Fellowship International Mission, Inc. / FIM

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We are a family of global servants who passionately share the Gospel in response to God's call.

It's Your Call

As a missionary agency, we begin with your call. Rather than appealing for missionaries to serve in a specific place or type of ministry, we ask, "where is God calling you?" With the help and guidance of your local church, we evaluate that call and help you develop it into a realistic ministry plan.

Your Church

The local church is God's sending authority for missions. We honor the authority of the local church. Every FIM missionary must have a "Key Accountability Partner" (KAP) Church that recognizes their call and supports them in prayer and accountability. FIM serves as a partner with missionaries and their churches to reach people with the gospel.

Thriving through Member Care

Getting to the field is only the beginning. We want you to thrive in the place where God has called you! FIM provides first class missionary care through our Home Office member-care team. Rather than field directors overseeing a group of missionaries, member care is provided directly through the Home Office. Technology makes communication possible from just about anywhere in the world. We take advantage of this technology to encourage you and hold you accountable to fulfill your calling and ministry play. We visit missionaries in their place of service to provide additional encouragement, training and oversight. Wherever God is calling you to serve, you will not be there alone.


FIM values transparent partnerships, by cultivating trust and openness with our missionaries and their churches. We communicate openly and are receptive to the unique needs, calling and passions of our missionaries and their partnering churches. Our expert, caring administrative team serves missionaries and their churches in custom-fit and trustworthy ways to help them serve on the field with confidence.

Commitment to Financial Integrity and Good Stewardship

As a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, FIM is committed to the highest standards of financial integrity. FIM fully complies with ECFA requirements for annual independent audit of our operations, banking and financial records. We value the generous and sacrificial giving of partnering donors. Donors can trust that their giving preferences will be honored as allowed by law, and that their contributions will be kept secure.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Fellowship International Mission, Inc.
555 S. 24th Street
Allentown, PA 18104-6666

Website: www.fim.org

Phone: (610) 435-9099

Email: info@fim.org

Organization details

EIN: 236405291

CEO/President: Dr. Paul Barreca

Chairman: Rev. Donald Clark

Board size: 9

Founder: Irena Wenholz & Mary Mellinger

Ruling year: 1966

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1988


FELLOWSHIP INTERNATIONAL MISSION assists local churches to fulfill their missionary vision and missionaries to fulfill their call by:

  • Proclaiming the Gospel world-wide by every means possible
  • Leading people to trust Christ as Savior
  • Discipling new believers
  • Establishing local, indigenous, independent, biblically sound churches to nurture believers to reach their communities for Christ.
  • Assisting in the training and mobilization of full-time national Christian workers.
Fellowship International Mission is nonprofit organization and 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), the Interdenominational Foreign Mission Association (IFMA), Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE), Center for Intercultural Training (CIT), and IFCA International.

Mission statement

Fellowship International Core Values

Sound Doctrine:
Absolute truth matters. A shared understanding of biblical truth forms the platform from which effective harmonious ministry is launched and maintained.

Consequence: All FIM missionaries and members of the Board of Directors affirm their full-hearted agreement with the FIM doctrinal statement annually. FIM partners with local churches and field ministries whose doctrinal position is compatible with the FIM doctrinal statement.

The Gospel:
The good news of salvation should be shared with all people in order to create disciples globally.

Consequence: FIM facilitates ministries whose primary objective is sharing the propositional truth of the Gospel and/or equipping believers toward maturity in Christ.

The Call of God:
God issues an unmistakable call to those he intends to serve Him as leaders in the effort to evangelize lost people and to equip believers.

Consequence: FIM applicants need to testify clearly to having received an unmistakable call to ministry from God.

Loving relationships give rise to community that encourages healthful spiritual formation and provides a context for ministry.

Consequence: FIM provides a flexible ministry context that values the individual, expects integrity, and acknowledges the need we all have for accountability.

The Local Church:
The local church stands responsible to identify, cultivate, launch, and hold accountable those whom God calls from their number.

Consequence: In assisting missionaries to fulfill their call, FIM sees its role as assisting local churches to fulfill their missionary vision.

Good Stewardship:
God expects His people to use the resources of time, money, abilities, and spiritual gifts to the best possible advantage in their pursuit of excellence in ministry.

Consequence: FIM evaluates field ministries and home office operations with a view to making the best use of the available resources.

