Evangelism Explosion International

Summary

Evangelism Explosion International ("EE") strives to glorify God by equipping local churches worldwide to multiply through friendship, evangelism, discipleship and healthy growth. EE's goal is to cooperate with all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, of every denomination, to promote the spread of His gospel to everyone on earth, and to have at least one church actively engaged in the EE ministry in every nation. EE commits to training personal evangelists in order to reach the world's exploding population. It will also bring to full development all existing EE International Ministries around the world so that they will be indigenous and therefore self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating. It will reposition EE in today's society and the Christian world for more effective and relevant communication especially to meet the demand for a friendship/relational approach to Evangelism. It will also provide the staff, resources and organization needed to sustain healthy, indigenous EE ministries both in North American and around the world. Evangelism Explosion International was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy in 1970.

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 753
Arden, NC 28704-8704

Website: www.evangelismexplosion.org

Phone: (954) 491-6100

Email: info@eeinternational.org


Organization details

EIN: 237068456

CEO/President: Dr. John B. Sorensen

Chairman: Dr. David Self

Board size: 12

Founder: Dr. D. James Kennedy

Year founded: 1970

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Evangelism Explosion International ("EE") strives to glorify God by equipping local churches worldwide to multiply through friendship, evangelism, discipleship and healthy growth.

EE's goal is to cooperate with all true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, of every denomination, to promote the spread of His gospel to everyone on earth. EE trains and assists pastors and church leaders to equip their laity to reach the world's exploding population. It will also bring to full development all existing EE International Ministries around the world so that they will be indigenous and therefore self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating.

EE strives to remain relevant in today's society and the Christian world by constanting introducing new methods and materials for training, for more effective and relevant communication especially to meet the demand for a friendship/relational approach to Evangelism.

Ministries include:

  • Everyday Evangelism - a 7-week version of adult EE with simplified materials and easy learning methods
  • XEE - a video based training program especially suited to young adults
  • Youth EE for high-schoolers
  • Hope for Kids in partnership with One Hope - to train children to witness to their friends
  • The Explorer's Club, in partnership with the Mailbox Club - a discipleship program for children who have completed Hope for Kids training
  • Glasses for Missions - provides reading glasses at no cost and equips missionaries to easily share the Gospel with recipients
  • Share Your Faith, a one-day workshop that teaches an easy to remember Gospel outline
  • Prison Ministry - trains inmates to share their faith with other incarcerated individuals; prisons with this ministry have seen their recidivism rate drop dramatically
  • Weavers - a sto4ry telling method of sharing the Gospel in oral cultures


EE is also the parent orgaization of the D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, which ministers to members of Congress and their staff on Capitol Hill. In June 2013, the Center added The D. James Kennedy Library as a resource for Hill staff seeking to find the Biblical or historical basis for legislation.

EE trains the staff, and provides resources and organization needed to sustain healthy, indigenous EE ministries both in North America and around the world.

The ministry of Evangelism Explosion was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy in 1962; the organization was incorporated in 1970.

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

Evangelism Explosion International's Mission Statement is:

Glorify God by equipping local churches worldwide to multiply through friendship, evangelism, discipleship, and healthy growth!


Statement of faith

Evangelism Explosion International's Statement of Faith is:

1. The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. There is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

3. Our Lord Jesus Christ is God and Man in one Person. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, and vicariously atoned for sin through His shed blood and death. He was bodily resurrected from the dead, He ascended to the right hand of God the Father, and He will personally return in power and glory.

4. Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.

5. Eternal life is received by faith--that is, trusting in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.

6. The Holy Spirit indwells all true believers and enables them to live a godly life.

7. Both the saved and the lost will be resurrected from the dead--they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

8. There is spiritual unity of all true believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

9. The local church is the primary God-established base of operation for evangelistic activity in the world.

10. Every true believer is commissioned of Christ to "preach the Gospel to every creature" and to "make disciples of all nations.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating367 of 43039 of 44
Fund acquisition rating390 of 43040 of 44
Resource allocation rating245 of 43026 of 44
Asset utilization rating310 of 43031 of 44

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20162015201420132012
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%17%11%10%9%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%15%10%9%9%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%92%94%93%95%93%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%11%10%10%11%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%8%6%7%5%7%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20162015201420132012
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%81%82%81%82%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%138%97%93%84%95%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%112%79%76%69%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-38%3%7%16%5%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-56%4%12%33%14%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%8%7%8%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20162015201420132012
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.060.831.061.532.10
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.542.121.811.561.90
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.681.751.912.393.99
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20162015201420132012
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.091.222.482.044.415.43
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.820.400.490.230.18
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.070.794.083.203.892.45
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20162015201420132012
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%48%35%29%15%22%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%15%16%2%0%13%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%49%78%67%56%37%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20162015201420132012
Cash$2,216,646$4,195,546$4,208,425$3,364,667$1,854,131
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$629,846$251,376$330,667$493,646$365,447
Short-term investments$114,081$311,783$309,901$294,003$268,656
Other current assets$187,828$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,148,401$4,758,705$4,848,993$4,152,316$2,488,234
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,843,703$5,307,990$3,925,586$2,313,941$2,115,750
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$132,822
Total long-term assets$4,843,703$5,307,990$3,925,586$2,313,941$2,248,572
Total assets$7,992,104$10,066,695$8,774,579$6,466,257$4,736,806
 
Liabilities20162015201420132012
Payables and accrued expenses$262,708$385,548$312,824$317,562$428,305
Other current liabilities$2,327,440$1,536,667$2,063,380$623,986$30,110
Total current liabilities$2,590,148$1,922,215$2,376,204$941,548$458,415
Debt$1,238,144$1,635,143$150,000$0$594,799
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,238,144$1,635,143$150,000$0$594,799
Total liabilities$3,828,292$3,557,358$2,526,204$941,548$1,053,214
 
