One Mission Society, Inc.

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One Mission Society is an evangelical, interdenominational faith mission that partners with more than 300 organizations and church denominations around the world for one purpose... to help fulfill the Great Commission, by seeing the Gospel of Jesus Christ spread throughout the world with the greatest number of disciples made, and seeing God glorified in all that we say and do.

One Mission Society was founded on the principle that the most effective way to share the Gospel is to train a nation's sons and daughters to lead and multiply believers and churches in their own culture and their own nation. Our strategy has stood the test of time for nearly 120 years and includes multiplying disciple-makers, churches, missionary movements, and theologically trained leaders to build up a healthy body of believers in each nation and to promote sustainability across generations.

Our compassion ministries, working together with local churches, meet tangible needs by serving as the hands and feet of Jesus. We strive to keep the message of the Gospel of Christ at the center of our efforts while encouraging the nation's people to be engaged in the process.

Contact information

Mailing address:
One Mission Society
941 Fry Road
PO Box A
Greenwood, IN 46142-6599


Phone: (317) 888-3333

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951891575

CEO/President: Bob Fetherlin


Board size: 25

Founder: Charles & Lettie Cowman & E.A. Kilbourne

Ruling year: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1979


Our goal is to plant seeds that will eventually harvest into sustainable missionary movements from anywhere to everywhere, even in the darkest unreached places.

We believe the power of the Gospel in the hands of disciple-makers will transform all nations.

Our vision is to reach at least one billion people with the Gospel by 2026. You can make a difference in this global effort to multiply disciples, churches, missionaries, and leaders.

Mission statement

By God's grace, One Mission Society exists to establish responsible, reproducing, Christ-centered churches among the nations.

Statement of faith

Scripture - The Bible is the fully and uniquely inspired, written Word of God. Without error in the original documents, it is our sufficient and final authority for faith and practice.

God - God, the Father, is the first person of the triune godhead. The one true and living God is the Creator, sovereign ruler and preserver of all things, whether visible or invisible.

Jesus Christ - Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune godhead. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, Jesus was fully God and fully man. His sinless life and death on the cross paid the penalty for our sins. He arose bodily from the grave and is now enthroned at the right hand of the Father in heaven. We believe that Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, and reign in power and glory, to complete his salvation and his judgment.

Holy Spirit - The Holy Spirit is the third person of the triune godhead, equal in substance with the Father and the Son, whose ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ, convict the world of sin, regenerate those who repent and believe, sanctify and empower true believers for godly living and service.

Man, Free-will and Sin - God created man in His own image with the ability to choose between right and wrong. By his free choice, Adam rebelled against God, fell from his original state and received a sinful nature that each succeeding generation has inherited. Through Jesus Christ, God freely offers grace to all mankind, enabling all who turn to Him to receive pardon and cleansing from sin.

Atonement - Jesus Christ made a full payment for the sins of the whole world by shedding His own blood upon the cross as a perfect and sufficient sacrifice.

New Birth - When a person responds to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit and trusts in Christ for salvation, that person experiences spiritual rebirth.

Fullness of the Spirit - The fullness of the Spirit is a biblical term used to describe that work of grace in the heart of the believer subsequent to the new birth. This infilling of the Spirit is a definite experience of cleansing and empowering, which is referred to as sanctification. The progressive aspect of sanctification is that process of growth in Christian maturity, Christlikeness and practical godliness which result from walking obediently.

Divine Healing - It is the privilege of the believer to ask God to heal those who are sick, for the Lord is interested in our physical body. It may not always be God's will to heal.

Resurrection, Heaven and Hell - There will be a resurrection of the body for both the saved and unsaved dead. For those who are saved, they will be in the immediate presence of God. For those who are not saved, they will be cast into the lake of fire or hell.

The Church and its Unity - The Church is the universal body of Christ composed of all true believers in Christ, with Christ as its head. All true Christians are members of one another and should love one another, build each other up in the faith and obey Christ's Great Commission by reaching the whole world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating974 of 1033117 of 124
Fund acquisition rating902 of 103597 of 124
Resource allocation rating720 of 103586 of 124
Asset utilization rating935 of 1033117 of 124

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,446,354$16,145,941$15,705,242$14,470,751$13,547,746
Short-term investments$43,464,853$30,989,026$32,756,191$38,594,891$35,732,597
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$65,234,074$53,428,835$52,947,522$57,634,503$55,384,572
Long-term investments$24,443,652$17,781,667$19,370,737$20,531,343$19,108,743
Fixed assets$27,543,986$27,485,206$28,229,192$26,017,463$23,243,648
Other long-term assets$6,919,916$6,336,515$6,276,553$6,285,647$6,135,044
Total long-term assets$58,907,554$51,603,388$53,876,482$52,834,453$48,487,435
Total assets$124,141,628$105,032,223$106,824,004$110,468,956$103,872,007
Payables and accrued expenses$3,618,096$4,062,872$3,585,071$3,742,034$3,259,050
Other current liabilities$315,470$306,024$606,347$1,309,197$1,810,824
Total current liabilities$3,933,566$4,368,896$4,191,418$5,051,231$5,069,874
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,060,284$7,587,523$4,550,027$2,890,122$4,592,515
Total long-term liabilities$4,060,284$7,587,523$4,550,027$2,890,122$4,592,515
Total liabilities$7,993,850$11,956,419$8,741,445$7,941,353$9,662,389
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$90,826,851$67,694,426$74,094,974$78,027,847$71,190,796
With donor restrictions$25,320,927$25,381,378$23,415,060$24,499,756$23,018,822
Net assets$116,147,778$93,075,804$98,082,559$102,527,603$94,209,618
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$17,749,435$22,132,672$20,669,732$21,854,136$21,411,554
Program service revenue$2,442,771$1,772,544$1,536,542$2,632,679$2,827,962
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$417,092$0$0$0$897,426
Other revenue$0$0$4,830,297$5,923,994$0
Total other revenue$2,859,863$1,772,544$6,366,839$8,556,673$3,725,388
Total revenue$20,609,298$23,905,216$27,036,571$30,410,809$25,136,942
Program services$19,878,517$22,502,336$23,843,169$22,774,555$22,265,305
Management and general$3,014,002$3,928,824$4,408,928$3,970,608$4,085,564
Total expenses$24,816,445$28,800,890$30,450,669$29,028,032$28,348,713
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)($4,207,147)($4,895,674)($3,414,098)$1,382,777($3,211,771)
Other changes in net assets$19,424,498($4,582,759)($1,603,471)$6,935,208$5,610,397
Total change in net assets$15,217,351($9,478,433)($5,017,569)$8,317,985$2,398,626


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/23/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Our story began in 1901, when two telegraph operators, Charles Cowman and Ernest Kilbourne, moved from Chicago to Japan to work alongside Japanese evangelist Juji Nakada. Together, their vision was to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with every person in Japan, forming what is now known as One Mission Society. Nearly 120 years later, the One Mission continues in more than 70 countries and in more than 45 languages.

Our current ministry strategy follows the innovative vision of our founders, and includes multiplying disciple-makers, churches, leaders, and missionary movements. Our goal is to train and equip the sons and daughters of a nation to reach their own people for Christ, and then to partner with them to reach everyone in the world.

Program accomplishments

Our ministries partner with nearly 14,000 indigenous co-workers and are able to plant nearly 6,000 worshiping groups each year. On average, someone comes to know the Lord through the ministries of One Mission Society every 31 seconds. Together with our 140-plus partners in the Billion.Global coalition, we have reached more than 125 million people over the past three years to give each person at least one opportunity to hear, understand, and believe the Good News of Jesus Christ.