Your Ministry Outfitter

ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT


Our vision is to see a flourishing church, led by well-equipped leaders, serving every city and neighborhood of the world.

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A word from our president

Dear Friends,

Jesus said, “I chose you and appointed you that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” -John 15:16

In this Annual Impact Report, we look at the results—or the fruit—of our ministry in 2021.

We tend to think of results in terms of numbers. Some things can be counted. But how do we measure a national church planter who perseveres because of the encouragement of a missionary trainer? Or a pastor who teaches Scripture more faithfully because of a seminary class? Or the miracle of a cup of cold water given in Jesus’ name to a woman and her child displaced by war? So, in addition to numbers, we tell stories because they get at “fruit” in a different way.

Here’s the kind of fruit we pray for:

  • Leaders formed deeply in the Word & Way of Jesus.
  • Churches multiplied and serving their neighborhoods.
  • The poor, displaced, and vulnerable touched by the compassion of Christ.
  • People of all nations following Jesus!

To grow this kind of fruit, we EQUIP, ENCOURAGE and MULTIPLY the many dedicated leaders and ministry practitioners in the global Church. They are the future of the gospel in their nations and beyond!

Thank you for partnering with us in this calling!

Grace and Peace,

Dr. John Bernard
President

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about uwm

We are Equippers.
We are Encouragers.
We are Multipliers.
We are Ministry Outfitters.

ministry outfitter
[ˈminəstrē ˈoutˌfidər]

noun

Someone who equips, encourages and multiplies leaders worldwide with tools and training for more effective ministry.

UWMers seek to be trusted Ministry Outfitters who equip, encourage and multiply leaders worldwide as we walk with them as friends on the journey (and adventure!) of Jesus’ mission.

415

global
staff
members

53+

Nations
served
missionally

700

Global
partners

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What We Do

The church is facing a growing Global Leadership Challenge:

We confront an enormous challenge in the global Church today: the crying need for more well-equipped and thriving leaders. The Global Leadership Challenge looks like:

  • In the Majority World, 9 out of 10 churches are led by leaders with little to no ministry training.
  • In post-Christian regions, pastors struggle to lead churches in rapidly changing cultures.
  • In unreached regions, church planters often are isolated, without equipping or encouragement.
  • In every culture, Christian leaders are susceptible to cultural forms of leadership rather than Jesus’ way of servanthood.

Our mission is to EQUIP, ENCOURAGE and MULTIPLY the many dedicated leaders in the global Church for Jesus’ mission in their contexts and beyond.

Our strategy is straightforward: Equip more leaders!

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How We Do It

We train trainers to multiply leaders.

We are Ministry Outfitters.

Whether formally in seminaries, non-formally in local churches, or informally in the communities, we equip others to grow in their relationship with God and serve effectively in their ministry calling.

We are Ministry Outfitters. Equipping for the journey. Encouraging through challenges. Multiplying flourishing leaders and effective ministries.

Informal Equipping

Forming values, character, and ministry skills while doing life and ministry together.

 THINK: Jesus with His disciples.

Encouraging the Least Reached in Phoenix

As a UWMer serving with GoTEN in Phoenix, Arizona our team at GoTEN engages refugee families from unreached people groups...

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Non-formal Equipping

Making ministry training accessible to the highest number of men and women already serving in ministry.

 THINK: Church planters gathering with a mentor to learn the Bible and discuss application to their ministries.

Equipping Persecuted Leaders in West Africa

A land of innumerable challenges and endless opportunities. That is how we see our context...

Read the Full Story

Formal Equipping

Forming thought leaders, pastors, and ministry leaders through accredited programs.

 THINK: A pastor preparing a student for leading a growing church through a seminary program.

Multiplying Church Leaders in Nepal

Although Nepal is a Hindu nation, Christianity has multiplied rapidly over the past 15-20 years...

Read the Full Story

Theological Education Initiative (TEI)

Informal Equipping

Forming values, character, and ministry skills while doing life and ministry together.

 THINK: Jesus with His disciples.

Encouraging the Least Reached in Phoenix

As a UWMer serving with GoTEN in Phoenix, Arizona our team at GoTEN engages refugee families from unreached people groups...

Read the Full Story

Non-formal Equipping

Making ministry training accessible to the highest number of men and women already serving in ministry.

 THINK: Church planters gathering with a mentor to learn the Bible and discuss application to their ministries.

Equipping Persecuted Leaders in West Africa

A land of innumerable challenges and endless opportunities. That is how we see our context...

Read the Full Story

Formal Equipping

Forming thought leaders, pastors, and ministry leaders through accredited programs.

 THINK: A pastor preparing a student for leading a growing church through a seminary program.

Multiplying Church Leaders in Nepal

Although Nepal is a Hindu nation, Christianity has multiplied rapidly over the past 15-20 years...

