Christian Associates International, Inc. dba Communitas International

Summary

Christian Associates International, Inc. (doing business as Communitas International) is a global missional movement focused on secular, post-Christian, mostly urban communities. Our movement has team members from 22 nations and we currently work in over 20 nations across Western Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, and Latin America. Over 100 churches in our network, with thousands of believers engaged, are impacting their communities with the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and evangelism. This organization is a nonprofit. 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).


Contact information

Mailing address:
2221 E. Arapahoe Road
Suite 3338
Centennial, CO 80161-0161

Website: www.gocommunitas.org

Phone: (888) 242-5930

Email: usoffice@gocommunitas.org


Organization details

EIN: 930571928

CEO/President: Mr. Dudley Callison

Chairman: Nick Webb

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Linus Morris

Year founded: 1969

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1995


Purpose

Communitas International has a vision to see entire cities and nations influenced with the Gospel as Christians live out Jesus' life, igniting a missional movement in our world. We're a global missional movement... A tribe of like-hearted people who believe that we have been blessed by God... People who feel personally responsible for bringing shalom - or peace - into our neighborhoods, cities, and cultures. We are normal people with an extraordinay sense of purpose. To accomplish our mission, Communitas is planting churches in the cities of Europe, North America, and Latin America with a focus on those who are farthest from church.

Christian Associates International, Inc. (dba Communitas International) is a 501c3 nonprofit, and is classified as a church by the IRS (we therefore do not file IRS Form 990, like many other mission organizations). Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) and of MissioNexus


Mission statement

Communitas uses the following to express its mission:

The mission of Communitas International is to establish churches who follow Jesus in transforming their world.


Statement of faith

Communitas uses the following to express its statement of faith:

Communitas International looks to and affirms the Nicene Creed as we declare our core theology in contemporary language.

God is a God of mission. He reveals Himself as the one God known and worshipped as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and reveals His purposes in the Bible which, being divinely inspired, is fully and authoritatively reliable.

God created humankind in His own image and called us to relate to and partner with Him in the stewardship of all creation. That relationship was broken in the sins of Adam and Eve and has been broken by all since.

God formed for Himself a covenant people in Abraham to be blessed and to be a blessing to the nations. His faithfulness persisted despite their rebellion and unfaithfulness.

God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to restore all that was broken, to offer His sinless life as an atonement for all who place their faith in Him.

Jesus invites His followers, the church, to return to the partnership set out at creation, to serve Him and His purposes and to enable effective ministry that advances the Kingdom of Christ on earth.

God has given the Holy Spirit to catalyze faith in Christ and to empower godly living, compelling community and ministry that authentically demonstrates the Kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ will return at the end of times as judge of the living and the dead and will make all things new.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating67 of 43012 of 78
Fund acquisition rating165 of 43031 of 78
Resource allocation rating105 of 43013 of 78
Asset utilization rating56 of 43011 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%5%4%4%4%4%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%4%4%4%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%97%100%99%98%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%4%4%4%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%3%0%1%2%2%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%87%88%87%87%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%110%93%98%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%86%96%81%85%88%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%-10%7%2%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%9%-56%30%12%-4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%9%9%8%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.324.094.663.705.095.34
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.221.271.021.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.535.015.923.765.115.36
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.101.723.0753.3525.4510.62
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.580.330.020.040.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.061.001.373.132.262.03
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%47%26%2%4%9%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%13%16%26%19%17%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$561,486$497,424$696,835$472,987$412,001
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$130,364$143,751$135,566$219,054$155,078
Short-term investments$55,624$27,209$155,480$25,958$101,799
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$747,474$668,384$987,881$717,999$668,878
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$167,706$180,262$16,060$2,116$1,686
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$167,706$180,262$16,060$2,116$1,686
Total assets$915,180$848,646$1,003,941$720,115$670,564
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$409,627$192,524$18,518$28,216$63,009
Other current liabilities$25,000$25,000$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$434,627$217,524$18,518$28,216$63,009
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$434,627$217,524$18,518$28,216$63,009
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted($262,553)($300,176)($121,111)($315,007)($385,635)
Temporarily restricted$743,106$931,298$1,106,534$1,006,906$993,190
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$480,553$631,122$985,423$691,899$607,555
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$3,673,199$3,588,546$3,978,960$3,693,788$3,503,604
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$95,345($5,594)($15,352)($888)$4,519
Other revenue$17,217$16,582$48,926$58,405$49,150
Total other revenue$112,562$10,988$33,574$57,517$53,669
Total revenue$3,785,761$3,599,534$4,012,534$3,751,305$3,557,273
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$3,259,595$3,466,450$3,236,197$3,204,580$3,131,061
Management and general$284,206$327,410$330,017$321,216$296,340
Fundraising$198,689$159,975$152,796$141,165$156,411
Total expenses$3,742,490$3,953,835$3,719,010$3,666,961$3,583,812
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$43,271($354,301)$293,524$84,344($26,539)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$43,271($354,301)$293,524$84,344($26,539)

