Helps Ministries

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Summary

Helps Ministries ("Helps") is a non-denominational Christian mission which provides technical assistance to Christian mission agencies and mission related organizations throughout the world. Through "helps" ministries, Helps seeks to assist, strengthen and better equip evangelical ministries to reach their respective goals. Helps provides construction and renovation from small remodeling jobs to large complex projects, planning and design for building projects and master site planning, computer services, accounting and auditing, counseling and discipling, and missions mobilization. In providing help or assistance, Helps gives priority to missions affiliated with the Association of North American Missions. However, other mission ministries, who subscribe to Helps' doctrinal statement, are given consideration. Since 1976, Helps has assisted over many ministries by completing more than 125 projects in 22 countries. 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:
PO Box 6449
1340-J Patton Ave
Asheville, NC 28816

Website: www.helpsministries.org

Phone: (828) 277-3812

Email: connect@helpsministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 561133231

CEO/President: Jeffrey Pott

Chairman: Mike Griffin

Board size: 2

Founder: Rev. David and Esther DeJong

Year founded: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2013


Purpose

Our vision is to be a dynamic and innovative, international ministry leader ensuring that Christian ministries and missionaries are empowered and equipped to fulfill their unique ministry calling. Helps Ministries' founders recognized a need for a practical and professional, hands-on type ministry willing and able to help other Christian ministries and missionaries in pragmatic ways. Therefore, Helps was launched in 1976 utilizing the spiritual gift of "helps" found in I Corinthians 12:28 to identify the unique purpose of our ministry. Since then, Helps has started, strengthened, and served alongside hundreds of front-line ministries all over the world.


Mission statement

Our Mission: Partnering with the global Church to build ministries, serve field workers, and defend the vulnerable for God's kingdom purposes worldwide.


Statement of faith

Helps uses the following to express its doctrinal statement:

We believe the Holy Scriptures, consisting of Old and New Testaments, were originally given by God, divinely inspired, without error, infallible, and are entirely trustworthy and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and practice.

We believe in one God, Creator of all things, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifested in the flesh, His virgin birth, sinless life, divine miracles, vicarious and atoning death on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension and exaltation, and His personal, imminent and visible return in power and glory.

We believe that Adam and Eve, created in the image of God, were tempted by Satan, the god of this world, and fell; that their sin has passed to all people, who as a result are lost, and are unable to save themselves from the wrath of God, and need to be saved.

We believe that salvation is a gift of God to those who repent and personally believe in Jesus Christ; that it is accomplished by God's grace through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and regeneration by the Holy Spirit.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit who indwells all believers enabling them to live holy lives, and to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ despite opposition from the world, the flesh, and Satan.

We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers, the church, as the Body of Christ and in the resurrection of eternal life with God, but they that are lost are condemned unto the resurrection of eternal separation from God.

We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into all the world and make disciples of all peoples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and teaching those who believe to obey all that Christ commanded.

POSITION ON CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT Helps Ministries is a non-charismatic movement, and does not believe that speaking in tongues or the exercising of other lesser gifts (I Corinthians 12:28b) form the indispensable evidence of the gift of the Holy Spirit. We do, however, appreciate the sincerity and Christian character of many within this movement.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20092008
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%6%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%5%5%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
97%84%80%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%3%3%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
3%16%20%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20092008
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%89%89%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%170%164%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%151%147%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%-70%-64%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%-38%-8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20092008
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.340.740.18
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.281.671.47
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.191.240.26
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20092008
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
19.9922.5614.65
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.040.040.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.139.2642.39
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20092008
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
5%19%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%17%11%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
69%109%468%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20092008
Cash$1,184,854$1,757,933
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,648$45,581
Short-term investments$0$0
Other current assets$0$0
Total current assets$1,200,502$1,803,514
Long-term investments$0$0
Fixed assets$805,563$839,512
Other long-term assets$0$0
Total long-term assets$805,563$839,512
Total assets$2,006,065$2,643,026
 
Liabilities20092008
Payables and accrued expenses$53,209$123,124
Other current liabilities$0$0
Total current liabilities$53,209$123,124
Debt$335,426$295,851
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$335,426$295,851
Total liabilities$388,635$418,975
 
Net assets20092008
Unrestricted$1,617,430$2,224,051
Temporarily restricted$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0
Net assets$1,617,430$2,224,051
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20092008
Total contributions$737,451$232,835
Program service revenue$101,100$29,722
Membership dues$0$0
Investment income$36,294$25,335
Other revenue$1,480$1,440
Total other revenue$138,874$56,497
Total revenue$876,325$289,332
 
Expenses20092008
Program services$1,320,063$424,170
Management and general$124,620$37,806
Fundraising$42,366$13,737
Total expenses$1,487,049$475,713
 
Change in net assets20092008
Surplus (deficit)($610,724)($186,381)
Other changes in net assets$0$0
Total change in net assets($610,724)($186,381)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


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 3/8/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Helps Ministries ("Helps") was founded in 1976 as Helps International Ministries, Inc. by Rev. David P. DeJong and his wife, Esther, as a unique ministry that could assist and work alongside of other missions and ministries in fulfilling the Great Commission - spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

Prior to founding Helps, DeJong served as a missionary builder with Africa Evangelical Fellowship for 17 years. While serving in Africa, DeJong would often receive requests for construction help from other missions and missionaries, but he was not free to work on projects for other missions.