Read the Full Story

Theological Education Initiative (TEI)

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Ministry impact stories

Stories from the field

Equipping Persecuted Leaders in West Africa

by Matthew | Senegal

West Africa: A land of innumerable challenges and endless opportunities. That is how we see our context. Our context is plagued by poverty, oppressed by advancing jihadism, marked by low rates of life expectancy, and is home to many unreached peoples. Despite these innumerable challenges, God is opening endless opportunities to train national believers for making disciples and planting churches...

Encouraging the Least Reached in Phoenix

Dora Mahoe | Phoenix, Arizona

I'm a UWMer serving with a partner ministry, GoTEN, in Phoenix, Arizona. Our team at GoTEN engages refugee families from unreached people groups. The primary people groups we connect with are among some of the least reached in the world

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Multiplying Church Leaders in Nepal

by Jaison Thomas | South Asia

Although Nepal is a Hindu nation, Christianity has multiplied rapidly over the past 15-20 years. Research shows that 90% of the churches in rural Nepal have leaders who do not have adequate ministry training. In addition, 90% of the training centers...

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Equipping Disciple Makers in Bangkok

Rawee Bunupuradah | Bangkok, Thailand

We serve in urban Bangkok, where less than 1% are followers of Christ and there is a great need for discipleship and church planting. Our ministry is focused on gospel-shaped discipleship...

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Forging Christian Character in Mexico

Manuel and Laura Vivanco, serving in Mexico City, Mexico

Our ministry base, the Chiconautla church which Manuel pastors, is located on the northeastern outer edge of Mexico City's vast metropolitan area. From this base, church-planting teams have established 6 satellite churches...

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Transforming Broken Systems in Africa

Jonathan Shaw | Democratic Republic of the Congo

We serve in the city of Goma, in the province of North Kivu. Goma borders Rwanda to its east, an active volcano (that erupted last summer) to the north, Lake Kivu to the south, and Africa's oldest national park to the west...

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Peacemaking Confronted by War in Ukraine

Taras Dyatlik | Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Born during the Soviet Era, in the Western Ukrainian city of Rivne, Taras Dyatlik is no stranger to war and conflict, and yet he has devoted his life to leading peacemaking efforts in the region and across different church traditions...

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Year-In-Review

2021 Ministry Results

4,450

people developed through intentional spiritual formation

4,350

Leaders directly equipped

29,600

leaders equipped by global partners

700

global partners

171

new churches planted

104,530

people served through Mercy Ministries

“It is we ourselves and our family who have been the most changed by the gospel message that we share with others. Our own faith has been strengthened as we have witnessed Christ’s transforming power in the lives of those around us. God has repeatedly shown himself to be faithful and true in our lives and in the lives of so many others.”

Manuel & Laura Vivanco, serving in Mexico City.

As we reflect on this past year’s impact, we remember that it is God who works through us and we glorify His name! As the apostle Paul says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” -1 Cor. 3:6

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Financial Summary

FY2021 Financial Summary

Dollar amounts listed in millions

Assets

Cash and Investments

$12.6

Property and Equipment

$0.4

Other

$0.6

$13.7

Liabilities & Net ASSETS

Liabilities

$0.6

Net Assets - Unrestricted

$5.0

Net Assets - Donor Restricted

$8.1

$13.7

Support/Revenue

Individuals

$14.2

Churches

$5.6

Training

$0.6

Other Organizations

$0.7

Other Income

$0.2

$21.6

Expenses

Evangelism/Church Planting

$5.6

Training Ministry

$5.4

Community Development and Compassion

$2.3

Leadership Development

$1.2

Church Mobilization

$1.2

Mercy Ministry

$1.0

Management & Development

$1.9

Fundraising

$0.5

Missionary Support Fundraising

$1.0

21.2

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Strategic Direction

Our Future

In 2021, we celebrated 75 years of ministry. We also thought about the future. Resolved to steward the next ten years of ministry with our most strategic contributions for the global Church, we prayerfully discerned, researched, and are now implementing a new strategic direction.

At its core, our future direction is centered on confronting the Global Leadership Challenge:

The crying need for more well-equipped and thriving leaders for the Church and its mission.

To better position us to confront this challenge, we will be focusing on achieving four objectives over the coming years:

Strengthen

UWM as a trusted leadership formation & ministry training organization for the global Church.

Infuse

equipping into the church planting and mercy ministry work of our people for the global Church.

Design

a highly developmental culture to facilitate the flourishing & longevity of our people.

Develop

sustainable operating models to drive strategic programs.

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How To Partner

moving forward with UWM

Prayerfully consider the following ways to deepen your partnership with United World Mission:

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Give

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OUR VISION IS TO SEE A FLOURISHING CHURCH, LED BY WELL-EQUIPPED LEADERS, SERVING EVERY CITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE WORLD.

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