Denison Forum / Denison Ministries

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Summary

Denison Forum is part of Denison Ministries, which also includes First15, Christian Parenting, and Janet Denison's ministry. The Denison Forum exists to thoughtfully engage the issues of the day from a biblical perspective. Jim Denison speaks and writes on cultural and contemporary issues. He is a trusted author and subject matter expert in areas where faith and current events intersect.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Denison Ministries
17304 Preston Rd.
Suite 1060
Dallas, TX 75252

Website: denisonministries.org

Phone: 214-705-3710

Email: contact@denisonministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 263191442

CEO/President: Craig Denison / Jeff Byrd

Chairman: David Watson

Board size: 5

Founder: Jim Denison and Jeff Byrd

Year founded: 2016

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2016


Purpose

Jim Denison and Jeff Byrd founded the Denison Forum in Dallas, Texas, with three employees. Their goal was to encourage spiritual awakening while equipping believers to engage with the issues and news of the day. Jim Denison's The Daily Article is distributed via email, social media, and podcast to hundreds of thousands of culture-changing Christians daily.


Mission statement

The Denison Forum provides leading insight for discerning today's news differently, empowering believers to navigate current issues and share the timeless truth of God's word with a changing culture.


Statement of faith

The Denison Forum is an inter-denominational organization. Our nonsectarian identity causes some to ask what we believe. The following faith statement is intended to clarify our theological commitments.

One of the earliest declarations of faith in Christian history is the "Apostle's Creed." Forms of it are used today by Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, and many non-denominational churches. Its name comes from the early tradition that each of the twelve apostles dictated part of it after Pentecost. As a result, the statement is traditionally divided into twelve articles. Our ministry affirms each assertion:

1. "I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth."

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is our Father (Matthew 6:9) and reigns over the universe as the Lord Almighty (Revelation 4:2-11). He created all that exists as Father (Genesis 1:1), Son (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16-17), and Spirit (Gen. 1:2).

2. "And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord."

"Jesus" means "Savior" (Matthew 1:21), the one who came "to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). "Christ" means "Messiah" (John 1:41), the one anointed by God to rule the nations (Psalm 2:1-9). He is God's "only Son" (Matt. 3:17; 16:16). He is "Lord," our Master and King (Rev. 22:20). He came to inaugurate the Kingdom of God (Matt. 4:17), and will consummate it at his return (Rev. 19:16). He calls us to extend his Kingdom (Matt. 10:7) by leading all people (Matt. 28:19; Acts 1:8) to make him their King.

3. "He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary."

Jesus chose to leave heaven for earth (Philippians 2:6-7) to be conceived physically by the power of the Holy Spirit in the body of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:34-35). His Incarnation was the miracle by which he became Immanuel, "God with us" (Matt. 1:23).

4. "He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried."

Jesus' physical life and death (Luke 23:46) are documented by the Scriptures and by Roman and Jewish historians as well. He came to be "the atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1 John 2:2), dying in our place (2 Corinthians 5:21) to pay the penalty for our sins and purchase our salvation (Rom. 5:8-9).

5. "On the third day he rose again from the dead."

Jesus' physical resurrection (Matt. 28:1-10) is the miracle which proves his divinity (1 Cor. 15:12-20). He rose again as he promised (Matt. 16:21), proving that God's word is authoritative (Matt. 28:18), trustworthy (Matt. 5:18) and relevant today (2 Timothy 3:16-17). His resurrection was the central affirmation of early Christian preaching (Acts 2:29-33; 17:31).

6. "He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father."

Jesus' ascension (Acts 1:9) further proved his divinity. He is now "at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us" (Rom. 8:34).

7. "He will come again to judge the living and the dead."

As Jesus ascended to heaven, so he will return visibly to earth again one day (Acts 1:10-11). Christians do not know when Jesus will return (Matt. 24:36), so we must be ready for him to come today (Luke 12:40).

8. "I believe in the Holy Spirit,"

The Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:4, 9). He indwells every believer at salvation (Rom. 8:18; 1 Cor. 3:16). His gifts for ministry (1 Cor. 12:28-29; Rom. 12:6-8; Eph. 4:11-13) are still operative today. We are called to submit to his leadership and seek his power for service every day (Ephesians 5:18).

9. "The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,"

The Church was founded by Jesus (Matt. 16:18) and is his body for ministry today (1 Cor. 12:27). All believers (1 Cor. 12:13) from all time (Hebrews 12:1) are part of the universal Church.

10. "The forgiveness of sins,"

We are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8-9). Salvation is a gift from God (Rom. 6:23). We must each receive this gift personally (John 3:3) by confessing our sins to God (Proverbs 28:13) with repentance (Acts 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:10), asking Jesus to forgive them (Luke 11:4) and trusting in him as our Lord and Master (Rom. 10:13).

