Avant Ministries / Gospel Missionary Union

Summary

Avant Ministries (AM) is evangelical and interdenominational, holding fellowship fully and heartily with all believers of like precious faith. As a missionary agency, Avant is identified and closely involved with churches in the homeland as well as in the target areas in the cause of world evangelization. Their purpose is to make disciples and to build Christ's church among the peoples of the world to whom God directs them. Avant does this by planting and developing local churches, equipping and mobilizing them for growth, reproduction, and missionary outreach, and through them manifesting Christ's compassion and concern for the whole person and his community.


Contact information

Mailing address:
10000 North Oak Trafficway
Kansas City, MO 64155-4155

Website: www.avantministries.org

Phone: (816) 734-8500

Email: info@avmi.org


Organization details

EIN: 440594428

CEO/President: Dr. Jack Elwood

Chairman: Dr. Richard Biery

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. George S. Fisher

Year founded: 1892

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


Purpose

Avant Ministries (AM) is evangelical and interdenominational, holding fellowship fully and heartily with all believers of like precious faith. As a missionary agency, Avant is identified and closely involved with churches in the homeland as well as in the target areas in the cause of world evangelization. Their purpose is to make disciples and to build Christ's church among the peoples of the world to whom God directs them. Avant does this by planting and developing local churches, equipping and mobilizing them for growth, reproduction, and missionary outreach, and through them manifesting Christ's compassion and concern for the whole person and his community.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions donated are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and the Canadian Council of Christian Charities (CCC).


Mission statement

Avant Ministries uses the following to express its mission:

To Glorify God by partnering with the church in its mission to the world.


Statement of faith

Avant Ministries uses the following to communicate its faith:

We Believe:

The Bible
We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, inerrant as originally given, God's final written revelation of Himself and His will, and the sole authority for all faith and practice.
(2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:21)

The Godhead
We believe in God, who is revealed in Scripture as subsisting in three distinct persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet one in being, essence and power.
(Matt. 3:16-17; 28:18-19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Gal. 4:6-7; Heb. 9:14; 1 John 2:22-23)

The Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the supernatural birth of Jesus Christ, who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, the incarnate Son of God, Emmanuel, God with us.
(Matt. 1:20-23; Luke 1:35)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is very God, the express image of the Father, the One by whom and for whom all things were created and consist.
(John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:16-17)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, that He died as a perfect substitutionary sacrifice for the sins of all men, and that the believer's justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead.
(Matt. 28:6-76-76-7:6-7; Rom. 3:24-25; 1 Cor. 15:4-8; Heb. 2:9; 4:15; 1 Peter 3:18)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to the right hand of God, where He is the High Priest and Advocate for His people.
(Acts 1:9-11; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1)

We believe in the imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in the air to receive His church unto Himself.
(John 14:3; 1 Cor. 15:51-52; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Titus 2:13)

We believe in the subsequent, visible and premillennial return of the Lord Jesus Christ, with His church, to establish His promised worldwide kingdom on the earth.
(Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16; 20:4-6)

The Holy Spirit
We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin, who is the supernatural agent in regeneration, and who, at the moment of conversion, baptizes and seals the believer into the body of Christ, immediately indwelling him.
(John 14:16-17; 16:7-11; 1 Cor. 12:12-14; Eph. 1:13-14)

We believe that it is the duty and privilege of the believer to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who illumines, guides and energizes the believer, enabling him to maintain a consistent Christian walk.
(John 16:13; Gal. 5:16; Eph. 5:18; 1 John 2:20, 27)

We believe that the ascended Christ gives gifts through the sovereign will of the Holy Spirit for the edification and unity of the body of Christ.
(1 Cor. 12:4-12; Eph. 4:7-13)

Angels
We believe in the reality and personality of angels, both good and fallen, including Satan, the great enemy of God and man, whose opposition is ever increasing but whose ultimate doom is sure.
(Job 1:6-7; Ps. 103:20; Matt. 4:11; Luke 2:13; Heb. 1:14; Rev. 20:10)

Man
We believe in the creation of man by a direct act of God, and that he fell into sin and thereby became depraved and guilty before God.
(Gen. 1:27; 3; Ps. 51:5; Isa. 64:6; Rom. 1:21-23; 3:23; 5:12, 21)

Salvation
We believe in salvation uniquely by the substitutionary atonement of Christ by grace through faith in His shed blood to accomplish man's redemption from sin and reconciliation to God.
(Rom. 3:24-26; 5:9; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:18-21)

The Believer's Position
We believe in the sonship of all born-again believers in the family of God, their justification, sanctification and eternal redemption being fully provided for and assured in the finished work of Christ on Calvary and in His continued intercession above.
(John 1:12-13; Rom. 5:1; 8:14-17; Gal. 3:26; 4:5-7; Eph. 1:13-14; Heb. 7:25; Peter 2:9; 1 John 3:2; 5:11-13)

The Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, each in his own order: the saints to everlasting life in God's presence, the wicked to conscious and everlasting condemnation in hell.
(Matt. 25:46; John 3:18, 36; 5:28-29; Rev. 20:5-6, 11-15)

