Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship/ CHIEF

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Summary

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship ("CHIEF") is a ministry to the 51.1 million Native Americans in the 1,200 tribes of the Western Hemisphere. CHIEF's primary motivation is to take the Gospel to every Native tribe in this generation. According to CHIEF, the discipleship, mentoring, and training of Native leaders in a relevant cultural context is the key to effective church growth and on-going evangelism among Native peoples.
CHIEF's strategies to accomplish its Ministry Objectives are as follows:
1.) Discipleship - Recruiting, encouraging, and discipling Native Christian pastors, church leaders, and believers, by providing training uniquely suited for the ongoing needs of the indigenous church.
2.) Evangelism - Assisting the leadership of the local Native churches with evangelism outreach in their own communities and beyond to other unreached peoples and tribes.
3.) Helps - Giving practical assistance, in the context of God's love through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which concerned individuals can respond to the physical needs of Native people to help them become self-reliant. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1644 East Campo Bello Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85022-2108

Website: www.chief.org

Phone: (602) 482-0828

Email: CHIEFINC@aol.com


Organization details

EIN: 510168112

CEO/President: Rev. Huron Claus

Chairman: Arlan Melendez

Board size: 13

Founder: Mr. Tom Claus

Year founded: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship ("CHIEF") is a ministry to the 51.1 million Native Americans in the 1,200 tribes of the Western Hemisphere. CHIEF's primary motivation is to take the Gospel to every Native tribe in this generation. According to CHIEF, the discipleship, mentoring, and training of Native leaders in a relevant cultural context is the key to effective church growth and on-going evangelism among Native peoples.

CHIEF's strategies to accomplish its mission are described through the following Ministry Objectives:

1.) Discipleship - Recruiting, encouraging, and discipling Native Christian pastors, church leaders and believers, by providing effective training in a manner uniquely suited for their culture and the ongoing needs of the indigenous church. CHIEF provides training at the "The Chief Shepherd Discipleship Center.

2.) Evangelism - Assisting the leadership of the local Native churches with evangelism outreach in their own communities and beyond to other unreached peoples and tribes.

3.) Helps - Giving practical assistance, in the context of God's love shown through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, to serve as a channel through which concerned individuals can respond to the physical needs of Native people and to help them become self-reliant.

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


Mission statement

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its mission as follows:

The mission and purpose of CHIEF is to disciple and equip a strong Native American leadership for the development of the indigenous church throughout North, Central and South America.

Christian Hope Indian Eskimo Fellowship describes its vision as follows:

CHIEF's motivating vision is to see an effective Christian witness in every Native American tribe and all related tribes in this generation.


Statement of faith

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating470 of 81723 of 45
Fund acquisition rating42 of 8174 of 45
Resource allocation rating548 of 81723 of 45
Asset utilization rating745 of 81740 of 45

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%97%97%98%97%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%3%3%2%3%2%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%82%87%80%78%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
91%81%72%98%103%105%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%66%63%78%80%86%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
9%19%28%2%-3%-5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%12%30%3%-4%-8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%18%13%20%22%18%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.300.480.690.740.981.21
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.644.025.386.838.419.54
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.431.933.715.038.2411.51
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.515.291.930.700.670.94
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.150.190.521.431.491.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.865.051.56-1.03-0.71-0.06
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%5%10%35%36%34%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%14%18%23%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
65%199%131%89%66%55%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$99,955$84,410$58,218$42,146$33,527
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$44,036$24,158$24,925$24,640$25,724
Short-term investments$12,433$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$156,424$108,568$83,143$66,786$59,251
Long-term investments$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596$17,596
Fixed assets$454,192$456,182$464,855$475,573$486,663
Other long-term assets$1,200$1,989$1,989$1,989$1,989
Total long-term assets$472,988$475,767$484,440$495,158$506,248
Total assets$629,412$584,335$567,583$561,944$565,499
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$29,589$55,113$117,984$99,381$62,941
Other current liabilities$0$1,102$1,102$0$0
Total current liabilities$29,589$56,215$119,086$99,381$62,941
Debt$0$0$76,991$101,587$127,464
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$76,991$101,587$127,464
Total liabilities$29,589$56,215$196,077$200,968$190,405
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$510,185$425,038$280,540$291,877$264,446
Temporarily restricted$89,638$103,082$90,966$69,099$110,648
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$599,823$528,120$371,506$360,976$375,094
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$361,185$541,636$420,416$522,189$642,013
Program service revenue$4,400$8,883$4,734$10,062$6,812
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,891$5,608$169$180$1,368
Other revenue$4,748$3,427$3,514$3,793$1,849
Total other revenue$12,039$17,918$8,417$14,035$10,029
Total revenue$373,224$559,554$428,833$536,224$652,042
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$247,136$350,895$332,746$429,923$562,169
Management and general$54,385$52,045$85,557$120,419$119,846
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$301,521$402,940$418,303$550,342$682,015
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)($29,973)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$71,703$156,614$10,530($14,118)($29,973)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Huron ClausPresident$98,638

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

CHIEF began in March of 1975, when Tom Claus (Founder and President Emeritus) called together more than 100 Christian Native leaders, from different areas of the hemisphere to participate in the Conference on Christian Indian Leadership and Evangelism held in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Native delegates came from across North, Central and South America representing mission agencies, denominations, schools, colleges, tribes and government agencies. The primary objectives to come out of the conference were:

1) To develop a strong and growing Christian lay leadership within the tribal communities.
2) To provide fellowship for evangelical Native Christians, and a strong Native voice to the whole church on issues which concern Native peoples of the Americas.
3) To conduct an international Native congress on evangelism and Christian leadership with Native pastors, evangelists, and Christian educators from the entire western hemisphere.
4) To encourage qualified Native young people to go on to higher education as a preparation for Christian service. 5) To create pride in Native identity and in the ability and leadership potential of Native peoples.
6) To acquaint the church at large with these programs and the organizations that are making a distinctive evangelical contribution to Native communities and churches in order to mobilize the church to a greater degree of effective evangelism and reconciliation.

By the end of the conference, the consensus of the delegates was to target and respond to the areas of greatest need. First, to disciple and develop a strong Native leadership for the continued growth of the indigenous church. Then, to encourage the local churches to send out their own people to evangelize every tribe and nation.

With this mandate and vision, CHIEF was formed and organized by the conference delegates. For the past twenty-five years, CHIEF has provided discipleship training, evangelism outreach, and a practical helps ministry for approximately 300 tribes in the Americas and Mongolia.


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