Christian Missionary Fellowship

Summary

Christian Missionary Fellowship ("CMF") is a mission agency whose purpose is to assist the local church in world evangelism. CMF recruits, equips, and sends missionaries primarily to receptive unreached peoples. The aim of its work is evangelism and the development of churches and Christians that are competent to continue the stewardship of the gospel among their own people and throughout the world. CMF provides missions information, education, printed materials, training, and motivation. As CMF continues to work with maturing churches overseas, more and more of the missionary's time will be spent in leadership development and specialized ministries. National church leaders now shoulder much of the responsibility in ongoing evangelism and church planting. At the same time, CMF continues to look for areas of the world where primary evangelism is a pressing need. CMF was founded in 1946 and now operates in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, England, Ukraine, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, Ivory Cost, Tanzania, United States, and in countries in Northeast Africa and Southeast Asia.

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 501020
Indianapolis, IN 46250-0069

Website: www.cmfi.org

Phone: (317) 578-2700

Email: CMFi@compuserve.com


Organization details

EIN: 362406657

CEO/President: Mr. Douglas Priest, Jr.

Chairman: Mr. Dennis Thomas

Board size: 6

Founder: O.D. Johnson & W.F. Lown

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

Christian Missionary Fellowship ("CMF") is a mission agency whose purpose is to assist the local church in world evangelism. CMF recruits, equips, and sends missionaries primarily to receptive unreached peoples. The aim of its work is evangelism and the development of churches and Christians that are competent to continue the stewardship of the gospel among their own people and throughout the world.

CMF provides missions information, education, printed materials, training, and motivation. As CMF continues to work with maturing churches overseas, more and more of the missionary's time will be spent in leadership development and specialized ministries. National church leaders now shoulder much of the responsibility in ongoing evangelism and church planting. At the same time, CMF continues to look for areas of the world where primary evangelism is a pressing need.

CMF was founded in 1946 and now operates in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, England, Ukraine, Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin, Ivory Cost, Tanzania, United States, and in countries in Northeast Africa and Southeast Asia.

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

CMF uses the following to communicate its mission statement:

To mobilizes Christians to draw people from all nations into relationship with Christ and His Chrurch.


Statement of faith

CMF uses the following to communicate its theological statement:

The basic theological position of Christian Missionary Fellowship as stated in its Bylaws is:
"Toward realizing its incorporated purposes, CMF shall accept the Christian program as presented in the New Testament Scriptures, referring all matters of doctrine to these writings for final decisions."

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating67 of 43012 of 78
Fund acquisition rating130 of 43027 of 78
Resource allocation rating72 of 4309 of 78
Asset utilization rating124 of 43020 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%5%4%5%6%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%4%4%5%6%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%97%99%99%98%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%4%5%5%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%3%1%1%2%2%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%90%90%89%88%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%96%97%97%103%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%86%87%86%91%86%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%4%3%3%-3%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%10%9%7%-9%5%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%6%6%6%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.322.322.462.522.712.38
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.201.261.331.381.36
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.793.103.353.743.23
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1020.1719.9617.3716.3221.34
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.050.050.060.060.05
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.064.083.683.383.013.54
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%4%4%5%5%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%41%39%38%35%40%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$1,916,008$1,678,223$1,174,426$555,692$1,271,220
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$558,296$498,207$477,102$541,845$247,898
Short-term investments$4,453,014$3,779,028$3,496,440$3,506,313$3,541,138
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,927,318$5,955,458$5,147,968$4,603,850$5,060,256
Long-term investments$150,144$126,958$115,791$115,546$106,588
Fixed assets$1,265,300$1,424,620$1,584,208$1,636,886$1,702,776
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,415,444$1,551,578$1,699,999$1,752,432$1,809,364
Total assets$8,342,762$7,507,036$6,847,967$6,356,282$6,869,620
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$338,306$293,202$291,081$278,544$237,153
Other current liabilities$5,216$5,216$5,216$3,551$0
Total current liabilities$343,522$298,418$296,297$282,095$237,153
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$10,550$15,577$19,749$25,050$9,146
Total long-term liabilities$10,550$15,577$19,749$25,050$9,146
Total liabilities$354,072$313,995$316,046$307,145$246,299
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$704,752$442,447$292,628$593,617$1,005,980
Temporarily restricted$7,221,630$6,688,286$6,176,985$5,393,212$5,555,033
Permanently restricted$62,308$62,308$62,308$62,308$62,308
Net assets$7,988,690$7,193,041$6,531,921$6,049,137$6,623,321
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$19,581,856$18,832,301$17,561,774$16,393,024$16,293,342
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$563,628$271,931($65,043)$259,531$368,684
Other revenue$7,825$7,060$227,875$4,920$4,200
Total other revenue$571,453$278,991$162,832$264,451$372,884
Total revenue$20,153,309$19,111,292$17,724,606$16,657,475$16,666,226
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$17,342,460$16,582,948$15,295,798$15,129,810$14,275,697
Management and general$1,125,436$1,112,104$1,104,369$1,168,111$1,067,301
Fundraising$889,764$755,120$841,655$933,738$1,023,061
Total expenses$19,357,660$18,450,172$17,241,822$17,231,659$16,366,059
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$795,649$661,120$482,784($574,184)$300,167
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$795,649$661,120$482,784($574,184)$300,167

