The Pocket Testament League

Summary

The Pocket Testament League ("TPTL") is a nondenominational, evangelical ministry of evangelism. TPTL's principal activity is assisting and equipping Christians in the effective proclamation of the Gospel through a coordinated program of scripture distribution and evangelism. TPTL has been operating for more than 100 years, with its members making it a goal of their lives to: READ God's Word each day, CARRY God's Word with them wherever they go, and SHARE God's Word with others as He gives opportunities. Over the years, more than 95 million Scripture portions have been distributed by League evangelists and volunteers. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 800
Lititz, PA 17543-7543

Website: www.pocketpower.org

Phone: (717) 392-8200

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 221616250

CEO/President: Mr. Michael Brickley

Chairman: Mr. Rich Timmons

Board size: 12

Founder: Ms. Helen Cadbury

Year founded: 1908

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Purpose

The Pocket Testament League ("TPTL") is a nondenominational, evangelical ministry of evangelism. TPTL's principal activity is assisting and equipping Christians in the effective proclamation of the Gospel through a coordinated program of scripture distribution and evangelism. TPTL has been operating for more than 100 years, with its members making it a goal of their lives to: READ God's Word each day, CARRY God's Word with them wherever they go, and SHARE God's Word with others as He gives opportunities. Over the years, more than 95 million Scripture portions have been distributed by League evangelists and volunteers. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

The Pocket Testament League's Mission Statement is:

Encouraging Christians everywhere to read, carry and share the Word of God.


Statement of faith

The Pocket Testament League's Statement of Faith is:

The inspiration and authority of the whole Bible (Old and New Testaments) as the full revelation of God by the Holy Spirit.

The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His substitutionary atoning death on the cross, His bodily resurrection and His personal return.

The necessity of the new birth for entering the Kingdom of God (John 3).

The obligation upon all believers to be witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ and to seek the salvation of others."

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Publishing

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating142 of 4301 of 10
Fund acquisition rating202 of 4304 of 10
Resource allocation rating103 of 4302 of 10
Asset utilization rating226 of 4304 of 10

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%6%5%6%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%4%6%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%99%98%0%0%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%5%4%7%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%1%2%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%86%88%83%0%0%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%118%103%88%0%0%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%102%91%73%0%0%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-18%-3%12%0%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-27%-4%15%0%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%10%0%0%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.421.190.930.000.00
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.612.022.040.000.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.533.702.401.900.000.00
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.108.1317.5510.400.000.00
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.120.060.100.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.062.844.715.700.000.00
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%19%16%16%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%57%70%90%0%0%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$512,658$942,886$1,095,896$0$0
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$451,558$497,222$322,215$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$964,216$1,440,108$1,418,111$0$0
Long-term investments$1,491,693$1,423,791$1,470,380$0$0
Fixed assets$3,979$6,718$10,258$0$0
Other long-term assets$55,200$31,950$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,550,872$1,462,459$1,480,638$0$0
Total assets$2,515,088$2,902,567$2,898,749$0$0
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$118,645$82,058$136,362$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$118,645$82,058$136,362$0$0
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$358,040$387,682$335,066$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$358,040$387,682$335,066$0$0
Total liabilities$476,685$469,740$471,428$0$0
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$1,869,278$2,185,001$1,807,779$0$0
Temporarily restricted$168,125$246,826$618,542$0$0
Permanently restricted$1,000$1,000$1,000$0$0
Net assets$2,038,403$2,432,827$2,427,321$0$0
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$2,978,020$3,335,144$3,025,297$0$0
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$35,269$23,941$43,850$0$0
Other revenue$8,581$4,724$2,420$0$0
Total other revenue$43,850$28,665$46,270$0$0
Total revenue$3,021,870$3,363,809$3,071,567$0$0
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$3,082,546$3,048,350$2,250,893$0$0
Management and general$297,889$263,334$261,560$0$0
Fundraising$190,313$150,593$187,271$0$0
Total expenses$3,570,748$3,462,277$2,699,724$0$0
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($548,878)($98,468)$371,843$0$0
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($548,878)($98,468)$371,843$0$0

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History

The Pocket Testament League was begun by Helen Cadbury in 1893 as a way to win her school friends to the Lord. Helen Cadbury wed Charles Alexander in 1904. The March-League was formally organized in Philadelphia, PA in 1908 by Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman and Mr. Charles M. Alexander. It was during the Chapman-Alexander Mission in Philadelphia in the spring of 1908 the The Pocket Testament League was made a world-wide movement. The first Pocket Testament League office in London was opened in 1914 at the beginning of World War I. The formation and adoption of Principles of League was carried out in 1928. TPTL was heavily involved in the distribution of scripture throughout World War II. TPTL first great overseas campaign of mass evangelization and Scripture distribution was carried out in China in 1945. TPTL continued it overseas work in Japan throughout the late forties. In 1951 the door was opened to TPTL to launch a campaign of Scripture distribution in Korea. In the mid-fifties campaigns were carried out all over Africa. TPTL first participation in the Olympics took place at theh 1960 Rome Olympics. Campaigns in Europe and South America followed. A restructuring took place during 1966 which enabled TPTL to coordinate its home and foreign mission programs to an extent not possible before. Scripture distribution campaigns were carried out throughout the Vietnam War. In 1981 TPTL and Free Bible Literature Society (Operation Campus Ministry) unite. Throughout the eighties and nineties campaigns have been carried out in many parts of the world, including Desert Storm. Special events included the 50th Anniversary of D-Day Commemorative Edition of the New Testament, distribution of 125,000 Gospels during the Atlanta Olympics, distribution of 15,000 Special Edition Gospel's of John for the 1997 Presidential Inauguration and the distribution of 50,000 Gospel's of John during the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.


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