Forge (fka Kingdom Building Ministries, Inc.)
Kingdom Building Ministries (KBM) is an evangelical Christian, parachurch organization that partners with churches, universities, denominations and other ministry organizations to challenge, equip and mobilize Christians to become Kingdom laborers. Kingdom Building Ministries has three ministry divisions that help it achieve its mission. (1) Itinerant Speaking Ministries: Kingdom Building Ministries has 15 or more itinerant speakers who speak to hundreds of thousands of people at hundreds of events around the world each year. These gifted speakers share a variety of spiritual-growth messages with a variety of groups. KBM speakers challenge individuals to spiritual decisions including first-time commitments to Jesus Christ, recommitments to Christ, and commitments to become a laborer. (2) The Laborer's Institute: Kingdom Building Ministries is committed to equipping, teaching, mentoring, encouraging and supporting Christians as they seek to live a life of laborership. The Laborer's Institute provides a focused period of time where students can reach deeper levels in their spiritual journeys. Kingdom Building Ministries offers Laborer's Institute courses for youth, young adults, and adults. Some programs are hosted on location in the Denver area and others are held in regional locations throughout the United States. (3) Laborer's Resources: Kingdom Building Ministries is committed to providing on-going support and training through various kinds of resource materials. These include: books and booklets; teaching tapes and CD's; notebooks, workbooks and group study resources; and articles by Kingdom Building Ministries' staff and itinerants. KBM is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
14485 E. Evans Ave.
Aurora, CO 80014-1431
Phone: (303) 745-8191
CEO/President: Rev. Dwight Robertson
Chairman: Mr. Arthur Beckwith
Board size: 11
Year founded: 1986
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1994
Kingdom Building Ministries (KBM) is an evangelical Christian, parachurch organization that partners with churches, universities, denominations and other ministry organizations to challenge, equip and mobilize Christians to become Kingdom laborers.
At the center of KBM's mission is the distinguishing word laborer. It's a biblical word that Jesus used in Matthew 9:35-38. After traveling from town to town and seeing all the harassed and helpless people, He turned to His disciples and said, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out laborers into his harvest field" (italics added). According to Jesus, laborers are the answer to the great harvest need. Laborers are his plan for the masses of harassed and helpless people in the world. And He doesn't seem to have a "plan B."
But what is a laborer? Simply put, a laborer is a disciple in action. (The very word implies action and work.) Laborers are those who are making a difference in people's lives and in God's Kingdom by actively and lovingly serving those around them. They get into the mud puddles of life's deepest needs. They're ordinary people who are making an extraordinary difference in the places where God has given them influence--in their families, neighborhoods, communities, schools, workplaces, churches, etc. They're taking their love for God into places all over the world by putting their Christian faith into action in practical and meaningful ways.
Laborership (a word we made up) is not confined to vocational ministry. In fact, we believe God has called every Christian to be a laborer in His Kingdom--applying his or her gifts, passions, hobbies, past experiences and season of life to ministry. It's not just for the speakers, teachers, preachers, authors, missionaries, musicians and other "spotlight" ministers. And it's not just for those who have culturally-valued leadership gifts.
Every Christian is uniquely designed by God to have an impact on the lives of others in ways that are meaningful and important. Every Christian is a minister. Every Christian is called to be a laborer.
Kingdom Building Ministries has three ministry divisions that help it achieve its mission.
Itinerant Speaking Ministries:
Kingdom Building Ministries has 15 or more itinerant speakers who speak to hundreds of thousands of people at hundreds of events around the world each year. These gifted speakers share a variety of spiritual-growth messages with a variety of groups. KBM speakers challenge individuals to spiritual decisions including first-time commitments to Jesus Christ, recommitments to Christ, and commitments to become a laborer.
The Laborer's Institute:
Kingdom Building Ministries is committed to equipping, teaching, mentoring, encouraging and supporting Christians as they seek to live a life of laborership. The Laborer's Institute provides a focused period of time where students can reach deeper levels in their spiritual journeys. Kingdom Building Ministries offers Laborer's Institute courses for youth, young adults, and adults. Some programs are hosted on location in the Denver area and others are held in regional locations throughout the United States.
Kingdom Building Ministries is committed to providing on-going support and training through various kinds of resource materials. These include: books and booklets; teaching tapes and CD's; notebooks, workbooks and group study resources; and articles by Kingdom Building Ministries' staff and itinerants.
KBM is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
Kingdom Building Ministries expresses its mission as follows:
The mission of Kingdom Building Ministries is to partner with the Body of Christ to raise up new generations of laborers for Kingdom service worldwide.
