STEM Intl (Short Term Evangelical Missions)

Summary

STEM Int'l (Short Term Evangelical Missions) is an evangelical, foreign mission organization working in the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America, and eventually in Central Asia. STEM serves churched, unchurched and unreached peoples in these regions by sending 15 to 18 intense, comprehensive, hands-on short-term mission teams each year. The clearly-defined goals are always: (1) to perform genuine mission work according to biblical standards; (2) to facilitate intentional, lifelong mission growth in the lives of short-term participants. STEM was established in December 1984 as a parachurch mission organization to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world in accordance with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20. Through the experience of short-term mission, STEM encourages Christians to discover God's purpose for the world and fulfill their strategic role in His global plan. STEM's strategy of using first-time, nonprofessional missionaries has the underlying purpose of mobilizing the North American church in strategic roles of long-term world evangelization. STEM Ministries is a mission mobilization organization using short-term missions to create full-time world Christians. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 386001
Minneapolis, MN 55438-6001

Website: www.stemintl.org

Phone: (952) 996-1385

Email: info@stemintl.org


Organization details

EIN: 363367669

CEO/President: Rev. Roger Peterson

Chairman: Mrs. Kay Klasse

Board size: 7

Founder: Rev. Roger Peterson

Year founded: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

STEM Int'l (Short Term Evangelical Missions) is an evangelical, foreign mission organization working in the Caribbean Islands, Central and South America, and eventually in Central Asia. STEM serves churched, unchurched and unreached peoples in these regions by sending 15 to 18 intense, comprehensive, hands-on short-term mission teams each year. The clearly-defined goals are always:

  1. to perform genuine mission work according to biblical standards;
  2. to facilitate intentional, lifelong mission growth in the lives of short-term participants.

STEM was established in December 1984 as a parachurch mission organization to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world in accordance with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19-20. Through the experience of short-term mission, STEM encourages Christians to discover God's purpose for the world and fulfill their strategic role in His global plan. STEM's strategy of using first-time, nonprofessional missionaries has the underlying purpose of mobilizing the North American church in strategic roles of long-term world evangelization. STEM Ministries is a mission mobilization organization using short-term missions to create full-time world Christians.

Team Approach
One important facet of STEM's ministry is its focus on the team approach to missions. The team approach allows STEM to involve both churches and parachurch organizations, as well as individuals of all age groups. STEM specializes in training and sending mission teams from small churches, where the infrastructure for involving individuals in missions would not otherwise be available.

Training and Debriefing
Another important part of STEM's ministry is its intentional focus on training. Intensive training is conducted pre-field before arrival in host countries in order to orient participants toward acquiring an empathy for the host culture. Significantly, this training continues on-field through the two-week mission experience and, combined with debriefing time for intentional introspection and self-assessment, prepares participants for ongoing life transformation upon returning home.

Three-Fold Field Strategy
Every STEM team spends a third of its on-field time in each of the following areas:

  1. evangelism,
  2. construction, and
  3. acts of mercy, service and creative ministry.

This comprehensive, wholistic approach provides maximized gospel advancement in receiving nations, and maximized challenge for team members who then benefit greatly from their contribution.

High Standards
STEM does its best to uphold high standards of moral and social conduct among its participants due to STEM's desire that its American and Canadian participants provide the best possible Christian witness to the host nation's people. This conviction involves adjustment on the part of participants but reinforces the fact that participants are privileged guests in nations which have different folkways and customs.

Non-Professional Missionaries
STEM's unique strategy of using first-time, nonprofessional missionaries has the underlying purpose of mobilizing the North American church in strategic roles of long-term world evangelization. Many returning mission team members have since entered full-time mission careers, or intentionally modified their personal lifestyles (through increased prayer or financial giving to missions, for example) to more effectively fulfill the Great Commission.

Unreached Peoples
Lastly, STEM focuses its efforts on unreached or hidden people groups. One example of this is STEM's commitment to ministry on the island of Trinidad, part of the country of Trinidad and Tobago, whose population is over 24% Hindu and about 6% Muslim. The partially East Indian population was brought to Trinidad by British occupiers in the 1800s shortly after slavery had been abolished on the island to help fill a labor shortage. It is these people, among many others, to whom STEM introduces the love of Jesus Christ. Beginning in 2000, STEM will launch a direct partnered effort to reach Muslim hidden peoples in Central Asia.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Mission statement

STEM uses the following to express its mission:

Through the process of short-term mission, STEM encourages Christians to:

  1. discover God's purpose for the world, and
  2. fulfill their strategic role in His global plan.


To further express STEM's mission: "We exist to bring ever-increasing glory to God, by making disciples from every tribe, tongue and nation. Our passion is to mobilize ever-increasing numbers of Christians to reach the world's remaining peoples still hidden from the gospel of Christ, by providing North American Christians of any age or church a swift, inexpensive and strategic two-week short-term mission challenge in Caribbean and Latin American nations. We strive to make our hands-on mission as accountable, life-giving and heart-changing as possible - from both the going/sending perspective and the field/receiving perspective."

Teams which do strategic, bona fide mission work according to Biblical standards, and A solid, challenging Team process which allows each Team Member to grow in personal knowledge of God and of His mission heart.

