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Operation Mobilization, founded in 1957, is an international, interdenominational mission organization with nearly 5,500 people from more than 95 nations working in more than 110 countries and on two mission ships. OM's role in the body of Christ is to motivate, develop and equip people for world evangelization, and to strengthen and help plant churches, especially among the unreached in the Middle East, Europe, South and Central Asia. OM uses all possible means to share the Gospel. Sports, medical care, relief supplies, art, small business and much more are all means of reaching into others' lives to talk about Jesus, as well as often meeting practical needs.
PO Box 444
Tyrone, GA 30290-0444
Phone: (770) 631-0432
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: Andrew Scott
Chairman: Rick Hicks
Board size: 9
Founder: Mr. George Verwer
Ruling year: 1957
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 09/30
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1984
Operation Mobilization's role in the body of Christ is to motivate, develop and equip people for world evangelization, and to strengthen and help plant churches, especially among the unreached in the Middle East, Europe, South and Central Asia.
Evangelism is at the heart of everything OM does. The ministry began with the distribution of Christian literature, and that continues to be a significant part of OM's activity. Bibles, Scripture portions and Christian books may be sold in shops or on the ships which travel from port city to port city. Or they may be given away on the streets or on treks to remote villages or discreetly supplied to seekers in restrictive countries. An OM team rarely goes anywhere without a supply of Christian literature.
But evangelism takes many other forms, as well, including showing films such as the Jesus film, using music and drama for presentations on the streets, doing surveys which lead to conversations about spiritual matters, using the arts to open conversations and present the Good News, and simply making friends and introducing them to the Gospel. When OM teams reach out to the suffering with food, medical care, shelter and much more, it is done with a sincere desire to bring practical help but also to open the door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to be presented so that the greatest need may be met. In that spirit, OM's efforts to meet practical needs take many forms: relief following natural disasters, refugee ministry, schools, literacy programs, job skills training, HIV/AIDS ministry, microenterprise, housing and care for street children, medical clinics, and much more.
We want to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached.
Statement of faith
ABOUT GOD: We believe in one God who exists in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; I Corinthians 8:6)
ABOUT JESUS: We believe that Jesus Christ is fully God and fully human. We believe that He was born of a virgin. We believe that He lived a sinless life. We believe that His miracles were true. We also believe that He died in the place of sinners on a cross, that He was truly resurrected, and ascended back to heaven. (Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 1:18-25; 1 Peter 2:24-25; Luke 24; Hebrews 4:14-16; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18; Matthew 25:31-46; Revelation 11:15-17; 20:4-6, 11-15)
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT: We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit. We believe He gives life, He sanctifies, He empowers and comforts all believers. We believe that it is through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are born again, and that the work of the Spirit includes convicting us of sin and empowering us to be righteous. (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Matthew 28:19; Acts 2; John 3 and 16).
ABOUT THE SCRIPTURES: We believe the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error in its original manuscripts. (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; Psalm 119:89, 160; Isaiah 40:8)
ABOUT MANKIND: We believe that mankind was created in the image of God. God gave Adam, the first man, specific commands that were to be obeyed. Through his sinful disobedience to these commands, Adam and the whole human race were alienated from God. As a result, man is incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through his own effort (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12-20; John 3:3; Acts 13:38-39; John 3:16; Matthew 25:46; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
ABOUT SALVATION: We believe that man is saved only through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ. We believe when we repent and express faith in this manner we are declared not guilty before God by His grace alone. We believe that baptism is not necessary for salvation but is an act of obedience (Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 10: 9-10; Colossians 1:19-20; 1Corinthians 1:21).
ABOUT THE CHURCH: We believe the Church is the body of Jesus Christ, and it is composed of all true believers. We believe these local assemblies are also the church, for it is in these local assemblies that the work of the church is carried out. The present work of the Church is the worship of God, the loving and teaching of people, and making Him known to a lost world. We believe the purpose of the Church is to glorify God (Acts 2:41; 15:13-17; Ephesians 1:3-6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).
ABOUT CHRIST'S RETURN: We believe in the personal and bodily return of the Lord Jesus Christ. His return will complete and establish the ongoing enjoyment of our salvation in His glorious Kingdom (1Thessalonians 4:13-17; Acts 1:9-11; Titus 2:11-13).
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||No||0/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||63/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Evangelism Support
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||582 of 1033||23 of 50|
|Fund acquisition rating||889 of 1035||43 of 50|
|Resource allocation rating||708 of 1035||28 of 50|
|Asset utilization rating||80 of 1033||4 of 50|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$120,291||$799,081||$578,975||$634,834||$170,655|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$7,239,433||$5,184,651||$5,100,459||$4,690,427||$5,349,889|
|Other long-term assets||$256,291||$368,129||$513,413||$256,291||$256,291|
|Total long-term assets||$3,452,878||$3,984,941||$4,464,839||$4,293,170||$4,539,066|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$2,180,446||$466,656||$816,996||$857,808||$1,478,082|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$2,180,446||$466,656||$816,996||$857,808||$1,478,082|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$1,101,581||$668,098||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$72,192||$103,729||$134,528||$165,008||$56,341|
|Total long-term liabilities||$1,173,773||$771,827||$134,528||$165,008||$56,341|
|Without donor restrictions||$2,984,964||$4,056,889||$4,288,912||$4,395,354||$5,482,797|
|With donor restrictions||$4,353,128||$3,874,220||$4,324,862||$3,565,430||$2,871,735|
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|Program service revenue||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total other revenue||$1,333,438||$1,237,466||$1,131,017||$1,405,626||$1,411,607|
|Management and general||$2,616,196||$2,543,286||$2,700,947||$3,013,106||$2,901,381|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||($593,017)||($682,665)||$652,990||($393,748)||($812,556)|
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"Financial information provided here includes the operation of a US-based administrative office and a literature publishing/distribution division. Therefore, using the financial information provided to compare OM to other non-profit organizations may be difficult."
