Novo Mission

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Novo Mission, formerly Church Resource Ministries, is committed to the centrality of the local church in God's plan for reaching the world with the good news of Jesus. The ministry is committed to values such as: Evangelical Theology, Discipleship, Church Growth, Church Planting, Teams, Servanthood, Risk, an Entrepreneurial Spirit, Accountability, and the Presence of God in all that they do.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Novo Mission
1240 North Lakeview Ave.
Suite 120
Anaheim, CA 92807


Phone: (714) 779-0370


Organization details

EIN: 953523150

CEO/President: Dr. Samuel Metcalf

Chairman: Tim Redmond

Board size: 11

Founder: Small Group of Individuals

Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Church Resource Ministries (CRM) was formed in 1980 to serve and extend the Church worldwide through discipleship training and leadership development in the local church, through church growth and renewal in existing congregations, and through planting new churches. CRM aims to support pastors, planters and church leaders. It attempts to create an environment for personal renewal, accountability and the training of leaders who have been drained by the battle. CRM strengthens, encourages and trains those who have chosen to minister within and without established denominations and churches. CRM exists because there is a need. This strategy is accomplished in four primary contexts: among church planters, among pastors and lay leaders, among selected unevangelized urban settings and people groups, and among the poor. While CRM staff will primarily lead, they will also coach others to lead, and will train others to coach. CRM mentoring relationships are an experience in which one person empowers another by sharing God-given resources in the type of relationship beyond what can be experienced in a group setting. Such mentoring relationships include those of a discipler, coach, teacher/sponsor or model.

Mission statement

Novo is a band of creative missionaries sent to multiply movements of the gospel and mobilize the church for that mission around the world.

Statement of faith

Church Resource Ministries' Doctrinal Statement is:

I. God exists and has revealed Himself to mankind. The Bible is a special expression of this revelation. This revelation also finds its ultimate expression in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God is spirit and eternally exists in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, indivisible and of one substance.

II. The Bible, all the books of the Old and New Testament, is Holy Scripture, the inspired Word of God, infallible and inerrant in the original writings. It is fully authoritative and our only absolutely trustworthy guide for faith and life.

III. We believe that mankind was created in the image of God; that men and women sinned, and thereby incurred, not only physical death, but also that Spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

IV. Jesus Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, preexistent with the Father, God of very God. He is the eternal Word become flesh, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary.

He was crucified, suffered, bled and died. He was buried and three days later rose from the grave victorious over death and the powers of darkness. He ascended to the right hand of God the Father where He is glorified as Lord of all.

He is the only mediator between God and Mankind. He is the God-given atonement for the sins of the world and there is salvation in Him and Him alone.

V. The Holy Spirit convinces men and women of sin, effectually calls them, and is the divine agent by whom they are born into the Kingdom of God. He indwells, enlightens, and empowers believers to live in union with Christ.

VI. Human beings are accountable for their response to the forgiveness, pardon and reconciliation offered them in the Lord Jesus Christ. When an individual trusts in Him, the person is justified by God and adopted into His family. Failure to believe in Him results in eternal separation from God.

VII. God's will for those who are disciples of Jesus is that they exhibit transformed lives evidenced by purity, holiness, and growth in Christ-like character. He desires that they each participate, according to their spiritual gifts in the task of effectively sharing the gospel message of salvation with those near and far who have yet to believe in Jesus.

VIII. The Church consists of all those who have trusted the Lord Jesus Christ. The primary purpose of the Church is to worship God and glorify Him by building up believers and effectively reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.

