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: 13

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:

In response to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ, World Witness, the Board of Foreign Missions of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, is the agency of the ARP General Synod to which has been entrusted the administration of the international missions program of the ARP Church, primarily outside the geographical bounds of theUnited States.

We proclaim Jesus Christ as the only Savior and Lord through the means of evangelism, discipleship, church planting, theological education and works of compassion to defined communities across geographical and cultural boundaries, resulting in committed Christians who are gathered into healthy, reproducing churches which are winsomely Reformed in doctrine and Presbyterian in structure.


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 rating159 of 43930 of 77
Fund acquisition rating145 of 43925 of 77
Resource allocation rating266 of 43946 of 77
Asset utilization rating158 of 43926 of 77

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%5%4%4%4%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%4%4%3%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%98%96%92%96%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%4%4%4%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%2%4%8%4%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%80%85%85%84%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%106%105%96%92%106%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%85%89%81%78%89%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-6%-5%4%8%-6%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-11%-9%6%13%-11%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%15%11%12%12%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.271.781.591.391.491.76
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.051.051.191.291.30
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.451.871.681.661.932.28
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.057.4013.5312.1414.7017.86
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.140.070.080.070.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.075.556.626.655.814.96
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%13%7%7%5%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%49%58%67%64%54%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$1,647,583$1,451,264$1,462,749$1,077,154$884,105
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$197,073$265,971$254,690$164,633$149,465
Short-term investments$1,177,369$1,415,544$1,292,032$1,323,563$1,155,639
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,022,025$3,132,779$3,009,471$2,565,350$2,189,209
Long-term investments$16,891$18,750$17,464$17,290$0
Fixed assets$136,249$149,587$561,576$731,491$228,761
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$425,000
Total long-term assets$153,140$168,337$579,040$748,781$653,761
Total assets$3,175,165$3,301,116$3,588,511$3,314,131$2,842,970
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$384,554$200,714$210,795$174,568$122,579
Other current liabilities$23,951$30,889$37,157$0$0
Total current liabilities$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568$122,579
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$408,505$231,603$247,952$174,568$122,579
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$885,008$1,208,380$1,255,337$839,027$526,718
Temporarily restricted$1,881,652$1,091,812$1,315,901$1,531,215$1,424,352
Permanently restricted$0$769,321$769,321$769,321$769,321
Net assets$2,766,660$3,069,513$3,340,559$3,139,563$2,720,391
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$5,317,626$4,870,445$5,000,290$4,891,972$4,494,069
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($44,801)$187,775$103,478$33,708$35,528
Other revenue$73,784($70,305)$81,624$415,472$170,701
Total other revenue$28,983$117,470$185,102$449,180$206,229
Total revenue$5,346,609$4,987,915$5,185,392$5,341,152$4,700,298
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$4,528,393$4,452,998$4,214,560$4,169,833$4,175,427
Management and general$848,736$596,382$581,540$584,081$613,313
Fundraising$272,333$209,126$188,296$186,404$208,388
Total expenses$5,649,462$5,258,506$4,984,396$4,940,318$4,997,128
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($302,853)($270,591)$200,996$400,834($296,830)
Other changes in net assets$0($455)$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($302,853)($271,046)$200,996$400,834($296,830)

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History

World Witness is the Foreign Mission Board of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Evangelism, discipleship, church planting and ministries of mercy have been the focus of World Witness since 1859. The first missionary was sent in 1876 to Egypt. This year World Witness Programs are active in Germany, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Wales, and among Muslims in France, and the Persian World. Cooperative missionaries of World Witness also serve in Canada, Malaysia, Rwanda, South Asia, Thailand, Japan and other nations around the world.


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 15 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.
  • ARP Connect (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