Statement of faith

Fellowship International uses the following to communicate its values:

We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired Word of God, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed, the final authority for faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16,17; II Pet. 1:20,21; Mt. 5:18; Jn. 16:12,13)

We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three Persons - Father, Son and Holy Spirit - co-eternal in being, co-identical in nature, co-equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal God, and redeem sinful men, and forever continues true God and true man. (Jn. 1:1,2,14; Mt. 1:21; Lk. 1:35)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, substitutionary sacrifice; and, that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Rom. 3:24,25;4:24,25; I Pet. 1:3-5;2:24; Eph. 1:7; I Cor. 15:3,4)

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended to heaven, and is now exalted at the right hand of God, where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9,10; Heb. 1:3;9:24;7:25; Rom. 8:34; I Jn. 2:1,2)

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a Person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; and that He is the Supernatural Agent of regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (Jn. 16:8-11; II Cor. 3:6-8; I Cor. 12:12-14; Rom. 8:9; Eph. 1:13,14; I Cor. 6:19)

We believe that He is the Divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth; and, that it is the privilege and duty of all the saved to be filled with the Spirit. (Jn. 16:13; I Jn. 2:20,27; Eph. 5:18)

We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God; and, that man is totally depraved and, of himself, utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Gen. 1:26,27; Rom. 3:22,23; 5:1,2; Eph. 2:1-3,12)

We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His precious blood on Calvary and rose again that our sins might be forgiven, and that we might have eternal life. (Eph. 1:7;2:8-10; II Tim. 2:8; Jn. 1:12; I Pet. 1:18,19)

We believe that once saved, all the redeemed are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (Jn. 6:37-49;10:27-30; Rom. 8:1,38,39; I Cor. 1:4-8; I Pet. 1:5; II Tim. 1:12)

We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God's Word, which however, clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion to the flesh. (Rom. 13:13,14; Gal. 5:13; Titus 2:11-15)

We believe that every saved person possesses two natures, with provision made for victory of the new nature over the old nature through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit; and that all claims to the eradication of the old nature in this life are unscriptural. (Rom. 6:13;8:12,13; Gal. 5:16-25; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:10; I Pet. 1:14-16; I Jn. 3:5-9)

We believe that all the saved should live in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon their Savior and Lord; and, that separation from all religious apostasy and all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices and association is commanded by God. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)

We believe that it is the obligation of the saved to witness by life and by work to the truths of Holy Scripture and to obey our Lord's commandment to make disciples as we proclaim the Gospel to all mankind. (II Tim. 3:1-5; Rom. 12:1,2;14:13; I Jn. 2:15-17; II Jn. 9,11; II Cor. 6:14-7:1; Eph. 5:7-11)

We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowment of all His gifts for the edification of the Body of Christ. The gifts of evangelists, pastors, and teachers are given for the perfecting of saints today. Gifts, such as faith, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy are also functional in the Church. Each individual believer should look to the Lord to bestow and develop His gifts. Sign miracles gradually ceased as the New Testament Scriptures were completed and their authority became established. These include the office of Apostle, gifts of prophecy, speaking in tongues, interpretation, healing, and special wisdom and knowledge on a par with Scripture revelation. (Rom. 12:3-8; I Cor. 12:4-11,27-31; 13:8-10; II Cor. 12:12; Eph. 4:7-12; Mk. 16:20; Heb. 2:3,4)

We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith in accord with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (Jn. 15:7; I Jn. 5:14,15; Jas. 5:14,15)

We believe that the Church, which is the body and the espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born again persons of this present age. (Eph. 1:19-23;5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; II Cor. 11:2)

We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. Believers are to be encouraged to unite with a Bible-believing church. (Acts 14:27;20:17,28-32; I Tim. 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-11)

We believe in the autonomy of the local church free of any external authority or control. (Acts 13:1-4;15:19-31;20:28; Rom. 16:1,4; I Cor. 3:9,16;5:4-7,13; I Pet. 5:1-4)

We recognize the ordinances of water baptism and the Lord's Supper as a scriptural means of testimony for the Church in this age. (Mt. 28:19,20; Acts 2:41,42;18:8; I Cor. 11:23-26)

We believe the Scriptures interpreted in their natural, literal sense reveal divinely determined dispensations or rules of life which define man's responsibilities in each age. These dispensations are not ways of salvation, but divinely ordered stewardships by which God directs man according to His purpose. Three of these - the age of law, the age of the Church, and the age of the millennial kingdom - are the subjects of detailed revelation in Scripture. (Jn. 1:17; II Cor. 3:9-18; Gal. 3:13-25; Eph. 1:10;3:2-10; Col. 1:24,25; Heb. 7:19; Rev. 20:2-6)

We believe that Satan is a person, the author of sin and the cause of the fall; that he is the open and declared enemy of God and man; and that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire. (Job 1:6,7; Isa. 14:12-17; Mt. 4:2-11;25:41; Rev. 20:10; Ezek. 28:12-19)

We believe in that "Blessed Hope," the personal, imminent, pre-tribulation and premillennial coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. (Zech. 14:4-11; Rev. 19:11-16;20:1-6; I Th. 1:10;4:13-18;5:9; Rev. 3:10)

