Operation Mobilization

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Summary

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.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Operation Mobilization
PO Box 444
Tyrone, GA 30290-0444

Website: www.omusa.org

Phone: (770) 631-0432

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 222513811

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


Purpose

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.


Mission statement

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).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating582 of 103323 of 50
Fund acquisition rating889 of 103543 of 50
Resource allocation rating708 of 103528 of 50
Asset utilization rating80 of 10334 of 50

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%10%9%8%9%9%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%10%9%8%9%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
96%96%96%96%95%95%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%10%8%8%9%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
4%4%4%4%5%5%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%82%83%82%81%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%102%102%98%101%103%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%84%85%81%82%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%-2%-2%2%-1%-3%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
8%-8%-9%8%-5%-10%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%9%10%10%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.192.913.283.033.273.03
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.321.481.771.881.921.85
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.654.305.805.676.275.61
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
35.643.3211.116.245.473.62
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.020.300.090.160.180.28
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
7.031.951.881.781.561.55
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
3%31%14%10%11%16%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
80%24%26%30%27%28%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$3,257,448$343,626$494,413$402,671$584,065
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$120,291$799,081$578,975$634,834$170,655
Short-term investments$3,861,694$4,041,944$4,027,071$3,652,922$4,595,169
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
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,196,587$3,616,812$3,951,426$4,036,879$4,282,775
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
Total assets$10,692,311$9,169,592$9,565,298$8,983,597$9,888,955
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
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
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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
Total liabilities$3,354,219$1,238,483$951,524$1,022,816$1,534,423
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
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
Net assets$7,338,092$7,931,109$8,613,774$7,960,781$8,354,532
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$29,170,243$28,134,937$28,457,583$27,621,327$27,771,230
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$155,424$176,742$181,662$344,324$324,896
Other revenue$1,178,014$1,060,724$949,355$1,061,302$1,086,711
Total other revenue$1,333,438$1,237,466$1,131,017$1,405,626$1,411,607
Total revenue$30,503,681$29,372,403$29,588,600$29,026,953$29,182,837
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$25,499,001$24,990,416$23,833,618$23,793,185$24,555,055
Management and general$2,616,196$2,543,286$2,700,947$3,013,106$2,901,381
Fundraising$2,981,501$2,521,366$2,401,045$2,614,410$2,538,957
Total expenses$31,096,698$30,055,068$28,935,610$29,420,701$29,995,393
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($593,017)($682,665)$652,990($393,748)($812,556)
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)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

"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]


History

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.


Program accomplishments

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.


Needs

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.