Center for Mission Mobilization
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Multiplying Mission Movements. The Global church has experienced unprecedented growth over the last 200 years, and we stand in awe that 80 percent of evangelicals reside in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. The mission sending potential of these populations is immense, but the mission sending from these countries to those who have no access to the gospel has not yet reached its potential.
This is no small task. It will take all of God's people working together to reach all of God's world. Please join us, pray with us, support us, and work alongside us to raise up laborers for the harvest.
Center for Mission Mobilization
PO Box 3556
Fayetteville, AR 72702
Email: [email protected]
CEO/President: D.J. Rofkahr
Board size: 9
Founder: Steve Shadrach
Ruling year: 2018
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 08/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 2018
Revelation 7:9 paints a picture of the end of the story: when every tribe, tongue, and nation worship Jesus Christ as our great King and Redeemer. While Christ has given us the task of reconciliation and making disciples of all nations and people groups, the task remaining is still great. Since 2001, the Center for Mission Mobilization has been working to engage, equip, and connect believers worldwide to their most strategic role in completing the Great Commission.
Our mission is to point those who know and follow Jesus to those with no access to the gospel. We aim to rally the global church to work together in spreading God's glory to the ends of the earth.
Statement of faith
We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
Gen 1:1; Deuteronomy 4:39; 6:4; Mark 12:29; Is 46:9; 2 Corinthians 13:1; Acts 7:24,28; Heb1:3
2. The Bible
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
Psalm 119:160; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 1:1-2, 4:12
3. The Human Condition
We believe that God created Adam and Eve, and all of humanity since, in His image, distinctively male and female, to enjoy His fellowship and to fulfill God's will on earth; but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God's saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.
Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7, 22; 3:3-4; Romans 1:18-32; 3:10-23; Ephesians 2:1-3
4. Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ has eternally existed, is God incarnate, fully God and fully man, one Person in two natures forever. Jesus - Israel's promised Messiah - was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.
John 1:14-18; Acts 1:11; Romans 3:24-26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 2:17-18; 10:12; 12:2; 1 John 2:1
5. The Work of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, as our representative and substitute, shed His blood on the cross as the perfect, all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. His atoning death and victorious resurrection constitute the only ground for salvation. All who repent and believe in Him are declared justified by the Father on the grounds of Jesus' substitutionary death and resurrection. All who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by grace through faith have been regenerated by and baptized in the Holy Spirit. They become, thereby, the children of God, forever, and members of the one true church, the universal Body of Christ.
Mark 1:15; John 1:12; 3:16; 5:24; 14:6; Acts 2:28, 4:12, 11:18; Romans 3:21-26; 5:8; 1 Corinthians 15:1-4; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-10; Titus 3:4-7; Hebrews 10:10-12; 1 John 5:11-13
6. The Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit, in all that He does, glorifies the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He regenerates sinners, and in Him they are baptized into union with Christ and adopted as heirs in the family of God. From the moment of salvation, the Holy Spirit indwells, illuminates, guides, equips and empowers believers to live a lifestyle pleasing to God. He endows the members of the Church with special gifts which equip believers to accomplish distinct ministries, planned beforehand by God the Father.
John 3:1-8; 15-16; 16:4-15; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12; Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18-21
7. The Church (the Body of Christ)
We believe that the Church, the universal body of Christ, comprises all who have been justified by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone. They are united by the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ, of which He is the Head. The Lord Jesus mandated two ordinances, baptism and the Lord's Supper, which visibly and tangibly express the gospel. Though they are not the means of salvation, when celebrated by local churches in genuine faith, these ordinances confirm and nourish the believer. The purpose of the Church is to glorify God; two main ways the Church carries this out is through its strategic purpose of leading others to Christ and equipping them for personal ministry.
