Score International

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SCORE International is a full-service mission organization that is impacting lives all around the world. SCORE's current Executive Director, John Zeller, has been serving in his role since 2011. John has helped SCORE to grow its efforts in long-term, sustainable ministries such as church planting, discipleship, anti-human trafficking, medical outreaches, orphan care, clean water initiatives, and much more. The number of families serving as career missionaries with SCORE has grown tremendously over the least 10 years, with new families being added regularly. Meanwhile, SCORE continues to have a major impact by partnering with churches, schools, athletic teams, and others through short-term mission trips. On average, SCORE takes 6,000 people on short-term mission trips each year. These short-term trips partner with our long-term missionaries and ministries to create relationships that point toward Jesus. As we look to the future, it is our prayer that SCORE will continue to impact lives through missions. Our desire is to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to see disciples being multiplied for His glory.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Score International
PO Box 9994
Chattanooga, TN 37412


Phone: 423-894-7111

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 581605736

CEO/President: John Zeller

Chairman: Coby Orr

Board size: 20

Founder: Ron Bishop

Ruling year: 1985

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2022


To give every man, woman and child where the ministry serves multiple opportunities to hear, see and respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Gospel saturation and true discipleship (disciples making disciples).

Mission statement

To glorify God through missions in obedience to the Great Commission.

Statement of faith

We Believe...
The verbal, plenary inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures
God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
The deity, virgin birth and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
Man is born in sin and needs spiritual regeneration
Salvation by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, plus nothing, minus nothing
The everlasting, conscious blessedness of the saved in Heaven and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost in Hell
Saved people have a mandate from God to share the Gospel with the lost and seek to win them to Christ The personal, visible, and premillennial return of Jesus Christ
The authority of the local church as the institution ordained by God to evangelize the world and disciple Christians
Ecclesiastical separation as well as personal separation from the world so as to maintain a pure testimony
Salvation is eternally secured by the finished work of Christ and the cross and by His intercessory work at the right hand of God

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1007 of 1074128 of 139
Fund acquisition rating757 of 107594 of 139
Resource allocation rating910 of 1075114 of 139
Asset utilization rating960 of 1074123 of 139

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$39,074$287,721$261,905$218,994$21,950
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$240,546
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,793,327$2,937,762$3,776,738$3,454,993$3,440,276
Long-term investments$488,798$1,114,407$720,349$484,634$13,511
Fixed assets$3,431,177$3,612,310$3,268,096$3,659,265$3,738,269
Other long-term assets$436,505$385,147$391,834$391,186$401,082
Total long-term assets$4,356,480$5,111,864$4,380,279$4,535,085$4,152,862
Total assets$7,149,807$8,049,626$8,157,017$7,990,078$7,593,138
Payables and accrued expenses$69,211$393,883$101,627$99,688$82,683
Other current liabilities$274,417$788,897$816,360$489,655$644,235
Total current liabilities$343,628$1,182,780$917,987$589,343$726,918
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$216,666$281,666
Total long-term liabilities$271,767$0$0$216,666$281,666
Total liabilities$615,395$1,182,780$917,987$806,009$1,008,584
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,093,242$5,473,064$5,657,016$5,302,365$5,047,275
With donor restrictions$1,441,170$1,393,782$1,582,014$1,881,704$1,537,279
Net assets$6,534,412$6,866,846$7,239,030$7,184,069$6,584,554
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Total contributions$4,886,059$8,341,103$8,334,777$8,947,467$9,913,837
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,810$72,239$276,098$53,598($41,915)
Other revenue$99,294$75,989$36,968$62,854$1,861
Total other revenue$151,104$148,228$313,066$116,452($40,054)
Total revenue$5,037,163$8,489,331$8,647,843$9,063,919$9,873,783
Program services$4,225,455$7,141,735$6,972,660$6,795,371$7,835,497
Management and general$880,396$1,141,106$1,167,719$1,196,988$1,251,792
Total expenses$5,456,939$8,739,859$8,591,828$8,470,138$9,573,160
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($419,776)($250,528)$56,015$593,781$300,623
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($419,776)($250,528)$56,015$593,781$300,623


John ZellerExec Director$196,579
David GaitherCFO$168,910
Angel AdamsBoard Member$25,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/5/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


SCORE International was founded in 1984 by Ron Bishop. Ron was the former head basketball coach at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, where he led the Crusaders to 4 national championships during his 10 year coaching career. The Lord called him to step away from coaching to start a ministry that would have a world-wide impact. While SCORE began as a sports ministry that solely focused on short-term mission trips, it soon expanded to a global missions organization. Mr. Bishop served as the Executive Director of SCORE from 1984 until 2011. His heart, passion, and vision led SCORE through many phases of growth and change. During his tenure, SCORE not only took tens of thousands of people on short-term mission trips, but they also began adding career missionaries in domestic and international locations. Ron Bishop set the ministry up for great success and his legacy continues to impact lives. Ron passed from this life to his eternal home with his Lord and Savior in June of 2014.

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