Tech Team Advantage

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Summary

Tech Team Advantage (previously Missionary TECH Team) provides technical services for missionaries around the world. We assist these Christian ministries to help them complete the good work that Christ has "prepared in advance" for them to do (Ephesians 2:10). Our team of faith-supported missionaries, missionary volunteers, and missionary interns utilize a wide variety of technical skills and training.


Contact information

Mailing address:
25 FRJ Drive
Longview, TX 75602-4703

Website: www.techteam.org

Phone: (903) 757-4530

Email: info@techteam.org


Organization details

EIN: 751298546

CEO/President: Mr. Birne Wiley

Chairman: Mr. Robert J. Schill

Board size: 10

Founder: Birne Wiley and Dave Carnahan

Ruling year: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Missionary TECH Team (MTT) provides technical services for missionaries around the world. For example, MMT built a medical clinic in the African jungle and designed a tract / pamphlet to be handed out on a busy city street corner. MTT has provided transportation for missionaries home on furlough and tabletop displays for missionaries to tell about their ministry.


Mission statement

TECH TEAM (or TECH) is an independent 501(c)(3) ministry whose mission is to provide professional and affordable services specific to the needs of like-minded ministries, churches, and organizations around the world to enable them to spread the gospel more effectively.


Statement of faith

We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and that they are supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe there is one true God existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe every man and every woman is a sinner separated from a Holy God and, therefore, in need of Salvation.

We believe that Jesus is God who became flesh as evidenced by His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His miracles, His bodily resurrection, and His ascension into heaven.

We believe that Jesus' death on the cross paid for our sins and that His burial and resurrection insured eternal life for all who believe.

We believe that salvation comes by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone and that a right relationship with God begins when an individual repents from their sins and receives Jesus as their Savior.

We believe in the personal return of Jesus and in the resurrection from the dead of all people. Those who have put their trust in Jesus are resurrected to eternal life in the presence of God, and those who have not put their trust in Jesus will be separated from God in eternal torment.

We believe that the Holy Spirit's ministry is to convict the world of sin and dwell in every follower of Christ upon Salvation and to equip and empower them in their witness, work, and life to glorify God.

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating896 of 99944 of 51
Fund acquisition rating437 of 100123 of 51
Resource allocation rating991 of 100151 of 51
Asset utilization rating855 of 99941 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%4%4%4%4%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%3%3%3%3%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
97%70%69%72%70%73%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%3%3%3%3%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
3%30%31%28%30%27%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%56%62%64%65%67%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
94%110%102%101%94%103%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%62%63%65%61%69%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
6%-10%-2%-1%6%-3%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%-7%-1%-1%4%-2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%41%35%33%32%30%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.280.720.680.720.630.68
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.262.132.152.262.142.12
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.961.531.471.621.341.45
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
24.33156.80162.65116.6457.1573.47
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.030.010.010.010.020.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.757.808.137.348.798.18
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
4%0%0%0%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
73%139%146%139%158%146%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$52,902$93,533$209,476$211,350$265,500
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$29,072$24,122$19,226$48,682$22,129
Short-term investments$465,733$462,029$330,478$337,916$290,830
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$547,707$579,684$559,180$597,948$578,459
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$610,960$657,516$696,669$673,312$640,215
Other long-term assets$10,250$10,250$10,250$10,250$10,250
Total long-term assets$621,210$667,766$706,919$683,562$650,465
Total assets$1,168,917$1,247,450$1,266,099$1,281,510$1,228,924
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$3,493$3,564$4,794$10,462$7,873
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,493$3,564$4,794$10,462$7,873
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$3,493$3,564$4,794$10,462$7,873
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$801,709$858,612$864,151$839,605$758,719
With donor restrictions$363,715$385,274$397,154$431,443$462,332
Net assets$1,165,424$1,243,886$1,261,305$1,271,048$1,221,051
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$530,191$576,243$641,573$592,792$594,277
Program service revenue$206,150$216,240$236,365$246,246$200,028
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,637$37,192$12,701$11,418$12,775
Other revenue$5,055$3,608$6,015$1,881$4,376
Total other revenue$228,842$257,040$255,081$259,545$217,179
Total revenue$759,033$833,283$896,654$852,337$811,456
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$471,514$528,436$582,806$520,529$558,107
Management and general$342,593$296,727$295,427$256,048$248,639
Fundraising$23,388$25,539$28,164$25,763$29,856
Total expenses$837,495$850,702$906,397$802,340$836,602
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($78,462)($17,419)($9,743)$49,997($25,146)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($78,462)($17,419)($9,743)$49,997($25,146)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Randy HarrisPresident$68,126

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/25/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Missionary TECH Team (now TECH Team Advantage) was founded in 1968 by Birne Wiley alongside his friend, Dave Carnahan.

