Ligonier Ministries/ R.C. Sproul

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Summary

For 30 years, Ligonier has been producing Christian education materials designed to fill the gap between Sunday School and Seminary. Beginning as a small study center in western Pennsylvania and continuing since 1984 as a ministry staffed by more than 50 people in Orlando, Florida, Ligonier has provided Christian laypeople with substantive educational materials on theology, history, Bible study, apologetics, and Christian ethics.

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:
P.O. Box 547500
(400 Technology Park Lake Mary, FL 32746)
Orlando, FL 32854-7500

Website: www.ligonier.org

Phone: (407) 333-4244

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 251298611

CEO/President: Chris Larson

Chairman: W. Robert Godfrey

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. R.C. Sproul

Year founded: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Ligonier Ministries, Inc. (also known as Renewing Your Mind) ("RYM") is the teaching ministry of Dr. R. C. Sproul. Its purpose is to awaken as many people as possible to the holiness of God by proclaiming the holiness of God in all its fullness, by teaching and defending the holiness of God. Teaching is available on both video and audiocassette tapes with accompanying curriculum, books and regional conferences. The Renewing Your Mind broadcast and any of Ligonier educational resources are available on its website, ligonier.org

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

Ligonier Ministries, Inc. Statement of Purpose is:

Ligonier Ministries' purpose is to awaken as many people as possible to the holiness of God by proclaiming, teaching, and defending God's holiness in all its fullness.


Statement of faith

Ligonier Ministries, Inc.'s Statement of Faith is:

We believe in one God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Triune God has created man in His own image and has called him to manifest and reflect holiness through obedience to His commandments. Because man has woefully fallen in this responsibility and entered into a state of moral corruption, he has subsequently become estranged from his creator.

Because of a profound love for His creation, God has initiated a plan of redemption which He has accomplished on behalf of His people in the realm of temporal history. The zenith of this redemption is located in the historical incarnation of God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. We confess Jesus to be the Christ of Old Testament prophecy, being at the same time fully God and fully man. Jesus, through His substitutionary atoning death and bodily resurrection, has provided the meritorious basis of our justification, which by God's grace, we receive by faith alone.

The risen and ascended Christ has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit has been given to the people of god to empower them for the service of bearing witness to the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit brings His people together to form a corporate community of believers. We believe that Christ has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the regulation of the authority of Holy Scripture, exercising discipline, administering the sacraments, and preaching the Gospel of Christ.

We believe that the Bible, in its entirety, is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God and carrying the full weight of His authority.

We support the work of Christian organizations and institutions that confess the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We are committed to the implementation of the social and cultural implications of God's commandments for the well-being of man and his environment. We believe our faith should be visible in concrete forms and models of personal and social behavior. We seek to be faithful disciples of Christ, enduring in love and obedience until He comes again to consummate His kingdom.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating746 of 81745 of 52
Fund acquisition rating624 of 81737 of 52
Resource allocation rating566 of 81736 of 52
Asset utilization rating726 of 81749 of 52

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%14%13%18%21%19%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%11%10%13%15%14%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%75%77%68%75%73%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%11%12%17%16%15%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%25%23%32%25%27%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%77%77%71%72%73%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
101%100%87%74%97%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
82%77%67%52%70%67%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
-1%0%13%26%3%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
-2%0%11%34%4%13%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%12%11%12%12%11%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.960.630.570.730.980.94
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.483.392.182.073.222.90
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.022.131.251.513.142.72
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.053.204.814.342.302.70
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.150.310.210.230.430.37
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.593.877.616.122.162.78
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%19%21%24%32%33%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%7%8%13%18%21%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
69%128%138%105%70%71%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$8,852,436$12,149,695$9,518,538$5,076,519$6,056,826
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,309,366$1,583,737$5,862,207$1,984,718$1,697,566
Short-term investments$1,074,956$6,398,785$0$0$0
Other current assets$2,134,141$1,059,108$913,802$1,085,424$1,124,637
Total current assets$13,370,899$21,191,325$16,294,547$8,146,661$8,879,029
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$30,274,269$23,325,019$17,445,715$18,069,838$16,862,006
Other long-term assets$1,687,066$1,687,066$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$31,961,335$25,012,085$17,445,715$18,069,838$16,862,006
Total assets$45,332,234$46,203,410$33,740,262$26,216,499$25,741,035
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$2,355,448$2,847,295$2,232,332$1,987,645$2,119,014
Other current liabilities$1,819,865$1,553,875$1,525,599$1,553,488$1,174,470
Total current liabilities$4,175,313$4,401,170$3,757,931$3,541,133$3,293,484
Debt$3,199,139$3,750,868$4,281,808$4,792,737$5,283,826
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$1,346,549$1,487,066$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$4,545,688$5,237,934$4,281,808$4,792,737$5,283,826
Total liabilities$8,721,001$9,639,104$8,039,739$8,333,870$8,577,310
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$33,662,004$31,932,455$17,908,379$14,268,208$13,517,970
Temporarily restricted$2,949,229$4,631,851$7,382,144$3,304,421$3,535,755
Permanently restricted$0$0$410,000$310,000$110,000
Net assets$36,611,233$36,564,306$25,700,523$17,882,629$17,163,725
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$21,552,825$23,482,184$22,773,844$19,796,013$19,261,600
Program service revenue$6,528,446$6,571,751$6,256,300$6,303,266$6,640,170
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$4,000,000$0$0
Other revenue$495,876$364,518$237,054$215,276$422,570
Total other revenue$7,024,322$6,936,269$10,493,354$6,518,542$7,062,740
Total revenue$28,577,147$30,418,453$33,267,198$26,314,555$26,324,340
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$21,988,384$20,388,607$17,324,259$18,444,161$17,626,434
Management and general$3,446,723$2,948,893$3,060,832$3,082,229$2,770,414
Fundraising$3,095,113$3,121,244$4,178,000$4,069,261$3,719,638
Total expenses$28,530,220$26,458,744$24,563,091$25,595,651$24,116,486
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$46,927$3,959,709$8,704,107$718,904$2,207,854
Other changes in net assets$0$6,904,074($886,213)$0$0
Total change in net assets$46,927$10,863,783$7,817,894$718,904$2,207,854

