Scripture Union USA / SU

Summary

Scripture Union's vision and prayer for our ministry is to become a catalyst for a national network of after-school and summer programs for at-risk and/or un-churched children that are built on a relational, holistic evangelistic philosophy. This project is especially significant because it targets children outside the orbit of the church, at an age when research shows that they are most likely to respond to Christ. SU is a nonprofit organization and 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 215
Valley Forge, PA 19481-0215

Website: www.scriptureunion.org

Phone: (800) 621-5267

Email: info@scriptureunion.org


Organization details

EIN: 251228715

CEO/President: Janet Morgan

Chairman: Gordon Haresign

Board size: 11

Founder:

Year founded: 1959

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

The Need - Scripture Union recognizes the urgent need to reach the next generation with the reality of the Gospel and the truth of God's Word. We believe this is one of the most important mission fields facing the Christian community today.

  • There are 75 million children in the United States, 10 million of whom are considered "at-risk"
  • The majority have little or no understanding of God or the Bible.
  • Traditional forms of children's ministry (Sunday School and Vacation Bible School) are not reaching the greater percentage of children outside the church.
And yet, research shows that children are a strategic mission opportunity:
  • 85% of those who make a decision for Christ do so between the ages of 4 and 14
  • After the age of 19, the spiritual identity of a person is largely set in place.
The Program - Scripture Union/USA has developed and implemented an afterschool program for at-risk children across six regions of the United States. Local churches and ministries work with SU regional staff to present the unique and effective Scripture Union curriculum and materials. This program is reinforced by a summer outreach program offered in urban churches, housing projects or playgrounds.

The main program component is a Bible-based, evangelistic after-school program called PrimeTime. This program is supported by SuperKids children's summer outreach missions and our Bible engagement programs, especially the E100 Challenge. In addition, we have formed a partnership with The Salvation Army for delivery of the program.

** Scripture Union is committed to the continued expansion of the PrimeTime program.

Reaching more children through regional expansion - Essential to the success of the PrimeTime Initiative is the necessity to expand its regional leadership to oversee a structured and systematic growth. Scripture Union's field strategy is to firmly establish eight (8) Ministry Regions, each served by a full-time Regional Director who functions as a "catalyst/trainer" to empower local churches and partners -- like The Salvation Army -- to deliver programs.

The Regions will be based in areas that have a high concentration of at-risk children and will become the hub of our ministry throughout a multi-state area. The designated Regional hubs will also give us a visible base for children's programs and for training local partners, volunteers, and staff.

Planned Ministry Regions Region "Hub" City
  • Northeast
  • Mid-Atlantic
  • Great Lakes
  • Southeast

Mission statement

Scripture Union's expresses its vision as follows:

Working as an extension of the Church, Scripture Union's mission is: a) to make God's Good News known to children, young people and their families; b) to encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer so that they may come to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, grow in Christian maturity, become committed church members and serve a world in need.


Statement of faith

Scripture Union upholds the truths of Christianity as revealed by God in Holy Scripture including:

  1. The unity of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  2. The sovereignty of God in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  3. The divine inspiration and the entire trustworthiness and unity of Holy Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  4. The sinfulness and guilt of all people since the Fall, rendering them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
  5. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin solely through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  6. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
  7. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone.
  9. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  10. The one holy, universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
  11. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Publishing

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating249 of 4304 of 10
Fund acquisition rating355 of 4307 of 10
Resource allocation rating254 of 4305 of 10
Asset utilization rating112 of 4302 of 10

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%13%9%11%8%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%8%9%8%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%86%88%84%90%85%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%11%9%8%7%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%14%12%16%10%15%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%81%84%86%86%84%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%99%94%113%102%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%80%78%97%88%82%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%1%6%-13%-2%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%5%29%-89%-10%10%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%8%8%6%6%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.322.632.423.912.652.52
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.031.041.171.151.08
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532.692.514.583.052.73
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.104.394.901.732.282.41
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.230.200.580.440.42
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.063.443.801.102.212.57
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%22%46%49%38%38%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%30%22%13%23%24%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$444,683$438,222$229,773$243,560$630,906
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$102,934$301,718$266,728$538,990$289,816
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$547,617$739,940$496,501$782,550$920,722
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$14,284$26,887$85,159$118,327$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$75,100
Total long-term assets$14,284$26,887$85,159$118,327$75,100
Total assets$561,901$766,827$581,660$900,877$995,822
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$70,657$134,130$256,464$339,875$382,632
Other current liabilities$54,151$16,863$30,685$3,220$0
Total current liabilities$124,808$150,993$287,149$343,095$382,632
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$200,000$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$200,000$0$0$0
Total liabilities$124,808$350,993$287,149$343,095$382,632
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$287,834$266,575$186,934$369,610$358,275
Temporarily restricted$149,259$149,259$107,577$188,172$254,915
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$437,093$415,834$294,511$557,782$613,190
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$1,283,426$1,737,945$1,699,542$2,100,237$2,194,884
Program service revenue$190,490$202,188$263,193$208,698$337,861
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$572$119$0$128$2,198
Other revenue$22,370$38,924$49,128$25,161$40,556
Total other revenue$213,432$241,231$312,321$233,987$380,615
Total revenue$1,496,858$1,979,176$2,011,863$2,334,224$2,575,499
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$1,190,580$1,552,928$1,948,513$2,059,660$2,116,702
Management and general$115,596$140,510$147,008$154,390$168,175
Fundraising$169,423$164,415$179,613$175,582$229,356
Total expenses$1,475,599$1,857,853$2,275,134$2,389,632$2,514,233
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$21,259$121,323($263,271)($55,408)$61,266
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$21,259$121,323($263,271)($55,408)$61,266

