Fellowship International Mission, Inc. / FIM

Summary

FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL MISSION assists local churches to fulfill their missionary vision and missionaries to fulfill their call by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel world-wide by every means possible
  • Leading people to trust Christ as Savior
  • Discipling new believers
  • Establishing local, indigenous, independent, biblically sound churches to nurture believers to reach their communities for Christ.
  • Assisting in the training and mobilization of full-time national Christian workers.
Fellowship International Mission is nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of MissioNexus, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), CrossGlobal Link, Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE), Center for Intercultural Training (CIT), and IFCA International.

Contact information

Mailing address:
555 S. 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104-6666

Website: www.fim.org

Phone: (610) 435-9099

Email: info@fim.org


Organization details

EIN: 236405291

CEO/President: Dr. Paul Barreca

Chairman: Rev. Donald Clark

Board size: 9

Founder: Irena Wenholz & Mary Mellinger

Year founded: 1950

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Purpose

FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL MISSION assists local churches to fulfill their missionary vision and missionaries to fulfill their call by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel world-wide by every means possible
  • Leading people to trust Christ as Savior
  • Discipling new believers
  • Establishing local, indigenous, independent, biblically sound churches to nurture believers to reach their communities for Christ.
  • Assisting in the training and mobilization of full-time national Christian workers.
Fellowship International Mission is nonprofit organization and 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), the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA), Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE), Center for Intercultural Training (CIT), and IFCA International.

Mission statement

Fellowship International Core Values

Sound Doctrine:
Absolute truth matters. A shared understanding of biblical truth forms the platform from which effective harmonious ministry is launched and maintained.

Consequence: All FIM missionaries and members of the Board of Directors affirm their full-hearted agreement with the FIM doctrinal statement annually. FIM partners with local churches and field ministries whose doctrinal position is compatible with the FIM doctrinal statement.

The Gospel:
The good news of salvation should be shared with all people in order to create disciples globally.

Consequence: FIM facilitates ministries whose primary objective is sharing the propositional truth of the Gospel and/or equipping believers toward maturity in Christ.

The Call of God:
God issues an unmistakable call to those he intends to serve Him as leaders in the effort to evangelize lost people and to equip believers.

Consequence: FIM applicants need to testify clearly to having received an unmistakable call to ministry from God.

Relationships:
Loving relationships give rise to community that encourages healthful spiritual formation and provides a context for ministry.

Consequence: FIM provides a flexible ministry context that values the individual, expects integrity, and acknowledges the need we all have for accountability.

The Local Church:
The local church stands responsible to identify, cultivate, launch, and hold accountable those whom God calls from their number.

Consequence: In assisting missionaries to fulfill their call, FIM sees its role as assisting local churches to fulfill their missionary vision.

Good Stewardship:
God expects His people to use the resources of time, money, abilities, and spiritual gifts to the best possible advantage in their pursuit of excellence in ministry.

Consequence: FIM evaluates field ministries and home office operations with a view to making the best use of the available resources.


Statement of faith

Fellowship International uses the following to communicate its values:

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,21; Mt. 5:18; Jn. 16:12,13)

THE GODHEAD.
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, and redeem sinful men, and forever continues true God and true man. (Jn. 1:1,2,14; Mt. 1:21; Lk. 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24,25;4:24,25; I Pet. 1:3-5;2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Cor. 15:3,4)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 1:3;9:24;7:25; Rom. 8:34; I Jn. 2:1,2)

THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6-8; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14; I Cor. 6:19)

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Jn. 16:13; I Jn. 2:20,27; Eph. 5:18)

THE TOTAL DEPRAVITY OF MAN.
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:1,2; Eph. 2:1-3,12)

SALVATION.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood on Calvary and rose again that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have eternal life. (Eph. 1:7;2:8-10; II Tim. 2:8; Jn. 1:12; I Pet. 1:18,19)

THE ETERNAL SECURITY AND ASSURANCE OF BELIEVERS.
We believe that once saved, all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 6:37-49;10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38,39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:5; II Tim. 1:12)

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

THE TWO NATURES OF BELIEVERS.
We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13;8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Pet. 1:14-16; I Jn. 3:5-9)

SEPARATION.
We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and association is commanded by God. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)

MISSIONS.
We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by work to the truths of Holy Scripture and to obey our Lord's commandment to make disciples as we proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)

