Reasons to Believe

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Summary

Sound Science. Testable Truth.

Discover how scientific research and clear thinking consistently affirm the truth of the Bible and of the Good News it reveals.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Reasons to Believe
818 S. Oak Park Rd.
Covina, CA 91724

Website: www.reasons.org

Phone: (626) 335-1480

Email: ministrycare@reasons.org


Organization details

EIN: 330168048

CEO/President: Dr. Hugh Ross

Chairman: Gordon Arbuthnot / Nina Dunton

Board size: 13

Founder: Dr. Hugh Ross

Ruling year: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Purpose

Our Convictions
At a time when controversies abound and threaten to disrupt unity among Christ's followers, we at Reasons to Believe want to affirm and clarify our spiritual, moral, and scientific convictions.

Conviction #1: God's revelation in the words of Scripture and in the world of nature is wholly trustworthy and will always prove consistent when thoroughly understood because God is the Source of both.

Conviction #2: Scripture and nature deserve humble, careful, and prayerful investigation/interpretation. We must look at all available research data, making every effort to mitigate personal, political, and cultural biases.

Conviction #3: We are called by God to present our findings and engage with others-those who agree with our views and those who disagree-in earnest, respectful dialogue that supersedes our desire to argue or persuade.

Our Beliefs
We believe questions and dialogue are good because truth invites and withstands testing.


Mission statement

We aim to spread the Christian gospel by demonstrating that sound reason and scientific research support confidence in the truth of the Bible and faith in God.


Statement of faith

Scripture - We believe the Bible (the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments) is the Word of God, written. As a "God-breathed" revelation, it is thus verbally inspired and completely without error (historically, scientifically, morally, and spiritually) in its original writings. While God the Holy Spirit supernaturally superintended the writing of the Bible, that writing nevertheless reflects the words and literary styles of its individual human authors. Scripture reveals the being, nature, and character of God; the nature of God's creation; and especially his will for the salvation of human beings through Jesus Christ. The Bible is therefore our supreme and final authority in all matters that it addresses.

Creation - We believe that the physical universe, the realm of nature, is the visible creation of God. It declares God's existence and gives a trustworthy revelation of God's character and purpose. In Scripture, God declares that through his creation all humanity recognizes his existence, power, glory, and wisdom. An honest study of nature-its physical, biological, and social aspects-can prove useful in a person's search for truth. Properly understood, God's Word (Scripture) and God's world (nature), as two revelations (one verbal, one physical) from the same God, will never contradict each other.

God - We believe in one infinitely perfect, eternal, and personal God, the transcendent Creator and sovereign Sustainer of the universe. This one God is Triune, existing eternally and simultaneously as three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. All three persons in the Godhead share equally and completely the one divine nature, and are therefore the same God, coequal in power, nature, and glory.

Person of Christ - We believe that Jesus Christ is both true God (the second Person of the Trinity) and true man (the Incarnate Son of God). We also believe in the great events surrounding Jesus Christ's life and ministry, including his eternal preexistence, his virgin birth, his attesting miracles, his sinless life, his sacrificial death on the cross, his glorious bodily resurrection from the dead, his ascension into heaven, and his present work in heaven as High Priest and Advocate. He will return in glory to resurrect and judge all mankind.

Person of the Holy Spirit - We believe that the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is indeed a Divine Person, coequal with the Father and the Son. We also believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit in salvation, a ministry which includes anointing and glorifying Christ, convicting men of their sin, bringing about the regeneration of lost sinners, and indwelling believers and empowering them for godly living and spiritual service.

Mankind - We believe God created mankind in his image and likeness (having rational, moral, relational, and spiritual capacities) to fellowship with him and give him glory. Human beings are therefore the crown of God's creation (possessing inherent dignity and moral worth), and thus distinct in kind from all other life on earth. Adam and Eve, the first human beings, chose to rebel against God and go their own autonomous way. As a result, all of mankind became separated from God, the image of God in man distorted, and the sinful nature passed on to all their progeny. Because of original sin (which includes both corruption and guilt), unregenerate human beings are incapable of pleasing or commending themselves to God. The only remedy for mankind's pitiful predicament is redemption through faith in Jesus Christ.

Redemption - We believe God has acted sovereignly to bridge the gap that separates people from himself. He sent his Son to bear the full penalty for humanity's sin. He demonstrated himself to be God in that he was born of a virgin, performed miracles, and led a sinless life. Jesus Christ suffered and died in the place of sinners, thus satisfying the Father's just wrath against human sin, and effecting true reconciliation between God and mankind for those who believe. In the atoning death of Christ, both God's love and God's justice are fully manifested. The righteousness of Jesus Christ in perfectly fulfilling the law of God has been graciously credited to all believers. Redemption is solely a work of God's grace, received exclusively through faith in Jesus Christ and never by works of human merit.

Justification - We believe justification is a judicial act of God's grace wherein he acquits a person of all sin and accepts that person as righteous in his sight because of the imputed righteousness of Christ. Justification is strictly a work of God's grace, apprehended through faith alone and solely on the account of Christ.

Resurrection - We believe Jesus Christ rose bodily from the dead, conquering sin, death, and all the powers of Satan. The resurrection is God's historical affirmation and vindication of Jesus Christ's unique identity, mission, and message. Historical evidence of the resurrection is manifest in Christ's empty tomb, his many resurrection appearances, and in the emergence of the Christian church. Jesus Christ now resides at the right hand of the Father, and lives to indwell all who recognize their sinfulness, who repent, and who turn their lives over to his authority.