The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/26/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
Operation Mobilization traces its roots to the prayers of an American housewife. In the 1950s, Dorothea Clapp began to pray faithfully for the students in her local High School. She asked God to touch the world through the lives of those young people. And God answered her prayers!
Mrs. Clapp gave a copy of the Gospel of John to George Verwer, who later gave his life to the Lord at a Billy Graham meeting. Several years later George founded of Operation Mobilization.
1957 - George and two friends at college met regularly to pray. They became burdened by the spiritual needs of Mexico, sold some of their own possessions to raise money and gave up their summer vacation to distribute Gospels and other Christian literature in Mexico.
1960 - after graduating George and his friends traveled to Spain, sharing the Gospel and distributing literature.
1963 - George and his small team realized that God's plan was to mobilize His church to reach the nations. 2,000 Christians joined summer outreach teams in Europe. At the same time, the first year-long teams moved into the Indian sub-continent and the Muslim world, committing themselves to reaching those who had never heard the Gospel.
Mid 1960's - work began in Communist Eastern Europe with teams smuggling in Bibles and small printing presses. About the same time, teams begin distributing literature in Iraq, Syria, Kuwait, Afghanistan & South Asia.
1970 - the OM Ships ministry began, expanding OM's reach around the globe, with the ability to visit thousands of the world's port cities.
1989 - over 7000 people join the LOVE EUROPE Summer Outreach. Of that group, hundreds join long-term.
1991 - OM began a focus on humanitarian relief, preaching a wholistic gospel in response to Gulf War.
2007 - OM celebrated 50 years of work and also appointed its first Asian International Director, Lawrence Tong.
2015 - the 20 millionth person steps aboard an OM ship for a chance to hear the gospel.
2016 - We adopted our current version mission statement: "We want to see vibrant communities of Jesus followers among the least reached".
2020 - OM saw over 1000 new fellowship groups of Jesus followers established in partnership with others.
OM now has 5,000+ workers, representing more than 100 nationalities, serving in the OM family of ministries, bringing God's unchanging truth to literally millions every year.
Today: OM believes no single organization can accomplish the mission alone. But unified behind a single vision, each believer doing their part and seeking God's guidance, we are convinced the trajectory of the unreached can be transformed and the Great Commission fulfilled in this generation.
Muslim Peoples - According to Operation World, OM is the largest mission presence in the Muslim world. The agency has been working among Muslims since 1961, with long-term focus on church planting, discipleship of new believers, and development of leaders among the nationals within the Church.
India - A major Christian presence in India, OM has worked here since 1963. Current ministry includes more than 150 church-planting teams, nearly 100 schools educating 15,000 children of the outcast Dalit people at the bottom of Indian society, and one of the fastest-growing church movements in the nation--the Good Shepherd Community Church movement with thousands of churches serving the Dalits.
Europe - In Europe since 1960, OM has teams in nearly every country here. Ministry includes reaching out to the Roma (Gypsy) population, serving immigrants (many of whom are Muslims) and equipping churches to reach immigrant neighbors, using sports and numerous day camps for children's outreach, using arts outreaches, and much more.
Ships - OM's two ships, Doulos and Logos Hope, each carry approximately 300 or more OM crew and staff from many nations. Since the ship ministry began in 1970, the ships have welcomed more than 38 million people onboard in nearly 500 different cities in 155 nations. The ships have distributed over 13 million Christian books and Bibles as well as nearly 20 million educational books.
Relief and Development - Activities include providing emergency relief (following natural disasters or in refugee situations), ministry to children in need or at risk (orphans, street kids), income-generating projects, HIV/AIDS prevention and care, medical clinics and preventive health training, job skills training, empowering people with disabilities, and more.
OM is a faith mission dependent upon God as He moves the hearts of interested individuals, local churches, and other organizations to meet financial needs. Missionaries raise support for their ministries from interested churches and individuals. Funds provided for the support of the ministry of each individual are set apart for that purpose and disbursed in compliance with the support schedule and policies.
Other areas of need and involvement include:
GLOBAL CHALLENGE: short-term mission outreaches lasting two weeks to two months (customized options up to six months available on request).
GLOBAL ACTION: OM's one or two year, hands-on missions training and service opportunity.
GLOBAL SERVICE: opportunities for long-term service for experienced or professional staff.
TEEN STREET: conferences and outreaches for Teens, 12-17.