World Team USA, Inc.

Summary

World Team USA, Inc. ("World Team") is a missionary agency assisting evangelical churches in fulfilling Christ's Great Commission. World Team aims to establish reproducing churches among the least-evangelized peoples of the world and to build clusters of multiplying churches among these groups. The ministry strives to facilitate a global missionary force by uniting non-western and western missionary resources in strategic partnerships. World Team is committed to cooperating with non-western churches to develop sending and resource centers for missions. World Team desires to mobilize and empower the best missionaries - wherever they come from - to reach specific least-evangelized peoples. The ministry has embraced the internationalization of missions, ie. native missionaries, in order to establish reproducing churches among the world's least-evangelized people's, including those in the west. The ministry has over 425 members working currently in 28 countries throughout the world. 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:
1431 Stuckert Rd.
Warrington, PA 18976-8976

Website: www.worldteam.org

Phone: (215) 491-4900

Email: worldteam@worldteam.org


Organization details

EIN: 591759927

CEO/President: Mr. Lee Maliska

Chairman:

Board size: 10

Founder: Elmer Thompson and B.G. Lavastida

Year founded: 1928

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

World Team USA, Inc. ("World Team") is a missionary agency assisting evangelical churches in fulfilling Christ's Great Commission. World Team aims to establish reproducing churches among the least-evangelized peoples of the world and to build clusters of multiplying churches among these groups. The ministry strives to facilitate a global missionary force by uniting non-western and western missionary resources in strategic partnerships.

World Team has a strong emphasis on national and expatriate training initiatives which incorporate the following five training principles: training must be relational (life transformation occurs most powerfully within the context of community), incarnational (what is taught must be visible in the teacher), contextual (effective training will accommodate itself to cultural differences in thinking and learning processes), environmental (close to the action under capable mentors), reproductive (the mere accumulation of information is not true knowledge).

World Team is committed to a teams approach to missions and in cooperating with non-western churches to develop sending and resource centers for missions. World Team desires to mobilize and empower the best missionaries - wherever they come from - to reach specific least-evangelized peoples. The ministry has embraced the internationalization of missions, ie. native missionaries, in order to establish reproducing churches among the world's least-evangelized people's, including those in the west. The ministry has over 425 members working currently in 28 countries throughout the world.

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 Team expresses its purpose as follows:

To glorify God by working together to establish reproducing churches among unreached peoples of the world.

To glorify God
We glorify God by embracing his passion for the unreached. Overwhelmed by God's love we declare that he should be worshipped by men from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. Our passionate commitment to God's missionary agenda is our living act of worship.

By working together
God created us for fellowship with himself and with each other. We commit to work together in teams and to love one another as a reflection of God's own interpersonal relatedness. Team work helps us learn and grow and models relationships for new churches. We grow together as together we grow.

To establish reproducing churches
Christ is building his Church. He calls us to evangelize and disciple people from every nation so that they become part of his Church. As part of the natural dynamic of life, local churches are established so that they reproduce and multiply.

Among unreached peoples of the world
One third of our world's six billion people have yet to hear the Gospel. While current ministries focus on church multiplication among people groups in the other two thirds of the world, our cutting edge priority is to take the Gospel to those who have never heard.


World Team's vision is as follows:

By 2005, plant the gospel in 79 people groups in order to produce church multiplication within each one. (17 new unreached people groups, plus 62 people groups with current church planting, equals 79 people groups.)


Statement of faith

World Team subscribes to the following doctrine:

SCRIPTURE: that the sixty-six books of the Bible are the written Word of God, verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, without error in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. II Tim.3:14-17; II Peter 1:20,21; Ps.19:7- 12.

GOD: that there is only one true God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - equal and harmonious in every respect, yet distinct in relation to the divine functions. God is the Creator and Sustainer of all things. Jn.8:12-59; 14:8-17.

PERSON OF THE FATHER: that God the father is the sovereign, holy and merciful Lord who judges righteously, and who in love pursues the redemption of His fallen creation. Ps.139; Isa.40; Jn.3:16-21.