Statement of faith
Kingdom Building Ministries expresses the following statement of faith:
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Sector: Christian Growth
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|Overall efficiency rating||275 of 660||19 of 56|
|Fund acquisition rating||322 of 662||25 of 56|
|Resource allocation rating||18 of 662||4 of 56|
|Asset utilization rating||565 of 660||42 of 56|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$61,409||$33,508||$38,247||$112,107||$48,822|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$158,403||$267,997||$319,230||$180,372||$138,609|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$1,283,079||$1,333,093||$1,403,801||$1,459,877||$1,538,761|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$28,237||$20,314||$24,250||$49,704||$38,179|
|Other current liabilities||$18,798||$12,932||$12,650||$10,450||$12,300|
|Total current liabilities||$47,035||$33,246||$36,900||$60,154||$50,479|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term liabilities||$627,865||$611,456||$653,490||$712,873||$738,531|
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|Program service revenue||$235,355||$233,201||$238,023||$282,030||$228,610|
|Total other revenue||$306,582||$345,354||$298,754||$338,085||$258,434|
|Management and general||$104,134||$113,643||$111,325||$108,629||$163,895|
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|Total change in net assets||($189,806)||($76,253)||$165,419||($21,138)||($105,232)|
It's our firm conviction that Kingdom Building Ministries delivers program services very efficiently and with maximum stewardship, despite the rating assigned by MinistryWatch.
Kingdom Building Ministries highly believes in the type of service MinistryWatch provides to donors. It's sometimes a helpful tool for ministry donors who want more information on a ministry's integrity and stewardship of funds. Unfortunately, the criteria MinistryWatch uses to rate ministries does not always tell the full story.
Organizations may at times have unique qualities and ministry delivery systems for their services that don't fully fit into MinistryWatch's rating system. Such is the case with Kingdom Building Ministries.
Kingdom Building Ministries is an organization that's committed to honesty, integrity, efficiency and stewardship. And it has demonstrated those qualities for 20 years under the oversight of a highly qualified board of directors and the scrutiny of its stewardship-minded donors.
The following is an explanation that gives a fuller understanding of:
- MinistryWatch's current ranking of Kingdom Building Ministries;
- Why Kingdom Building Ministries does not neatly fit into the mold of MinistryWatch's rating system.
There's one factor that has negatively affected MinistryWatch's current rating of Kingdom Building Ministries that is only temporary in its affect.
The executive staff and board of directors of Kingdom Building Ministries made a decision in 2005 to make several strategic "supporting services" investments that it knew would skew the program-to-support ratio for the time being, but poise the ministry for growth in the years ahead. It was an investment in building the infrastructure of the organization so that the rapid ministry growth it had experience in the past four years wouldn't outpace its infrastructure.
These infrastructure investments primarily came in adding two new operational staff members who are providing increased levels of "supporting services" so that Kingdom Building Ministries can get out in front of its anticipated ministry growth in the next five years and beyond.
Kingdom Building Ministries is poised for significant growth in the number of itinerant speakers employed and in the total number of speaking events it does annually.
It's poised for significant growth in the number of ministry resources (books, group studies and ministry CDs/DVDs) it produces in the years ahead.
And it's poised to mentor and equip more youth, young-adult and adult students in its Laborer's Institute programs.
But it wouldn't be poised for that kind of growth had the ministry not made infrastructure, "support services" investments in 2005.
In short, ministry "program expenses" should begin increasing in 2006 and continue to increase in the years thereafter, thus significantly increasing Kingdom Building Ministries' rating through MinistryWatch.
The Rest of the Story: Why Kingdom Building Ministries Does Not Accurately Fit Into the MinistryWatch Rating System
Kingdom Building Ministries is an itinerant-speaking ministry.
Throughout history, God has used itinerant speakers to share His Word to groups of people. Jesus modeled the ministry of an itinerant in His place-to-place style of ministry. Paul followed His example as he traveled on his missionary journeys.
In recent decades, Dr. Billy Graham, D.L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, Charles Finney and others have continued this tradition, impacting millions of lives through their speaking ministries. It's clear that God has been calling and anointing itinerant speakers since the early establishment of His church.
In this tradition, Kingdom Building Ministries has 15 or more itinerant communicators at all times who speak to hundreds of thousands of people at hundreds of events around the world annually. In the itinerant tradition, Kingdom Building Ministries speakers go from place to place, using their speaking gifts to help local churches and other ministries challenge people to: grow deeper and more committed in their relationships with Christ and live lives of active ministry service to others.
Kingdom Building Ministries partners with local churches and ministries to challenge, equip and mobilize God's Kingdom laborers to get out of the pew and become active in the harvest fields all around them.
