Commission to Every Nation

Summary

Commission to Every Nation (CTEN) is an international, interdenominational Christian mission partnering with churches to help Christians become personally involved in fulfilling the Great Commission to every nation. 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).

They do this by:

Sending and supporting missionaries is an important part of CTEN's vision:

  • Each CTEN missionary is responsible for building their own financial and prayer support base that enables them to go. CTEN has training materials available and will offer guidance through this process.
  • CTEN is a family. Besides providing administrative assistance to each missionary, we are involved with them and their family's well-being-spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  • Our vision is to help each missionary to be most effective at fulfilling their vision. We want to see them succeed in what God has called them to do.
CTEN is involved in helping national workers reach their own people through:
  • Training programs to prepare national pastors, evangelists and missionaries.
  • Financial enablement to release qualified national ministers to full-time ministry.
  • Financial support of projects to help the national church and its leaders.
CTEN seeks to remain closely related to the local church, both in the US and on the foreign field:
  • We see the local church as God's chosen tool for advancing His kingdom. As a parachurch ministry, we believe we find our validity to the degree that we are working alongside the local church to help her fulfill her role.
  • We seek to help the US church remain focused on the harvest field of the world and provide practical ways local churches can "put feet" to a missions burden.
  • Whenever possible, support of any kind given to overseas projects will be channeled through the local church and its leaders.

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 291307
Kerrville, TX 78029-1307

Website: www.cten.org

Phone: (830) 896-8326

Email: info@cten.org


Organization details

EIN: 742730294

CEO/President: Mr. Richard Malm

Chairman: Mr. Richard Malm

Board size: 5

Founder: Mr. Richard Malm

Year founded: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1997


Purpose

Commission to Every Nation (CTEN) is an international, interdenominational Christian mission partnering with churches to help Christians become personally involved in fulfilling the Great Commission to every nation.

They do this by:

Sending and supporting missionaries is an important part of CTEN's vision:

  • Each CTEN missionary is responsible for building their own financial and prayer support base that enables them to go. CTEN has training materials available and will offer guidance through this process.
  • CTEN is a family. Besides providing administrative assistance to each missionary, we are involved with them and their family's well-being-spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically.
  • Our vision is to help each missionary to be most effective at fulfilling their vision. We want to see them succeed in what God has called them to do.
CTEN is involved in helping national workers reach their own people through:
  • Training programs to prepare national pastors, evangelists and missionaries.
  • Financial enablement to release qualified national ministers to full-time ministry.
  • Financial support of projects to help the national church and its leaders.
CTEN seeks to remain closely related to the local church, both in the US and on the foreign field:
  • We see the local church as God's chosen tool for advancing His kingdom. As a parachurch ministry, we believe we find our validity to the degree that we are working alongside the local church to help her fulfill her role.
  • We seek to help the US church remain focused on the harvest field of the world and provide practical ways local churches can "put feet" to a missions burden.
  • Whenever possible, support of any kind given to overseas projects will be channeled through the local church and its leaders.

Mission statement

Commission to Every Nation uses the following to express its mission:

"Helping Ordinary People Partner with God to Accomplish the Extraordinary"


Statement of faith

Commission to Every Nation uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

This Statement of Faith is not intended to cover all Biblical truth but only to establish a basis for fellowship and cooperation so that we may "all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions".

"A DECLARATION OF THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE MOST SURELY BELIEVED AMONG US." (Luke 1:1)

THE SCRIPTURES: The Bible is the inspired word of God to men, the infallible, all-sufficient, final authority in all matters of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21)

THE ONE TRUE GOD: The one true God has revealed Himself as eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Luke 3:22; John 14:12, 16, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28)

THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST: "In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form." "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being". ( Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 1:3) Jesus is the eternal Son of God who was with God and was God in the beginning. (John 1:1-3) He was conceived by the Holy Ghost and born of the virgin Mary. (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:35) "He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil" (Acts 10:38) He lived a sinless life - "holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners". (Hebrews 7:26) "He died for our sins according to the Scriptures, was buried and was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) He has now been "exalted to the right hand of God". (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 1:3) "This same Jesus, who has been taken into heaven, will come back in the same way." (Acts 1:11)

THE FALL OF MAN: "There is no one righteous" before God. "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:10, 23; Isaiah 64:6)

GOD'S PLAN OF REDEMPTION: "Salvation is found in no one else" but the Lord Jesus Christ, "for there is no other name under heaven given by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) Man is saved by grace, through faith, not by His own efforts but as a gift from God. (Ephesians 2:8) God saves "us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3:5-7)