The Church and Its Mission
We believe in the Great Commission as the primary mission of the church; i.e., the preaching to all the world of the gospel of the grace of God, teaching converts to obey the Lord in baptism by immersion in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; to remember Christ's death till He comes, in observance of the Lord's Supper; to be always careful to live godly lives in the world; and to pursue fellowship and seek ministry in visible, organized churches.
(Matt. 16:18; Acts 1:8; 13:1-3; 114:23; 1 Cor. 1:2; 4:17; 12:12-13; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:23-27; Col. 1:18; 1 Thess. 2:14; Titus 2:11-15)

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating299 of 43057 of 78
Fund acquisition rating188 of 43035 of 78
Resource allocation rating282 of 43052 of 78
Asset utilization rating339 of 43066 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%6%7%6%7%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%6%6%7%8%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%92%93%94%92%88%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%6%6%6%7%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%8%7%6%8%12%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%78%79%79%79%78%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%87%93%97%102%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%68%74%77%81%77%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%13%7%3%-2%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%13%7%3%-2%1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%15%14%15%14%14%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.750.740.820.860.83
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.502.853.092.772.85
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.872.102.542.372.36
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.104.343.462.712.772.82
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.230.290.370.360.35
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.064.954.062.973.243.28
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%12%14%16%18%18%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%117%116%102%96%100%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$2,019,817$2,056,216$1,855,433$1,337,864$1,526,578
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$168,582$309,709$281,119$423,165$400,442
Short-term investments$6,010,837$4,693,666$3,492,185$4,463,101$4,199,234
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,199,236$7,059,591$5,628,737$6,224,130$6,126,254
Long-term investments$4,994,000$4,576,000$4,276,000$3,662,000$3,911,000
Fixed assets$6,731,655$6,313,131$6,586,958$6,196,672$6,177,749
Other long-term assets$550,017$2,184,994$922,174$1,139,814$1,262,195
Total long-term assets$12,275,672$13,074,125$11,785,132$10,998,486$11,350,944
Total assets$20,474,908$20,133,716$17,413,869$17,222,616$17,477,198
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$163,251$279,128$238,913$372,825$194,022
Other current liabilities$1,726,604$1,763,447$1,841,422$1,871,681$1,978,781
Total current liabilities$1,889,855$2,042,575$2,080,335$2,244,506$2,172,803
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$606,871$874,805$760,655$851,027$903,711
Total long-term liabilities$606,871$874,805$760,655$851,027$903,711
Total liabilities$2,496,726$2,917,380$2,840,990$3,095,533$3,076,514
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$12,344,265$10,470,590$9,826,487$9,682,101$9,789,114
Temporarily restricted$5,633,917$5,242,823$4,746,392$4,444,982$4,611,570
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$17,978,182$17,216,336$14,572,879$14,127,083$14,400,684
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$16,101,421$14,806,017$13,933,931$13,331,861$12,874,673
Program service revenue$807,764$738,781$721,688$696,498$586,711
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$548,901$323,473$40,347$253,485$456,633
Other revenue$115,648$110,096$64,731$197,339$728,344
Total other revenue$1,472,313$1,172,350$826,766$1,147,322$1,771,688
Total revenue$17,573,734$15,978,367$14,760,697$14,479,183$14,646,361
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$12,013,733$11,761,330$11,315,214$11,679,196$11,280,319
Management and general$2,312,052$2,114,095$2,178,216$2,112,583$1,979,950
Fundraising$983,180$962,408$821,471$961,005$1,212,692
Total expenses$15,308,965$14,837,833$14,314,901$14,752,784$14,472,961
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$2,264,769$1,140,534$445,796($273,601)$173,400
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,264,769$1,140,534$445,796($273,601)$173,400

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Avant Ministries (AM), formerly known as Gospel Missionary Union, emerged out of the missionary movement of the last two decades of the nineteenth century, a movement that propagated numerous foreign missionary societies. Through the evangelistic efforts of the YMCA, young men of Kansas were challenged to Christian service. One of these young men was The Secretary of the Kansas State YMCA, George S. Fisher, whose parents had been missionaries in Jamaica.

He lead a campaign for foreign missions among the local association of the YMCA in Kansas. The movement spread to other States and soon there were a considerable number of young men and women eager to go to West Africa with the gospel. Although the mission was not officially organized until 1892, the first party of nine missionaries landed in West Africa in 1890. Within a few months, five were dead. Soon a second party of twelve sailed to join the survivors. In 1892, Fisher and other Kansas leaders resigned from the YMCA and formed a new independent organization called the World's Gospel Union. The name was changed in 1901 to Gospel Missionary Union.

On March 31, 1975, the Evangelical Union of South America ("EUSA") merged with Gospel Missionary Union. EUSA came into being in 1911 in response to the decision of the 1910 Edinburgh Missionary Conference, which had ruled out South America as a legitimate mission field. At the time of merger with GMU, EUSA had missionaries serving in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Bolivia. Gospel Missionary Union became known as Avant Ministries in 2003.


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