The Church - We believe the church is the spiritual body of Jesus Christ (its Founder, Head, and Shepherd) and that it encompasses all true believers at all times and places. The function of the church is to carry out the Lord's expressed will through the power of the Holy Spirit. One of the central purposes of the church is to preach the gospel in both word and life, the good news that humankind can find salvation from sin through faith in Jesus Christ. All people who have placed their faith (confident trust) in Jesus Christ for salvation belong to the church and are, thus, the people of God. This community of believers is made up of people who are neither perfect nor sinless, but by grace their lives are coming more and more under the control of the Holy Spirit, expressing his love, joy, peace, and other Christlike qualities.

Future Things - We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return to this earth personally, bodily, and visibly to establish his glorious reign in a kingdom that will never end. As the sovereign Lord, he will resurrect and judge all humanity. Those who have received his offer of life through the gospel will go to eternal blessings in heaven; those who have rejected it, to eternal conscious torment in hell. We look forward to the blessed hope, Christ's Second Coming in glory.

The Great Commission - We believe Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. And since Christ has commissioned his people, the church, to go into all the world to disciple, to baptize, and to teach everyone everywhere to obey his Word, we desire, by his grace, to play our part in reaching the world with the gospel of Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating944 of 99970 of 75
Fund acquisition rating901 of 100161 of 75
Resource allocation rating750 of 100157 of 75
Asset utilization rating829 of 99957 of 75

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%13%8%16%18%19%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%12%8%14%16%18%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
86%91%94%91%88%90%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%12%13%13%14%15%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
14%9%6%9%12%10%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%73%72%73%73%72%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
96%98%59%112%111%113%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
75%71%43%81%81%82%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
4%2%41%-12%-11%-13%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
4%1%34%-9%-7%-8%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
13%15%14%14%12%13%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.030.500.440.650.580.53
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.412.081.993.383.263.21
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.611.050.872.201.881.70
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
11.8620.2416.288.169.109.33
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.050.060.120.110.11
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
6.9210.8912.904.795.686.29
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
9%7%11%21%21%21%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%5%8%18%18%18%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%184%203%121%137%149%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,008,764$558,908$220,389$100,327$417,704
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$411,752$956,324$417,816$513,516$434,478
Short-term investments$3,172,520$3,482,880$1,545,632$1,751,890$1,689,567
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,593,036$4,998,112$2,183,837$2,365,733$2,541,749
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,961,930$4,929,173$5,187,773$5,344,978$5,415,006
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$204,859
Total long-term assets$4,961,930$4,929,173$5,187,773$5,344,978$5,619,865
Total assets$9,554,966$9,927,285$7,371,610$7,710,711$8,161,614
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$222,936$303,265$262,123$249,367$247,185
Other current liabilities$4,000$3,725$5,594$10,656$25,255
Total current liabilities$226,936$306,990$267,717$260,023$272,440
Debt$451,760$764,033$1,306,938$1,373,227$1,442,158
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$451,760$764,033$1,306,938$1,373,227$1,442,158
Total liabilities$678,696$1,071,023$1,574,655$1,633,250$1,714,598
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$8,196,735$8,037,106$5,481,640$5,817,235$6,024,014
With donor restrictions$679,535$819,156$315,315$260,226$423,002
Net assets$8,876,270$8,856,262$5,796,955$6,077,461$6,447,016
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$4,465,822$6,955,719$3,903,728$3,546,079$3,426,665
Program service revenue$133,624$177,928$306,252$211,809$186,520
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$149,168$47,862($141,514)$73,962$40,409
Other revenue$185,404$190,741$237,197$187,288$158,709
Total other revenue$468,196$416,531$401,935$473,059$385,638
Total revenue$4,934,018$7,372,250$4,305,663$4,019,138$3,812,303
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$3,512,667$3,145,620$3,508,288$3,269,382$3,111,248
Management and general$720,676$630,126$690,666$540,362$547,594
Fundraising$578,206$587,255$605,330$638,794$667,445
Total expenses$4,811,549$4,363,001$4,804,284$4,448,538$4,326,287
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$122,469$3,009,249($498,621)($429,400)($513,984)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$122,469$3,009,249($498,621)($429,400)($513,984)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Hugh Ross PhdChief Executive Officer$163,951
Fazale RanaVP of Research & Apologeti$125,611
Steve ScheeleCOO/Treasurer$108,994
Kathleen RossExecutive Vice President/Secretary$93,476

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/9/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Reasons to Believe (RTB) was established in 1986 with the awareness that people have a fundamental desire to understand our world, the universe beyond it, and the implications of that knowledge for their beliefs. As an international, interdenominational ministry, our purpose is to show that science and the Christian faith are allies, not enemies. Our commitment to sound reason and scientific research puts RTB in a unique position to engage in gentle, respectful dialogue with people from various worldviews. Our mission is to bring hope to people by illuminating and clarifying God's role as Creator and highlighting his purposes for creation, especially for human beings.

This mission started with RTB president and founder, Dr. Hugh Ross. Often you will find Dr. Ross engaging in his favorite activity, responding to questions about science and faith. His fervor began at age seven when he went to the library to find out why stars are hot. Physics and astronomy captured his curiosity and never let go. After completing his doctorate at the University of Toronto and postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, Dr. Ross served on the ministry team at Christ Church Sierra Madre. Response to his breadth and depth of experience in both science and faith prompted him in March of 1986 to start Reasons to Believe. For over thirty years, RTB has produced thousands of resources for Christians and nontheists alike and participated in lively conversations about the relationship between science and faith.


Program accomplishments

Reasons to Believe has helped hundreds of thousands of people reconcile their faith and science.

People tell us via letters, emails, social media posts, and in-person comments that RTB uplifts them in a variety of ways, thanks to the work of God's Spirit. Some find fresh hope, others discover answers to doubts, some resolve their cognitive dissonance, others gain confidence to speak openly about their faith, and many learn they are not alone in their need to question and challenge rather than "just believe."


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