Mission to the World, PCA
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Mission to the World, PCA (MTW) is the mission sending agency of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).
MTW seeks to make disciples of Christ of all nations by planting and revitalizing churches worldwide, and transforming communities around these churches by showing God's love.
Mission to the World
PO Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165
Phone: (678) 823-0004
CEO/President: Dr. Lloyd Kim
Chairman: Rev. Patrick Womack
Board size: 14
Ruling year: 1974
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1981
Mission to the World PCA, Inc. (MTW) is the mission sending agency of the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). Our purpose is grounded in our vision, mission, and values.
OUR VISION: The Gospel of the Kingdom Advancing Throughout the World
We want the gospel to spread throughout the world, the Church to grow, Satan's kingdom destroyed, and Christ's reign extended to the ends of the earth.
OUR MISSION: Making Disciples Among All Nations
We are called to be obedient to the Great Commission by teaching people to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior, to be baptized, and to obey all that Jesus commands.
Church - the establishment, growth, and maturity of the Church in all our ministry efforts
Grace-based - Community, life, and ministry shaped by God's grace for us in His Son, Jesus Christ
Reformed & Covenantal - A ministry that is guided, inspired, and shaped by our theology
Mercy, Justice, & the Love of God - A love for God that is demonstrated through acts of mercy and justice
MTW uses the following to express its purpose:
Making Disciples Among All Nations
We are called to be obedient to the Great Commission by teaching people to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior, to be baptized, and to obey all that Jesus commands
Statement of faith
Mission to the World uses the following to communicate its doctrine, faith, and values:
MTW upholds the doctrines of sovereign grace and the truth that God saves His people. The Holy Scriptures are the authoritative and reliable history of His covenantal relationship with His children. In regard to that relationship, it is clear that missions is a divine enterprise in which God commands and graciously accepts the obedience of His children. The dual truth that God chose in eternity those who will be saved and that He also uses us as instruments in the process of saving them, is our foundation for missions. MTW's statement of faith is that of the Presbyterian Church in America, detailed here: https://pcanet.org/about-the-pca-2-2-2/
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||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||10/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||5/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||5/5|
|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||5/5|
|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||5/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||5/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||5/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||No||0/5|
|Total donor confidence score||70/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Foreign Missions
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||958 of 1031||110 of 123|
|Fund acquisition rating||746 of 1033||79 of 123|
|Resource allocation rating||837 of 1033||96 of 123|
|Asset utilization rating||906 of 1031||108 of 123|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$598,573||$921,233||$671,626||$505,050||$450,725|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$92,976,441||$82,136,791||$73,812,921||$77,374,023||$71,948,263|
|Other long-term assets||$59,319,426||$55,850,186||$48,152,154||$50,915,535||$46,323,741|
|Total long-term assets||$69,136,980||$66,142,203||$58,976,763||$60,933,946||$55,705,581|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$2,468,880||$2,526,135||$1,723,810||$2,025,667||$1,318,628|
|Other current liabilities||$1,918,630||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$4,387,510||$2,526,135||$1,723,810||$2,025,667||$1,318,628|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$527,131||$527,131||$527,131||$527,131||$527,131|
|Other long-term liabilities||$5,538,557||$5,515,745||$5,183,803||$6,205,340||$5,472,804|
|Total long-term liabilities||$6,065,688||$6,042,876||$5,710,934||$6,732,471||$5,999,935|
|Without donor restrictions||$112,016,138||$103,598,741||$87,874,142||$89,249,463||$77,037,300|
|With donor restrictions||$39,644,085||$36,111,242||$37,480,798||$40,300,368||$43,297,981|
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|Program service revenue||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total other revenue||$12,654,099||$18,142,854||($1,177,920)||$12,722,309||$7,876,223|
|Management and general||$9,333,141||$7,516,396||$5,964,695||$6,313,152||$4,802,759|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$11,950,240||$14,355,043||($4,194,891)||$9,214,550||$6,477,646|
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FOUNDING OF MISSION TO THE WORLD
In 1973, a group of gospel-centered, Reformed churches broke off from the theologically liberal Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS) to form the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA). Among the PCA's stated reasons for leaving was the PCUS's "departure from evangelism and missions as the primary role of the Church." Global Missions was a priority from the very beginning.