Net assets20162015201420132012
Unrestricted$1,606,143$2,243,012$2,064,604$1,707,521$1,916,604
Temporarily restricted$2,557,669$4,266,325$4,183,771$3,817,188$1,766,988
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$4,163,812$6,509,337$6,248,375$5,524,709$3,683,592
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20162015201420132012
Total contributions$5,595,981$8,057,804$9,255,349$11,177,254$9,684,259
Program service revenue$499,033$531,220$683,355$545,181$708,646
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,955$3,151$22,444$10,564$11,975
Other revenue$7,862$5,560$29,987$22,325$51,802
Total other revenue$508,850$539,931$735,786$578,070$772,423
Total revenue$6,104,831$8,597,735$9,991,135$11,755,324$10,456,682
 
Expenses20162015201420132012
Program services$6,865,046$6,820,408$7,551,003$8,157,682$8,184,949
Management and general$639,553$655,076$770,397$697,907$800,359
Fundraising$945,757$861,289$946,069$1,058,618$949,802
Total expenses$8,450,356$8,336,773$9,267,469$9,914,207$9,935,110
 
Change in net assets20162015201420132012
Surplus (deficit)($2,345,525)$260,962$723,666$1,841,117$521,572
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,345,525)$260,962$723,666$1,841,117$521,572

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History

1967 EE's first leadership training clinic held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with 36 pastors attending.

1970 The first edition of EE's textbook was published.

1972 EE was incorporated, a board was elected, and EE clinics spread to Philadelphia and Chicago.

1973 EE moved beyond U.S. borders to Regina, Canada.

1974 EE spread to other continents.

1983 EE spread to all continents of the world.

1988 With EE in only 66 nations, Dr. Kennedy challenged the continental vice presidents to take EE to every nation by 1995.

1990 The total of EE nations rose dramatically to 103!

1992 Russia opened to EE and other nations were added for a total of 141 nations.

1994 EE continued its world wide impact with a presence in a total of 174 nations.

1995 EE reached the goal of planting EE in all 211 of the world's nations.

1996 EE accomplished its goal of planting the Gospel in all 211 nations of the world.

1999 More than 500 clinics conducted around the world.

2000 EE planted the Gospel in every territory of the world. The number of EE indigenous, national ministries who are self-supporting, self-governing, and reaching out to help other less advanced nations, reached 46.

2002 One-day Share Your Faith workshops begin

2004 Deaf EE, a ministry equipping the deaf to reach the deaf is developed

2006 The number of professions of faith in Christ totals close to 5 million, as reported at training events alone

2007 EE "adopts" The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington, DC; XEE is introduced

2008 John Sorensen is appointed President; The Global Development Project (GDP) begins to add hundreds of field workers to assist pastors to implement the EE ministry. Implementation rises from 20% to over 80%.; Hope For Kids begins with the goal of equipping 2 million children and reaching 20 million for Christ.; Number of professions grows to 5.3 million.

2009 The 7-week Everyday Evangelism training is introduced.

2010 The first Congress of Nations is held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Representatives of 30 of the nations with the strongest EE ministries gather and sign a partnership covenant.

2011 EE moves its headquarters from Fort Lauderdale to Arden, North Carolina

2012 50th anniversary is celebrated; Dr. David Self is appointed Chairman of the Board; Professions of faith exceed 7.89 million.

2013 The D. James Kennedy Library is opened under the auspices of the Center for Christian Statesmanship, in Washington DC; The first annual North Carolina banquet is held at The Cove, in Asheville, with ministry partners and local pastors in attendance; The second Congress of Nations is held in Cape Town, South Africa. Over 60 nations are represented, all making a covenant to promote the ministry of EE and agreeing to a set of principles and guidelines.


Program accomplishments

The growth of EE's worldwide ministry is best measured by seeing the rapidly increasing number of Leadership Clinics.

2012 - Results: Leadership Training Events: 2,342 Individuals trained: more than 64,248 Professions of faith in Christ: more than 7.8 million

Implementation rate - 80% of churches that receive the training are now actively using an EE ministry.

EE has Training Centers in Fiji, Malawi, Ukraine and the US. Every summer, young adults are invited to participate in a 6-week internship in Fiji, Malawi or Washington DC. They learn how to do EE and then how to teach it in a local church. EE strives to find bright young Christians who can develop into the future leaders of the ministry around the world.

Through the Hope for Kids program, EE has reached 20 million children worldwide with the Gospel. It begins with a church-based workshop to train the leaders for various churches. They return to their churches and train the children, often in a Sunday school class. These children are each given 10 "Pathway to Hope" books to give to their friends as they share the Gospel with them. The friends, in turn, are invited to attend the next classes and the first students progress to Explorer's Club for discipleship.

The Implementation Field Workers project has enabled EE to fulfill its purpose of assisting the local pastor. IFWs are carefully chosen during a 2-day screening process. Funding is provided for their first-year salary while they begin fundraising; in the second year, funding is cut by 1/3 and in the third year by 2/3. After three years, the IFW is self-sustaining. Each IFW is tasked with seeing 15 churches implement EE each year. This program has changed the ministry in many nations, and is now being implemented in the US.


Needs

Funding for more Implementation Field Workers.

Funds for Hope for Kids workshops - $50 trains the leaders in one workshop; the cost to train and equip each child is $20. This initiative has by far surpassed all expectations and goals were accomplished far ahead of projection. So, funding to meet the great demand for more workshops is an urgent need.

All ministry programs depend on donors to enable them to continue the work and for EE to produce quality materials. Please see the list under "Purpose".