Ethnos360, Inc. pka: New Tribes Mission, USA

Summary

Founded in 1942, New Tribes Mission, USA, (NTM) ministers among people groups isolated from the Gospel. Working within the context of the ethnic cultures and languages, missionaries establish churches with indigenous leaders who have been equipped with a Bible translated into their own language, and trained to disciple their own people and reach out to neighboring villages and tribes.

NTM uses a team approach in the task of planting churches among ethnic groups. Its members serve in a variety of roles: Bible translation, church planting, mission aviation, education, training, administration, and support. NTM puts a strong focus on working with local churches to train, coordinate and send missionaries.

Over 2500 NTM USA missionaries serve in North and South America, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific region. NTM USA joins other NTM international partners in sending out missionaries totaling over 3300.

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


Contact information

Mailing address:
312 W. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771

Website: www.ntm.org

Phone: (407) 323-3430

Email: ntm@ntm.org


Organization details

EIN: 396024926

CEO/President: Larry Brown

Chairman: Larry Brown

Board size: 8

Founder: Mr. Paul Fleming

Year founded: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2018


Purpose

New Tribes Mission USA, (NTM) helps local churches train, coordinate and send missionaries to people groups whose cultures and languages have isolated them from the Gospel. Their efforts are directed to where little or no witness of the Gospel has yet reached. NTM puts a high priority on effectively preparing missionaries to establish mature churches by clearly communicating Biblical truths in peoples' mother tongues.

Missionaries learn the ethnic language and study the culture so they can present the message of the Gospel in the language and manner the people will understand. They translate God's Word, teach people how to read and write in their own language, and teach through the Bible chronologically. Once the Gospel has been presented, missionaries begin discipling believers with the goal of equipping them to lead their churches and to reach out to neighboring villages and ethnic groups.


Mission statement

NTM expresses its purpose statement as follows:

Motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, NTM exists to assist the ministry of the local church through the mobilizing, equipping, and coordinating of believers to evangelize unreached people groups, translate the scriptures, and see indigenous churches established that glorify God.


Statement of faith

NTM expresses its Statement of Faith as follows:

We believe ...

In the word-by-word inspiration and divine authority of the Holy Scriptures.

In one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In the Lord Jesus Christ as true God and true man; His virgin birth, spotless humanity, vicarious death, bodily resurrection, present advocacy; and His personal, imminent, bodily, visible, pretribulation and premillennial return for His Church.

In the fall of man, resulting in his complete and universal separation from God, and his need of salvation.

That the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed His blood as a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.

That salvation is a free and everlasting gift of God, entirely apart from works; that every person is responsible to receive salvation by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that a soul once saved can never be lost.

That the Holy Spirit regenerates with divine life and personally indwells the believer upon his faith in Christ for salvation.

In the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved.

In the unending life of the saved with the Lord, and the unending punishment of the unsaved.

In the responsibility of each believer, motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to witness for Christ and to live sacrificially for the proclamation of the Gospel into all the world.

In believer's baptism by immersion.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating224 of 42340 of 78
Fund acquisition rating46 of 42311 of 78
Resource allocation rating369 of 42371 of 78
Asset utilization rating257 of 42349 of 78

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%1%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%89%87%91%89%92%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%11%13%9%11%8%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%71%75%77%83%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%100%92%101%91%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%71%69%77%76%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%0%8%-1%9%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%0%13%-1%18%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%28%25%23%16%16%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.301.171.301.271.371.55
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.542.062.072.212.312.12
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.542.402.692.803.163.29
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.965.505.762.752.282.10
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.180.170.360.440.48
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.074.083.692.732.131.90
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%15%14%24%28%30%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%2%0%6%7%5%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%73%67%60%53%45%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$13,029,710$11,939,955$12,679,487$11,395,729$10,289,493
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$795,777$1,995,203
Short-term investments$7,007,846$6,548,433$5,319,723$5,757,271$5,869,761
Other current assets$5,526,117$4,856,110$3,903,432$1,201,827$0
Total current assets$25,563,673$23,344,498$21,902,642$19,150,604$18,154,457
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$25,288,899$23,460,486$24,882,824$24,261,474$19,640,405
Other long-term assets$1,703,362$1,481,711$1,621,592$841,316$752,566
Total long-term assets$26,992,261$24,942,197$26,504,416$25,102,790$20,392,971
Total assets$52,555,934$48,286,695$48,407,058$44,253,394$38,547,428
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$2,475,813$2,477,935$2,945,554$3,291,956$3,908,526
Other current liabilities$2,173,127$1,576,595$5,016,811$5,112,965$4,756,114
Total current liabilities$4,648,940$4,054,530$7,962,365$8,404,921$8,664,640
Debt$1,050,000$0$3,000,000$3,000,000$2,000,000
Due to (from) affiliates$1,551,245$1,870,331$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$643,506$643,377$798,757$854,254$854,077
Total long-term liabilities$3,244,751$2,513,708$3,798,757$3,854,254$2,854,077
Total liabilities$7,893,691$6,568,238$11,761,122$12,259,175$11,518,717
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$40,830,430$37,517,042$30,422,949$29,483,719$24,947,778
Temporarily restricted$3,575,742$3,949,451$5,971,717$2,257,815$1,778,062
Permanently restricted$256,071$251,964$251,270$252,685$302,871
Net assets$44,662,243$41,718,457$36,645,936$31,994,219$27,028,711
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$55,137,024$59,389,924$55,495,002$59,348,239$54,793,935
Program service revenue$5,278,894$5,025,849$4,979,546$5,004,721$5,198,113
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$758,254$3,367,688($111,236)$455,580($730,543)
Other revenue$484,262$421,055$528,190$1,506,552$572,660
Total other revenue$6,521,410$8,814,592$5,396,500$6,966,853$5,040,230
Total revenue$61,658,434$68,204,516$60,891,502$66,315,092$59,834,165
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$43,922,228$46,880,806$46,866,005$50,391,062$49,717,943
Management and general$17,204,230$15,539,634$14,129,474$9,934,184$9,816,141
Fundraising$315,383$262,323$264,988$223,531$272,979
Total expenses$61,441,841$62,682,763$61,260,467$60,548,777$59,807,063
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$216,593$5,521,753($368,965)$5,766,315$27,102
Other changes in net assets$2,727,193($449,232)$5,020,682($800,807)$0
Total change in net assets$2,943,786$5,072,521$4,651,717$4,965,508$27,102

