China Outreach Ministries, Inc.

Summary

China Outreach Ministries, Inc. ("COM") is committed to the historic, evangelical, Christian faith. COM has no official ties to any denomination or other Christian organization, but exists to serve the whole body of Christ. COM seeks to reach the people of China by:

(1) Sponsorship of broadcasts to China daily by FEBC and Trans World Radio;

(2) A special tour guided entertainment program at Fairfax, VA for mainland China students to visit Washington, designed to be a witness occasion;

(3) Recruitment and placing of campus workers to make contact with China scholars at various universities;

(4) and, Seminars to train church leaders in how to have a mission conference in the local church.

COM focus their ministry on "Giving Christ to China's Future Leaders" by showing them the love of Christ in practical ways and by leading them to faith in Christ. COM believe that Chinese intellectuals represent a strategic core, which will greatly affect China's culture and future and, as such, aims to reach this group by campus-based ministry. This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
555 Gettysburg Pike, Ste A-200
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055-7055

Website: www.chinaoutreach.org

Phone: (717) 591-3500

Email: com@chinaoutreach.net


Organization details

EIN: 520883435

CEO/President: Rev. Daniel Su

Chairman: Dr. Claude Walston

Board size: 16

Founder: Rev. Stephen Wang

Year founded: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1984


Purpose

China Outreach Ministries, Inc. ("COM") is committed to the historic, evangelical, Christian faith. COM has no official ties to any denomination or other Christian organization, but exists to serve the whole body of Christ.

COM focus their ministry on "Giving Christ to China's Future Leaders" by showing them the love of Christ in practical ways; by leading them to faith in Christ; by discipling, training and mentoring them in Christian faith; and by equipping them to minister creatively to other Chinese people. COM believe that Chinese intellectuals represent a strategic core, which will greatly affect China's culture and future. COM intends to reach this group by: campus contacts and programs which express Christian concern; developing investigative Bible study groups and other outreach activities; planning discipleship training opportunities for those who become believers; enlisting as COM staff key Chinese and non-Chinese individuals who are called by the Lord to serve full-time in Christian ministry; publishing and producing key Christian works (both printed and electronic media) which are relevant to the concerns of today's Chinese intellectuals and influential toward the Chinese society of tomorrow.

This organization is a nonprofit, contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Chinese intellectuals who study in North America are impacting China's culture and future. We serve these men and women by:

- Building Christ-like relationships with Chinese students and scholars.

- Offering programs and practical services that demonstrate Christian love and concern.

- Leading investigative Bible studies and other outreach activities.

- Providing discipleship training for those who become believers.

- Equipping believers to return to China as effective witnesses for Christ.

- Enlisting and training skilled Chinese and non-Chinese staff who are called by the Lord to serve in Christian ministry among the Chinese.

- Publishing and producing Christian literature, printed and electronic, relevant to the concerns of Chinese intellectuals.


Statement of faith

COM expresses its beliefs as follows:

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating357 of 50066 of 85
Fund acquisition rating277 of 50052 of 85
Resource allocation rating360 of 50068 of 85
Asset utilization rating308 of 50060 of 85

