Biblical Ministries Worldwide

Summary

Biblical Ministries Worldwide (BMW) is a church-planting mission organization that is currently working in 27 countries around the world. As a family of church-planters, BMW's passion and life's work is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and local churches by establishing reproducing local churches through evangelism, discipleship and leadership development.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1595 Herrington Rd.
Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5616

Website: www.biblicalministries.org

Phone: (770) 339-3500

Email: bmwhq@biblicalministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 946171558

CEO/President: Rev. Chris Bauer

Chairman: Mr. Rick Gregory

Board size: 12

Founder:

Year founded: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 10/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Biblical Ministries Worldwide (BMW) is an independent, fundamental faith mission board that serves local churches by helping them acomplish their vision for world missions.

BMW's core values include:

TEAMWORK It is evident from the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul that missionary work was always done in the context of a team. At no time did he function as a "lone ranger". Doctrinal passages in scripture emphasize the concept of teamwork. Narrative passages portray the practical outworking of that philosophy of ministry. God works through an orchestra, not a one-man-band.

SERVANT LEADERSHIP The example of Christ makes it clear that we are to practice "servant leadership". This stands in contrast to the secular model of the autocratic leader. The biblical leader is first of all a servant. The leader's role is to move underneath to undergird, rather than stand above and demand service. Secular leadership says: "What can I get you to do for me?" Biblical leadership says: "What can I do for you?"

ACCOUNTABILITY Scripture teaches us that accountability is basic to the Christian life. Everyone needs boundaries in life. We expect that in the home. It is modeled in government and it is emphasized in our churches. To do otherwise would constitute a rejection of the very essence of the institutions created by God. A missionary is not excluded from this facet of the Christian life. Every missionary must be accountable to someone. It is naive to think that a missionary can spend a four-year term in a foreign country being "accountable to God". It is equally naive to believe that a furlough report or a quarterly prayer letter is a sufficient vehicle of accountability to supporters.

BMW is committed to these core values of teamwork, servant leadership, and accountability. The ministry implements them in the following practical ways:

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE Instead of a pyramid, where leadership climbs the ladder to the top, the biblical model is for servant leaders to move downward. The secular world calls its upward movement "promotion". The biblical model, however, is "demotion". The role of the Board of Directors is to provide support for the remainder of the mission family.

LEADERSHIP It is our goal to have a Field Leader who serves other missionaries. It is his responsibility to provide administration, accountability, and training. Regular meetings are conducted between the Field Leader and missionaries in order to facilitate these vital ministry components. At least once a year an Area Director from the International Office visits the field.

REPORTING Missionaries are assisted in setting long-term goals and annual goals. Based on these goals, each missionary outlines a job description. Success in ministry is then based on fulfillment of these ministry goals. Missionaries submit monthly reports to help them stay on track. Annual evaluations help monitor progress and faithfulness. This information is then channeled back to home churches -- to whom we are ultimately accountable-- and interested supporters as they request it.

CO-WORKERS It is our goal to cluster missionaries together in teams within close geographical proximity to one another. This provides mutual encouragement, fellowship, accountability and ministry for the various churches being planted. Furloughs can be destructive to these churches if other missionaries are not there to fill in for the furloughees. It can get lonely if one is by oneself. BMW is committed to serving together in teams.

Biblical Ministries Worldwide has always been a mission which has been committed to:

*A clearly articulated doctrinal statement
*A focus on church planting
*A system of financial accountability
*A definite stand on separation


This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

BMW uses the following to expriess its mission: The passion fo BMW is to help churches train leaders to plant churches... that all people of the Earth may know that the Lord is God ..... There is none else


Statement of faith

THE BMW DOCTRINAL STATEMENT

Biblical Ministries Worldwide is an independent fundamental faith mission board. The following doctrinal statement is an integral part of the constitution. All missionaries and board members annually affirm in writing their agreement with this doctrinal statement and position of separation.