Throughout his childhood, Birne would visit with missionaries who frequently visited his family's home. It was during those late night conversations Birne became aware of the challenges missionaries often face when serving in the mission field. Rather than devoting their full attention to sharing the Gospel, they found themselves occupied with projects that reached beyond their expertise and resources. Although these needs were important and had their place, consistently setting aside time and finances to meet those needs hindered the evangelism efforts of the missionaries. A seed was planted in the depths of Birne's heart, and the journey to fruition began.

The years progressed and the burden lingered. Wiley remained faithful by trusting God's timing. He cultivated the seed by walking in step with the Spirit as he allowed God to equip him for what lay ahead. Wiley graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and an emphasis on Building Design and Construction from LeTourneau University, something God would later use to make an impact for eternity.

Wiley developed a relationship with Dave Carnahan, who had recently graduated from John Brown University with a B.S. degree in Building Construction and Design. The two believed God was calling them to develop an organization that would address the technical needs of mission organizations throughout the world. This grew into the vision of Missionary TECH Team-a service organization designed to free missionaries to do the work for which God had called and gifted them to do.

TECH initially provided engineering and construction services. Individuals who felt called to use their professional skills in ministry (but weren't sure how!) caught wind of this new organization. Applications began coming in from all across the United States, as many were eager to get involved with the work God was doing. They longed to share their technical skills for a greater purpose! By God's grace, the increase in staff members accompanied the increase in project requests.

Because TECH desired to meet the specific needs of each ministry, they prayerfully considered how to respond to the services being requested. It became evident the needs of missionaries stretched beyond buildings and structures. New stumbling blocks continued to rise, and TECH remained committed to meeting to the specific requests of like-minded churches, ministries, and organizations.

TECH remained steadfast by implementing creative, affordable solutions to keep up with the ever-changing demands. Communications became an essential asset, and Mechanical Services was launched. We began producing mobile apps in Software Solutions, and our in-house IT quickly grew to Computer Services. Over the span of a few decades, God had allowed Missionary TECH Team to become the one-stop shop for missionaries around the world by providing affordable solutions to make a global impact.

In 1996, Birne Wiley had a heart attack. This created an awareness of TECH's need to find someone to succeed our Founder, CEO, and President. Once again, a seed was planted, but it wasn't until 20 years later that God would bring someone to fulfill that role.

Randy Harris initially joined the team as a draftsman in the early 80's. As time went on, he felt God calling him to serve another mission where he remained for 30 years. Along the way, God prompted him to serve TECH by joining the Board of Trustees where he was later appointed Chairman. The Lord eventually brought him and his wife (Connie) back to TECH to serve full-time in 2014. Harris then succeeded Birne Wiley as President of Missionary TECH Team in 2015 where he continues serving today.

Having celebrated 50 years of ministry, we feel confident God is repositioning TECH to serve more effectively in the future and that He is giving us the opportunity to make an even greater impact on eternity. As a result, Missionary TECH Team filed a DBA and rebranded under a new name, TECH Team Advantage in hopes of making an even greater impact on eternity.


Program accomplishments

From completing 9 projects in the 1960's to having completed more than 15,000 total projects as we enter into the new decade, we are reminded again and again that this is God's work. He has breathed it into existence, He has sustained it, and He has more than adequately provided for it. It's easy to count and track projects, but it's impossible to measure the impact Missionary TECH has had on eternity.


Needs

Missionary TECH Team communicates the following needs:

Professionals:
architects, civil and environmental engineers, electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, structural engineers, surveyors;

and Tradesmen:
plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons, roofers, project supervisors, and other related construction skills

To serve please contact: fp@techteam.org