Ethnos360, Inc. pka: New Tribes Mission, USA

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Summary

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.

Our Methodology:

We minister among unreached people groups: In more than 6,000 people groups around the world, there is no church, nor is there any work being done to establish a church. These are the people among whom Ethnos360 works.

We work in the culture and language of the people: These people groups' cultures and languages have isolated them from the gospel. Missionaries learn their culture and language in order to understand and to be understood within the context of that culture, to clearly present the gospel and to effectively plant a church.

We translate the Scripture: For believers to grow to maturity, they must have God's Word to study. Translating the Scriptures into the people group's heart language is essential, as are literacy classes in situations where learning to read has not been an option for the people. Investment is made in Scripture translation along with foundational chronological teaching.

We present foundational Bible teaching: Unreached people groups have no concept of the God of the Bible. This means that Bible teaching must start at the same place God began - at the beginning. Chronological Bible teaching presents a foundation for understanding God's character and the plan of redemption.

We establish mature churches: Evangelism is but the beginning. Ethnos360 and the Global Partner network are committed to seeing mature churches established. In this context of a mature church, we are speaking of a church where the disciples are becoming the disciplers, where indigenous church leadership is solidly in place and where the church is reproducing itself.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Ethnos360
312 W. First St.
Sanford, FL 32771

Website: ethnos360.org

Phone: 866-547-2460

Email: connect@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

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

We believe:

In the word-by-word inspiration, inerrancy, and final 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, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, present advocacy, and His bodily return.

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

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

That salvation is a free and everlasting gift of God, entirely apart from works, received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

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

The church, beginning at Pentecost, is the body of Christ comprised of those who have trusted Jesus Christ as Savior.

It is the church's responsibility to glorify Christ by preaching the gospel to the world and making disciples of all nations.

We hold and teach the following positions:

The pretribulational rapture of the church and Christ's premillennial return to the earth.

The historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible.

That a soul once saved can never be lost.

The practice of believer's baptism by immersion.

That we do not practice what are commonly known as the "sign gifts."

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating546 of 91363 of 105
Fund acquisition rating88 of 91510 of 105
Resource allocation rating795 of 91596 of 105
Asset utilization rating643 of 91375 of 105

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%1%1%1%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%1%1%1%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%92%89%90%89%87%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%1%1%1%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%8%11%10%11%13%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%72%72%71%71%75%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%99%95%96%100%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%72%69%68%71%69%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%1%5%4%0%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%2%6%6%0%13%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%27%27%28%28%25%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.331.081.091.141.171.30
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.871.972.002.062.07
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.022.022.152.282.402.69
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.6216.2311.505.765.505.76
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.060.090.170.180.17
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.245.585.104.354.083.69
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%16%14%15%15%14%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%2%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
65%77%79%75%73%67%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$15,207,983$14,621,539$14,616,778$13,029,710$11,939,955
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,202,112$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$9,277,863$9,413,800$8,111,688$7,007,846$6,548,433
Other current assets$6,190,792$5,537,243$4,864,426$5,526,117$4,856,110
Total current assets$32,878,750$29,572,582$27,592,892$25,563,673$23,344,498
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$28,599,265$26,892,905$25,730,809$25,288,899$23,460,486
Other long-term assets$0$1,837,492$1,950,633$1,703,362$1,481,711
Total long-term assets$28,599,265$28,730,397$27,681,442$26,992,261$24,942,197
Total assets$61,478,015$58,302,979$55,274,334$52,555,934$48,286,695
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$295,070$516,146$3,101,850$2,475,813$2,477,935
Other current liabilities$1,731,010$2,055,147$1,687,477$2,173,127$1,576,595
Total current liabilities$2,026,080$2,571,293$4,789,327$4,648,940$4,054,530
Debt$0$0$0$1,050,000$0
Due to (from) affiliates$7,598,130$5,013,968$2,617,518$1,551,245$1,870,331
Other long-term liabilities$476,945$446,945$613,631$643,506$643,377
Total long-term liabilities$8,075,075$5,460,913$3,231,149$3,244,751$2,513,708
Total liabilities$10,101,155$8,032,206$8,020,476$7,893,691$6,568,238
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$49,120,399$47,717,465$42,927,939$40,830,430$37,517,042
With donor restrictions$2,256,461$2,553,308$4,325,919$3,831,813$4,201,415
Net assets$51,376,860$50,270,773$47,253,858$44,662,243$41,718,457
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$61,673,240$59,051,112$59,114,651$55,137,024$59,389,924
Program service revenue$4,167,632$5,056,207$5,396,408$5,278,894$5,025,849
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$732,761$1,414,152($51,522)$758,254$3,367,688
Other revenue$613,934$1,059,008$1,157,210$484,262$421,055
Total other revenue$5,514,327$7,529,367$6,502,096$6,521,410$8,814,592
Total revenue$67,187,567$66,580,479$65,616,747$61,658,434$68,204,516
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$48,110,535$45,744,127$44,645,556$43,922,228$46,880,806
Management and general$18,009,439$17,438,300$17,870,490$17,204,230$15,539,634
Fundraising$259,431$354,470$352,722$315,383$262,323
Total expenses$66,379,405$63,536,897$62,868,768$61,441,841$62,682,763
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$808,162$3,043,582$2,747,979$216,593$5,521,753
Other changes in net assets$297,925($26,667)($156,364)$2,727,193($449,232)
Total change in net assets$1,106,087$3,016,915$2,591,615$2,943,786$5,072,521

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

Ethnos360 ministers among unreached people groups:

In more than 6,000 people groups around the world, there is no church, nor is there any work being done to establish a church. These are the people among whom Ethnos360 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.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/29/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Ethnos360 is steadfast in its goal of reaching people who have no access to the gospel. That was the vision for our ministry when we were founded in 1942 as New Tribes Mission, and it is our vision today.

Paul Fleming and five others had no funds or organization behind them when they dared to trust God to establish NTM.

"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," Paul wrote.

Ethnos360 continues to trust God, and God continues to be glorified. Today more than 3,000 missionaries with Global Partners serve throughout the world, and training programs in 11 countries prepare missionaries for service among the thousands of tribes who have yet to hear.

We thank God for the rich heritage passed on to us by a small group of people who decided, in Paul Fleming's words, "New Tribes Mission's efforts shall be directed ... where no witness of the gospel has yet reached."


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.