Partners International

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Summary

In 1943, when Partners began working with Christians in China, we pioneered the approach of partnering with indigenous Christian ministries, believing this is the most effective way to evangelize and establish churches. That one extraordinary partnership in China led to hundreds of partnerships in more than 50 countries. We continue to identify strategic ministries and provide an array of resources that strengthen and grow their work. The clear focus is to reach the unreached with the Gospel and Love of Jesus, to full fill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) and the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-39). The result? More than 7300 churches and small groups were planted last year alone, and over 30,000 since 1995.

The task and challenge our partners face is enormous. They are tiny minorities in places where another religion is dominant. The face regular persecution for being a witness of Jesus. The places where they live are some of the most impoverished in the world. Human need is everywhere.

They know they can't do it alone. But they long for a certain kind of help--not for someone who comes with outside ideas about what they should do. They long for partners who come first to learn--to get to know them, understand their needs, and then, out of that understanding and friendship, to dream about what we can do together to serve and reach their people.

We believe that partnership with indigenous ministries just makes sense, a combining of the passion, talents, and resources of majority-world believers with those of their brothers and sisters in Christ here in the U.S. and throughout the world. We emphasize local self-sufficiency and avoid creating unhealthy dependency.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Partners International
PO Box 117567
Atlanta, GA 30368

Website: wearepartners.org

Phone: (800) 966-5515

Email: info@wearepartners.org


Organization details

EIN: 941393427

CEO/President: Bryson Vogeltanz

Chairman: Dan Brown

Board size: 13

Founder:

Ruling year: 1943

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Our vision is that local ministries in the least reached, least resourced nations will be proclaiming the gospel to every person and building a thriving church for every people.


Mission statement

Building the Church in the least reached places by partnering with indigenous ministries and connecting followers of Christ.


Statement of faith

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.

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating199 of 102224 of 121
Fund acquisition rating727 of 102480 of 121
Resource allocation rating215 of 102421 of 121
Asset utilization rating59 of 10228 of 121

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%8%7%6%8%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%8%7%6%8%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%99%99%98%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%8%7%6%7%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%1%1%2%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%90%91%92%90%91%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%100%100%98%105%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%89%91%90%95%91%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%0%0%2%-5%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
9%1%1%16%-35%2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%3%2%2%3%3%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.214.846.485.816.115.27
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.081.091.091.631.46
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.775.217.096.329.967.68
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
20.976.6519.6213.9410.2011.26
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.050.150.050.070.100.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.111.961.611.761.091.42
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%15%9%12%9%8%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
75%18%14%15%15%17%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$669,216$372,657$2,730,417$1,581,744$2,289,362
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$45,435$333,118$242,905$39,290$143,066
Short-term investments$2,467,998$2,171,390$0$0$0
Other current assets$5,450$5,450$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,188,099$2,882,615$2,973,322$1,621,034$2,432,428
Long-term investments$182,321$180,314$180,820$188,969$201,748
Fixed assets$34,569$60,550$44,903$770,698$827,314
Other long-term assets$31,627$31,627$36,626$61,627$79,027
Total long-term assets$248,517$272,491$262,349$1,021,294$1,108,089
Total assets$3,436,616$3,155,106$3,235,671$2,642,328$3,540,517
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$441,575$146,914$213,242$158,932$216,048
Other current liabilities$38,178$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$479,753$146,914$213,242$158,932$216,048
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$45,673$127,628$163,485$70,879$74,544
Total long-term liabilities$45,673$127,628$163,485$70,879$74,544
Total liabilities$525,426$274,542$376,727$229,811$290,592
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,812,624$1,780,021$1,872,509$1,405,759$1,483,241
With donor restrictions$1,098,566$1,100,543$986,435$1,006,758$1,766,684
Net assets$2,911,190$2,880,564$2,858,944$2,412,517$3,249,925
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$16,560,587$20,337,862$18,848,782$15,336,846$18,779,973
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$53,459$113,465$6,822$5,010$3,131
Other revenue$36,734$608$377,916($25,894)($38,768)
Total other revenue$90,193$114,073$384,738($20,884)($35,637)
Total revenue$16,650,780$20,451,935$19,233,520$15,315,962$18,744,336
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$14,885,950$18,608,444$17,228,085$14,499,213$16,974,645
Management and general$441,325$425,221$446,317$463,991$487,262
Fundraising$1,292,879$1,396,650$1,112,691$1,190,166$1,210,310
Total expenses$16,620,154$20,430,315$18,787,093$16,153,370$18,672,217
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$30,626$21,620$446,427($837,408)$72,119
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$30,626$21,620$446,427($837,408)$72,119

Compensation

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/26/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In the late 1930s, as WWII loomed, Japan invaded China. At this time, many western missionaries in China found themselves forced out due to the war. One of the last missionaries to leave China, Duncan McRoberts, had a deep burden to see the gospel reach the lost. He gathered a group of businessmen to support the existing Chinese church. Together, they formed a partnership model that allowed western Christians to fuel the vision of indigenous leaders in China. The China Native Evangelistic Crusade (CNEC) was formed in 1943 with Calvin Chao as their first leader. Partnerships quickly multiplied and by 1949 there were 150 indigenous leaders in China supported through this model.

In 1960, Allen Finley became the first president of CNEC, and partnership expanded throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Allen focused on coming alongside indigenous leaders to truly fuel their vision for their community-our partnership model that still exists today. In the mid-1980s, CNEC officially became Partners International, and in 1999 God gave a new vision to reach those in the world who do not have access to the gospel. At this time, the least reached became our sole focus. Today, working in over 30 of the least reached countries, we continue to fuel indigenous leaders through resources, training, and prayer, aiming to reach the 3.2 billion people who have not yet had an opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel.


Program accomplishments

In the past 25 years:
30,500 churches started
14,520 small groups started
1.8 million new Jesus followers
5.8 million assisted through relief and development


Needs