MOPS International, Inc.

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Here at MOPS, we gather and support moms. We believe in the simple but revolutionary idea that remarkable things happen when moms come together. Our acronym stands for "Mothers of Preschoolers" because we began in 1973 when a group of moms with young children banded together to share their lives and parenting journeys. Over the past 45 years, MOPS has expanded our community to include moms with school-aged kids. In addition, we are partnering with churches and organizations worldwide to equip and encourage moms in more than 68 countries.

Contact information

Mailing address:
MOPS International, Inc.
2370 South Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231-3822


Phone: (303) 733-5353


Organization details

EIN: 840925251

CEO/President: Mandy Arioto

Chairman: Catherine Penshorn

Board size: 13

Founder: Trinity Baptist Church Women

Year founded: 1981

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) ("MOPS") strives to reach out to all mothers of children under school age. MOPS intends to nurture every mother of preschoolers by meeting her distinct needs. This purpose is carried out in a variety of ways, including local MOPS groups, MOMSense resources, MOPS' books and products, and special events. MOPS believes in working with local Christian churches/parachurches to maximize ministry opportunities to God's Kingdom. MOPS programs are chartered in churches of many different denominations and Christian traditions, but all share the common desire to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring glory to God in everything. MOPS was founded in 1973.

Mission statement

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.

Statement of faith

We believe:

The only true God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6: 45; Acts 17:2428; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible in faith and practice (2 Peter 1:2021; 2 Timothy 3:1617; Psalm 119:911, 105; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

The full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, who lived as a perfect example, who atoned for the sins of the world at the cross, who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as both Lord and Savior, and who will return in power and glory in the fullness of time to judge the living and the dead, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 53:36; Acts 4:1012; Matthew 26:6364; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The value and dignity of all humankind: originally created in God's image to live in love and holiness, but who became alienated from God and each other because of sin and guilt, and who are justly subject to the judgment of God (Genesis 1:2627; Colossians 1:21; John 12:4748).

The justification, by God's grace, of all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (Ephesians 2:810; John 3:1617; Romans 4:45).

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and transforming power the Christian is enabled to live out our new life and new calling to evangelism and discipleship of believers within the fellowship of the Church (John 16:7; 1 Corinthians 6:1920; Galatians 5:2223; Matthew 28:1820).

The spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences (John 17:2023; Revelation 5:9).

The passages of Scripture associated with each of the statements are not offered as proof texts; rather, they are intended to serve as a beginning place for further study.

All speakers on our annual curriculum have agreed to the MOPS Faith Position Statement and are aware of our Core Ministry Values. While we agree on the basics of faith, we acknowledge that speakers may have differing views on issues unrelated to salvation. Using speakers for our annual curriculum does not signify an endorsement by MOPS International.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating736 of 81724 of 24
Fund acquisition rating632 of 81722 of 24
Resource allocation rating723 of 81722 of 24
Asset utilization rating528 of 81718 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$728,940$1,071,649$923,084$541,265$513,142
Short-term investments$273,356$337,654$542,811$924,375$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,729,224$1,542,597$2,385,139$2,497,767$1,736,208
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$603,876
Fixed assets$2,007,569$2,287,596$2,363,046$2,187,103$2,043,306
Other long-term assets$3,642$8,655$5,154$6,018$6,882
Total long-term assets$2,011,211$2,296,251$2,368,200$2,193,121$2,654,064
Total assets$3,740,435$3,838,848$4,753,339$4,690,888$4,390,272
Payables and accrued expenses$199,869$155,259$156,178$289,944$157,598
Other current liabilities$1,226,519$1,110,906$2,125,739$2,053,617$2,038,434
Total current liabilities$1,426,388$1,266,165$2,281,917$2,343,561$2,196,032
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$5,553$175,000$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$678,474$878,139$724,895$758,391$785,281
Total liabilities$2,104,862$2,144,304$3,006,812$3,101,952$2,981,313
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$64,272$49,276$109,327$101,829
Permanently restricted$109,222$25,000$25,000$25,000$25,000
Net assets$1,635,573$1,694,544$1,746,527$1,588,936$1,408,959
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$936,971$588,610$765,507$1,263,028$933,500
Program service revenue$3,994,207$3,215,764$3,668,361$3,585,034$3,255,136
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$11,529$14,674$24,991$22,596$8,308
Other revenue($145,228)$281,856$205,861$50,743$459,110
Total other revenue$3,860,508$3,512,294$3,899,213$3,658,373$3,722,554
Total revenue$4,797,479$4,100,904$4,664,720$4,921,401$4,656,054
Program services$3,289,608$3,213,643$3,253,936$3,356,007$3,304,624
Management and general$1,247,704$746,406$1,044,193$1,043,202$903,993
Total expenses$4,842,722$4,175,407$4,552,263$4,699,048$4,523,112
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($45,243)($74,503)$112,457$222,353$132,942
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($45,243)($74,503)$112,457$222,353$132,942


Mandy AriotoPresident/CEO$123,937
TJ RikliCOO$115,892

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2019

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:


The first MOPS meeting took place in February 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. For two hours, while their children received care, these mothers talked, laughed, ate, passed a basket for childcare expenses, had a craft demonstration, and ended with a short devotional. In this humble beginning, the seeds of the MOPS concept and format were planted.

In 1988, MOPS expanded beyond US borders and was renamed MOPS International, Inc. to reflect the international impact of the ministry. As MOPS grew, so did the need for a chartering process, additional resource materials, and a paid staff. The Board hired Elisa Morgan as the first president of the organization in 1989.

MOPS reached out to moms through the MOMSense newsletter (now MOMSense magazine) beginning in 1993. The newsletter joined the existing MOMSense radio program to help MOPS nurture every mother of preschoolers, whether or not she attended a MOPS group.

In 1995, MOPS formed a partnership with Zondervan Publishing House, further expanding its outreach to mothers through books. Also that year, MOPS established Teen MOPS groups for teenage mothers. MOPS became even more available to moms when it went on-line in 1997, and in 2000 when it created the MOPS to Mom Connection to bring additional resources directly to a mom's home.In 2004, MOPS International entered into a publishing relationship with Revell of Baker Publishing Group.

MOPS has come a long way over the years, and continues to adapt to meet the various needs of moms today.

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