United World Mission / UWM

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90% of churches in the world are led by men and women who have little or no training for ministry.

Our goal is bold: To make relevant theological education, practical training, and spiritual formation accessible to every ministry leader in every nation!

Contact information

Mailing address:
United World Mission
PO Box 602002
Charlotte, NC 28260-2002

Website: www.uwm.org

Phone: (704) 357-3355

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 596045867

CEO/President: Dr. John Bernard

Chairman: David Dwight

Board size: 14

Founder: Dr. Sidney Correll

Ruling year: 1947

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Our Vision - To see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped local leaders, serving every city and neighborhood of the world.

A flourishing church...
- Proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ.

- Demonstrates the gospel through loving community that overcomes the divisions of society.

- Pours itself out for the good of its neighborhood through acts of service, mercy and justice.

A flourishing church requires...
- Local leaders who are formed theologically, spiritually, and practically so that they serve in the Way of Jesus Christ.

Flourishing leaders. Flourishing church. Flourishing world.

Mission statement

UWM uses the following to express its mission:

Our Mission

See God change lives and transform communities everywhere by partnering to equip leaders, establish churches, and engage in holistic mission.

  • Equipping Leaders
    God-delighting leaders that embrace biblical depth, servanthood, missional spirituality, and community.

  • Establishing Churches
    World-surprising churches marked by love and unity, working for mercy and justice, and making disciples that serve Christ in every endeavor.

  • Engaging Holistic Mission
    Uniting the people and resources of the global church for innovative partnerships that bring Christ's compassion and truth to men, women, and children that need it most.

Our Values
  • Seek God first
    We embrace God's Kingdom, presence, work, and Word as foundational to everything.

  • Serve partners well
    We equip, encourage, and build capacity in others for contextual, sustainable impact. We are only as successful as our partners.

  • Innovate a way
    We seek innovative solutions by embracing change, practicing ingenuity, and walking with God's Spirit and our partners.

  • Live boldly
    We are energized by the heroic ambitions of Christ's calling, and we boldly follow wherever the Spirit leads.

  • Surprise by love
    We seek the good of all people and create authentic, missional communities displaying grace, affection, humility, and mutual support.

Our Philosophy of Ministry

Missional Spirituality
We believe the gospel offers a relationship with God that is received by grace through faith, and that the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out as we walk with God. We seek intentional pathways for growing in authentic relationship with God as we serve on mission with Christ, and we nurture this spirituality in the leaders we equip. We try to see all people through developmental eyes and integrate spiritual formation into all our ministries, leading to self-awareness, dependence upon Christ, healthy relationships, and life-giving service.

Global Partnership
We affirm the Lausanne movement's theme of "mission from everywhere to everywhere," and we seek to demonstrate a cooperative, Kingdom mindset in all we do. We are compelled to partner with other Christians to express our unity and to accomplish God's mission of renewing the whole world, which includes establishing the church and making disciples among all the peoples of the earth.

Local Church
We believe that the church is God's primary instrument for bringing the gospel of Christ to the world and making disciples of all nations. When local churches live as Kingdom communities of love and reconciliation, holiness and compassionate service, there is no greater apologetic for the gospel on earth. We partner with many types of missional organizations, but in everything we aim to inspire, strengthen, and multiply healthy, biblical churches.

Integral Mission
Jesus showed compassion for people's spiritual, physical, and social needs, and the whole of Scripture indicates God's concern for the materially poor as well as the spiritually poor. We seek to integrate the biblical priorities for evangelism and for mercy and justice. We join with our partners to engage contextually appropriate holistic ministries, and seek to reproduce churches and disciples with a passion for evangelism and social action.

We are committed to an innovative culture that continually pursues new ways of doing mission and accelerates ideas that could advance the gospel. We believe it likely that the best innovations for mission in the future will come as the fruit of deep relationships in the global body of Christ, and a commitment to do mission together. Our founders were men and women who believed that the Holy Spirit was an "innovative Spirit," and we follow their example of boldly going where the Spirit leads.

Our Vision
  • To be an organization that missionaries love, donors trust, and partners engage with confidence.

  • To become a globally recognized and respected leader in the spiritual formation of Christian leaders.

  • To prayerfully pursue innovations that fulfill our mission in ways that align with the demands and opportunities of our environment.

Statement of faith

UWM uses the following to express its values:

We believe:

...in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct...

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory...

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit...

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ...

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ...

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation."