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History

Before CA looked like it does today, it had several earlier manifestations: the Jesus Christ Light & Power House near UCLA, started in 1968, and sports evangelism excursions to Europe throughout the 1970's, both innovative outreach and discipleship strategies that were geared toward the youth culture of the time.

Traveling around Europe, in particular, it became evident that new expressions of the church were needed in a culture that had for the most part rejected Christianity. One of the founders of both ministries was Linus Morris, who ultimately became President of Christian Associates International, serving in that capacity until 2009.

In 1980, Linus moved his family (wife Sharon and six children), to Geneva, France, to plant an English-speaking church there, along with two other families. Today Crossroads Geneva (or Ferney Voltaire, as it is called) is a thriving, vibrant church with an attendance of between 200 and 300, and with a daughter church, Crossroads Saint Genis, 75 people strong, as a result of this church-planting effort over 30 years ago.

In 1987, because of a growing understanding of the role of the local church in extending God's kingdom, the Morris family moved again, to Amsterdam, and launched Crossroads Amsterdam, another English-speaking international community.

Based on the successes in both Geneva and Amsterdam, in the early 1990's CA began recruiting and training leaders to send into other cities across Europe to establish more churches.

By 2005 there were churches in over 30 cities, some continuing with fresh approaches toward internationals, others bridging into indigenous languages and cultures with innovative ways to reach people who had turned away from church but were still seeking God.

For decades, Europe has been on the front edge of western thought and culture: globally minded, postmodern, post-Christian, secularized, and anti-institutional. In response, CA became a pioneer in what later became known as the "missional" church movement through such innovative writers and leaders as Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost and many others, who gave missional language to what CA was already engaged in in their church planting endeavors.

Because of where we were located and focused geographically, we had to innovate, so our teams had to develop new contexts and bring the redemptive work of Christ into the culture and society of Europe in a new and dynamic way.

Out of this came, as one example, Serve the City in Brussels, where The Well reached into many areas of the city to offer the love of Christ and a helping hand where it was most needed, a program which has now spread all over Europe and beyond.

In the mid-2000's, the organization began to expand into the Americas as well, based on the growing prevalence of those same cultural and philosophical trends in the cities of North and Latin America.

In 2009 Linus stepped out of the President role, and Rob Fairbanks took over, continuing to effectively lead CA through the transition of becoming a multi-continental entity. Due to a desire to return to a more localized, "hands on" form of ministry, Fairbanks resigned as President in October, 2012.

Dudley Callison, who had served for five years as the COO, was appointed President in 2013. He brings a fresh vision to deepen CA's roots in Europe, Russia, and the Americas, while being sure that necessary adaptation and change are taking place where needed.

At this point (2013), CA has church planting projects at various stages in about 40 cities in Europe and 20 cities in the Americas. The CA staff includes 240 missionaries, 90 of whom are internationals from 22 different countries. As we move into the future, CA intends to remain an international and entrepreneurial movement.


Program accomplishments

Over 80 churches and church-planting projects directly impact thousands of people each year in secular, post-Christian cities. We believe God transforms neighborhoods and cities through His churches and disciples who care and act like Christ, and we see this happening throughout our movement! If God is calling you to be engaged in His mission to the nations across Western and Eastern Europe, as well as North America and Latin America, please contact us!


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