The Gathering USA, Inc.

Summary

The Gathering/USA, a movement begun by Dr. John Tolson in 1978, participates with the church in mobilizing Christian men towards spiritual maturity and to reach non-Christian men for Christ. The Gathering is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and missions opportunities. Most of this effort has been geared for years to men, but an effort is currently being made to fund and start a Gathering of Women. The organization was officially formed in 1987 in Orlando, when Larry Kreider came on board as the President. Laymen from a number of cities were trained to setup and run a Gathering of Men in their own city. The Gathering has worked closely with local churches and encouraged men to get involved in the church of their choice. Bible study/luncheons and small groups were developed to help men grow further in their Christian walk This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1220 E. Concord Street
Orlando, FL 32803-2803

Website: www.thegathering.org

Phone: (407) 422-9200

Email: Gathering@TheGathering.org


Organization details

EIN: 592810392

CEO/President: Mr. Larry Kreider

Chairman: Dr. John Tolson

Board size: 14

Founder: Dr. John Tolson

Year founded: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


Purpose

The Gathering/USA, a movement begun by Dr. John Tolson in 1978, participates with the church in mobilizing Christian men towards spiritual maturity and to reach non-Christian men for Christ. The Gathering is a ministry of evangelism, discipleship, and missions opportunities. Most of this effort has been geared for years to men, but an effort is currently being made to fund and start a Gathering of Women. The organization was officially formed in 1987 in Orlando, when Larry Kreider came on board as the President. Laymen from a number of cities were trained to setup and run a Gathering of Men in their own city. The Gathering has worked closely with local churches and encouraged men to get involved in the church of their choice. Bible study/luncheons and small groups were developed to help men grow further in their Christian walk

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

The Gathering/USA's Mission Statement is:

to participate with the church in mobilizing Christian men towards spiritual maturity and to reach non-Christian men for Christ.


Statement of faith

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating41 of 4301 of 24
Fund acquisition rating156 of 4307 of 24
Resource allocation rating29 of 4302 of 24
Asset utilization rating66 of 4306 of 24

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%4%3%2%2%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%2%2%1%1%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%56%64%62%62%63%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%2%2%1%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%44%36%38%38%37%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%93%94%95%94%95%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%123%105%102%102%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%114%99%97%96%97%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-23%-5%-2%-2%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-74%-15%-8%-6%-8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%5%4%4%5%4%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20152014201320122011
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.323.852.823.283.603.31
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.071.041.041.041.04
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.534.132.953.423.743.45
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20152014201320122011
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.1026.3126.869.7478.3686.70
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.040.040.100.010.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.062.803.923.153.173.44
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%4%4%10%1%1%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%25%34%27%27%30%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20152014201320122011
Cash$402,114$702,700$855,912$859,248$916,520
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,000$22,495$40,091$29,050$22,515
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$405,114$725,195$896,003$888,298$939,035
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$10,374$13,801$18,784$14,504$19,051
Other long-term assets$18,580$18,580$18,580$18,580$18,580
Total long-term assets$28,954$32,381$37,364$33,084$37,631
Total assets$434,068$757,576$933,367$921,382$976,666
 
Liabilities20152014201320122011
Payables and accrued expenses$15,395$9,809$67,052$11,336$831
Other current liabilities$0$17,186$24,950$0$10,000
Total current liabilities$15,395$26,995$92,002$11,336$10,831
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$15,395$26,995$92,002$11,336$10,831
 
Net assets20152014201320122011
Unrestricted$418,673$708,064$771,446$877,948$924,960
Temporarily restricted$0$22,517$69,919$32,098$40,875
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$418,673$730,581$841,365$910,046$965,835
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20152014201320122011
Total contributions$758,023$1,289,046$1,865,722$2,011,541$1,998,424
Program service revenue$576,953$718,143$1,102,927$1,215,538$1,129,819
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,820$3,202$5,030$5,806$9,785
Other revenue$24,152$16,824$21,138$32,245$19,686
Total other revenue$602,925$738,169$1,129,095$1,253,589$1,159,290
Total revenue$1,360,948$2,027,215$2,994,817$3,265,130$3,157,714
 
Expenses20152014201320122011
Program services$1,551,747$2,009,210$2,903,100$3,118,882$3,078,232
Management and general$87,225$90,445$118,722$156,805$113,691
Fundraising$33,884$38,344$41,676$45,232$44,653
Total expenses$1,672,856$2,137,999$3,063,498$3,320,919$3,236,576
 
Change in net assets20152014201320122011
Surplus (deficit)($311,908)($110,784)($68,681)($55,789)($78,862)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($311,908)($110,784)($68,681)($55,789)($78,862)

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

The Gathering was a movement begun by Dr. John Tolson in 1978. Alarmed by the lack of spiritual direction men were providing for their families and the alarmingly low number of men attending church, John developed an appealing and effective way to reach men for Christ by mobilizing Christian men to invite their friends to a non-threatening outreach event in a secular setting. Men were recruited and trained to be table hosts for the Outreach Breakfasts, where a dynamic, nationally known speaker would present a winsome message with an evangelistic thrust. Typically 500 to 2000 men would attend, including business, professional and government leaders in the community.

The organization was officially formed in 1987 in Orlando, when Larry Kreider came on board as the President. Laymen from a number of cities were trained to setup and run a Gathering of Men in their own city. The Gathering has worked closely with local churches and encouraged men to get involved in the church of their choice. Bible study/luncheons and small groups were developed to help men grow further in their Christian walk. Several resource books for small groups were published. A short-term social outreach, called Dirt Bros. (formerly 50 Good Men), was begun to encourage men to give back to their community. In addition, short-term mission trips began and a missions ministry, MasterWorks, came under The Gathering umbrella. Recently, the Gathering developed with Promise Keepers an accredited seminary level program to train pastors and others on How to Develop a Men's Ministry in the Church. John Tolson also became a regular speaker for the PK stadium events.


Program accomplishments

The Gathering's accomplishments and programs include the following:

City-wide Outreach Breakfasts using nationally known communicators typically at convention centers or major hotels,

Lunch Gatherings (biblically based messages dealing with men's issues),

Small group meetings,

Local and international short-term missions opportunities,

Social outreach projects,

Resources including "the best of the best" Men's Ministry Resource Directory, discipleship and small group books, tapes, and other materials,

A certified training course for pastors or lay leaders on developing a men's ministry in the local church,

The Gathering has programs in more than 25 cities across the US.


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