We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men; the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and everlasting punishment. (Mt. 25:46; Jn. 5:28,29;11:25,26; Rev. 20:5,6,12,13)

We believe that the souls of the redeemed are, at death, absent from the body and present with the Lord, where in conscious bliss they await the first resurrection, when spirit, soul, and body are reunited to be glorified forever with the Lord. (Lk. 23:43; Rev. 20:4-6; II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23;3:20,21; I Th. 4:16,17)

We believe that the souls of unbelievers remain, after death, in conscious misery until the second resurrection when, with soul and body reunited, they shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, and shall be cast into the Lake of Fire, not to be annihilated, but to suffer everlasting conscious punishment. (Lk. 16:19-26; Mt. 25:41-46; II Th. 1:7-9; Jude 6,7; Mk. 9:43-48; Rev. 20:11-15).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating56 of 10227 of 121
Fund acquisition rating79 of 10249 of 121
Resource allocation rating88 of 10245 of 121
Asset utilization rating341 of 102243 of 121

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$24,129$24,056$26,171$17,884$15,958
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,364,955$2,143,748$1,591,572$1,333,978$1,111,160
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$153,443$158,458$180,287$176,843$176,969
Other long-term assets$24,596$24,596$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$178,039$183,054$180,287$176,843$176,969
Total assets$2,542,994$2,326,802$1,771,859$1,510,821$1,288,129
Payables and accrued expenses$304,049$349,387$209,985$176,992$157,184
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$304,049$349,387$209,985$176,992$157,184
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$134,333$0$0$0
Total liabilities$304,049$483,720$209,985$176,992$157,184
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$540,463$390,087$657,188$551,449$510,920
With donor restrictions$1,698,482$1,452,995$904,686$782,380$620,025
Net assets$2,238,945$1,843,082$1,561,874$1,333,829$1,130,945
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$4,548,634$4,023,390$3,677,741$3,422,112$3,178,842
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,142$25,060$5,682$1,444$1,858
Other revenue$3,800$5,651$9,809$4,438$14,402
Total other revenue$7,942$30,711$15,491$5,882$16,260
Total revenue$4,556,576$4,054,101$3,693,232$3,427,994$3,195,102
Program services$3,933,977$3,540,988$3,213,919$2,985,284$2,559,682
Management and general$210,854$205,210$226,326$216,513$368,736
Total expenses$4,160,675$3,772,957$3,465,200$3,225,100$3,062,917
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$395,901$281,144$228,032$202,894$132,185
Other changes in net assets($38)$64$13($10)$116
Total change in net assets$395,863$281,208$228,045$202,884$132,301


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/20/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


FIM's heritage goes back to 1949 when Mary Mellinger and Irene Wenholz sensed God's call to minister to children in Morocco. They needed a U.S. recognized agency to facilitate their calling. Rev. Ralph Boyer of York Gospel Center and several other IFCA pastors moved quickly to assist. On November 3, 1950, they incorporated as Morocco Evangelical Fellowship.

The mission quickly grew beyond its original scope and in 1953 merged with Sahara Desert Mission to become the Fellowship of Independent Missions. Growth in missionary members and countries of outreach continued under the leadership of Dr. Richard Ruth, the agency's first full-time Director. He led the Mission through a move to its present Home Office facilities in Allentown, PA. In 1992, the mission changed its name to Fellowship International Mission.

Following over fifteen years of inspiring leadership by Dr. Steve Wilt, in 2017 the Board called Dr. Paul Barreca to serve as the eighth General Director of FIM. Before joining the Mission, he served as a pastor for thirty-three years in four churches in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Paul now utilizes his pastoral experience and discipleship tools to assist missionaries and churches through the ministry of FIM.

FIM's distinctives flow from this rich heritage. One such distinctive is that FIM starts with the individual's call and helps them to fulfill that call and thrive in service for Christ. This is what Mary and Irene experienced as God called them to serve the children of Morocco. God placed a burden in their hearts and raised up ministry partners to help them fulfill their call. Another distinctive is recognition of the sending and sustaining authority of the local church. Every FIM missionary is accountable to their Key Accountability Partner (KAP) church. FIM partners with the KAP church to equip and sustain their missionary. This recognition of the church's authority is often referenced by mission agencies, but it is bedrock to FIM's ministry paradigm, flowing from the agency's origins in 1949.

FIM has maintained its unwavering commitment to sound theology while embracing creative methods for ministry. Missionaries with FIM utilize a variety of culturally relevant strategies to reach people with the gospel. FIM's administrative team possess a combination of missionary and pastoral experience, which equips missionary candidates to reach their intended ministry and stay focused on the essentials of the gospel.

For those sensing God's call, consider partnership with FIM. After all, it's your call. FIM is here to help you fulfill it.

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