World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions

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.

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:
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 Joldersma

Board size: 12

Founder:

Year founded: 1907

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.

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

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 rating237 of 66033 of 88
Fund acquisition rating146 of 66223 of 88
Resource allocation rating418 of 66255 of 88
Asset utilization rating274 of 66036 of 88

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%3%5%4%4%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%3%5%4%4%3%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%96%99%98%96%92%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%3%5%4%4%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%4%1%2%4%8%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%81%80%85%85%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%94%106%105%96%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
82%76%85%89%81%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%6%-6%-5%4%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%11%-11%-9%6%13%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%16%15%11%12%12%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.371.591.781.591.391.49
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.071.051.051.191.29
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.181.691.871.681.661.93
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
14.5814.667.4013.5312.1414.70
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.070.140.070.080.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.106.605.556.626.655.81
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
8%6%13%7%7%5%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%59%49%58%67%64%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$1,468,634$1,647,583$1,451,264$1,462,749$1,077,154
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$394,286$197,073$265,971$254,690$164,633
Short-term investments$1,242,209$1,177,369$1,415,544$1,292,032$1,323,563
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,105,129$3,022,025$3,132,779$3,009,471$2,565,350
Long-term investments$19,143$16,891$18,750$17,464$17,290
Fixed assets$191,969$136,249$149,587$561,576$731,491
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$211,112$153,140$168,337$579,040$748,781
Total assets$3,316,241$3,175,165$3,301,116$3,588,511$3,314,131
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$182,960$384,554$200,714$210,795$174,568
Other current liabilities$28,798$23,951$30,889$37,157$0
Total current liabilities$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568
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$211,758$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$1,111,397$885,008$1,208,380$1,255,337$839,027
Temporarily restricted$1,223,765$1,881,652$1,091,812$1,315,901$1,531,215
Permanently restricted$769,321$0$769,321$769,321$769,321
Net assets$3,104,483$2,766,660$3,069,513$3,340,559$3,139,563
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$5,356,917$5,317,626$4,870,445$5,000,290$4,891,972
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$235,720($44,801)$187,775$103,478$33,708
Other revenue$3,121$73,784($70,305)$81,624$415,472
Total other revenue$238,841$28,983$117,470$185,102$449,180
Total revenue$5,595,758$5,346,609$4,987,915$5,185,392$5,341,152
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$4,238,122$4,528,393$4,452,998$4,214,560$4,169,833
Management and general$848,821$848,736$596,382$581,540$584,081
Fundraising$170,992$272,333$209,126$188,296$186,404
Total expenses$5,257,935$5,649,462$5,258,506$4,984,396$4,940,318
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$337,823($302,853)($270,591)$200,996$400,834
Other changes in net assets$0$0($455)$0$0
Total change in net assets$337,823($302,853)($271,046)$200,996$400,834

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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

Since 1875 the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church has sent out missionaries to Egypt, Mexico, Pakistan, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine, and other countries around the world. World Witness currently has over 30 Full-Time Missionaries in 16 different Fields.

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