When we make this commitment to Jesus, he makes us a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and holds us in his hand forever (John 10:28). As believers, we must continue to confess our sins to God and seek his forgiving grace (1 John 1:8-10). Since the results of sin are death (Rom. 6:23), those who refuse God's offer of salvation in Christ are separated from him forever in hell (John 3:18; Rev. 20:15).

11. "The resurrection of the body,"

Jesus' resurrection assures us of eternal life with him (1 Cor. 15:22). Believers never die (John 11:25-26). At the moment of physical death, we are instantly united with Jesus in Paradise (Luke 23:43).

12. "And life everlasting."

Christians will spend eternity with God in imperishable bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 53-55), worshipping him forever (Rev. 5:13). Jesus came to give us abundant life now (John 10:10) and eternal life with him in heaven (John 14:1-3).

These statements constitute "the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints" (Jude 3). They form the theological foundation for all our ministry does to extend God's Kingdom around the world (Habakkuk 2:14).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating722 of 94049 of 70
Fund acquisition rating719 of 94247 of 70
Resource allocation rating767 of 94255 of 70
Asset utilization rating342 of 94026 of 70

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%10%11%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%9%10%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
85%99%99%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%10%11%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
15%1%1%1%
 
Operating ratiosSector median201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%71%64%64%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%92%96%73%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
75%66%61%47%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%8%4%27%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%11%5%41%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%19%26%27%
 
Investing ratiosSector median201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.041.301.141.05
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.331.031.041.04
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.571.341.181.10
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.5813.5251.0416.17
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.080.070.020.06
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.938.329.9410.26
 
Solvency ratiosSector median201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%7%2%6%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%71%86%89%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets201920182017
Cash$2,683,824$2,163,057$2,080,159
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$750$16,500$10,455
Short-term investments$516,759$472,622$529,064
Other current assets$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,201,333$2,652,179$2,619,678
Long-term investments$0$0$0
Fixed assets$52,386$70,014$75,066
Other long-term assets$33,521$31,292$30,752
Total long-term assets$85,907$101,306$105,818
Total assets$3,287,240$2,753,485$2,725,496
 
Liabilities201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$190,961$51,593$154,216
Other current liabilities$45,785$373$7,799
Total current liabilities$236,746$51,966$162,015
Debt$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0
Total liabilities$236,746$51,966$162,015
 
Net assets201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,533,735$2,228,897$2,045,698
With donor restrictions$516,759$472,622$517,783
Net assets$3,050,494$2,701,519$2,563,481
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue201920182017
Total contributions$4,559,424$3,249,926$3,869,879
Program service revenue$4,779$38,639$24,977
Membership dues$0$0$0
Investment income$79,421($12,456)$28,742
Other revenue($19,929)$0$0
Total other revenue$64,271$26,183$53,719
Total revenue$4,623,695$3,276,109$3,923,598
 
Expenses201920182017
Program services$3,038,772$1,992,754$1,835,079
Management and general$798,375$803,895$778,725
Fundraising$437,573$341,422$260,596
Total expenses$4,274,720$3,138,071$2,874,400
 
Change in net assets201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$348,975$138,038$1,049,198
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$348,975$138,038$1,049,198

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Dr Jim DenisonPresident/Director$235,253
Jeff ByrdChief Operating Officer$195,839

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2015


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/22/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Dr. Denison's Testimony

My father was so active in his church that his friends thought he might go into vocational ministry. When World War II began, he enlisted in the Army and was stationed in the South Pacific. He experienced such horrific atrocities that he never attended church services again.

As a result, I was raised in a family that was loving and supportive but with no spiritual life and all my father's questions. He contracted a skin disease during his military service that plagued him for the rest of his life. He had his first heart attack when I was two years old and died of a second heart attack when I was in college.

Consequently, faith questions have been part of my life for all of my life.

When I was fifteen years old, a Baptist church in our community invited me to ride their bus to church. That's how I first heard the gospel. I did not understand everything I heard, but I saw something in these Christians I did not find in my life-a sense of peace, joy, and purpose.

I kept attending Sunday school and church. Several weeks later, I asked my Bible study teacher how I could have what she had. She then led me to personal faith in Christ.

However, my father's questions were still my questions: How do we know the Bible is true? What about other religions? Why does God allow bad things to happen? Over time, I concluded that there was something wrong with my faith because I still had doubts.

Then a friend gave me a copy of C. S. Lewis's Mere Christianity and it changed my life. For the first time, I encountered someone who dealt with faith intellectually. I still have that copy and reread it occasionally.

Over time, God drew me into vocational ministry and then into the academic study of my faith. I received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in philosophy of religion and have taught apologetics (methods of defending the faith) with four seminaries over the years. As a pastor of four churches, I often focused on faith questions as well.

In 2009, we launched Denison Forum so I could devote myself full-time to answering cultural questions with biblical truth. Our purpose is to equip Christians to think biblically about contemporary issues so they can use their influence more effectively for Christ.

But the common denominator across these many years has been the same: answering my father's questions. I've learned that my Father's answers are enough for my mind and my soul.


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