Just one year later, Mission to the World (MTW) was formed as the fledgling denomination's international missions agency, with 25-year missions veteran and leader John Kyle appointed as its first coordinator. In the beginning, MTW had just 11 missionaries and three missionary candidates. Over the next three years, John helped the agency grow to more than 100 missionaries serving in 20 countries across the globe, including at Christ College in Taiwan and major church-planting efforts in Korea and Mexico.
In those early days, the majority (around 70%) of MTW missionaries served under cooperative agreements between MTW and other organizations that differed in some areas of theology or practice. These agreements made it possible for an MTW missionary to raise his or her funds in the PCA and under MTW, remaining committed to Reformed theology and teaching while serving with the other agency in the field and doing things such as flying planes, translating the Bible, or working in Muslim communities-opportunities MTW could not provide on their own at the time. In the years since, this trend has reversed-with the majority of MTW missionaries serving primarily as MTW church planters.
When John Kyle resigned from MTW to join Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1977, seasoned evangelist and cross-cultural missionary Paul McKaughan stepped into the gap as the organization's second coordinator, leading MTW through the next decade of growing ministry.
GROWING UP, MOVING OUT
Under Paul's leadership, MTW focused its global ministry strategy on reaching unreached people groups, planting Reformed churches, and sending teams to minister in Third World contexts-continually growing both its missionary staff and the number of countries reached.
Hand in hand with its primary works of evangelism, discipleship, and church planting, MTW also worked to serve the physical needs of the world's most vulnerable in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. When a typhoon caused a massive tidal wave in the Bay of Bengal, MTW responded with relief teams and funds to aid refugees in South Asia. When famine struck Bangladesh, Haiti, and the Sahel region of Africa, MTW sent food and aid. From the very beginning, MTW paired ministries of mercy and justice with evangelism and long-term church-planting efforts.
In 1983, MTW merged with World Presbyterian Missions (WPM), nearly doubling MTW's number of missionaries. During that same year, MTW sent out 36 young adults on its first-ever summer mission program, Servants in Missions Abroad (SIMA), beginning a short-term missions trip initiative that would grow enormously in the years to come.
When Paul McKaughan resigned as coordinator in 1987-leaving to serve on the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelism-Carl Wilhelm, the MTW Committee's Coordinator of Overseas Operations, stepped in as acting coordinator for one year. In 1988, John Kyle returned to MTW, serving his second term as coordinator until 1994.
CITIES, SUMMERS, AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES
By the early '90s, MTW missionaries were serving more than 24,000 people in more than 900 churches across the globe. Under Kyle's leadership, MTW began strategically targeting global cities for church-planting initiatives, ministering primarily to the middle- and upper-classes-a tactic aimed at transforming urban cultural centers with the power of the gospel. During this time MTW also started a leadership development program to equip and empower all leaders of church-planting teams and began researching tent-making opportunities to enable missionaries to better serve in areas closed to missionary activity.
All the while, with the same aim of cultivating future career missionaries, MTW continually expanded its short-term and summer missions opportunities. By 1999, 3,840 people went on short-term or summer mission trips through MTW. By 2005, those numbers hit an all-time high of 7,500 short-term or summer missions participants.
The 1990s also saw a number of long-standing missions efforts bear fruit. In Korea, MTW missionaries reported that churches had been planted in 1,163 villages. In another country, MTW missionaries cared for 632 children in two homes. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, former communist Eastern Europe was suddenly open to Christian missionaries. Joining together with many other Christian organizations and churches in a massive strategic effort dubbed The CoMission, MTW sent hundreds of short-term missionaries and church planters to advance the gospel in Odessa, Ukraine-an effort that would ultimately result in a large-scale church-planting movement and the establishment of a Ukrainian Presbyterian denomination.