Matthew 16:13-28; 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; 4:1-16; 1 Corinthians 11:23-29; Ephesians 2:19-22; 4:11-13; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 5:1-3; Colossians 3:17, Ephesians 1:1-14 (6,12,14)
8. Christian Living
We believe that God's justifying grace must not be separated from His sanctifying power and purpose. God's greatest commandment is for His people to love Him supremely (love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind) and to love others sacrificially (love your neighbor as yourself; even as I have loved you). We live out our faith through obedience to His commands and particularly in obedience to the Great Commission; where we are to make disciples of all nations and therefore do our part in our greatest purpose of spreading God's glory.
Phil 1:6; Matthew 22:37-40; John 14:23; 1 John 2:17; Matthew 7:24; Matthew 28:18-20; Habakkuk 2:14
9. Marriage and Sexuality
We believe that God has established marriage as a lifelong, exclusive relationship between one man and one woman. All intimate sexual activity outside the marriage relationship, whether heterosexual, homosexual, or otherwise, is immoral and therefore sin. God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders reflect God's image and nature. All conduct with the intent to adopt a gender other than one's birth gender is outside of God's design.
Genesis 1:26-27; Genesis 2:24-25; Exodus 20:14, 17; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4-6, 9; Mark 10:6; Romans 1:18-31; I Corinthians 6:9-10, 15-20; Jude 7
10. Christ's Return
We believe in the personal, bodily and glorious return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The coming of Christ, at a time known only to God, demands constant expectancy and, as our blessed hope, motivates the believer to godly living, sacrificial service and energetic mission.
Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:20-28; John 14:1-3; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; Phil 3:20; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7, 13; 5:4, James 5:7-8; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Rev 22:7, 12
11. Response and Eternal Destiny
We believe that God commands everyone everywhere to believe the gospel by turning to Him in repentance and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection. We believe that God will raise the dead bodily and judge the world, assigning the unbeliever to condemnation and eternal conscious punishment and the believer to eternal blessedness and joy with the Lord in the new heaven and the new earth, to the praise of His glorious grace.
Acts 17:30; Romans 6:17; Heb 5:9; John 6:29; Romans 1:16; Mark 1:14-15; 1 Thes 1:8-10; John 1:12; John 5:28-29; Matthew 22:23-32; Acts 24:15; John 3:36; Matthew 7:13-14; 25:31-33; Romans 10:13-15; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 26:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:1-8; Rev. 20:13; Matt 16:27; Romans 2:8; 1 Thes 1:9; Revelation 14:9-11
Note : The CMM has additional Position Statements that elaborate further on some of these areas as well as address other issues.
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||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is more than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||4/4|
|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||4/4|
|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||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||4/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||100/100|
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Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Foreign Missions
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|Overall efficiency rating||462 of 1074||60 of 139|
|Fund acquisition rating||598 of 1075||80 of 139|
|Resource allocation rating||731 of 1075||88 of 139|
|Asset utilization rating||172 of 1074||29 of 139|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$183,135||$166,810|
|Other current assets||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$1,697,442||$1,545,300|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$1,268,982||$1,224,945|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$75,038||$47,853|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$75,038||$47,853|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$0||$0|
|Total long-term liabilities||$450,000||$625,000|
|Without donor restrictions||$1,365,911||$991,558|
|With donor restrictions||$1,075,475||$1,105,834|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$729,800||$779,022|
|Total other revenue||$729,800||$779,022|
|Management and general||$797,318||$699,359|
|Change in net assets||2020||2019|
|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$343,994||$682,114|
|L Steve Shadrach||Exec Director||$169,254|
|John Patton||Chief Operations Officer||$88,474|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2016
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/14/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
The Early Days
The CMM began as a ministry to other ministries, providing resources and training to build up the body of Christ to complete the Great Commission. We were originally named The BodyBuilders after Ephesians 4:12, "And He gave some... for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ." Steve Shadrach founded this ministry after establishing and handing over two other ministries to the next generation of leadership: the collegiate ministries of Student Mobilization and The Traveling Team. With a desire to cast a global vision and provide resources to more churches, mission agencies, and campus ministries, The BodyBuilders was formed in 2001 with co-founder John Patton.