The Holy Scriptures We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Scriptures, consisting of 66 books which constitute the Old and New Testaments, the Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, the complete and unalterable special revelation of God, and our final authority. We believe in the normal, literal, and consistent interpretation of the Scriptures; and a dispensational understanding of God's progressive revelation. Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13; II Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21

The Godhead We believe in the one triune God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections. Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14

The Person and Work of Christ We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary and lived a sinless life. He came that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. Luke 1:35; John 1:1,2,14

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice in providing an unlimited atonement for the sins of the whole world and our justification is verified by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. Romans 3:24,25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 1:3-5; 2:24; I John 2:2

We believe the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. Acts 1:9,10; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25; 9:24; I John 2:1,2

The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit We believe the Holy Spirit is the person of the Godhead who in this present age convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment; who regenerates and baptizes into the body of Christ those who believe; and who indwells and seals them unto the day of redemption. John 16:8-11; Romans 8:9; I Corinthians 12:12-14; II Corinthians 3:6; Ephesians 1:13,14

We believe the Holy Spirit is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth and it is the privilege of believers to be filled with, and their duty to walk in, the Holy Spirit. John 16:13; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 5:18; I John 2:20,27

The Total Depravity of Man We believe man was created in the image and likeness of God; in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and man is totally depraved and unable to remedy his lost condition. Genesis 1:26,27; Romans 3:22,23; 5:12; Ephesians 2:1-3,12

Salvation and Security We believe the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice for all people and all who trust Him are saved by grace through faith on the grounds of His shed blood, accepted in the beloved, kept by God's power, and thus secure in Christ forever. John 1:12; 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1,38,39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; I Peter 1:5,18,19

We believe every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. Romans 6:13; 8:12,13; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:10; I Peter 1:14-16; I John 3:5-9

We believe it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word which, however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. Romans 13:13,14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15; I Peter 2:13-20

The Church We believe the church, which began with the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, is the body and bride of Christ. It is the spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of the present age. Acts 2:1-13; I Corinthians 12:1-13; II Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 1:22,23; 5:25-27 We believe the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Acts 14:27; 20:17,28-32; I Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11

Ordinances We believe the Lord Jesus Christ established two ordinances for the Church in this present age. These are believer's water baptism, practiced by immersion, and the Lord's supper, observed as a memorial of His death. Acts 8:12,35-39; 10:47,48; I Corinthians 1:14; I Corinthians 11:23-34

Missions We believe that Christ commissioned individuals in the church to make disciples from among all nations, to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to observe all things whatsoever He has commanded. Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 5:19,20

The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts We believe the Lord Jesus Christ gives the Church evangelists and pastor-teachers. These gifted men are to equip the saints for the work of the ministry. Ephesians 4:7-14

We believe the Holy Spirit bestows spiritual gifts upon believers for Christian service and the edification of the Church. Romans 12:3-8; I Corinthians 12:4-11; I Peter 4:10,11

We believe the church age was initiated through the ministry of the apostles and prophets accompanied by sign gifts to confirm their message. These sign gifts gradually ceased by the time of the completion of the New Testament. I Corinthians 12:28-31; 13:8-10; 14:1-28; II Corinthians 12:12; Ephesians 2:19-22; Hebrews 2:3,4

We believe God hears and answers prayer in accord with His own will for healing of the sick and afflicted. John 14:13,14; 15:7; I John 5:14,15

Dispensationalism We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations which define man's responsibility in successive ages. A dispensation is not a way of salvation, but a divinely ordered stewardship by which God directs man according to His purpose. John 1:17; I Corinthians 9:17; II Corinthians 3:9-18; Galatians 3:13-25; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2-10; Colossians 1:24,25; Hebrews 7:19; Revelation 20:2-6

We believe salvation is always by grace through faith regardless of the dispensation in which the believer may have lived. God's purpose of salvation by grace through faith alone has always been based upon the substitutionary atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross. Ephesians 2:8-10; Hebrews 11:6; I Peter 1:10-12

The Personality of Satan We believe Satan is a created being, the author of sin, the tempter in the fall, the declared enemy of God and man, and the god of this age. He shall be eternally punished in the lake of fire. Job 1:6,7; Isaiah 14:12-17; Matthew 4:2-11; 25:41; Revelation 20:10