PERSON OF JESUS CHRIST: that God the eternal Son became a man through the virgin birth, uniting perfect deity and true humanity in one Person forever. His virgin birth was a miraculous work of the Holy Spirit. He lived a sinless life, was crucified, rose bodily from the dead, and ascended into heaven as Lord of all. He now intercedes for believers and will return personally and visibly to receive them, to establish His Kingdom and to rule in righteousness and peace. Matt.1:18-25; Jn.1:1-18; I Cor.15:1-8; Col.1:15-23; Heb.4:14-16; Rev.19:11-20.

PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: that God the Holy Spirit glorifies the Father and the Son in all that He does, not calling attention to Himself. His work includes convicting and regenerating sinners, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ at the time of regeneration, living in them, enabling them to live a life of obedient faith, equipping and empowering them for service and witness. Eph.5:18-21; Gal.5; Jn.14-16; Rom.8.

HUMANITY: that God created man and woman in His own image, and they became separated from God through their disobedience. Consequently every human being is born a sinner, unwilling and unable to please God. Therefore even those who have never heard the truth about God and His provision for salvation are lost. Gen.1-3; Rom.3,4.

SALVATION: that eternal salvation is wholly a work of God. God, out of His abundant grace, forgives sinners when they repent of their sin and put their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God who died for them and rose from the dead. Jesus assumes their punishment for sin, credits His righteousness to those who believe, and brings them into relationship with God as His children. Rom.5; 10:8-10.

SANCTIFICATION: that believers are declared holy in standing before God, on the basis of the finished work of Christ. However, until they are glorified, when they will be with the Lord, they are to grow in godliness as they submit to Christ's lordship, live in Christian community and are filled (controlled and empowered) by the Holy Spirit. II Peter 3:14-18; Rom.8:28-30; Heb.10:10; Eph.5:18.

THE CHURCH: that the church universal as the body of Christ is under His Headship and is composed of all believers. It is made visible by local communities of believers organized for corporate worship, edification, fellowship, and the continuation of Christ's mission on earth. God gives spiritual gifts and leaders to the Church for its edification. The two God- ordained symbolic rites of the Church are believers baptism and the Lord's supper. Matt.16:18; Eph.3:8-11, 20-21; 4:11-16; Matt.28:19; Luke 22:19.

RESURRECTION: that there will be a final bodily resurrection of all persons: believers will be raised to eternal life and conscious fellowship with God; unbelievers will be raised to eternal punishment and conscious separation from God. Eccl.12:14; Dan.12:2-4; I Cor.15; II Cor.5:1-10.

SATAN AND SPIRITUAL CONFLICT: that Satan and other fallen angels are real, have personality, and are enemies of God and destroyers of men. While they were defeated at the cross and are limited in operation, they still engage in spiritual battle against God's people and against His purpose until the final day of judgement. Through Christ believers can live victoriously in this struggle with the forces of evil. Eph.6:10-18; 2:1-3; Heb.2:14-18; James 4:6-7.

