-discipling, church based classes, and paster-focused Sonship Weeks. GRN matterials have been translated into six languages and taught in over 40 countries.

Bob Osborne was appointed as executive director of the mission in June of 2005. Today, Serge has over 200 missionaries serving in 16 countries in Africa, Europe, South America and South Asia.

Serge is a nondenominational foreign mission agency, founded in the reformed tradition. As a faith mission, WHM receives no assurance of funds from any source.


Program accomplishments

Our vision is to see: "Movements of churches empowered by grace for the world's good and God's glory." To that end, we've pursued a mission of: "laying down our lives to proclaim the Kingdom of Jesus Christ through preaching, healing, and equipping."

 

Some of our accomplishments in the area of preaching include:

  • Church-plants in two South Asian immigrant communities near London, England
  • A church-plant in an immigrant community in Spain
  • Mixed indigenous and international churches planted in London, England; Prague, Czech Republic, and Vienna, Austria
  • Mentoring and discipling of many national church planters in Africa, Europe and South America.

 

Our work in the area of healing (mercy ministries) includes:

  • Kianga Kids Program (Nairobi, Kenya): We partner with church-planters to bring healthcare and nutrition counseling to children and families in the slums of Nairobi. 
  • Bundinutrition (Bundibugyo, Uganda): We provide dairy goats, training, and nutritional supplements to over 1000 people in rural Uganda.
  • Charity Shops: WHM-UK runs charity shops in South Asian neighborhoods in London; funds raised are used to support ministries in India.


Our work in the area of equipping includes:

  • Christ School Bundibugyo : A Christ-centered secondary school established by the Serge team in Bundibugyo, Uganda. 
  • Mentoring church-planters (Kenya) : We have a small team of missionaries in Kenya who train and mentor national church-planters who are leading churches in rural areas.
  • Missionary Apprentice Program (MAP-London): Our MAP team trains young people from around the globe who are interested in exploring a calling to cross-cultural missions.

For more information about these ministries of Serge, visit us at serge.org.

Needs

Serge has something to offer people who are called to go overseas, looking to grow in faith and leadership, and willing to give to kingdom work that desires to be as deep as it is wide. For more information about how you can join with us, visit us at whm.org.