World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions

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Summary

World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, proclaims Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, Christian education, and works of compassion within defined communities across geographic and cultural boundaries. Our goal in carrying out the Great Commission is to see men, women, and children accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and be discipled in the membership of the local Church.


Contact information

Mailing address:
World Witness
918 S. Pleasantburg Dr. #218
Greenville, SC 29607

Website: www.worldwitness.org

Phone: (864) 233-5226

Email: worldwitness@worldwitness.org


Organization details

EIN: 570789692

CEO/President: Alex Pettett

Chairman: Matt Kuiken

Board size: 12

Founder:

Year founded: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


Purpose

The work of foreign missions is the effort of the Church to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord. World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions, is the Church organized for this work. The missionaries are the Church and the Board in action on the foreign field. With the Church, the Board and the missionaries being workers together in the common service of our Lord Jesus Christ, it is essential that the fullest sympathy and harmony should characterize all their relations with one another. Such harmonious and pleasant relations, it is deeply felt, depends far less on formal rules than on our common experience of divine grace--the grace which inspires meekness, forbearance and love.

And yet there are certain methods of procedure which long experience has proved wise. This manual is a formulation of those methods into policies according to which the Board will conduct the work committed to it. In the interest of good understanding and efficient cooperation, missionaries and candidates for appointment are asked to familiarize themselves with these policies. Those who have devoted their lives utterly to the giving of the Gospel of Christ to a lost world and who go forth in His Spirit of self-sacrifice and service will not look at these policies as irksome laws, but as guides to the harmonious working out of the plan of God through His Church.


Mission statement

World Witness uses the following to express its mission:

Our purpose is to plant healthy, reproducing God-glorifying churches, which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure, in defined communities across geographic and cultural boundaries.

World Witness realizes this purpose by sending and supporting missionaries and by mobilizing ARP churches to do so. Our missionaries proclaim Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, Christian education and works of compassion.


Statement of faith

The basic Statement of Faith of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian denomination is the Westminster Confession.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating258 of 94128 of 104
Fund acquisition rating61 of 9437 of 104
Resource allocation rating550 of 94363 of 104
Asset utilization rating467 of 94154 of 104

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%3%5%4%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%0%3%5%4%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%97%96%99%98%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%3%5%4%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%3%4%1%2%4%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%80%81%80%85%85%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%87%94%106%105%96%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%70%76%85%89%81%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%13%6%-6%-5%4%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%19%11%-11%-9%6%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%20%16%15%11%12%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.261.221.591.781.591.39
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.281.081.071.051.051.19
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.871.321.691.871.681.66
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.2015.8714.667.4013.5312.14
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.060.070.140.070.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.768.496.605.556.626.65
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%6%6%13%7%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
72%77%59%49%58%67%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$2,173,387$1,468,634$1,647,583$1,451,264$1,462,749
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$315,652$394,286$197,073$265,971$254,690
Short-term investments$1,308,689$1,242,209$1,177,369$1,415,544$1,292,032
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,797,728$3,105,129$3,022,025$3,132,779$3,009,471
Long-term investments$0$19,143$16,891$18,750$17,464
Fixed assets$296,011$191,969$136,249$149,587$561,576
Other long-term assets$20,263$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$316,274$211,112$153,140$168,337$579,040
Total assets$4,114,002$3,316,241$3,175,165$3,301,116$3,588,511
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$239,228$182,960$384,554$200,714$210,795
Other current liabilities$0$28,798$23,951$30,889$37,157
Total current liabilities$239,228$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$24,274$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$24,274$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$263,502$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,636,709$1,111,397$885,008$1,208,380$1,255,337
With donor restrictions$2,213,791$1,993,086$1,881,652$1,861,133$2,085,222
Net assets$3,850,500$3,104,483$2,766,660$3,069,513$3,340,559
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$5,623,237$5,356,917$5,317,626$4,870,445$5,000,290
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$151,878$235,720($44,801)$187,775$103,478
Other revenue$0$3,121$73,784($70,305)$81,624
Total other revenue$151,878$238,841$28,983$117,470$185,102
Total revenue$5,775,115$5,595,758$5,346,609$4,987,915$5,185,392
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$4,048,365$4,238,122$4,528,393$4,452,998$4,214,560
Management and general$980,733$848,821$848,736$596,382$581,540
Fundraising$0$170,992$272,333$209,126$188,296
Total expenses$5,029,098$5,257,935$5,649,462$5,258,506$4,984,396
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$746,017$337,823($302,853)($270,591)$200,996
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0($455)$0
Total change in net assets$746,017$337,823($302,853)($271,046)$200,996

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 10/4/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

World Witness is the foreign missions agency of the ARP Church. Our first missionaries were sent in 1875 to Mexico and Pakistan. Our fields have broadened to now include England, Germany, France, Lithuania, Spain, Wales and Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3).

This includes Christian Hospital Sahiwal in Pakistan, reaching 40,000 Pakistanis annually, and Christian schools in Pakistan, educating 700 students annually. In addition, satellite TV ministries are reaching into unreached areas in the Middle East.


Program accomplishments

We proclaim Christ as Savior and Lord through evangelism, discipleship, theological education and works of compassion in order to plant and support churches which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure.

Some of these outreaches include:

  • Bridge Europe that works with Muslims in Europe.
  • Mobile Theological Training Team (MT3) that travels to Third World seminaries providing training for theology students.
  • Ethne Outfitters (with Outreach North America) that builds bridges to Muslims in the US and Canada as well as train ARP's to understand and reach out to Muslims.
  • Short-Term Mission Trips
  • Christian Hospital Sahiwal, Paksitan
  • Nurse Sponsorships and Child Sponsorships
  • Schools and other Projects
  • Pastor mentorship
  • Church planting

Needs

  • Missionary support
  • Project support
  • Nurse/Physician Scholarships
  • Child Sponsorships