In 1994, Paul Kooistra was installed as MTW's fourth coordinator-a position he would hold for the next two decades.
During the aughts, MTW began to emphasize its role as a facilitator or partner, helping PCA churches in the United States achieve their Great Commission goals and partnering with local Christian leaders across the globe-empowering them to plant and lead local churches rather than primarily depending on American missionaries to do so.
When the 2008 economic recession took its toll on the American Church, MTW's global church-planting ministries continued to thrive and expand-particularly in Asia. Decades of faithful ministry in the Philippines resulted in more than 50 churches planted. By 2010, MTW missionaries were able to completely turn this ministry over to national leadership-one milestone of many as missionaries across the globe began to see their work bear fruit for the kingdom.
Even as church planting remained MTW's raison d'etre, under Paul Kooistra's leadership MTW started a number of focused ministries and departments-all working to support this larger goal through a holistic ministry framework. In 2001, MTW started a global mercy ministry to street children, beginning with works in Peru, Kenya, and Romania. The recently formalized medical ministry began to grow, and short-term medical missions and disaster response teams were sent to minister to those in need all across the globe, including responding to an earthquake in India in 2001, tsunami relief efforts in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in the United States in 2005. As the AIDS crisis in Africa accelerated, MTW missionaries responded by starting holistic ministries in some of the poorest and hardest-hit slums of Ethiopia-a ministry that today is thriving and has resulted in several church plants.
2010s - Today
THE KINGDOM ADVANCING, ONE CHURCH PLANT AT A TIME
The last decade has been one of global upheaval and incredible opportunities for growing the Church and advancing the gospel around the world. In Vanuatu and South Asia, Spirit-driven movements saw thousands come to faith-and MTW missionaries were right in the thick of the evangelism and church planting. As the world became increasingly aware of the scourge of modern-day slavery, MTW church-planting teams in Cambodia and Bulgaria launched anti-trafficking ministries, reaching, discipling, serving, and empowering women and children trapped in the sex trade. When conflict in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia spurred a global refugee crisis, MTW missionaries in Greece and Germany opened their hearts and the doors of their churches to serve the displaced with gospel-driven love.
In 2015, Paul Kooistra retired, and veteran MTW missionary Lloyd Kim was appointed the agency's fifth coordinator. Under Lloyd's leadership, MTW has adopted three strategic initiatives to help carry forward its disciple-making mission and vision: Globalization (growing gospel-centered church-planting partnerships across the globe), Diversification (sending a more diverse missionary force-the better to reflect the diverse kingdom of God), and Mobilization (sending more PCA congregants as cross-cultural missionaries).
In 2016, Lloyd challenged each PCA church to pray that, over the next 10 years, God would raise up an additional 1% of their members to serve as cross-cultural missionaries. That tithe of a tithe would mean 2,800 new missionaries sent out to proclaim the gospel, plant churches, and be the hands and feet of Christ across the globe.
LOOKING BACK, LOOKING FORWARD
Over nearly a half century of ministry, MTW's size and kingdom impact have grown enormously: from a scrappy handful of missionaries with a budget of just $100,000 to a global agency boasting 615 long-term missionaries, 62 two-year missionaries, and 809 national partners serving in 97 different countries around the world.
Today, all across the globe, MTW missionaries are planting churches, discipling university students, and training local Christian leaders with solid, Reformed theology. Medical missionaries serve the poor in the mountains of Peru and the slums of Ethiopia; artists use their craft as a vehicle for evangelism, discipleship, and expressing the beauty of our Creator in Germany and Japan; and entrepreneurs start business as missions enterprises in countries hostile to the Christian faith. The particular callings pursued by our missionaries are diverse, and yet the Church is at the center of each.