Ethnos360, Inc. pka: New Tribes Mission, USA

Summary

Founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission in the USA, Ethnos360 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 people groups.

Ethnos360 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. Ethnos360 puts a strong focus on working with local churches to train, coordinate and send missionaries.

Over 1,800 Ethnos360 missionaries serve in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, working under the leadership and authority of organizations with whom Ethnos360 partners in those countries. Ethnos360 joins other international partners in sending out missionaries totaling over 4,000.

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: 10

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

Ethnos360 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. Ethnos360 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

Ethnos360 expresses its purpose statement as follows:

Motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Ethnos360 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

Ethnos360 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 and 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.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating240 of 50042 of 85
Fund acquisition rating45 of 50010 of 85
Resource allocation rating422 of 50075 of 85
Asset utilization rating288 of 50057 of 85

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%1%1%1%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%1%1%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%89%90%89%87%91%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%1%1%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%11%10%11%13%9%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%72%71%71%75%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%95%96%100%92%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%69%68%71%69%77%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%5%4%0%8%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%6%6%0%13%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%27%28%28%25%23%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.191.091.141.171.301.27
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.972.002.062.072.21
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.312.152.282.402.692.80
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1211.505.765.505.762.75
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.090.170.180.170.36
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.415.104.354.083.692.73
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%14%15%15%14%24%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%2%0%6%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%79%75%73%67%60%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$14,621,539$14,616,778$13,029,710$11,939,955$12,679,487
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$9,413,800$8,111,688$7,007,846$6,548,433$5,319,723
Other current assets$5,537,243$4,864,426$5,526,117$4,856,110$3,903,432
Total current assets$29,572,582$27,592,892$25,563,673$23,344,498$21,902,642
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$26,892,905$25,730,809$25,288,899$23,460,486$24,882,824
Other long-term assets$1,837,492$1,950,633$1,703,362$1,481,711$1,621,592
Total long-term assets$28,730,397$27,681,442$26,992,261$24,942,197$26,504,416
Total assets$58,302,979$55,274,334$52,555,934$48,286,695$48,407,058
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$516,146$3,101,850$2,475,813$2,477,935$2,945,554
Other current liabilities$2,055,147$1,687,477$2,173,127$1,576,595$5,016,811
Total current liabilities$2,571,293$4,789,327$4,648,940$4,054,530$7,962,365
Debt$0$0$1,050,000$0$3,000,000
Due to (from) affiliates$5,013,968$2,617,518$1,551,245$1,870,331$0
Other long-term liabilities$446,945$613,631$643,506$643,377$798,757
Total long-term liabilities$5,460,913$3,231,149$3,244,751$2,513,708$3,798,757
Total liabilities$8,032,206$8,020,476$7,893,691$6,568,238$11,761,122
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$47,717,465$42,927,939$40,830,430$37,517,042$30,422,949
Temporarily restricted$2,553,308$4,325,919$3,575,742$3,949,451$5,971,717
Permanently restricted$0$0$256,071$251,964$251,270
Net assets$50,270,773$47,253,858$44,662,243$41,718,457$36,645,936
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$59,051,112$59,114,651$55,137,024$59,389,924$55,495,002
Program service revenue$5,056,207$5,396,408$5,278,894$5,025,849$4,979,546
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,414,152($51,522)$758,254$3,367,688($111,236)
Other revenue$1,059,008$1,157,210$484,262$421,055$528,190
Total other revenue$7,529,367$6,502,096$6,521,410$8,814,592$5,396,500
Total revenue$66,580,479$65,616,747$61,658,434$68,204,516$60,891,502
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$45,744,127$44,645,556$43,922,228$46,880,806$46,866,005
Management and general$17,438,300$17,870,490$17,204,230$15,539,634$14,129,474
Fundraising$354,470$352,722$315,383$262,323$264,988
Total expenses$63,536,897$62,868,768$61,441,841$62,682,763$61,260,467
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$3,043,582$2,747,979$216,593$5,521,753($368,965)
Other changes in net assets($26,667)($156,364)$2,727,193($449,232)$5,020,682
Total change in net assets$3,016,915$2,591,615$2,943,786$5,072,521$4,651,717

Response from ministry

Ethnos360 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 Ethnos360'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

Ethnos360 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

Ethnos360:

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

- has 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.

- has completed translation of the New Testament into 94 ethnic languages.

- has continued the process of translating the New Testament into 126 additional languages.

- has worked with international partners to provide missionary training centers in 11 countries.

- has developed and maintained a missionary flight program.

- has provided short-term, medium-term and career missionary service opportunities.

- has expanded its missions exposure opportunities through its "Interface" program in Papua New Guinea, its "Wayumi" program in Pennsylvania and its "Encounter" trips to different locations.


Needs

Ethnos360 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.

Ethnos360 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.Ethnos360.org/go

Prayer supporters! Pray for a tribe, a church planting team or a specific missionary. For current requests, check www.Ethnos360.org/prayer

Financial supporters! Give monthly support to missionaries or special gifts for specific projects. Opportunities abound. See www.Ethnos360.org/give for a list of current projects to consider.