THE MINISTRY AND SPIRITUAL GIFTS.
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. The gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given for the perfecting of saints today. Gifts, such as faith, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy are also functional in the Church. Each individual believer should look to the Lord to bestow and develop His gifts. Sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. These include the office of Apostle, gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation, healing, and special wisdom and knowledge on a par with Scripture revelation. (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11,27-31; 13:8-10; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Mk. 16:20; Heb. 2:3,4)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (Jn. 15:7; I Jn. 5:14,15; Jas. 5:14,15)

THE CHURCH.
We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age. (Eph. 1:19-23;5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2)

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Believers are to be encouraged to unite with a Bible-believing church. (Acts 14:27;20:17,28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4;15:19-31;20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16;5:4-7,13; I Pet. 5:1-4)

We recognize the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper as a scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Mt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42;18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26)

DISPENSATIONALISM.
We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in each age. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these - the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Jn. 1:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10;3:2-10; Col. 1:24,25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6)

THE PERSONALITY OF SATAN.
We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11;25:41; Rev. 20:10; Ezek. 28:12-19)

THE SECOND ADVENT OF CHRIST.
We believe in that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16;20:1-6; I Th. 1:10;4:13-18;5:9; Rev. 3:10)

THE ETERNAL STATE.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28,29;11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Lk. 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23;3:20,21; I Th. 4:16,17)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Lk. 16:19-26; Mt. 25:41-46; II Th. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating38 of 4306 of 78
Fund acquisition rating30 of 4306 of 78
Resource allocation rating49 of 4306 of 78
Asset utilization rating138 of 43023 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%1%4%4%4%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%4%4%4%5%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%100%99%99%98%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%4%4%5%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%0%1%1%2%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%93%84%84%83%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%94%96%96%92%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%87%80%80%76%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%6%4%4%8%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%15%12%13%29%-7%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%7%12%12%13%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.322.132.382.642.813.82
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.131.161.151.181.27
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.422.763.043.304.84
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.097.547.076.276.193.82
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.130.140.160.160.26
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.074.303.743.323.051.83
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%12%12%14%14%21%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%41%37%33%31%21%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$1,316,094$1,095,202$988,411$851,621$607,165
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$17,884$15,958$16,602$16,084$16,791
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,333,978$1,111,160$1,005,013$867,705$623,956
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$176,843$176,969$154,006$153,267$165,404
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$176,843$176,969$154,006$153,267$165,404
Total assets$1,510,821$1,288,129$1,159,019$1,020,972$789,360
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$176,992$157,184$160,375$140,097$163,355
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$176,992$157,184$160,375$140,097$163,355
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$176,992$157,184$160,375$140,097$163,355
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$551,449$510,920$473,145$504,236$258,605
Temporarily restricted$782,380$620,025$525,499$376,639$367,400
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,333,829$1,130,945$998,644$880,875$626,005
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$3,422,112$3,178,842$3,140,829$3,053,688$2,948,157
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,444$1,858$1,729$1,877$795
Other revenue$4,438$14,402$38,203$64,274$21,775
Total other revenue$5,882$16,260$39,932$66,151$22,570
Total revenue$3,427,994$3,195,102$3,180,761$3,119,839$2,970,727
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$2,985,284$2,559,682$2,552,695$2,370,048$2,501,615
Management and general$216,513$368,736$366,854$361,159$375,012
Fundraising$23,303$134,499$134,798$133,762$140,724
Total expenses$3,225,100$3,062,917$3,054,347$2,864,969$3,017,351
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$202,894$132,185$126,414$254,870($46,624)
Other changes in net assets($10)$116$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$202,884$132,301$126,414$254,870($46,624)

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History

Fellowship International Mission began in 1950 with two ladies serving as independent missionaries in North Africa.

When Irene Wenholz and Mary Mellinger wanted to buy a home to care for needy children, they found that they needed to affiliate with a legally recognized body in the United States. Dr. Ralph Boyer, pastor of York Gospel Center in York, Pennsylvania, and several other men quickly formed a mission board that would allow them to secure their purchase.

On November 3, 1950 that board was incorporated as the Morocco Evangelical Fellowship. The Children's Haven continues in operation today. In 1953 when the British based Sahara Desert Mission, founded by Rev. Frank Baggott, working in Niger, sought an American affiliation, the council renamed the mission, Fellowship of Independent Missions. North Africa continued to be the focus of FIM. Today, nearly 150 FIM missionaries are involved in church-planting, evangelism, and discipleship ministries in 29 countries, including: Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Senegal, Sweden, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Venezuela, as well as three creative access countries and various cross cultural or unique ministries in the United States. In 1990, the Mission was renamed Fellowship International Mission to better reflect its worldwide character.


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