Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Summary

Founded in 1949, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc. exists to call the twenty-first century church to a reformation that recovers clarity and conviction about the great evangelical truths of the gospel and that then seeks to proclaim these truths powerfully in our contemporary context. The Alliance is a broadcast, publishing, and event ministry. The work centers on broadcasts -- The Bible Study Hour featuring Dr. James Boice, Every Last Word with Bible teacher Philip Ryken, God's Living Word with Rev. Richard Phillips, and Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible featuring Donald Barnhouse. These broadcasts air weekly on stations in the United States and Canada and daily on the internet. Other works include the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, Reformation Societies, reformation21, the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, and Alliance Resources including audio, books, and video. This organization is primarily funded through contributions; however, additional revenue is raised through holding events and the sale of resources. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2000
(1716 Spruce Street 19103)
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6716

Website: www.alliancenet.org

Phone: (215) 546-3696

Email: alliance@alliancenet.org


Organization details

EIN: 231352120

CEO/President: Rev Ligon Duncan

Chairman: Mr. Elmer Snethen

Board size: 14

Founder:

Year founded: 1949

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 04/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc. exists to call the twenty-first century church to a reformation that recovers clarity and conviction about the great evangelical truths of the gospel and that then seeks to proclaim these truths powerfully in our contemporary context. The Alliance is a broadcast, publishing, and event ministry. The work centers on broadcasts -- The Bible Study Hour featuring Dr. James Boice, Every Last Word with Bible teacher Philip Ryken, God's Living Word with Rev. Richard Phillips, and Dr. Barnhouse & the Bible featuring Donald Barnhouse. These broadcasts air weekly on stations in the United States and Canada and daily on the internet. Other works include the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, Reformation Societies, reformation21, the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy, and Alliance Resources including audio, books, and video. This organization is primarily funded through contributions; however, additional revenue is raised through holding events and the sale of resources. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

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 Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals uses the following to describe its mission:

The purpose of the organization is to call the church to repent of its worldliness, to recover and confess the truth of God's Word as did the Reformers, and to see that truth embodied in doctrine, worship, and life.


Statement of faith

The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals uses the following to communicate its shared beliefs:

THESIS ONE: SOLA SCRIPTURA
We reaffirm the inerrant Scripture to be the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. We deny that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian's conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.

THESIS TWO: SOLUS CHRISTUS
We reaffirm that our salvation is accomplished by the mediatorial work of the historical Christ alone. His sinless life and substitutionary atonement alone are sufficient for our justification and reconciliation to the Father. We deny that the gospel is preached if Christ's substitutionary work is not declared and faith in Christ and his work is not solicited.

THESIS THREE: SOLA GRATIA
We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God's wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerate human nature.

THESIS FOUR: SOLA FIDE
We reaffirm that justification is by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. In justification Christ's righteousness is imputed to us as the only possible satisfaction of God's perfect justice. We deny that justification rests on any merit to be found in us, or upon the grounds of an infusion of Christ's righteousness in us, or that an institution claiming to be a church that denies or condemns sola fide can be recognized as a legitimate church.

THESIS FIVE: SOLI DEO GLORIA
We reaffirm that because salvation is of God and has been accomplished by God, it is for God's glory and that we must glorify him always. We must live our entire lives before the face of God, under the authority of God and for his glory alone. We deny that we can properly glorify God if our worship is confused with entertainment, if we neglect either Law or Gospel in our preaching, or if self-improvement, self-esteem or self-fulfillment are allowed to become alternatives to the gospel.

Transparency grade

D

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating304 of 66015 of 56
Fund acquisition rating582 of 66240 of 56
Resource allocation rating63 of 6629 of 56
Asset utilization rating299 of 66019 of 56

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%12%11%15%12%16%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%10%10%12%9%13%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
82%85%88%85%79%82%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%9%9%10%8%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
18%15%12%15%21%18%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
78%85%84%85%85%83%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
97%119%113%126%119%127%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
75%101%95%107%101%106%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
3%-19%-13%-26%-19%-27%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%-32%-19%-28%-16%-20%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%6%7%6%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.041.451.241.150.930.87
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.481.391.391.331.27
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.112.151.731.601.231.11
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.497.309.4311.8910.5716.52
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.140.110.080.090.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.114.826.226.878.8210.15
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%29%23%15%11%7%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%19%13%6%1%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
75%49%62%74%96%106%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$284,594$61,900$44,855$44,147$191,628
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$18,242$117,429$22,686$21,242$18,116
Short-term investments$368,016$674,668$855,409$1,091,852$1,182,320
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$670,852$853,997$922,950$1,157,241$1,392,064
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$316,610$331,232$352,325$374,338$371,924
Other long-term assets$4,319$4,319$4,319$4,319$4,319
Total long-term assets$320,929$335,551$356,644$378,657$376,243
Total assets$991,781$1,189,548$1,279,594$1,535,898$1,768,307
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$91,901$90,520$77,621$109,492$84,258
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$91,901$90,520$77,621$109,492$84,258
Debt$188,567$155,667$73,578$8,000$8,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$9,511$23,015$35,662$47,272$36,694
Total long-term liabilities$198,078$178,682$109,240$55,272$44,694
Total liabilities$289,979$269,202$186,861$164,764$128,952
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$700,802$919,346$1,091,733$1,360,134$1,638,355
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$10,000$0
Permanently restricted$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000$1,000
Net assets$701,802$920,346$1,092,733$1,371,134$1,639,355
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$1,035,898$1,145,897$995,497$950,813$998,067
Program service revenue$140,054$102,464$113,396$133,503$95,327
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,696$24,348$32,380$42,018$51,542
Other revenue$28,917$27,340$31,226$76,437$69,190
Total other revenue$178,667$154,152$177,002$251,958$216,059
Total revenue$1,214,565$1,300,049$1,172,499$1,202,771$1,214,126
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$1,229,729$1,235,485$1,249,763$1,211,817$1,281,978
Management and general$87,989$107,423$82,070$101,217$105,553
Fundraising$122,722$130,542$145,224$112,865$159,260
Total expenses$1,440,440$1,473,450$1,477,057$1,425,899$1,546,791
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($225,875)($173,401)($304,558)($223,128)($332,665)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($225,875)($173,401)($304,558)($223,128)($332,665)

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History

In April 1996, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals held its first major meeting of evangelical scholars. The Cambridge Declaration, first presented at this meeting, is a call to the evangelical church to turn away from the worldly methods it has come to embrace, and to recover the Biblical doctrines of the Reformation. The Cambridge Declaration explains the importance of regaining adherence to the five "solas" of the Reformation--sola fide (faith alone), sola gratia (grace alone), solus Christus (Christ alone), sola Scriptura (Scripture alone) and soli Deo gloria (to God alone be glory). The name, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, was chosen because members believe that creeds and confessions play an important role in the church.


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