In addition to the Statement of Faith, United World Mission affirms the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and looks to it for wisdom and guidance in its faith and practice.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating673 of 103473 of 124
Fund acquisition rating820 of 103688 of 124
Resource allocation rating664 of 103677 of 124
Asset utilization rating325 of 103443 of 124

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$367,958$509,215$425,317$563,416
Short-term investments$7,167,332$8,968,234$6,057,419$1,755,328$2,123,746
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,324,329$11,642,846$11,056,639$8,363,579$6,853,394
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$501,939$732,281$799,154$792,651$820,116
Other long-term assets$571,171$0$781,365$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,073,110$732,281$1,580,519$792,651$820,116
Total assets$13,397,439$12,375,127$12,637,158$9,156,230$7,673,510
Payables and accrued expenses$141,491$115,014$188,467$138,454$176,210
Other current liabilities$446,056$0$0$0$8,350
Total current liabilities$587,547$115,014$188,467$138,454$184,560
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$244,858$245,465$262,926$264,974$280,905
Total long-term liabilities$341,720$245,465$262,926$264,974$280,905
Total liabilities$929,267$360,479$451,393$403,428$465,465
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$4,604,289$5,050,461$5,037,803$2,795,725$2,195,023
With donor restrictions$7,863,883$6,964,187$7,147,962$5,957,077$5,013,022
Net assets$12,468,172$12,014,648$12,185,765$8,752,802$7,208,045
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$21,302,699$20,442,094$18,849,732$17,636,078$15,761,421
Program service revenue$386,367$507,060$513,907$522,893$347,038
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$105,359$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$128,959$131,001$171,234$120,468$156,277
Total other revenue$620,685$638,061$685,141$643,361$503,315
Total revenue$21,923,384$21,080,155$19,534,873$18,279,439$16,264,736
Program services$17,165,396$17,342,614$15,752,032$14,760,790$13,512,542
Management and general$2,206,232$2,142,189$1,903,313$1,518,311$1,510,433
Total expenses$21,200,280$21,557,094$19,800,147$17,080,065$15,670,679
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$723,104($476,939)($265,274)$1,199,374$594,057
Other changes in net assets($269,580)$305,822$3,698,237$345,383$0
Total change in net assets$453,524($171,117)$3,432,963$1,544,757$594,057


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Overseas Council merged into United World Mission in 2018 and the Latin America Mission merged into United World Mission in 2014.

United World Mission

United World Mission was born in the heart of a local church pastor in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Sydney Correll and his wife, Helen, led their church on evangelistic and compassion trips to India, Africa, and Latin America. They established a Bible School and local churches in Cuba, with a vision to see Cubans go as missionaries to Latin America. Their vision attracted seventeen like-minded churches in Ohio that "united" for world mission. In 1946 they incorporated as United World Mission (UWM) and began to grow into a global interdenominational ministry with a passion for church planting, ministry training, and ministries of compassion and development. Since the early 1990s, UWM has focused on partnership with the national church around the world. UWM leaders made an intentional shift in the missionary role from "doing" to "facilitating," especially by equipping and capacity-building, rather than by leading and directing. An era of partnering was born.

The Latin America Mission

The Latin America Mission was born in the hearts of Harry Strachan, a Canadian-born Scot and his Irish-born wife Susan who felt God's missionary call to Argentina. In 1921, the Strachans moved from Argentina to San Jose, Costa Rica, where they founded what would later be called the Latin America Mission. The Latin America Mission was innovative, inter-denominational, and bold in its efforts to bring the whole gospel to all of Latin America. Evangelism and social concern were always integrated in the LAM, which became known for "integral mission." In 1971, control of all LAM ministries was legally transferred to Latin partners. The LAM's conviction was that the future of the gospel in Latin America was with the Latin Church, and missionaries needed to serve Latin vision and under Latin leadership. An era of partnering was born.

Overseas Council

Overseas Council was born of the vision of several businessmen in Indianapolis. While attending a building dedication of the Seoul Theological Seminary (STS) in 1974, they noticed the inability of students to pay for their seminary studies. The group returned home, determined to raise scholarship funds for STS, and Overseas Council for Seoul Theological Seminary was born! Within five years, the ministries of Overseas Council expanded beyond scholarships for Korean students to include various programs and strategies for assisting seminaries and men and women in many nations who were called to Christian ministry. By 2017, Overseas Council was helping provide excellent theological education to equip Christian leaders through 130 seminary partners in 70 nations.

Program accomplishments

2020 Ministry Results:
3,996 people developed through intentional spiritual formation or discipleship

5,686 leaders directly equipped by United World Mission

38,304 leaders equipped by our global partners with our help

196,294 people served through holistic ministries by partners with our help

1,145 new churches planted

660 global partners