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Christopher LarsonPresident$306,638
Lee WebbVP of Broadcasting$185,747
James D BridgesVP of Marketing$179,761
Dirk NavesChief Creative Officer$175,395
John SarnickiSpecial Technology Advisor$167,129
James MooreVP of Operations/Secretary$165,678
John PetersenDirector of Advancement$160,997
John CobbVP of Ministry Insights$157,824
Diane BerryDir of Finance/Treasurer$154,118
Burk ParsonsChief Publishing Officer$134,588
Vesta SproulDirector$95,093
Dr W Robert GodfreyChrmn/Dir/Teaching Fellow$81,050
Dr Steven LawsonDirector/Teaching Fellow$800

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/16/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Ligonier Ministries, Inc.'s founder and principal teacher is Dr. R.C. Sproul, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Knox Theological Seminary in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and holds positions at Westminster Theological Seminary as well. Since earning his Drs. degree from the Free University of Amsterdam at the age of 25, Dr. Sproul has taught theology and philosophy at the college and seminary level. But his passion has always been lay education -- specifically, the kind of in-depth educational resources Christian laypeople desperately need but often can't find. R.C. has spent the last 30 years writing more than 50 books and recording hundreds of messages on video and audio cassette. Providing this material to Christian households at an affordable price is what LM -- and thus Renewing Your Mind Online -- is all about.

LM has been producing Christian education materials designed to fill the gap between Sunday school and seminary. Beginning as a small study center in western Pennsylvania and continuing since 1984 as a ministry staffed by more than 50 people in Orlando, Florida, LM has provided Christian laypeople with substantive educational materials on theology, history, Bible study, apologetics, and Christian ethics.


Program accomplishments

Ligonier Ministries, Inc.'s accomplishments and programs include some of the following:

  • Approximately 11,925 attendees to religious lectures, seminars and programs.
  • Approximately 32,500 subscriptions to monthly subscriptions of religious doctrine, ministry & instruction.
  • Approximately 45,700 audio tapes distributed.
  • Approximately 14,200 video tapes distributed.
  • Approximately 96,200 books and curriculum distributed.
  • Renewing Your Mind Radio -- daily radio program currently broadcasting on over 160 natioanal and international stations.
  • Renewing Your Mind Online -- Gospel Communications Network website.
  • Tabletalk -- monthly Bible-study magazine.
  • Conferences and Seminars -- face-to-face teaching events with Dr. Sproul. and many other prominent Christian scholars.
  • Ligonier School of Theology - certificate program consisting of 31 courses available on distance learning basis.
  • Video and Audio Series -- substantive materials covering theology, apologetics, the Christian life, and more.
  • Books -- print resources by R.C. Sproul, other contemporary authors, Puritan pastors and theologians.
  • Prayer forum gives people the opportunity to leave prayer requests and encourage one another.
  • Theological forum is topical, changing its emphasis monthly.
  • RYM forum discusses the Renewing Your Mind broadcast, which plays on over 160 stations around the country and on RYM web site 24 hours a day. It's like a radio call-in show, only the listeners interact as well as hear responses from RYM staff.
  • General forum is an off-topic discussion area. RYM welcomes Bible questions, hearty theological debate and just plain fun. This is a no smoking section, though- no flaming or advertising allowed. Good, low-key conversation.

Needs

Ligonier express its needs as follows:

  • Funding for the development and operations of the new Ligonier School of Theology.
  • Multiple computer needs; hardware/software/workstations.
  • Partners for "Tape of the Month".