This place-to-place ministry style is both powerful and unique within the body of Christ, yet it plays a significant role in the MinistryWatch rating for Kingdom Building Ministries.
An Economical Ministry Model
Kingdom Building Ministries' model of ministry for providing itinerant speakers is not only biblical and historically relevant, it's also economical.
Churches and other event hosts (who invite Kingdom Building Ministries' speakers to partner with them) pay Kingdom Building Ministries only for the cost of the speaker in the form of an affordable honorarium and the related travel expenses of getting that speaker to and from the event location.
The event hosts cover the rest of the "program expenses" related to the facility, promotion of the event and room and board for the speakers while they are in the field. For MinistryWatch's assessment, these are all classified as "program expenses."
Kingdom Building Ministries is a true parachurch organization that comes alongside local churches and ministries to help them raise up and equip more laborers who will do the work of God's Kingdom in their everyday spheres of influence. In this partnership, Kingdom Building Ministries assumes many of what MinistryWatch classifies as "supporting services" related to getting speakers to events and providing follow-through for their ministries.
The church partner, then, assumes most of the "program expenses." Kingdom Building Ministries assumes most of the "supporting-services expenses" that are necessary for speakers to be mobilized into churches for an affordable fee. When you put the two together, you have an accurate picture of the full ratio of expenses to do this partnership-oriented, speaking-event ministry.
But when MinistryWatch assesses the percentage of "program expenses" Kingdom Building Ministries incurs against the percentage of its "supporting-service expenses," it has no way to allow for the partnership nature of what Kingdom Building Ministries does.
The partnership is so effective because the local church gets to focus more on the local nature of its ministry, but it also skews the MinistryWatch rating for Kingdom Building Ministries.
Here are two examples (and there are more) of how Kingdom Building Ministries assumes more of the "support services" role in order to better serve its ministry partners:
Kingdom Building Ministries raises funds (an activity classified as "supporting services") to supplement the cost of recruiting, training and sending out speakers that are both dynamic communicators and men and women of integrity. Because Kingdom Building Ministries raises these funds, it can charge lower speaking fees and more churches can afford its speakers. But the MinistryWatch rating system penalizes Kingdom Building Ministries for doing this fundraising service to help the church or host organization.
Another example: If Kingdom Building Ministries were hosting its own events and bearing all of the costs of facility, promotion and room and board of the speaker, its "program expenses" would increase dramatically, providing it a much higher MinistryWatch rating. But that would also mean that Kingdom Building Ministries speakers would speak at fewer events annually and they would not be able to challenge and equip nearly as many people. This would also require charging a registration fee, which would exclude some individuals who couldn't afford the event.
Kingdom Building Ministries' model, however, is to partner with others who are doing ministry in local settings--thus multiplying ministry efforts.
The bottom line is that this system provides an economical delivery of ministry to more people who would not otherwise be able to afford it. But ironically, it also has a negative affect on MinistryWatch's rating.
Commitment to Accountability & Stewardship Kingdom Building Ministries has been a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) since 1994 and is committed to accountability and financial disclosure. Kingdom Building Ministries' audited financial statements are available to the public upon request--as is other information about the ministry.
If you have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact Ed Barron, Kingdom Building Ministries' Senior Vice President, at 1-800-873-8957.
1986 KBM began in Marion, Indiana; First major equipment purchase: $565 typewriter; Office renovation; First support letter; KBM granted non-profit status; By-laws and purpose statement drafted; Dwight spoke at several major youth conventions
1987 First KBM Newsletter; First foreign crusade team called Life Investment; First KBM Staff Retreat
1988 Praise and Worship video for missionaries overseas; First Leadership Conference; Office building made available rent-free
1989 Relocation considered; First major donation ($10,000); Office staff doubled; Board of Directors increases to twelve
1990 Life Investment Consulting Services began; Relocation to Denver decided; Initial preparation for relocation of seven families plus office
1991 Relocation to Colorado; KBM operating out of the Robertson's basement for four months; KBM Center for Outreach and Training in Denver acquired
1992 Institute for World Christian Discipleship (now The Laborer's Institute) began
1993 Mortgage burning celebration for building in Denver
1994 The Laborer's Network began; Purchase of KBM van; Three new itinerants and three new staff members added; First intern
1995 Purchase of townhouses for student housing; Kingdom Training Conferences
1996 It's My Turn Campaign formulation; Kingdom Publishing House vision crafting; First KBM Golf Scramble
1997 5.2 acres of land purchased for new training facility; number of students attending The Laborer's Institute doubles from previous years to 14 students
1998 20 students attend TLI
1999 34 students attend TLI; Number of KBM itinerants increases to 13 - the highest number ever.