United World Mission/ UWM

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United World Mission Incorporated ("UWM") strives to establish reproducing churches throughout the world. UWM uses missionaries in facilitating church planting through envisioning and equipping national church planters and leaders. UWM works with and through the national church and other like-minded parachurch organizations. This is accomplished through formal and informal partnerships with both nationals and other expatriate agencies in a given areas. Dr. Sidney Correll founded UWM in 1940. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Donation Address: United World Mission PO Box 602002 Charlotte, NC 28260-2002

Contact information

Mailing address:
205 Regency Executive Park Dr., Ste 430
Charlotte, NC 28217-8217

Website: www.uwm.org

Phone: (800) 825-5896

Email: mski@earthlink.net

Organization details

EIN: 596045867

CEO/President: Dr. John Bernard


Board size: 0

Founder: Dr. Sidney Correll

Year founded: 1946

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


United World Mission Incorporated ("UWM") strives to establish reproducing churches throughout the world. UWM uses missionaries in facilitating church planting through envisioning and equipping national church planters and leaders. UWM works with and through the national church and other like-minded parachurch organizations. This is accomplished through formal and informal partnerships with both nationals and other expatriate agencies in a given areas. Dr. Sidney Correll founded UWM in 1946.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

UWM uses the following to express its mission:

Our Mission

See God change lives and transform communities everywhere by partnering to equip leaders, establish churches, and engage in holistic mission.

  • Equipping Leaders
    God-delighting leaders that embrace biblical depth, servanthood, missional spirituality, and community.

  • Establishing Churches
    World-surprising churches marked by love and unity, working for mercy and justice, and making disciples that serve Christ in every endeavor.

  • Engaging Holistic Mission
    Uniting the people and resources of the global church for innovative partnerships that bring Christ's compassion and truth to men, women, and children that need it most.

Our Values
  • Seek God first
    We embrace God's Kingdom, presence, work, and Word as foundational to everything.

  • Serve partners well
    We equip, encourage, and build capacity in others for contextual, sustainable impact. We are only as successful as our partners.

  • Innovate a way
    We seek innovative solutions by embracing change, practicing ingenuity, and walking with God's Spirit and our partners.

  • Live boldly
    We are energized by the heroic ambitions of Christ's calling, and we boldly follow wherever the Spirit leads.

  • Surprise by love
    We seek the good of all people and create authentic, missional communities displaying grace, affection, humility, and mutual support.

Our Philosophy of Ministry

Missional Spirituality
We believe the gospel offers a relationship with God that is received by grace through faith, and that the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out as we walk with God. We seek intentional pathways for growing in authentic relationship with God as we serve on mission with Christ, and we nurture this spirituality in the leaders we equip. We try to see all people through developmental eyes and integrate spiritual formation into all our ministries, leading to self-awareness, dependence upon Christ, healthy relationships, and life-giving service.

Global Partnership
We affirm the Lausanne movement's theme of "mission from everywhere to everywhere," and we seek to demonstrate a cooperative, Kingdom mindset in all we do. We are compelled to partner with other Christians to express our unity and to accomplish God's mission of renewing the whole world, which includes establishing the church and making disciples among all the peoples of the earth.

Local Church
We believe that the church is God's primary instrument for bringing the gospel of Christ to the world and making disciples of all nations. When local churches live as Kingdom communities of love and reconciliation, holiness and compassionate service, there is no greater apologetic for the gospel on earth. We partner with many types of missional organizations, but in everything we aim to inspire, strengthen, and multiply healthy, biblical churches.

Integral Mission
Jesus showed compassion for people's spiritual, physical, and social needs, and the whole of Scripture indicates God's concern for the materially poor as well as the spiritually poor. We seek to integrate the biblical priorities for evangelism and for mercy and justice. We join with our partners to engage contextually appropriate holistic ministries, and seek to reproduce churches and disciples with a passion for evangelism and social action.

We are committed to an innovative culture that continually pursues new ways of doing mission and accelerates ideas that could advance the gospel. We believe it likely that the best innovations for mission in the future will come as the fruit of deep relationships in the global body of Christ, and a commitment to do mission together. Our founders were men and women who believed that the Holy Spirit was an "innovative Spirit," and we follow their example of boldly going where the Spirit leads.

Our Vision
  • To be an organization that missionaries love, donors trust, and partners engage with confidence.

  • To become a globally recognized and respected leader in the spiritual formation of Christian leaders.

  • To prayerfully pursue innovations that fulfill our mission in ways that align with the demands and opportunities of our environment.

Statement of faith

UWM uses the following to express its values:

We believe:

...in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct...

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory...

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit...

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ...

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ...

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation."