IX. Jesus Christ will one day return, raise the dead, judge all men and women, and establish his glorious Kingdom.

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Sector: Leadership Training

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$391,978$276,631$1,064,992$1,418,635$1,678,140
Short-term investments$687,720$202,071$502,904$752,662$583,754
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,493,082$682,197$1,613,298$2,294,104$2,456,982
Long-term investments$1,967,700$1,967,700$1,967,700$1,967,700$0
Fixed assets$1,690,114$1,783,915$1,620,612$1,386,688$559,053
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$3,657,814$3,751,615$3,588,312$3,354,388$559,053
Total assets$5,150,896$4,433,812$5,201,610$5,648,492$3,016,035
Payables and accrued expenses$44,203$62,824$60,590$65,842$78,224
Other current liabilities$233,672$237,325$240,479$243,765$246,599
Total current liabilities$277,875$300,149$301,069$309,607$324,823
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$277,875$300,149$301,069$309,607$324,823
Net assets20042003200220012000
Without donor restrictions$655,967$244,129$387,795$1,594,081$467,121
With donor restrictions$4,217,054$3,889,534$4,512,746$3,744,804$2,224,091
Net assets$4,873,021$4,133,663$4,900,541$5,338,885$2,691,212
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$11,414,709$8,874,061$8,672,934$10,441,438$7,873,830
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,303$86,470($39,889)$58,831$2,349
Other revenue$0$0$229,094$0$0
Total other revenue$51,303$86,470$189,205$58,831$2,349
Total revenue$11,466,012$8,960,531$8,862,139$10,500,269$7,876,179
Program services$9,166,070$8,096,192$7,729,641$6,696,641$5,688,003
Management and general$1,258,847$1,280,325$1,209,857$1,052,902$902,011
Total expenses$10,726,654$9,727,409$9,300,483$7,852,596$6,684,715
Change in net assets20042003200220012000
Surplus (deficit)$739,358($766,878)($438,344)$2,647,673$1,191,464
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$739,358($766,878)($438,344)$2,647,673$1,191,464


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Church Resource Ministries ("CRM") was founded July 1, 1980, by a small group of men and women highly committed to world evangelization and convinced of the centrality of the local church in God's plan to reach the world for Christ. Two local churches which were also very significant in the early days of CRM were Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, and the First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton, California. Both willingly provided an environment where aspects of CRM's ministry could be put to the test. Also extremely influential in the forming of the organization was the School of World Mission Institute of Church Growth, Fuller Theological Seminary. CRM is greatly indebted to the Church Growth Movement and the Navigators (out of which a number of initial staff came). Whereas CRM's Navigator heritage emphasized the importance of individuals and the one-to-one facet of disciple building, the Church Growth Movement provided a much appreciated emphasis on the sociological components of the evangelistic mandate.

Before CRM was formed, counsel was sought from a broad range of Christian leaders and well-informed Christian lay men and women as to the need for such an organization. Without exception, the advice was to move ahead. There was widespread enthusiasm for a mission organization willing to focus its energies on the Church, the training and equipping of her people, and the development of leadership.

CRM's commitment in the beginning years was to " start small, go deep, and then think big" regarding the growth of the ministry and its impact. This was taken to mean carefully building solid foundations based on proven experience and expertise, selectively recruiting staff, and building a base in the United States which would serve to provide the manpower and resources for the cross-cultural and world-wide expansion of the work. CRM's leadership realized at the organization's inception, and is increasingly aware today, that the needs of God's people in the US pale in comparison to the other numerous areas of the world where the Spirit of God is moving in unprecedented fashion. CRM is deeply committed to the "ta ethne" of which the Great Commission speaks. This means the task for which God has called this ministry is not fulfilled until there is a viable evangelical church serious about and committed to the biblical mandate of world evangelization in every people group in the world.

Today, staff or staff teams serve in major metropolitan areas throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia, South America, Australia and Southeast Asia. Sixty percent of the staff are involved in direct cross-cultural ministry among a broad variety of different people groups. CRM's ministry among the poor and disenfranchised, primarily in urban areas, is called "InnerCHANGE." Although committed to historic Christianity and evangelical theology, CRM staff ministers among churches from a multitude of various denominational persuasions.

Program accomplishments


Church Resource Ministry express its needs as follows:

Each of our staff raises funds for their own personal and ministry support. Such support is usually an amount given monthly or some other regular, periodic basis. To request more information about sponsoring a CRM staff member, email Jon Moore or call 800.777.6658.

The CRM Family of Funds - 7 specific, individualized ways to support CRM.

CRM has a wide variety of ways that one can invest your time.

  • Short Term Ministry Opportunities
  • Vision Trips
  • Revitalization and Multiplication Events