Biblical Ministries Worldwide

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Summary

We are a global mission agency dedicated to advancing the glory of God through the gospel by enabling North American churches to send out their finest to establish reproducing churches around the world.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Biblical Ministries Worldwide
1595 Herrington Road
Lawrenceville, GA 30043-5616

Website: www.biblicalministries.org

Phone: (770) 339-3500

Email: bmwhq@biblicalministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 946171558

CEO/President: Andrew Bunnell

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

Our purpose is to serve the Lord and local churches by establishing reproducing churches through evangelism, discipleship and leadership development.

We are brothers and sisters in a worldwide family of cross-cultural workers dedicated to advancing the glory of God through the saving and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ. Our passion is to help North American churches send out their finest servant-leaders to plant reproducing churches around the world.

Our teams go where the gospel isn't. We share the hope of Christ in word and deed among unreached and marginalized people groups. We speak of being reconciled to God among the postmodern, post-Christian and pagan.

We are committed to the truth, depth, wonder and authority of the Bible. We are committed to lifelong learning. We are galvanized and emboldened by prayer. We believe in teamwork and in strong families that serve together.

Because truth moves at the speed of relationships, we embrace the example of Jesus by humbly adapting to our host cultures, avoiding the colonial paternalism of the past, to reach people with the gospel that alone transforms lives, marriages, families, communities and cultures.

Biblical Ministries specializes in working with churches to help regular Christians discover and improve their unique gifts, skills, knowledge and experiences to become cross-cultural church-planters. Whether they serve as a tentmaker or a career missionary, we help Jesus-followers find or form the right team and get busy in sharing Christ, strengthening disciples, and equipping church leaders every day for sake of the Kingdom.


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

Biblical Ministries Worldwide is committed to the gospel and the biblical worldview from which the gospel springs. Many would say we are like many Baptist and Bible churches in the US. Here is a synopsis of these ideas:

We believe in One Supreme Creator God, existing in three persons, the Creator of the material universe who spoke it into existence from nothing. This God is morally perfect, completely sovereign, unchallengeably powerful, overwhelmingly loving and compassionate, and infinite in knowledge and wisdom by which He has created His plan for the ages.

We believe that God has revealed Himself through the world, but more importantly through two special revelations of Himself; the God-Man Jesus Christ (the living Word) and the Bible (the written Word). All other truth is measured against these two standards.

We believe that God created humankind in His image and likeness and required that we be morally perfect like Him, which we failed to do from the beginning. Since that time all have been sinners by nature and do not naturally seek after Him.

We believe that our sinful nature and deeds have relationally separated us from God. Each human is an eternal creature, and if not reconciled to God during this life, the separation from God and judgment will continue for eternity.

We believe that we cannot be forgiven or reconciled to God through good works or even religious works, no matter how devout. We are hopeless without God reaching out to rescue us.

God loves us as His special creatures and came to us in the person of Jesus Christ at the perfect time in human history. Jesus lived a sinless life and died in our place, paying the death penalty for our sin. But Jesus defeated sin, death, and hell by rising again on the third day. He returned to heaven, and at another perfect time will return to earth, not as a suffering Savior but as a conquering King.

Reconciliation to God and salvation from the coming judgment is offered to us as a gracious gift, paid for by God Himself through Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. God's gift is received by turning away from our old worldview, sins, and wrong ideas and accepting His gift by faith.

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating90 of 94116 of 104
Fund acquisition rating100 of 94311 of 104
Resource allocation rating83 of 94313 of 104
Asset utilization rating449 of 94151 of 104

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%90%89%91%88%90%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%10%11%9%12%10%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%92%92%92%89%92%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%97%95%98%99%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%89%88%91%89%93%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%3%5%2%1%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%5%9%3%1%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%7%7%11%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.261.301.561.671.701.71
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.281.261.341.391.411.48
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.871.632.092.332.402.53
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
17.2020.6515.2212.455.9488.08
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.050.070.080.170.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.767.015.364.744.164.69
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%21%10%12%12%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%17%5%5%0%6%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
72%61%58%53%52%54%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$6,873,126$5,129,452$4,355,525$4,091,808$3,597,215
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,158$3,939$3,990$3,604$19,621
Short-term investments$1,112,178$1,091,163$1,194,654$1,221,969$1,158,679
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,987,462$6,224,554$5,554,169$5,317,381$4,775,515
Long-term investments$114,827$114,827$108,623$110,524$106,700
Fixed assets$1,938,393$2,003,891$2,074,069$2,083,575$2,177,353
Other long-term assets$0$0$2,809$5,618$8,428
Total long-term assets$2,053,220$2,118,718$2,185,501$2,199,717$2,292,481
Total assets$10,040,682$8,343,272$7,739,670$7,517,098$7,067,996
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$386,724$408,955$445,996$482,281$54,215
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$412,679$0
Total current liabilities$386,724$408,955$445,996$894,960$54,215
Debt$1,692,928$396,434$420,766$0$404,364
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$48,549$48,969$49,864$0$51,962
Total long-term liabilities$1,741,477$445,403$470,630$0$456,326
Total liabilities$2,128,201$854,358$916,626$894,960$510,541
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$6,658,989$6,535,536$6,160,850$6,171,127$6,249,764
With donor restrictions$1,253,492$953,378$662,194$451,011$307,691
Net assets$7,912,481$7,488,914$6,823,044$6,622,138$6,557,455
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$12,036,241$12,207,992$11,925,956$11,232,449$10,815,601
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$31,065$87,183($25,713)$76,611$25,375
Other revenue$1,361,870$1,389,067$1,244,062$1,514,671$1,200,766
Total other revenue$1,392,935$1,476,250$1,218,349$1,591,282$1,226,141
Total revenue$13,429,176$13,684,242$13,144,305$12,823,731$12,041,742
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$11,952,638$12,014,488$11,969,779$11,361,796$11,174,298
Management and general$1,015,221$968,486$935,798$1,350,753$879,140
Fundraising$37,750$35,398$37,822$46,499$39,225
Total expenses$13,005,609$13,018,372$12,943,399$12,759,048$12,092,663
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$423,567$665,870$200,906$64,683($50,921)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$423,567$665,870$200,906$64,683($50,921)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


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 7/9/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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.


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