When he returned to the States in the early 1970s, he acted on his vision for a mission that would provide essential technical 'helps' to evangelical missions and ministries. Helps International Ministries was incorporated in Asheville, North Carolina on April 14, 1976.

Initially, Helps offered a construction ministry, and then added architectural design services. The headquarters was relocated to Harlem, Georgia in 1982, and other technical ministries were added to the Helps family of services - including a transportation ministry, accounting ministry, and computer ministry. In the 1990s, the home office was moved back to Asheville, North Carolina, and the organization continued to expand and adapt its services in order to meet growing ministry demands.

While the face of our ministry and many of our service programs have changed since our founding, our mission - partnering with the global Church to build ministries, serve field workers, and defend the vulnerable for God's kingdom purposes worldwide - remains true to our original vision. Our scope of ministry continues to grow and flourish both here in the United States and abroad.


Program accomplishments

Some of Helps Ministries' major programs are as follows:

The Computer Ministry originally offered a Fund Accounting software package and consulting services to other Missionary Organizations. Afterward, they added a bulk mailing software package and CASS certification service. They are currently expanding into new areas and are providing hardware, software, network, and web services.

The Planning and Design Ministry is committed to helping evangelical ministries by providing professional design services at a reduced cost and with a clear understanding of the challenges that evangelical organizations encounter when creating new or expanding ministries. The Planning & Design ministry examines typical spatial needs and cost constraints during the planning process and responds to the ministry's vision and goals by sharing a common evangelistic purpose with the clients it serves.

Services provided include master planning and site development, building design, engineering, and consulting. Examples of completed projects are Scott Theological College - Nairobi, Kenya, TEAM Training Center - Northern India, Caribbean Christian Center for the Deaf - Jamaica, Christian Memorial Hospital - Bangladesh, AEF Ministries Headquarters - Fort Mill, SC, and SEND International Headquarters - Farmington, MI. They provided design fees at 80 - 100% less than normal market cost. Helps has full-time or volunteer service opportunities for draftsmen, intern architects, registered architects, and engineers

The Helps Accounting Ministry's purpose is to provide small missions with accounting support, to substantially reduce their costs, and to help them properly track and report their financial status. Helps has assisted over 30 mission organizations in the past 15 years by providing low cost accounting software and technical assistance. This software was developed with the small mission in mind. Helps has also assisted many small missions by conducting audits.

The goals of this ministry are to provide accounting software that is tailored for the small mission ministry, to provide technical support for the software, to be a resource for small office accounting and bookkeeping assistance, and to set up a network of CPA's that will provide low cost audits for small mission ministries.

Helps has service opportunities for accountants and bookkeepers with Quickbooks experience, professional office staff who are willing to lend their expertise to small missions ministries, CPA's with non-profit audit experience to perform audits, and software developers to assist in upgrading accounting software.

Helps' Leadership Training, Ministry Evaluation, and Missions Mobilization programs provide short-term lecturers and teachers for overseas Bible colleges and Seminars - from 2 weeks to six months. Helps teaches and trains national pastors in the development of ministries by providing encouragement, Bible, evangelism, and leadership training. Helps works with groups of pastors and lay ministers, Bible Colleges, and Seminaries. Helps assists ministries in the U.S. and abroad with internal evaluations of leadership, staff, ministry effectiveness, and goals and objectives. Helps helps churches in the United States develop missions by assisting with conferences, developing programs and strategies, and assisting churches to strengthen their vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.

Living Free Ministries aspires to help people discover freedom and victory over strongholds, temptations, and abuse through faith in Christ. It encourages individuals, missionaries, and churches to examine their patterns and practices in light of God's Word, to repent of sin, and to renew their commitments to put Christ at the center of their ministries. Its activities include: leading individuals and groups through Steps to Freedom in Christ, training Christian counselors, missionaries, pastors, and lay people, offering "Breaking Through to Spiritual Maturity" discipleship class, and equipping individuals and churches with the resources they need. They have many opportunities for discipleship leaders and counselors.

Vision: "We believe many Christians want to mature in their walk with Christ but are unable to because of personal or spiritual conflicts. The good news is that Jesus Christ has given every believer the authority to assume his or her position in Christ. We believe many Christians want to mature in their walk with Christ but are unable to because of personal or spiritual conflicts. The good news is that Jesus Christ has given every believer the authority to assume his or her position in Christ."

The purpose of Servants Missionary Service ("SMS") is to provide physical support for missionaries and other Christian organizations, throughout the world, whose primary purpose is to fulfill the Great Commission. The staff of SMS has accepted the challenge and responsibility of publishing and mailing the prayer letters of as many missionaries as the Lord sends to us. At the present time SMS serves approximately 250 missionaries.


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