Christ For the City International

Summary

Within major cities, Christ For the City International ("CFCI") creates bases of operations that develop ministries to:

  • Engage local resources to meet community needs,
  • Unify local churches to develop a vision for the city,
  • Reach out to different people groups in the city,
  • Actively involves everyday people into short-term and career ministries.
CFCI's vision, "that there be no place without a witness, no church without a vision, no person without hope" expresses their trifold commmitment to transforming communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. CFCI's niche among other ministries is their engagement of local resources to forge relationships that cross the private, public and social sectors.

Contributions to CFCI are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 241827
Omaha, NE 68124-5827

Website: www.cfci.org

Phone: (402) 592-8332

Email: info@cfci.org


Organization details

EIN: 470789700

CEO/President: Dr. Duane "Chip" Anderson

Chairman: Pastor Morton Cain

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Paul Landrey

Year founded: 1995

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2002


Purpose

Christ For the City International's (CFCI) urban ministry touches the lives of over 50,000 people annually. CFCI's bases have developed ministries to meet city needs in ten countries on four continents. Through the Gospel of Jesus Christ they help people transform cities by transforming lives.

CFCI's unique ministry approach empowers local leaders and highly values their perspective. CFCI's strategy is an innovative response to the emerging trend in missions - recognizing the vital role of our national brothers and sisters.

CFCI, through its specific ministries, helps people transform their cities by meeting their N.E.E.D.:

  • Networking ministry, business, government and education resources
  • Equipping people with research, strategies, and leadership training
  • Engaging people in city ministry by involving them in CFCI solutions
  • Developing multinational bases and ministries that care for people


Contributions to CFCI are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Mission statement

CFCI uses the following to express its mission and vision:

To multiply ministries that will present people the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and send out multi-national teams into the least evangelized cities of the world.

Missionlogical Principles:

The centrality of the Church in God's plan for the world.

The importance of the unity of the Body of Christ and the consequent obligations of recognition, love, and cooperation incumbent upon its members, transcending their ecclesiastical relationships and their particular interpretation of nonessential distinctives.

An openness to the working of the Holy Spirit as He reveals Himself in various ways among God's people and in the world.

The primacy of evangelism carried out through the mobilization of the Church, using all believers and resources.

A clear recognition of the demonstration of Christian love and social responsibility as an aspect of the mission of the Church.

A recognition of the need of the Church in Latin America to express the Gospel in the context of its own cultural backgrounds and contemporary situations.

A commitment to administrative integrity in relation to God, to missionaries, to churches in the Latin and Anglo worlds, to individual constituencies, and to cooperating institutions.

Christ for the City International's vision statement is as follows:

No place without a witness,
No church without a vision,
No person without hope.


Statement of faith

CFCI follows a statement of faith as well as a list of core values developed to help guide those involved with the organization.

The following is CFCI's statement of faith:

We believe in one God, creator and sustainer of the universe, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, who is fully God and fully man. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for the sins of the world, was raised bodily and exalted to God's right hand where He makes intercession for His own. He will personally come again.

We believe that God created humankind, male and female, in His own image. However, all creation suffers the consequences of the fall and is under God's judgement.

We believe that because of His love God sent His Son Jesus Christ, who inaugurated His Kingdom, provided atonement for sin, disarmed the powers and authorities, triumphing over them by the cross, reconciling the world to Himself. He will consummate His Kingdom in righteousness, power and glory.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, who glorifies Jesus Christ, working in all peoples to bring them to believe and obey Christ. The Spirit dwells in those who believe, equipping and empowering them for lives of holiness and fruitful service.

We believe the Bible to be the divinely inspired and authoritative Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

We believe that all who repent and believe in Christ are born into life eternal, delivered from condemnation, and His Church are called to communicate the gospel, proclaim the Kingdom, make disciples of all nations and seek to be instruments of His righteousness, justice and healing, all to the glory of God.