The Second Advent of Christ We believe in the personal, imminent, pretribulational and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones. We believe that at the end of the seven-year tribulation He will return to earth with the saints in power and glory to reign for a thousand years. Zechariah 14:4-11; I Thessalonians 1:10; 4:13-18; 5:9; Titus 2;13; Revelation 3:10; 19:11-16; 20:1-6

The Eternal State We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men, the saved to eternal life and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. Matthew 25:46; John 5:28,29; 11:25,26; Revelation 20:5,6,12,13

We believe the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection when spirit, soul, and body are reunited and glorified to be forever with the Lord. Luke 23:43; II Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 3:21; I Thessalonians 4:16,17; Revelation 20:4-6

We believe the souls of unbelievers are, at death, absent from the body and in conscious misery until the second resurrection, when with soul and body reunited they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment and shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. Matthew 25:41-46; Mark 9:43-48; Luke 16:19-26; II Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Revelation 20:11-15

Creation We believe the triune God, by a free act and for His own glory, without the use of existing materials or secondary causes, brought into being - immediately and instantaneously in six literal days by the word of His mouth - the whole visible and invisible universe. Genesis 1:1-27; Exodus 20:8-11; Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 104:25,26; Isaiah 40:21-31; John 1:1-5; Colossians 1:16,17

Biblical Separation and Unity We believe the saved should be separated unto the Lord Jesus Christ, necessitating holy living in all personal and ecclesiastical associations and relationships. Romans 12:1,2; 14:13; I Corinthians 6:19,20; Titus 2:14; James 4:4,5; I Peter 2:9; I John 2:15-17

We seek to cooperate wherever possible with other missions, organizations and indigenous churches whose doctrine and policy are homogeneous with ours. It is the believer's responsibility to endeavor to maintain the unity of the faith while separating from apostasy and those who have deviated from biblical doctrine and behavior. Every proposed alliance must be considered in the light of our commitment to biblical separation. We will not cooperate with or endorse any movement, organization, or program which is contrary to the faith whether in doctrine or practice. Matthew 18:15-17; Romans 16:17; I Corinthians 5:7-11; II Corinthians 6:14-18; Ephesians 4:1-6; II Thessalonians 3:11-14; II Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 3:10; II John 9-11.

Though there are levels of fellowship, personnel will not knowingly enter into relationships with churches, schools, or other organizations which might jeopardize the clarity of the Mission's testimony based upon this commitment.

We are responsible to identify false teaching and dangerous movements where they relate to the conduct of the Mission's ministries. Separation is required in those instances where people, groups, and organizations whose doctrinal position is the same as the Mission's engage in contradictory practices which compromise the faith. We desire to be consistent in this difficult area of separation and emphasize that our concern is for the purity of our testimony and ministry. We seek to bring to bear upon the issues of our day the principles set forth in the Word of God while not becoming embroiled in controversy over personalities. It is our desire in this pursuit to maintain an attitude characterized by love and humility.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating43 of 4308 of 78
Fund acquisition rating37 of 4309 of 78
Resource allocation rating46 of 4305 of 78
Asset utilization rating170 of 43029 of 78