Response from ministry

NTM ministers among unreached people groups

In over 2,000 of the world's 6,500 people groups, there is no church, nor is there any work being done to establish a church. These are the people among whom New Tribes Mission works.

We work in the context of the ethnic culture and language

These ethnic groups' cultures and languages have isolated them from the Gospel. Missionaries must learn their languages and understand their cultures in order to clearly present the Gospel and effectively plant churches.

We provide practical training and follow-up support to our missionaries

Physical, cultural and language challenges create extra barriers to effective cross-cultural church planting among ethnic groups. These barriers can be overcome, and NTM's specialized training helps speed the process. Consultant teams provide additional follow-up support as missionaries enter the different phases of their ministry... getting established, language learning, cultural comprehension, evangelism, Bible translation, church planting, and discipleship.

We present foundational Bible teaching

Unreached people groups have no concept of the God of the Bible. So Bible teaching begins at the same place God began: at the beginning. Chronological Bible teaching presents a foundation for understanding Jesus' death and resurrection.

We establish churches led by ethnic believers

Following the pattern seen in Acts as God's people carried out the Great Commission, missionaries seek to establish churches that can take their rightful place as agents of change in their own communities and partners in the Great Commission.


History

NTM expresses its history as follows:

God started a fire in the soul of NTM founder Paul Flemming during his time as a missionary in Malaya. He saw mission efforts in the cities, but very little done for ethnic groups hindered from hearing the Gospel by location and language barriers. Complications from malaria weakened Paul to the point that doctors recommended he be sent home to the US to die. Back at home, God used Paul to spread a fiery passion for the tribes as Paul challenged Christians with the needs of the unreached. God raised Paul back to health and at the same time raised others to join with him in reaching people who have no access to the Gospel.

Most mission agencies of the time focused on cities. Paul and the others wanted to give ethnic groups a chance to hear the Gospel as well. Eventually, in 1942, Paul, "Doc" Lance Latham and four others trusted God to establish NTM, even though they had no funds or organization behind them. Paul wrote, "It seemed that the Lord had pushed us into something and we were confident that no man started New Tribes Mission; the Lord brought it into existence in spite of us."

Simple trust in God continues to be central to New Tribes Mission. Today more than 3,000 missionaries serve throughout the world, steadfast in their goal to take the Gospel to unreached people groups.


Program accomplishments

New Tribes Mission:

-plants churches among ethnic groups in Africa, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region.

-developed the Chronological method of communicating the Gospel and shared it with other mission agencies and churches. Over 100,000 copies of the English version have been printed. The book has also been translated into over 300 minority languages and 50 major languages including Mandarin Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish and Farsi.

-completed translation of the New Testament into 88 ethnic languages.

-is in the process of translating the New Testament into 114 additional languages.

-works with NTM international partners to provide missionary training centers in 11 countries.

-runs a missionary flight program.

-provides short-term, medium term, and career missionary service opportunities.

-provides missions exposure opportunities through its "Interface" program in Papua New Guinea and its "Wayumi" program in Pennsylvania


Needs

NTM expresses the following ministry needs:

Missionaries! First and foremost, we need people with a passion to bring God glory by taking His message to those who have not heard it and who will work to overcome challenges in order to accomplish that task.

NTM is a team-oriented organization and many slots on the team are available. . .

Opportunities abound for short, medium and long-term missionaries. There are needs in ethnic villages, such as teachers, literacy workers, medical aides, church planters and Bible translators. Supporting roles at schools and in towns also need to be filled - from accounting to flying, supply buying to editing. For more info, check www.ntm.org/go/

Prayer supporters! Pray for a tribe, a church planting team or a specific missionary. For current requests, check www.ntm.org/pray/

Financial supporters! Give monthly support to missionaries or special gifts for specific projects. Opportunities abound. See www.ntm.org/give/ for a list of current projects to consider.