We believe in the resurrection of the body, the eternal blessedness of believers in the presence of Christ and the eternal separation of unbelievers from Him.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20072004200320022001
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%10%4%5%5%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%3%3%3%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%68%59%59%65%60%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%3%3%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%32%41%41%35%40%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20072004200320022001
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%83%83%82%84%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%95%97%100%104%96%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%79%80%83%88%81%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%5%3%0%-4%4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%28%17%-2%-22%15%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%14%15%13%13%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20072004200320022001
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.324.653.654.834.142.91
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.041.021.021.021.02
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.534.843.714.924.242.98
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20072004200320022001
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.095.273.836.315.176.17
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.190.260.160.190.16
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.072.012.392.052.283.37
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20072004200320022001
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%20%26%16%19%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%17%20%18%20%29%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20072004200320022001
Cash$400,102$565,018$412,846$433,034$507,558
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,798$1,678$2,783$5,918$2,615
Short-term investments$22,774$0$0$0$4,813
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$431,674$566,696$415,629$438,952$514,986
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$18,053$6,917$7,184$10,113$11,256
Other long-term assets$0$2,971$850$850$850
Total long-term assets$18,053$9,888$8,034$10,963$12,106
Total assets$449,727$576,584$423,663$449,915$527,092
 
Liabilities20072004200320022001
Payables and accrued expenses$78,217$147,862$65,873$84,904$83,490
Other current liabilities$3,660$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$81,877$147,862$65,873$84,904$83,490
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,334$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$7,334$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$89,211$147,862$65,873$84,904$83,490
 
Net assets20072004200320022001
Unrestricted($230,923)($44,755)($20,661)($12,542)$12,787
Temporarily restricted$591,439$473,477$378,451$377,553$430,815
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$360,516$428,722$357,790$365,011$443,602
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20072004200320022001
Total contributions$1,497,165$1,286,219$1,194,044$1,160,785$965,678
Program service revenue$493,395$886,465$841,851$620,580$621,063
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,323$892$1,087$1,955$3,414
Other revenue$193,688$0$0$0$9,897
Total other revenue$692,406$887,357$842,938$622,535$634,374
Total revenue$2,189,571$2,173,576$2,036,982$1,783,320$1,600,052
 
Expenses20072004200320022001
Program services$1,727,887$1,749,660$1,682,006$1,564,652$1,293,915
Management and general$217,229$297,659$305,421$243,562$195,508
Fundraising$143,926$55,325$56,776$53,697$45,322
Total expenses$2,089,042$2,102,644$2,044,203$1,861,911$1,534,745
 
Change in net assets20072004200320022001
Surplus (deficit)$100,529$70,932($7,221)($78,591)$65,307
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$100,529$70,932($7,221)($78,591)$65,307

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Christ for the City International has its roots in the Latin American Mission, and has been shaped by the biblical mandate to reach the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The primary focus of the Latin American Mission (LAM) has Christ for the City International has its roots in the Latin American Mission, and always been evangelism, and to support the evangelistic thrust, a wide variety of ministries were developed. By 1995, the vision, purpose, and mission of CFCI were clearly defined and the direction toward an autonomous organization under a separate Board of Directors became a reality. While an independent organization, Christ for the City International remained an affiliated project partner with LAM, however free to grow globally and develop new patterns of development.

YEAR

1921
The Latin American Mission (LAM) is founded and run by Harry and Susan Strachan, their son Kenneth, and Horace L. Fenton, Jr.

1971
LAM restructured its various departments of ministry into autonomous entities, a practice it continues through the present.

1977
Clayton "Mike" Berg, Jr. becomes president of LAM.

1983
Christ for the City International is officially begun as an urban ministry program in Latin America, a program of the LAM

1988
John Huffman is appointed as International Director of Christ for the City International as a vision for strategic population centers emerges.

1990
J. Paul Landrey becomes president of LAM.

1995
J. Paul Landrey resigns as president of LAM to assume presidency of the newly autonomous Christ for the City International, headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

1995
Christ for the City International is officially founded as an autonomous organization.

1997
March: Christ for the City International offices relocate from Miami, Florida to Omaha, Nebraska.

1997
Morton G. Cain joins the staff as vice president for advancement, and Duane "Chip" Anderson becomes the executive vice president and Costa Rica director.

2000
Dr. Duane "Chip" Anderson assumes presidency of Christ for the City International.


Program accomplishments

Christ for the City has the following programs and accomplishments:

PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

The majority of Christ for the City International's ministry is directed toward people in the forgotten strategic population centers of the Latin world where hunger, poverty, and despair are prevalent. CFCI workers meet critical social needs through community development, rehabilitation efforts, and educational programs provided by full-time missionaries, short-term missionaries, and short-term teams.

GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE:

Christ for the City International has missionaries and programs implemented in several countries around the world. The countries in which the organization operates are Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Spain, and the United States.

OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS:

While not all of CFCI's success can be quantified numerically, the statistical criteria by which it measures its success include the number of needy people helped with food, clothing, and vocational training (94,000 in 1998).

RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Here are a few of Christ for the City International's recent accomplishments:

The establishment of Christ for the City International's Institute for Pastoral Education (INSEPA).

The Development Office in San Jose, Costa Rica for the purpose of raising funds within the country for the newly established and ongoing ministry projects.

The RENACER Project


Needs

Christ for the City International's current major projects are the Street Girl Rescue Project - RENACER, Puerta de Esperanza "Door of Hope," Valle de Chalco Cooperative Church, Loaves and Fish Project.

RENACER: Street-girl Rescue Project:

This program was launched in late 1999. The purpose of this program is to rehabilitate chemical dependent street children ages 7 to 14 with the purpose of contributing in good growth of girls and boys. Specific goals include giving children an opportunity to restore their lives spiritually, physically, and emotionally in a safe setting; and to restore them to their families as well, if possible.

Christ for the City International will be using a central office in the heart of San Jose to reach out to the children and their families. Children who qualify will then be invited to enroll in a 15-month recovery program carried out on a farm that has been purchased outside of San Jose. Construction is underway for Phase I for occupancy by the end of the year 2000.

While this project has received significant funding from both churches and individual donors throughout the United States, local funding through the Development Office in San Jose, Costa Rica, combined with major gifting of building materials, has resulted in 75% of the project being funded locally.

Financial Requirements:

Start-up costs:

San Jose Office and House:$16,000

Rehabilitation Farm and Training Center:

Phase I $402,470

Phase II $254,752

Phase III $217,870

Rehab Total $875,092

Monthly Operating Cost:

Office monthly $2,590

Home monthly $5,235

Monthly Total $7,825

Annual Operating Costs:

Office $31,080

Home $62,820

Annual Total $93,900

Status: The process of soliciting licenses to open up the RENACER Street-girl Ministry is complete. Volunteers are being trained and Christ for the City/Costa Rica will be working on raising the finances necessary to run the ministry. CFC/CR anticipates the completion of construction on six buildings and hopes to begin treatment for 20 street children on a farm located 20 minutes from downtown San Jose, Costa Rica.



Puerta de Esperanza "Door of Hope":

This program has been in effect since 1989. It is a program that assists drug-addicted men. It offers rehabilitation, job training, and work. It has been expanded to offer services to children living on the streets, providing them with a place to live, and meals.

The current need is for additional staff and space. A house was acquired and remodeled for the children's program, but funding is needed to keep the program going. The neighboring lot needs to be bought to accommodate the expansion of the men's program.

Remodeling Cost: $19,000

Annual operating Cost: $109,148

Status: The current situation has out-grown its space, and expansion and remodeling of the existing building must take place.



Valle de Chalco Cooperative Church:

This project is intended to provide a day care for working mothers, a co-op, and a place of ministry. Once built, the cooperative will be under local member's control, allowing it to be self-supporting and profitable.

This project has been funded primarily through local funding and gift-in-kind donations. The cooperative is under local members' control and is nearly 100% self-supporting and profitable.

Start-up Cost: $38,000

Annual Cost: $40,000

Status: The building has been purchased and is debt free. Renovations are nearly complete; ministry is ongoing. However, additional equipment is needed on a regular basis to replace worn-out materials.



Loaves and Fish:

This project is currently being run out of a kitchen being loaned to Christ for the City International for the purpose of providing meals for families without a provider, or where the head of the household is unemployed. The goal is to provide 25,000 meals per month, and to build relationships with the people who use this service so that the Gospel may be spread more effectively. This project is funded entirely by local Christian businessmen in Costa Rica.

Start-up Cost: $22,000

Monthly Cost: $12,550

Status: A permanent location has been found, but the building needs to be remodeled, and a pick-up truck needs to be purchased to make deliveries.



Donations for individual missionaries and/or projects should be sent to: Christ for the City International, P.O. Box 3827, Omaha, NE 68103-0827.