WATER BAPTISM: All who repent and believe on Christ Jesus as Savior and Lord are commanded in Scripture to be baptized in water. (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16)

PRESENT WORK OF THE HOLY GHOST: The Holy Spirit is at work in the earth today:

  • "to convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment." (John 16:8)
  • empowering men to witness and confirming the word with signs that accompany it. (Mark 16:17-20; Acts 1:8; 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3, 4)
  • producing the fruit of the Spirit in men's lives. (Galatians 5:22-26)
  • giving various gifts to men "for the common good." (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
  • In response, believers are commanded to "eagerly desire the greater gifts" and to "try to excel in gifts that build up the church." (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:12)
FUTURE EVENTS: There is a coming resurrection: "those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned." (John 5:29; 2 Corinthians 5:10)) There is a coming judgment where any whose name is "not found written in the book of life" will be "thrown into the lake of fire" "which is the second death". (Revelation 20:14, 15)

THE UNITY OF ALL BELIEVERS: "In Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body". (Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 12:12)

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating17 of 4303 of 44
Fund acquisition rating33 of 4306 of 44
Resource allocation rating26 of 4303 of 44
Asset utilization rating53 of 4305 of 44

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%1%1%1%1%1%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%1%1%1%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%100%100%99%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%1%1%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%0%0%1%2%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%96%95%95%94%95%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%96%102%98%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%95%91%97%92%90%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%4%-2%2%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%3%17%-7%7%17%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%4%4%4%5%4%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.324.363.864.353.453.15
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.151.121.151.141.19
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.535.014.325.023.943.73
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.10219.4991.0872.52103.13100.87
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.000.010.010.010.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.062.382.752.363.013.19
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%0%1%1%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%23%26%23%29%32%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$2,286,895$2,554,977$1,790,976$1,897,234$1,616,378
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$20,750$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$1,094,879$837,612$940,752$1,034,562$1,005,197
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,402,524$3,392,589$2,731,728$2,931,796$2,621,575
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$505,355$406,533$417,130$418,389$485,752
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$505,355$406,533$417,130$418,389$485,752
Total assets$3,907,879$3,799,122$3,148,858$3,350,185$3,107,327
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$15,502$37,250$37,671$28,429$25,990
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$15,502$37,250$37,671$28,429$25,990
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$15,502$37,250$37,671$28,429$25,990
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$3,892,377$3,761,872$3,111,177$3,321,756$3,081,337
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,892,377$3,761,872$3,111,187$3,321,756$3,081,337
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$17,066,049$15,261,889$13,454,777$11,713,589$10,124,439
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$92,605$14,100$14,425$63,109$135,806
Other revenue$24,817$17,310$23,340$23,340$24,238
Total other revenue$117,422$31,410$37,765$86,449$160,044
Total revenue$17,183,471$15,293,299$13,492,542$11,800,038$10,284,483
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$16,303,567$13,929,093$13,025,490$10,904,626$9,252,851
Management and general$625,465$602,965$561,328$537,923$427,124
Fundraising$124,370$117,069$116,302$117,070$95,629
Total expenses$17,053,402$14,649,127$13,703,120$11,559,619$9,775,604
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$130,069$644,172($210,578)$240,419$508,879
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$130,069$644,172($210,578)$240,419$508,879

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History

December 1994: Founded as TEAM Missions

1994-1996: Home office located in Guatemala, Central America

August 1996: Relocated offices to Kerrville, TX to accommodate growth of mission

November 1997: Member and accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)

January 1999: Name changed to Commission to Every Nation to avoid confusion with The Evangelical Alliance Mission (T.E.A.M.)

October 1999: Dedication of new facilities (815 Jefferson)

August 2000: Created a Pastoral Care department within CTEN

December 2000: 100th missionary joined

August 2005: Received Charity Navigator's highest recognition for sound fiscal management

October 2005: CTEN Canada received its official charity status to become the first sister organization outside of the US

February 2006: The 300th missionary joined

December 2009: Received Charity Navigator's 4-Star rating for 5th consecutive year

March 2011: 3rd Pastoral Care couple on staff

November 2012: Received Charity Navigator's 4-Star rating for 9th consecutive year

April 2013: The 650th missionary joined

May 2013: 4th Pastoral Care couple on staff


Program accomplishments

2001: Over 65 missionaries actively serving with CTEN in more than 20 countries

2001: First year to distribute over $1 million to support missionaries and projects

2005: Over 125 active missionaries in more than 25 countries

2008: More than $3 million distributed to support CTEN missionaries

2012: Distributed over $7 million to support the work of CTEN missionaries

2012: Ended the year with 250 missionaries actively serving in 50 countries


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