In addition to the Statement of Faith, United World Mission affirms the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and looks to it for wisdom and guidance in its faith and practice.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating595 of 94066 of 106
Fund acquisition rating688 of 94275 of 106
Resource allocation rating558 of 94263 of 106
Asset utilization rating352 of 94044 of 106

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$367,958$509,215$425,317$563,416
Short-term investments$7,167,332$8,968,234$6,057,419$1,755,328$2,123,746
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,324,329$11,642,846$11,056,639$8,363,579$6,853,394
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$501,939$732,281$799,154$792,651$820,116
Other long-term assets$571,171$0$781,365$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,073,110$732,281$1,580,519$792,651$820,116
Total assets$13,397,439$12,375,127$12,637,158$9,156,230$7,673,510
Payables and accrued expenses$141,491$115,014$188,467$138,454$176,210
Other current liabilities$446,056$0$0$0$8,350
Total current liabilities$587,547$115,014$188,467$138,454$184,560
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$244,858$245,465$262,926$264,974$280,905
Total long-term liabilities$341,720$245,465$262,926$264,974$280,905
Total liabilities$929,267$360,479$451,393$403,428$465,465
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,604,289$5,050,461$5,037,803$2,795,725$2,195,023
With donor restrictions$7,863,883$6,964,187$7,147,962$5,957,077$5,013,022
Net assets$12,468,172$12,014,648$12,185,765$8,752,802$7,208,045
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Total contributions$21,302,699$20,442,094$18,849,732$17,636,078$15,761,421
Program service revenue$386,367$507,060$513,907$522,893$347,038
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$105,359$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$128,959$131,001$171,234$120,468$156,277
Total other revenue$620,685$638,061$685,141$643,361$503,315
Total revenue$21,923,384$21,080,155$19,534,873$18,279,439$16,264,736
Program services$17,165,396$17,342,614$15,752,032$14,760,790$13,512,542
Management and general$2,206,232$2,142,189$1,903,313$1,518,311$1,510,433
Total expenses$21,200,280$21,557,094$19,800,147$17,080,065$15,670,679
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$723,104($476,939)($265,274)$1,199,374$594,057
Other changes in net assets($269,580)$305,822$3,698,237$345,383$0
Total change in net assets$453,524($171,117)$3,432,963$1,544,757$594,057


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/13/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


The seeds of United World Mission began in 1940, growing out of a need expressed by several churches in the Dayton, Ohio area, for a vehicle for sending missionaries to Cuba. Initial direction and leadership came from Dr. Sidney Correll, then pastor of the Christian Tabernacle in Dayton. The subsequent partnership with other churches, both in and outside the Dayton area, resulted in the eventual incorporation of UWM in 1946.

Soon UWM missionaries were at work in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela and other South American countries. Eventually, they sent missionaries to Africa, Asia and Europe. UWM had moved its headquarters to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1960, to be close to its Cuban mission. But the facility was landlocked, with little room for growth. In 1988, with expansion money available, UWM moved to a larger campus in Union Mills, North Carolina.

UWM currently has approximately 290 missionaries working in 42 countries,approximately 25 appointees in the process of raising support for their departure to the field and approximately 35 staff members.

Program accomplishments

UWM led in the formation and initial direction of The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting, facilitating the establishment of 1000 churches throughout Eastern Europe and the CIS from 1992 to 1996.

UWM's national church associations in Mali, Congo, Vietnam, Bolivia, Venezuela, Guatemala and Cuba (which were established by UWM missionaries) each have been made thoroughly indigenous, being completely led and supported by national leadership.

UWM founded Dakar Academy in Dakar, Senegal, which has emerged as a well-respected mission and international school of 130 students per year. Dakar Academy has provided high-quality Christian education and witness to the children of hundreds of missionaries and international embassy and business families who have been students at the academy through the years.

UWM established 26 training sites in Romania since 1994 which have helped facilitate the planting of more than 300 churches in Romania in the past two years.

UWM assisted in planting 24 churches in Ethiopia from 1994 to 1996.

UWM trained Estonians to research the church planting needs of their country which led to a national conference on church planting and church growth in 1997.

UWM sent a team to Nicaragua which has developed five training sites and trained more than 85 Nicaraguans for ministry.

UWM has targeted the world's 50 million Deaf population - one of the largest unreached people groups in the world.

In our 52-year history, UWM has planted, directly facilitated or helped partners plant 1095 churches in 30 countries, of which 863 were planted in the last six years. Of the most recent churches, 485 were planted through the direct efforts of UWM's international partners. These churches touch approximately 55,000 people every Sunday morning.

UWM has also been directly involved in establishing or strongly maintaining three Christian schools (Budapest, Hungary; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Dakar, Senegal), a school for the blind (Korea), nine formal Bible schools and church planter programs in the U.S., Congo, Mali, Belgium, Cuba, Venezuela, Hungary, Cyprus, and Romania.