Statement of faith

In addition to adopting all 15 points of the 1974 Lausanne Covenant, the Board, Staff, and personnel of STEM Int'l believe in the following basic statements of faith:

The following are key aspects of STEM's doctrinal statements of belief:

  1. The divine inspiration and consequent authority of the whole canonical Scriptures as the inerrant and only Word of God.
  2. The doctrine of the Trinity: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.
  3. The fall of man and his consequent moral depravity and need for regeneration.
  4. The atonement for sin through the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.
  5. The doctrine of justification by faith.
  6. The regeneration and renewal of man through the work and presence of the Holy Spirit in individual lives.
  7. The resurrection of the body, both in the case of the just and the unjust.
  8. The eternal life of the saved and the eternal punishment of the lost, as described in Scripture.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating339 of 43067 of 78
Fund acquisition rating304 of 43062 of 78
Resource allocation rating338 of 43065 of 78
Asset utilization rating236 of 43044 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20122011201020092008
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%22%13%6%9%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%5%4%4%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%23%38%63%48%75%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%5%4%4%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%77%62%37%52%25%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20122011201020092008
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%72%84%84%84%0%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%71%102%93%115%0%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%51%85%78%97%0%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%29%-2%7%-15%100%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%50%-5%17%0%996%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%20%11%12%12%0%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20122011201020092008
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.233.192.450.000.00
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.622.011.890.002.32
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.996.404.630.000.00
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20122011201020092008
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.090.000.000.000.000.00
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.000.000.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.076.041.882.590.000.00
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20122011201020092008
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%0%0%0%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%81%31%41%0%0%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20122011201020092008
Cash$39,316$20,889$28,416$0$32,947
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$39,316$20,889$28,416$0$32,947
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$18,101
Other long-term assets$24,180$21,037$25,351$0$25,329
Total long-term assets$24,180$21,037$25,351$0$43,430
Total assets$63,496$41,926$53,767$0$76,377
 
Liabilities20122011201020092008
Payables and accrued expenses$0$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
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$0$0$0$0$0
 
Net assets20122011201020092008
Unrestricted$0$0$0$0$0
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$63,496$41,926$53,767$0$76,377
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20122011201020092008
Total contributions$25,649$49,642$88,260$75,090$567,438
Program service revenue$38,750$51,869$14,040$33,899$161,437
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$1$1,591$93$858
Other revenue$45,126$30,058$36,971$46,475$30,954
Total other revenue$83,876$81,928$52,602$80,467$193,249
Total revenue$109,525$131,570$140,862$155,557$760,687
 
Expenses20122011201020092008
Program services$56,397$112,440$110,367$150,348$0
Management and general$15,979$14,488$15,732$20,874$0
Fundraising$5,691$6,666$5,530$6,984$0
Total expenses$78,067$133,594$131,629$178,206$0
 
Change in net assets20122011201020092008
Surplus (deficit)$31,458($2,024)$9,233($22,649)$760,687
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$31,458($2,024)$9,233($22,649)$760,687

Response from ministry

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History

In the fall of 1984, Roger Peterson, Toni Freer, Dave Shepherd and Mr. and Mrs. Mike Whitchurch began to talk and pray about their experiences in short-term missions. As they met together, the group sensed a strong burden to help church members go to the mission field. Roger Peterson wrote a 20-page proposal of how a short-term mission organization could be formed, funded and managed. Toni Freer's husband Joe recommended the name STEM, which was subsequently adopted by the group. With the help of Christian attorney Larry Higgins, the organization was legally incorporated in December 1984. The first team, from Crystal Evangelical Free Church, ministered in Haiti in the spring of 1985.

STEM's founders knew that short-term missions are often the catalyst for individuals considering long-term missionary careers. They also saw the incredible need which national churches and organizations had for positive examples of the Christian life as well as help with evangelism, construction and other needs. If American and Canadian Christians could be mobilized, they could put their spiritual and personal gifts to work in the service of Christ and humanity. Yet those sent would also yield benefit through the broadening of their cultural perspective and from experiencing the love and joy of Christ which Christians in other parts of the earth exude.


Program accomplishments

Some of STEM's recent accomplishments include: 2002

  • 21 short-term mission Teams sent by STEM Ministries
  • Approximately 7,210 Bibles and tracts distributed by STEM Teams
  • Began work in six new fields, including 3 Latin American nations, 1 US Inner City ministry and 2 restricted access nations.
  • STEM Team Leader Training Seminar drew 100 participants from many church-based mission programs.
  • STEM Press expanded distribution of short-term mission how-to resources to include books by other short-term mission authors and publishers.
1999
  • Record number of teams and participants sent by STEM: 18 teams, 338 team members to 6 countries
  • STEM revenue increased by 36% over previous year
  • In October, hired chief operating officer to begin January 2000
  • In October, name officially changed to "STEM International" with two primary subdivisions being "STEM Ministries" and "STEM Share" (STEM Humanitarian & Relief Efforts)
  • In October, established team scholarship fund to coincide with increased team fees. Team fees were increased to fully cover the actual cost of sending a team overseas.
  • In May, hired assistant director of team operations
  • In April, published second research report titled "Can Short-Term Mission Really Create Long-Term Missionaries?"
1998
  • In June, first team sent to Belize
  • In March, first time all support-raising staff have met funding goals for a given quarter
1997
  • In June, first team sent to Honduras
  • In March, recommitment of staff to regular prayer
1996
  • In June, first team sent to the Dominican Republic
1995
  • In December, established Endowment Fund.

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