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History

Jess Johnson went to India in 1946 as a missionary and, while there, continued to think about alternate ways to approach the missionary relationship. Upon his return to the States in 1949, he shared his ideas and sought the advice of a number of Christian leaders around the country.

People such as Dean Walker, Jess Johnson, and Leonard Wymore envisioned a missionary-sending arrangement whereby the message would be thoroughly biblical, and at the same time, organized to allow for cooperation, accountability, and efficiency. Out of the recommendation and support of these leaders, CMF was incorporated in Kansas in 1949.

Within its first year of existence, CMF missionaries were on the field. Kent and Ruth Bates of Kansas arrived in India to begin ministry at Jhansi. They were soon followed by Chester and Martha Parker, and later Dr. Wayne and LeAnn Wertz.

Bill and Lois Walker began ministry in Tokyo, Japan in the fall of 1955, and Eugene and Pat Smith pioneered work in Brazil in 1957.

The decade of the 1960s proved to be pivotal in the growth of CMF. CMF ministry in Brazil was geared to church planting and leadership training. The earliest ministries were among economically depressed people. In 1983, a congregational meeting of all the barrio churches begun by CMF met and unanimously approved a constitution that allowed the church to be registered with the government. This began the transition from CMF leadership to Brazilian leadership.

CMF's ministry in Brazil next began to focus on an emerging middle class and leadership training among the barrio churches.

In 1963, Mont and Elaine Smith opened the new field of Ethiopia. They were the first of almost two dozen missionary families to serve in that country. Ministry was begun in Wollega Province among the Oromo and Kazza (Gumuz) people. By the time CMF missionaries left Ethiopia due to the Marxist takeover in 1977, some 4,000 Ethiopian people had become Christians through their efforts. In 1992, Ray and Effie Giles led the team to reenter Ethiopia and resume ministry there.

The 1970s and 1980s saw new fields opened in Kenya (1977), Indonesia (1978), Mexico (1980), Tanzania (1984), Chile (1988), and England (1989). In the 1990s, CMF entered Singapore (1990), Benin (1991), Thailand (1994), Ukraine (1994), and Ivory Coast (1998), in addition to other fields in Africa and Asia.

In the 1990s, CMF began its first intercultural ministry in the United States in response to the large numbers of cross-cultural groups within the USA.

A bivocational division was established out of the concern to begin effective ministry among peoples in countries where missionary visas are not granted. Missionaries who could offer job skills and experience began to enter creative-access countries as business people committed to evangelism.

At this writing, CMF ministers in 14 countries among 18 different people groups. The missionary force numbers over 100 while another 45 people are preparing themselves for field service. A summer international internship program, REACH, has provided over 150 young people with directed experience on CMF fields.

CMF partners with many mission efforts and churches around the world. A variety of ministries, from staff medical clinics to translation, from church planting to teaching missionary children, from working with street children to researching new fields, are tools to help CMF missionaries toward the accomplishment of world evangelization.


Program accomplishments


Needs

Long-term Service - A ministry longer than two years that focuses on evangelism, church planting, and leadership training among unreached peoples. Plan to learn a language and live relationally among the people to whom you are reaching out. For the latest challenging updates and needs, contact David Giles, in CMF's Recruitment Division.

Short-term Service - A 3-month to 2-year ministry that focuses on using a specific task needed on the field team. Lifestyle evangelism will be part of an effective ministry. For the latest challenging updates and needs, contact David Giles, in CMF's Recruitment Division.

Bivocational Service - Bivocational is a word to express two vocations for one purpose. An overwhelming number of the world's unreached people live in countries that do not permit visas for traditional missionaries. But the vast global marketplace needs people to use vocational skills and experience. People with these abilities are the new, nontraditional missionaries -- sent by the Church, accountable to a team, trained and prepared, using lifestyle evangelism. If you are interested in using your experience and training to be a bivocational worker while you communicate the love of God, talk to us. For the latest challenging updates and needs, contact Greg Johnson, in CMF's Bivocational Division.

Reach International Internships - What is REACH? Reach is an 8-week summer internship program, placing interns alongside experienced missionaries on CMF fields. Designed to provide hands-on missions experience for those who have completed the sophomore year of college or equivalent.