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Scripture Union began in 1867 when a young Englishman named Josiah Spiers took the "radical" step of sharing the Good News with children on a beach. A few years later, a volunteer named Annie Marsten printed lists of Bible passages for the children to read after the beach missions. Soon, over 500,000 children around the world were reading the Bible in Scripture Union groups. From that small beginning, Scripture Union has expanded to 121 national movements worldwide, each with indigenous leadership and each with the same mission.

In the United States, Scripture Union began in 1959 and has developed a variety of evangelism and discipleship programs for children, youth, and families, as well as several Bible engagement programs and publications for all ages. These include:

The Essential 100 Challenge. A national Bible engagement program for individuals, youth groups, and churches based on a new way for reading through the Bible called The Essential 100. http://e100challenge.com/

The Essential Jesus Challenge. This new program, takes churches, individuals and groups through the storyline of Jesus Christ in 100 carefully selected readings from both the Old and New Testaments. http://essentialjesuschallenge.com/

SuperKids. A program for creatively presenting the Good News and God's Word to un-churched children, anytime, anywhere. http://superkidsmission.com/

PrimeTime. A Bible-based after-school program for at-risk children, especially in urban areas, developed in partnership with The Salvation Army. http://www.primetimeafterschool.com/

SU/USA also publishes two quarterly Bible reading guides: Discovery and Encounter with God. Current circulation: 60,000.


Program accomplishments

The Barna Group, a nationally-recognized research organization, conducted a study in 2010-11.

Responses from Children and Youth after participating in a SuperKids program... 92% said all who believe in Jesus will have eternal life 90% felt more loved by God 81% learned more about God and Jesus 80% said they learned more about the Bible 74% said that they want to follow Jesus 68% said they want to go to church 66% said they learned how to stay out of trouble 64% said they learned "right from wrong"

Responses from Leaders and Volunteers after participating in a SuperKids program...

89% said SuperKids helps children know more about Jesus 83% said SuperKids helps children learn about the Bible 77% said SuperKids makes Bible learning fun for children 74% said they'd be a SuperKids team leader in the future 69% were completely satisfied with SuperKids Program

What Christian Leaders are Saying About...Scripture Union

  • "Scripture Union made me realize the importance of the word of God." --Luis Palau
  • "Scripture Union taught me the discipline of daily Bible reading." --John Stott
  • "I wouldn't be the person I am today without...Scripture Union." --N. T. Wright
  • "I am totally, completely and forever a Scripture Union man." --Billy Graham

Needs

Scripture Union is committed to the continued expansion of the PrimeTime program, reaching more children with the Good News of the Gospel. Funding is gratefully accepted that allows us to maintain the current programs and to expand to new locations.

The vision for the PrimeTime program is to become a catalyst for a national network of after-school programs for at-risk and/or un-churched children. The foundation for these programs is built on a relational, holistic evangelistic philosophy. This project is especially significant because it targets children outside the orbit of the church, at an age when research shows that they are most likely to respond to Christ.

a. PrimeTime Program Goals

  • Program Sites Current Year 209; Next Year's goal 250
  • Children (Participants Registered) Current Year 10,165; Next Yea's goal 10,500
b. PrimeTime Program Expense Summary
  • Training. SU Regional Directors will conduct start-up training for leaders and volunteers at each PrimeTime location. In addition, follow up training and site visits occur throughout the year.

  • Curriculum. SU produces all curriculum materials and provides all supplies for the program at each location. Materials are produced in collaboration with The Salvation Army, in both English and Spanish.

  • Online Children's Resource Center. SU has developed a web-based delivery system for its curriculum and video training modules thereby enhancing the work of the Regional Directors and quickly spreading the program to other locations.

  • Follow-Up Strategy. Scripture Union partners with The Salvation Army in order tobring the PrimeTime program to at-risk children in their own neighborhoods. In addition, the programs are designed for implementation in local churches so that children and their families can be connected for ongoing assistance - to help with basic needs as well as spiritual support.

  • Bible Engagement. The PrimeTime program encourages children to read and know the Scriptures by incorporating fun, Bible-based activities. New materials are developed each year that help the children foster a Bible-based lifestyle.