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%91%88%90%91%90%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%9%12%10%9%10%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%92%89%92%92%93%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%98%99%100%96%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%91%89%93%88%94%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%2%1%0%4%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%3%1%-1%8%-3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%7%11%7%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.671.701.711.681.77
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.391.411.481.501.55
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.332.402.532.512.76
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.0912.455.9488.08242.26214.47
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.080.170.010.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.074.744.164.694.764.33
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%12%12%7%7%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%5%0%6%6%6%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%53%52%54%55%52%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$4,355,525$4,091,808$3,597,215$3,497,416$2,963,335
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,990$3,604$19,621$103,787$128,588
Short-term investments$1,194,654$1,221,969$1,158,679$1,148,816$1,121,758
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,554,169$5,317,381$4,775,515$4,750,019$4,213,681
Long-term investments$108,623$110,524$106,700$105,187$105,586
Fixed assets$2,074,069$2,083,575$2,177,353$2,236,029$2,216,202
Other long-term assets$2,809$5,618$8,428$11,237$14,046
Total long-term assets$2,185,501$2,199,717$2,292,481$2,352,453$2,335,834
Total assets$7,739,670$7,517,098$7,067,996$7,102,472$6,549,515
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$445,996$482,281$54,215$19,607$19,647
Other current liabilities$0$412,679$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$445,996$894,960$54,215$19,607$19,647
Debt$420,766$0$404,364$421,425$404,342
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$49,864$0$51,962$53,064$53,953
Total long-term liabilities$470,630$0$456,326$474,489$458,295
Total liabilities$916,626$894,960$510,541$494,096$477,942
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$6,160,850$6,171,127$6,249,764$6,223,451$5,796,514
Temporarily restricted$662,194$451,011$307,691$384,925$275,059
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$6,823,044$6,622,138$6,557,455$6,608,376$6,071,573
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$11,925,956$11,232,449$10,815,601$11,350,627$10,354,756
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($25,713)$76,611$25,375$26,743$26,866
Other revenue$1,244,062$1,514,671$1,200,766$1,097,018$1,073,531
Total other revenue$1,218,349$1,591,282$1,226,141$1,123,761$1,100,397
Total revenue$13,144,305$12,823,731$12,041,742$12,474,388$11,455,153
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$11,969,779$11,361,796$11,174,298$11,022,023$10,792,294
Management and general$935,798$1,350,753$879,140$886,346$801,696
Fundraising$37,822$46,499$39,225$29,216$29,944
Total expenses$12,943,399$12,759,048$12,092,663$11,937,585$11,623,934
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$200,906$64,683($50,921)$536,803($168,781)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$200,906$64,683($50,921)$536,803($168,781)

Response from ministry

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History

Biblical Ministries Worldwide came into existence in 1988 as the result of the union of WEFMinistries and United Missionary Fellowship.

WEFMinistries was born in l958 with twelve missionaries under the leadership of Henry Heijermans. Their focus was church planting in Europe, their vision to reach Europeans the world over. Henry Heijermans served as General Director until his retirement in l985. For the next ten years he served as the President of FOM (Fellowship of Missions). He currently heads FOMConsulting, a joint service of BMW and FOM which exists to assist churches, mission agencies, schools, and other like-minded organizations with administrative matters and strategic planning.

In the fall of 1948, four pastors in northern California met in Santa Rosa, California to share a common burden and concern for reaching the small mining camps and lumber towns in the northern part of their state. Out of that meeting came the plan to form a mission board which they called Pioneer Bible Mission (later, United Missionary Fellowship.) The mission became incorporated in California in 1949. From the beginning, the emphasis was on church planting. By 1952, some other missionaries had applied to go to Brazil, Honduras and Mexico. They said they appreciated the strong doctrinal stand of the mission. Richard A. Foster was the first full-time General Director. Robert Jeffcott succeeded him in 1966 and served in that capacity until 1994.

In the early 1970's, a growing friendship and cooperative relationship developed between the Directors of UMF and WEFMinistries. We held several DIRECTION conferences together to reach college students on secular as well as Christian colleges. By 1980, the two Directors had some discussion about the advantages of a merger of the two boards. Meetings of the two Boards of Directors held in 1987 resulted in the formation of one agency unified by a common purpose, convictions and burden for world missions. The new mission began officially on January 1, 1988 as Biblical Ministries Worldwide with a Board of Directors comprised of six men from each of the former boards. It could truly be said that BMW was a "new mission with 70 years of experience," serving at that time in 26 countries with 300 missionaries.

Currently, over 350 BMW missionaries (including appointees) are working in 25 countries, with plans to enter three new fields as soon as ministry teams are assembled.


Program accomplishments

BMW has 360 missionaries into the field worldwide. They also help provide all their administration needs.


Needs

BMW has communicated the following needs:

There are special projects in need of funding or getting involved physically in them. For more information one may go to their website.