Identifying the Need: More Laborers for the Harvest
In Matthew 9:37, Jesus told the disciples that the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. With 40% of the world's people groups still unreached with the gospel, the greatest need is for more laborers to go to the unreached where few are harvesting. The heartbeat of the CMM is to mobilize the body of Christ to send missionaries from around the globe to the remaining 2.9 billion unreached people.
The CMM has specialized in this need by mobilizing the body of Christ to join in God's kingdom work and by helping Christians overcome common barriers that keep them from serving in God's global mission.
The First 10 Years
A Powerful Potential Workforce: College Students
Throughout the last 200 years of church history, college students have been the ones to lead the church in frontier missions. The CMM has prioritized much of its training and mobilization efforts on students as a significant global work force of laborers to the unreached. In 2003, we published one of the most comprehensive books on collegiate ministry, The Fuel and the Flame, authored by Steve Shadrach. We later launched the Campus Ministry Toolbox (renamed Campus Ministry Today in 2015) website and Campus Ministry Journal in 2010 to influence the trajectory of campus ministry culture. We want to provide insight and tools to build future leaders who are well grounded in evangelism, disciple making, and mission mobilization.
An Obstacle to Overcome: Funding Christian Workers
If the greatest need is for more laborers, one of the greatest obstacles that keeps many Christians from entering or staying in full-time ministry is raising financial support. The majority of workers around the world are "faith missionaries" who rely upon the financial support of other Christians to fund their ministry efforts. This is why the CMM began creating a suite of resources in 2001 under Support Raising Solutions - to provide biblical and practical support raising training to full-time Christian workers.
Children: The Future of Missions
After mobilizing students, churches, and ministry workers for a decade, the CMM recognized the strategic potential of children and families in God's global purpose. We cannot overlook this significant population in the global church, since God decreed from the beginning that His promise would come through families. He described His covenant with Abraham in Genesis 18:19, "For I have chosen [Abraham], that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him" (emphasis added). Weave was born in 2013 to invite families, from the toddler to the parent, to be a part of changing the world. Weave's website, training, and resources help align the hearts of families with God's global purpose by equipping them to define, embrace, and live out their unique role in advancing the Kingdom and grow to their fullest potential in Christ.
Frontier Mobilization: A New Paradigm
For years, mobilizers were described as people who wanted to go to the unreached, but who were "willing to stay in their home culture to mobilize others." But in 2010, a new leader in our organization began to redefine mobilization in light of the worldwide imbalance of mission sending. While 80% of the evangelical church now resides in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 75% of the missionaries are still coming from the West. Considering these numbers, we in the Western church must be as strategic with our mobilizers as we are with our missionaries. If we challenge missionaries go to where the greatest need for the gospel is (to the unreached), then we must challenge mobilizers to go to where the greatest need for mobilization is (to the unsent). This concept has transformed the CMM into a sending agency - not of missionaries, but of mobilizers. In 2011, the CMM launched its first team of frontier mobilizers into the Middle East, and has since continued launching mobilization teams into strategic regions around the world with high evangelical populations.
As we have pioneered the concept of frontier mobilization, we have also begun to understand the need for different types and stages of mobilization. Large group mobilization efforts focus on mission education, vision casting, and rallying Christians to the cause of world evangelization. Mobilization through discipleship is done in small groups or one-on-one, with an emphasis on living out a World Christian lifestyle together, and multiplying one's self as a mobilizer. At the CMM, we recognize the value of both styles of mobilization. While we continue to practice large group mobilization and vision casting in order to sow broadly and lay a groundwork for our field mobilizers, we feel God has called us to specialize in discipleship based mobilization. Our main focus is on multiplying World Christians, mobilizers, and goers.