MISSION: that Christ commissioned the Church to communicate to all people by verbal witness, godly living, and acts of compassion, the Good News of God's redemptive love and provision of salvation. It is the solemn responsibility of all believers to work with Christ in fulfilling the commission of making disciples among all peoples. Matt.28:16-20; Acts 1:6-11.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating246 of 43042 of 78
Fund acquisition rating270 of 43054 of 78
Resource allocation rating235 of 43043 of 78
Asset utilization rating211 of 43039 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%9%9%9%9%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%8%9%8%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%94%93%94%93%94%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%8%9%8%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%6%7%6%7%6%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%81%81%80%82%81%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%104%99%99%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%81%85%79%81%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%-4%1%1%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%1%-6%1%2%3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%11%11%11%10%10%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.271.361.241.291.28
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.161.181.181.171.17
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.461.601.461.511.50
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.107.7310.5011.4412.2813.18
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.130.100.090.080.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.067.136.807.517.287.38
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%11%8%7%7%6%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%70%68%75%72%73%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$1,424,415$1,283,826$1,282,816$1,143,171$1,276,322
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$249,784$201,147$240,317$241,418$236,942
Short-term investments$4,888,063$4,656,213$4,937,012$4,975,122$4,476,452
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,562,262$6,141,186$6,460,145$6,359,711$5,989,716
Long-term investments$143,627$143,627$143,627$143,627$143,627
Fixed assets$702,126$780,185$860,782$803,895$750,271
Other long-term assets$177,821$161,322$142,663$152,494$153,942
Total long-term assets$1,023,574$1,085,134$1,147,072$1,100,016$1,047,840
Total assets$7,585,836$7,226,320$7,607,217$7,459,727$7,037,556
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$809,526$540,418$518,756$460,165$395,167
Other current liabilities$39,796$44,429$46,118$57,804$59,460
Total current liabilities$849,322$584,847$564,874$517,969$454,627
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$849,322$584,847$564,874$517,969$454,627
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$2,178,770$2,189,275$2,379,136$2,547,154$2,462,253
Temporarily restricted$4,414,117$4,308,571$4,519,580$4,250,977$3,977,049
Permanently restricted$143,627$143,627$143,627$143,627$143,627
Net assets$6,736,514$6,641,473$7,042,343$6,941,758$6,582,929
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$9,125,037$8,725,127$8,951,234$9,093,430$8,703,003
Program service revenue$386,375$509,065$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$179,291$151,995$28,307$257,304$242,074
Other revenue$9,923$12,132$540,996$413,690$275,950
Total other revenue$575,589$673,192$569,303$670,994$518,024
Total revenue$9,700,626$9,398,319$9,520,537$9,764,424$9,221,027
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$7,809,555$7,968,154$7,560,571$7,862,261$7,280,053
Management and general$1,014,204$1,055,863$1,048,638$982,549$929,850
Fundraising$784,821$775,172$810,743$778,110$786,186
Total expenses$9,608,580$9,799,189$9,419,952$9,622,920$8,996,089
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$92,046($400,870)$100,585$141,504$224,938
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$92,046($400,870)$100,585$141,504$224,938

Response from ministry

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History

Worldteam was formed in 1928 as a small Bible Institute in central Cuba by Elmer Thompson and B.G. Lavastida. The following is a chronicle of where Worldteam missions has ventured over time:
Cuba -1928,
Haiti - 1936,
Dominican Republic -1939,
Jamaica - 1945,
Guadeloupe - 1947,
from 1949 to 1957 the Mission opened work in the English- speaking islands of St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago,
Suriname (Dutch Guiana) - 1955,
South Brazil - 1957,
Italy - 1970,
Spain - 1972,
France - 1979,
Worldteam Associates was formed in 1980,
London, England - 1985,
French Guiana, South America - 1986,
Southeast Asia - 1993.
Merger with RBMU International 1995.

RBMU International traces its roots to Harley Bible College in London, founded in 1873 by the Irish revivalist H. Grattan Guinness. Regions Beyond Missionary Union was birthed-along with many similar agencies--as a spontaneous response to the evangelical awakenings during the second half of the 19th century. The following is a chronicle of developments and events in the history of RBMU International:
1878 - The Livingstone Inland Mission,
1888 - The Congo Balolo Mission,
1900 - India,
1906 - South America,
1908 - Retrenchment,
1916 - The Peru Inland Mission,
1939 - RBMU is re-established in North America,
1948 - Borneo, Indonesia,
1954 - Dutch New Guinea, Indonesia,
1954 - The United Mission to Nepal,
1977 - North American RBMU becomes independent from the UK,
1981 - The Philippines entered by North American RBMU,
1982 - Chile,
1982 - 'Hidden People',
1985 - Cameroon, West Africa.

In June 1995, Worldteam and RBMU International merged to form World Team.


Program accomplishments


Needs

World Team has communicated the following needs:

There are several projects in need of support. To find out more information on specific projects go to the World Team website.

Pray! World Team has a specific section just for their prayer request.