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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Mission to the World
PO Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165

Website: www.mtw.org

Phone: (678) 823-0004

Email: hello@mtw.org

Organization details

EIN: 582325982

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

Mission statement

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/

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating958 of 1031110 of 123
Fund acquisition rating746 of 103379 of 123
Resource allocation rating837 of 103396 of 123
Asset utilization rating906 of 1031108 of 123

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$598,573$921,233$671,626$505,050$450,725
Short-term investments$86,354,196$77,079,010$68,375,703$70,938,028$67,881,465
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
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,817,554$10,292,017$10,824,609$10,018,411$9,381,840
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
Total assets$162,113,421$148,278,994$132,789,684$138,307,969$127,653,844
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
Total liabilities$10,453,198$8,569,011$7,434,744$8,758,138$7,318,563
Net assets20202019201820172016
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
Net assets$151,660,223$139,709,983$125,354,940$129,549,831$120,335,281
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$56,324,864$57,737,088$58,156,466$55,857,056$55,189,883
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,648,807$15,137,050($3,516,448)$10,120,329$5,979,525
Other revenue$2,005,292$3,005,804$2,338,528$2,601,980$1,896,698
Total other revenue$12,654,099$18,142,854($1,177,920)$12,722,309$7,876,223
Total revenue$68,978,963$75,879,942$56,978,546$68,579,365$63,066,106
Program services$43,276,450$49,806,713$49,816,557$48,161,995$46,721,642
Management and general$9,333,141$7,516,396$5,964,695$6,313,152$4,802,759
Total expenses$57,028,723$61,524,899$61,173,437$59,364,815$56,588,460
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$11,950,240$14,355,043($4,194,891)$9,214,550$6,477,646
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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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.



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.



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 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.


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.

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