Teen Missions International

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We exist to launch youth into lifetime missions involvement by training, discipling and mobilizing them to impact eternity around the world NOW. A large number of our alumni are in full-time Christian ministry serving the Lord worldwide as pastors, teachers, support technicians, and missionaries.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Teen Missions International
885 East Hall Road
Merritt Island, FL 32953

Website: teenmissions.org

Phone: (321) 453-0350

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 237125177

CEO/President: Steve Petersen

Chairman: Steve Petersen

Board size: 14

Founder: Robert M. Bland

Ruling year: 1972

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2019


To serve the Church as a strategic resource for motivating, training, and mobilizing youth to fulfill the Great Commission.

Mission statement

To inspire and equip a new generation to boldly proclaim salvation in Christ alone.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible and authoritative Word of God inerrant in its original documents.

(2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 20:31, Psalms 119:1-176, Matthew 5:18)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in the three persons: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

(1 Corinthians 8:6, 2 Corinthians 3:17, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Colossians 2:9, Isaiah 9:6, Luke 3:21-22, 1 Peter 1:1-2)

We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood and His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His tangible return in power and glory.

(Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:20, John 1:1,14, John 5:8, John 8:58, Exodus 3:14, John 10:30-33, John 20:28, Colossians 2:9, Philippians 2:5-8 Hebrews 1:8, 1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:19, 1 John 2:2, Luke 24:6-7, Mark 16:6, 1 Peter 1:3, John 11:25-26, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Hebrews 9:28)

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.

(John 3:3, Ephesians 2:1, Colossians 2:13, John 1:12-13, Titus 3:5, Acts 2:38-39)

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

(Acts 2:38-39, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 1 Corinthians 6:19, Ezekiel 36:27, 2 Timothy 1:14, Ephesians 5:18, Romans 8:11, Galatians 5:18, Zechariah 4:6)

We believe in the resurrection of the body of the saved and lost - they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

(Dan 12:2, John 5:28-29, Revelation 20:12-13, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Acts 24:15, 1 Corinthians 15:35-44)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

(1 Corinthians 1:10, Ephesians 4:11-13, Colossians 3:13-14, John 17:23, Psalms 133:1)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating118 of 11108 of 60
Fund acquisition rating36 of 11113 of 60
Resource allocation rating101 of 11112 of 60
Asset utilization rating666 of 111037 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$34,756$293,224$40,395$33,710$70,185
Short-term investments$1,403,115$2,465,744$2,799,030$1,027,257$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,177,806$3,642,315$3,570,397$2,052,459$2,734,774
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,599,657$2,381,727$2,073,882$1,966,853$1,575,705
Other long-term assets$397,508$415,849$433,052$1,815,593$1,612,723
Total long-term assets$3,997,165$2,797,576$2,506,934$3,782,446$3,188,428
Total assets$6,174,971$6,439,891$6,077,331$5,834,905$5,923,202
Payables and accrued expenses$47,144$305,395$100,328$50,030$31,407
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$47,144$305,395$100,328$50,030$31,407
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$29,400$134,417$135,037$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$29,400$134,417$135,037$0$0
Total liabilities$76,544$439,812$235,365$50,030$31,407
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$5,837,896$5,621,555$5,168,003$5,675,432$5,741,008
With donor restrictions$260,531$378,524$673,963$109,443$150,787
Net assets$6,098,427$6,000,079$5,841,966$5,784,875$5,891,795
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$5,782,990$4,456,374$3,369,025$3,070,431$3,195,206
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$93,913$189,339$137,441$135,185$152,657
Other revenue$64,272$74,651$156,095$454,069($28,395)
Total other revenue$158,185$263,990$293,536$589,254$124,262
Total revenue$5,941,175$4,720,364$3,662,561$3,659,685$3,319,468
Program services$5,120,626$4,012,161$3,121,644$3,299,616$2,842,216
Management and general$412,082$569,218$497,138$462,832$307,043
Total expenses$5,552,674$4,620,622$3,666,545$3,786,390$3,193,895
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$388,501$99,742($3,984)($126,705)$125,573
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$388,501$99,742($3,984)($126,705)$125,573


Kostner Paul LBoard Member$39,425
Kostner Elizabeth ATreasurer$38,675
Petersen StevenPresident$38,092
Myers Anthony RBoard Member$33,336
Petersen GayBoard Member$24,256
Maher Thomas DBoard Member$21,610
Barber RichardPresident thru 9/2021$20,705
Myers Shawna BSecretary$20,700

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/25/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Teen Missions was founded in 1970 by a group of men and women who were passionate about getting youth involved in missions. The founder Robert M. Bland, spent many years as a Youth For Christ director in Chillicothe, Ohio and a recruitment director for the Christian Service Corps. The years he spent in ministry made him aware of several things that birthed the idea of Teen Missions:

There were many young people who wanted to serve the Lord in missions, but lacked training, experience and the required skills.

A young girl once said that everyone had explained to her, "Come back when you have finished college and then you can get involved in the Lord's work." She stated, "I want to do something for the Lord now, not five years from now."

In many mission conferences, there were no teenagers present at all. They evidently felt that missions were for older people. Mr. Bland felt there was an obvious need to get teenagers involved since they are the next generation of missionaries and leaders.

The innovative idea of involving teenagers in missions continued to develop and the first Teen Missions team embarked on a trip to Mexico in 1971. What happened next, well, that's the story of a God whose work is BIGGER & GREATER than anyone could hope or dream...

The 1970s were a time an incredible growth in the North American program. Teen Missions moved from Ohio to Cocoa, Florida and ran the office from a one-car garage. Later, over 250 acres were purchased in Merritt Island, Florida where the Lord's Boot Camp was developed as a training ground for teams preparing to serve around the globe.

The 1980s marked the beginning of training for national teens where Boot Camps were established overseas in the Philippines, India, Brazil, Honduras, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. The North American program continued to grow and the Preteen program for kids 10-13 yrs old began.

The 1990s saw the founding of the Florida Free Bible Missionary & Work Training Center, making discipleship and training possible for those called to full-time ministry without accumulating debt. Bible Schools were then also established at Teen Missions' bases overseas. Today 26 schools are training 700+ students in 18 countries. Boot Camps ran in numerous new countries including Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Liberia, and Russia.

The 2000s brought a time of innovation in placing Bible School graduates in 'front-line' ministry in previously unreached, remote locations beyond our national bases. Orphan Rescue Units, placed in Sub-Saharan Africa began material and spiritual care for thousands of orphans and other 'at risk' children. Proclamation of the gospel, practical mercy ministry and advocacy converge to provide a path where children can thrive as God intended and not just survive.

The 2010s marked the growth of an evangelistic thrust into many remote, unreached villages using the old 'circuit rider' model 1st made famous by early Bible preachers like Charles Wesley. Trading horses for motorcycles, bikes, and boats, Teen Missions interns and staff now push two-by-two into new circuits holding weekly Bible Studies for adults & Sunday Schools for children. Today, there are nearly 300 Sunday Schools in pioneer areas reaching 14,000 people with the gospel each week.

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