MOPS International, Inc.

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MOPS International is an outreach strategy that helps grow the local church by reaching young families. Utilizing the common denominator of motherhood, MOPS works in 70 countries and 14 languages and is one of the most influential parenting organizations in the world

Contact information

Mailing address:
MOPS International, Inc.
2370 South Trenton Way
Denver, CO 80231-3822


Phone: 303-733-5353

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 840925251

CEO/President: Mandy Arioto

Chairman: Greg Bowlin

Board size: 14

Founder: Trinity Baptist Church Women

Ruling year: 1984

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1991


MOPS International (Mothers of Preschoolers) ("MOPS") strives to reach out to all mothers of children under school age. MOPS intends to nurture every mother of preschoolers by meeting her distinct needs. This purpose is carried out in a variety of ways, including local MOPS groups, MOMSense resources, MOPS' books and products, and special events. MOPS believes in working with local Christian churches/parachurches to maximize ministry opportunities to God's Kingdom. MOPS programs are chartered in churches of many different denominations and Christian traditions, but all share the common desire to reach out with the gospel of Jesus Christ and to bring glory to God in everything.

Mission statement

MOPS International encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women and leaders, in relationship with Jesus, and in partnership with the local church.

Statement of faith

We believe:

The only true God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, existing eternally in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6: 45; Acts 17:2428; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

The divine inspiration, entire trustworthiness and authority of the Bible in faith and practice (2 Peter 1:2021; 2 Timothy 3:1617; Psalm 119:911, 105; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).

The full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, who lived as a perfect example, who atoned for the sins of the world at the cross, who was bodily raised from the dead and ascended as both Lord and Savior, and who will return in power and glory in the fullness of time to judge the living and the dead, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God (John 1:1, 14; Colossians 2:9; Hebrews 4:15; Isaiah 53:36; Acts 4:1012; Matthew 26:6364; 2 Timothy 4:1).

The value and dignity of all humankind: originally created in God's image to live in love and holiness, but who became alienated from God and each other because of sin and guilt, and who are justly subject to the judgment of God (Genesis 1:2627; Colossians 1:21; John 12:4748).

The justification, by God's grace, of all who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ for salvation (Ephesians 2:810; John 3:1617; Romans 4:45).

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling and transforming power the Christian is enabled to live out our new life and new calling to evangelism and discipleship of believers within the fellowship of the Church (John 16:7; 1 Corinthians 6:1920; Galatians 5:2223; Matthew 28:1820).

The spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender and class differences (John 17:2023; Revelation 5:9).

The passages of Scripture associated with each of the statements are not offered as proof texts; rather, they are intended to serve as a beginning place for further study.

All speakers on our annual curriculum have agreed to the MOPS Faith Position Statement and are aware of our Core Ministry Values. While we agree on the basics of faith, we acknowledge that speakers may have differing views on issues unrelated to salvation. Using speakers for our annual curriculum does not signify an endorsement by MOPS International.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating985 of 111230 of 32
Fund acquisition rating962 of 111431 of 32
Resource allocation rating932 of 111430 of 32
Asset utilization rating639 of 111220 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$270,215$705,528$228,558$280,802$728,940
Short-term investments$307,712$295,152$290,330$271,005$273,356
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,160,016$2,934,706$2,451,993$2,146,745$1,729,224
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,566,339$1,628,480$1,690,300$1,763,429$2,007,569
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$3,642
Total long-term assets$1,566,339$1,628,480$1,690,300$1,763,429$2,011,211
Total assets$4,726,355$4,563,186$4,142,293$3,910,174$3,740,435
Payables and accrued expenses$185,177$167,502$155,907$152,268$199,869
Other current liabilities$970,977$647,225$721,739$1,173,099$1,226,519
Total current liabilities$1,156,154$814,727$877,646$1,325,367$1,426,388
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$31,259$39,155$5,553
Total long-term liabilities$583,296$598,974$1,067,853$680,180$678,474
Total liabilities$1,739,450$1,413,701$1,945,499$2,005,547$2,104,862
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$2,710,960$2,827,293$2,078,857$1,802,423$1,526,351
With donor restrictions$275,945$322,192$117,937$102,204$109,222
Net assets$2,986,905$3,149,485$2,196,794$1,904,627$1,635,573
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,289,808$1,535,539$1,310,085$874,389$936,971
Program service revenue$2,448,107$2,330,992$2,176,787$3,798,381$3,994,207
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,665$5,341$10,628$21,198$11,529
Other revenue$147,572$598,092$227,211$227,580($145,228)
Total other revenue$2,614,344$2,934,425$2,414,626$4,047,159$3,860,508
Total revenue$3,904,152$4,469,964$3,724,711$4,921,548$4,797,479
Program services$3,015,406$2,722,216$2,224,502$3,129,823$3,289,608
Management and general$664,326$605,995$787,225$1,146,599$1,247,704
Total expenses$4,066,732$3,769,413$3,440,440$4,618,892$4,842,722
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)($162,580)$700,551$284,271$302,656($45,243)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($162,580)$700,551$284,271$302,656($45,243)


Mandy AriotoPresident/CEO$154,312
TJ RikliCOO$126,916

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/1/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


How did MOPS get started?
Well, thank you for asking. Here is our story.

Eight women. The number was small, but the need was great. They called themselves MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers. The first MOPS meeting took place in February 1973 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. For two hours, while their children received care, these mothers talked, laughed, ate, passed a basket for childcare expenses, had a craft demonstration and ended with a short devotional. In this humble beginning, the seeds of the MOPS concept and format were planted. Through friendship, creative outlets, and instruction, the women began to understand that "mothering matters." Today, the same needs for significance are met in much the same way in MOPS groups across the United States and around the world.

From the beginning, women in MOPS were not content to be spectators. Through MOPS, they found an opportunity to discover and cultivate their leadership gifts. As women moved around the country, they took the concept of MOPS with them, and new groups formed.

Growth began as word spread in churches, conventions, and magazine articles that explained this unique new program. Inquiries and requests for information became more frequent, and a handbook was printed. Office space moved from a desk in a family room to a rented office.

In 1981, MOPS established a Board of Directors and incorporated first as MOPS Outreach, and later as MOPS, Inc. As interest mushroomed, leadership training began. One hundred fifty women from five states gathered in 1982 for the first all-day MOPS leadership seminar.

In 1988, MOPS expanded beyond US borders and was renamed MOPS International, Inc. to reflect the international impact of the ministry. As MOPS grew, so did the need for a chartering process, additional resource materials, and a paid staff. The Board hired Elisa Morgan as the first president of the organization in 1989.

MOPS reached out to moms through the MOMSense newsletter (later MomSense magazine and Hello, Dearest magazine, now The MOPS Magazine) beginning in 1993. The newsletter joined the existing MOMSense radio program to help MOPS nurture every mother of preschoolers, whether or not she attended a MOPS group.

In 1995, MOPS formed a partnership with Zondervan Publishing House, further expanding its outreach to mothers through books. Also that year, MOPS established Teen MOPS groups for teenage mothers. MOPS became even more available to moms when it went online in 1997, and in 2000 when it created the MOPS to Mom Connection (now MOPS Membership) to bring additional resources directly to a mom's home. In 2004, MOPS International entered into a publishing relationship with Revell of Baker Publishing Group.

MOPS has come a long way over the years, and continues to adapt to meet the various needs of moms today.

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