Liebenzell Mission of USA, Inc.

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Summary

Liebenzell USA conducts two parallel ministries.

Global Ministries focuses on promoting and facilitating cross-cultural evangelism and Christian discipleship around the world and in the U.S. through faith missionaries.

Retreat Ministries focuses on promoting missions and strengthening local churches in the U.S. by operating a Guest House and Retreat Center in Schooley's Mountain, New Jersey.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Liebenzell Mission of USA, Inc.
13 Heath Ln
PO Box 66
Schooley's Mountain, NJ 07870-0066

Website: lmusa.org

Phone: (908) 852-3044

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 221585580

CEO/President: Rev. Dr. Christopher Matthews

Chairman: Steve Woetzel

Board size: 12

Founder: Heinrich Coerper

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

At Liebenzell, we believe that the Good News of Jesus Christ is a beneficial and life-changing force for every person, culture and nation. Our job is to live and pass on this truth by mobilizing and equipping missionaries and their senders to reach the ends of the earth.

Today there are over seven billion people in the world. Only one-third of the people on earth confess to be Christians, and many of those hunger for teaching and discipleship. Jesus Christ gave His Church the mandate to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and teaching them to obey everything He commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). Liebenzell is committed to this task. We labor to disciple the nations in 26 countries around the world.

We are compelled to world mission by the great love God has shown to us. He desires that all hear the Good News - and we want to be the feet to bring it!


Mission statement

The Joshua project estimates there are approximately 17,000 people groups on earth. Thanks to the amazing work of missionaries past, there are now only 963 people groups unreached. This could be the generation that sees the Gospel message reach every tribe, tongue and nation.

As a mission organization dedicated to serving God passionately and sharing Christ personally locally and worldwide, Liebenzell USA has heard the call to reach the people of the world with God's love.


Statement of faith

We believe that the whole Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the Divine authority and infallible rule for faith, life and doctrine.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in nature, power and glory.

We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His shed blood as the only atonement for sin, in His bodily resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe in the Holy Spirit who convicts of sin, testifies of Christ, enables the believer to live a victorious life, and guides into all truth.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, but fell into sin and is in need of regeneration through faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe in the resurrection of the body. The believer will arise to eternal life, the unbeliever will arise to eternal condemnation.

We believe in the Spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the commission of the Risen Christ, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:19,20).

We uphold the truths as stated in the Nicene and Apostles' Creeds.

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating297 of 103332 of 124
Fund acquisition rating280 of 103534 of 124
Resource allocation rating217 of 103523 of 124
Asset utilization rating689 of 103381 of 124

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%3%1%3%1%3%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%3%1%2%1%2%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%90%62%61%75%60%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%2%1%2%1%2%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%10%38%39%25%40%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%89%93%92%94%92%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%103%93%102%104%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%91%87%94%98%92%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%-3%7%-2%-4%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
11%-3%10%-3%-8%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%6%6%5%6%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.170.971.021.121.461.08
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.981.992.062.112.09
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.631.922.022.323.092.25
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.982.833.338.657.3912.07
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.350.300.120.140.08
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.704.044.164.583.354.88
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%27%23%28%22%19%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%1%3%5%5%3%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
77%75%76%64%54%75%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$588,356$321,815$259,254$211,446$214,837
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$28,836$74,515$64,398$46,381$43,869
Short-term investments$209,893$410,878$422,763$477,772$524,259
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$827,085$807,208$746,415$735,599$782,965
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$809,943$795,899$791,452$819,916$849,525
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$809,943$795,899$791,452$819,916$849,525
Total assets$1,637,028$1,603,107$1,537,867$1,555,515$1,632,490
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$198,514$218,854$50,706$63,398$44,201
Other current liabilities$93,370$23,189$35,594$36,088$20,660
Total current liabilities$291,884$242,043$86,300$99,486$64,861
Debt$10,229$54,976$76,000$71,000$55,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$137,500$67,948$263,419$165,641$197,288
Total long-term liabilities$147,729$122,924$339,419$236,641$252,288
Total liabilities$439,613$364,967$425,719$336,127$317,149
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$560,524$646,348$596,468$702,631$751,736
With donor restrictions$636,891$591,822$515,680$516,757$563,605
Net assets$1,197,415$1,238,140$1,112,148$1,219,388$1,315,341
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$1,401,052$1,079,156$1,040,052$1,624,896$1,057,273
Program service revenue$152,888$586,069$569,073$577,824$656,295
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($54,078)$17,661$19,921($23,223)$44,721
Other revenue$50,902$69,774$68,003$0($1,964)
Total other revenue$149,712$673,504$656,997$554,601$699,052
Total revenue$1,550,764$1,752,660$1,697,049$2,179,497$1,756,325
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$1,417,074$1,516,899$1,591,535$2,145,756$1,624,522
Management and general$135,249$103,049$107,255$108,867$108,207
Fundraising$39,196$11,723$29,173$20,827$32,399
Total expenses$1,591,519$1,631,671$1,727,963$2,275,450$1,765,128
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($40,755)$120,989($30,914)($95,953)($8,803)
Other changes in net assets$0$5,033($76,326)$0$0
Total change in net assets($40,755)$126,022($107,240)($95,953)($8,803)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

Liebenzell USA is a member of Liebenzell Mission International (LMI) consisting of independent offices in Austria, Canada, Germany, Hungary, Japan, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States.

Liebenzell Mission International exists to obey the Great Commission of making disciples of the nations (Matthew 28:18-20) through:

  • training and sending out missionaries;
  • preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with the aim of establishing churches which are self-governing, self-supporting and self-propagating;
  • encouraging fellowship in the Spirit of Christ among LMI members and in churches around the world;
  • assisting national churches in training and equipping their members for missionary service;
  • and developing and encouraging mission awareness in churches at home and abroad.


Liebenzell USA Global Ministries is a member of Missio Nexus, an organization representing 35,000 evangelical missionaries deployed in every country of the world by more than 190 agencies and churches.

Liebenzell USA Retreat Ministries is a member of the Christian Camp and Conference Association.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/19/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


History

In the late 1800s, Hudson Taylor traveled throughout Europe, garnering support for the work of the China Inland Mission. In Germany, news of Taylor's work so excited Rev. Heinrich Coerper that he founded the German Support Branch of the China Inland Mission in 1899. The little society grew quickly, sending out its first missionary to Hunan province within a year. In 1902, the mission was given a new home in the Black Forest town of Bad Liebenzell - and thus became Liebenzell Mission.

The work grew rapidly and spread to other fields in Asia and the Pacific: Manus Island, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Japan and Palau. By the 1930's, over 80 missionaries were involved in full time ministry overseas. The outbreak of World War II disrupted the work as missionaries were expelled, imprisoned or killed. In the late 1930s, a missionary couple returning to ministry in China became stranded in America as war broke out in Europe and Asia. Henry and Anna Zimmermann united several small groups of faithful mission supporters in the U.S. and founded Liebenzell USA in 1941. They purchased an old mansion and farm in rural northwestern New Jersey to welcome displaced German missionaries arriving in America, seeking refuge from the war. Within ten years, the first U.S. missionary was sent out to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea; others soon followed, continuing the Mission's work in PNG and Micronesia.

Liebenzell's work expanded to Taiwan when missionaries were forced to leave China in the early 1950s. Over the last 30 years, Liebenzell has entered new fields of service in Africa, Europe, and South America. Today about 240 career missionaries serve with Liebenzell Mission International through its seven independent branches. Many more short-term volunteers also assist in taking the Gospel to all the world.


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