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%8%7%6%8%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%6%6%8%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%103%90%93%100%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%7%6%7%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%-3%10%7%0%3%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%78%77%78%74%78%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%111%93%99%101%78%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%86%72%77%75%61%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-11%7%1%-1%22%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-6%4%1%-1%17%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%15%16%16%18%15%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.190.640.570.610.620.60
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.131.121.131.141.15
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.310.720.640.690.710.68
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1285.79110.96119.9578.7775.16
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.010.010.010.010.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.4116.5118.5317.3416.7917.30
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%1%1%1%1%1%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%155%173%163%159%166%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$1,580,457$1,612,906$1,670,690$2,159,623$3,273,383
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,220$5,044$5,391$42,863$16,321
Short-term investments$2,915,005$3,037,674$2,739,645$2,649,301$1,546,839
Other current assets$318,115$480,122$473,547$0$0
Total current assets$4,828,797$5,135,746$4,889,273$4,851,787$4,836,543
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$613,324$628,924$633,782$657,479$691,060
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$23,408
Total long-term assets$613,324$628,924$633,782$657,479$714,468
Total assets$5,442,121$5,764,670$5,523,055$5,509,266$5,551,011
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$56,287$46,286$40,762$61,598$58,433
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$5,913
Total current liabilities$56,287$46,286$40,762$61,598$64,346
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$56,287$46,286$40,762$61,598$64,346
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$2,084,287$5,360,432$5,237,400$5,317,619$5,402,914
Temporarily restricted$301,547$357,958$244,893$130,049$83,751
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,385,834$5,718,384$5,482,293$5,447,668$5,486,665
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$3,221,550$3,186,635$3,145,913$3,385,206$4,105,060
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($91,738)$308,001$223,765($33,950)$80,438
Other revenue$7,229$37,713$20,042$32,428$32,754
Total other revenue($84,509)$345,714$243,807($1,522)$113,192
Total revenue$3,137,041$3,532,349$3,389,720$3,383,684$4,218,252
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$2,690,839$2,548,181$2,614,894$2,538,121$2,586,385
Management and general$529,276$524,731$536,906$629,251$481,454
Fundraising$249,476$223,346$203,295$255,309$243,225
Total expenses$3,469,591$3,296,258$3,355,095$3,422,681$3,311,064
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($332,550)$236,091$34,625($38,997)$907,188
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($332,550)$236,091$34,625($38,997)$907,188

Response from ministry

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History

China Outreach Ministries (COM), initiated by Rev. Stephen Wang, a pastor from China, began in London during the 1950s under the name Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM). In 1959, Fred and Frances Pyke, long-term American missionaries to China, organized COCM/USA, and in the 1960s COCM and COCM/USA began operating as separate organizations. Under the leadership of Rev. Donald McIntosh, COCM/USA began raising funds to support Christian radio broadcasts into China through the programming of Far East Broadcasting Company and later through Trans World Radio.

In 1988 with the influx of thousands of Mainland Chinese graduate students and scholars to U.S. and Canadian campuses, COM began to shift its primary focus to campus ministry in North America. Under the direction of then President Earnest Hummer, COM began placing staff at major campuses where large numbers of Chinese study or do research. The organization became China Outreach Ministries in 1993 and, in 2002, installed its third president, Dr. Glen Osborn. After sixteen years of growth and the addition of a new leadership center, Reverend Daniel Su became the fourth COM president and first Chinese leader of COM.

Over the years COM's ministry has grown from a few campuses in the East to a nationwide ministry among Chinese students and scholars. Campus staff have developed multi-faceted ministries, including friendship evangelism, hospitality, Bible studies, ESL classes, discipleship training, translating and publishing resource materials, and holding retreats and conferences through which Chinese men and women come to Christ and return to China as Christian leaders.


Program accomplishments

COM's campus staff has grown to 30 members (10 Chinese and 20 Americans) who have developed such multifaceted ministries as friendship evangelism, hospitality, Bible studies, English language classes, pastoral training, translation, publishing, and an annual Mainland Chinese Labor Day Discipleship Retreat.

COM Campus Staff do ministry at the following locations: Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, DePaul University, Drexel University, Duquesne University, George Mason University, Hamline University, Harvard University, Illinois Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, Kent State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon Health and Sciences University, Penn State University, Portland State University, Purdue University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Saint Joseph's University (PA), San Diego State, State University of New York, Albany, Stanford University, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tufts University, University of Chicago, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Davis, University of California, San Diego, University of Central Florida, University of Colorado, Pueblo, University of Florida, University of Georgia, University of Illinois, Chicago, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of New Mexico, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of St. Thomas, University of Texas, Dallas, University of Washington, Seattle, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.


Needs

COM is looking for qualified and committed staff for new campus ministry locations.