China Ministries International

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China Ministries International, Inc. ("CMI") is dedicated to the evangelization of the Chinese people, particularly those living in Mainland China, and to the building up of the Chinese Church. CMI conduct a number of programs, including the Christianity and China Research Center (CCRC) which conducts ongoing research on the history of missions in China, China's religious policy, church development in China, Christianity and Chinese culture and China mission strategies. CMI produce a number of publications aimed at informing believers worldwide about the situation of the Church in China and to stimulate prayer. In addition, CMI recruits Chinese pastors, elders and deacons from overseas who can go to China to give 2 to 3 weeks of Biblical teaching. Since 1991, CMI has incorporated a new strategy called "Multi-Adoption Partnership" (MAP) where the ministry partners with groups seeking to reach minority groups in China.

CMI was founded in 1987 by Dr. Jonathon Chao and equips Chinese evangelists and pastors through radio broadcasts, literature, and training programs. 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:
1605 E. Elizabeth Street
Pasadena, CA 91114-7489


Phone: (626) 398-2343


Organization details

EIN: 954103531

CEO/President: Mr. Samuel H. Chao

Chairman: Dr. Kok Swang Tan

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. Jonathan Chao

Year founded: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


The three-fold vision of China Ministries International:


As we look upon the world, one person of five is Chinese. As we look at the harvest field, one out of three among the unreached peoples s Chinese. It is undeniable that China is the greatest harvest field in the world today. In the past fifty years, God has done a mighty work in China. The number of Christians has multiplied from less than 1 million (1949) to over 60-80 million (1996). After the June 4th Massacre in 1989, a "Christianity fever" has spread like wildfire among Chinese intellectuals. There has never been such a golden opportunity for the evangelization of China in the past five thousand years. Now it is the time that 1.3 billion are thirsting for salvation. Now it is the time that the door for Gospel is wide open. This is the critical moment for the evangelization of the Chinese people.


The church is the glorious body of Christ. Ministries can be developed through the renewal and equipping of the church. CMI's long term goal is to overcome denominationalism and self-centeredness by promoting church renewal and enabling churches worldwide to engage in a cooperative effort for the evangelization of China.


Chinese culture is at a crossroad. Traditional culture has been demolished and Marxism is now crumbling down. A crisis of faith is keenly felt. People are despondent about the present turmoil and immorality. What can Christianity contribute to the reconstruction of Chinese culture? Chinese Christians face the solemn task of illuminating Chinese culture with Biblical truth, regenerating the Chinese character with new life in Christ and restructuring Chinese thinking with Christian worldview.

China Ministries International affirms the culture mandate as well as the missionary mandate. Because of this, we invest our efforts in research, publication, training and communication to make a Christian impact in Chinese culture.

Mission statement

China Ministries International expresses its mission as follows:

CMI is an international mission organization composed of Christians who are committed to the fulfillment of the Three-fold Vision of: Evangelizing the Chinese People; Strengthening of the Chinese Church; and Christianization of the Chinese Culture, through the introduction of Christian values by means of research, training, publishing, and sending those who are called. We do all these to the glory of God, under the Lordship of Christ, and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating542 of 84470 of 103
Fund acquisition rating281 of 84439 of 103
Resource allocation rating765 of 84497 of 103
Asset utilization rating431 of 84455 of 103

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$503,295$470,304$435,093$429,595$555,033
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,677$1,677$1,677$1,677$1,677
Other long-term assets$0$1$1$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,677$1,678$1,678$1,677$1,677
Total assets$504,972$471,982$436,771$431,272$556,710
Payables and accrued expenses$3,352$3,405$3,356$3,350$3,375
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,352$3,405$3,356$3,350$3,375
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$3,352$3,405$3,356$3,350$3,375
Net assets20202019201820172016
Temporarily restricted$0$468,577$0$0$491,467
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$501,620$468,577$433,415$427,922$553,335
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$213,451$191,040$727,503$208,538$280,991
Program service revenue$488,800$575,258$0$393,124$605,002
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$202$883$183$345$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$489,002$576,141$183$393,469$605,002
Total revenue$702,453$767,181$727,686$602,007$885,993
Program services$468,491$583,836$580,305$566,814$618,205
Management and general$197,822$147,993$135,330$157,349$157,607
Total expenses$669,410$732,019$722,193$727,420$785,663
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$33,043$35,162$5,493($125,413)$100,330
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$33,043$35,162$5,493($125,413)$100,330


Lorna Y ChaoDirector$72,000
Eric WangDir. Operation$51,100

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 3/27/2020. To update the information below, please email:


China Ministries International began in Hong Kong in 1978, when it was founded as the Chinese Church Research Center under Rev. Jonathan Chao. CMI was founded in the US in 1987 by Rev. Chao for the purpose of training and sending missionaries to spread the Gospel to Chinese people in mainland China. CMI has offices in Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, Philippines and the United Kingdom. CMI began to contact minority groups in 1991, and then cooperated with churches and mission agencies to adopt a group for mission work. In this process, a new strategy called "Multi-Adoption Partnership" (MAP) was developed. whereby partnering groups play different roles according to their gifts and talents, until a native church is planted in an adopted group. CMI's role is to integrate missions with research and training so that sufficient information on a group may be gathered and training materials can be developed to train mission teams. CMI began the delivery of the Twin Companions (a copy of the Fish Bible and the Training Manual for Church Workers) 10,000 sets per year in 1996.

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