Bible League International

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Serving the under-resourced church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God's Word.

Reaching the world's largest cities and most remote villages, providing Bibles and training to share the transforming promise of God's Word with the world. Equipping under under-resourced churches in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, and the U.S. Through Project Philip Bible studies, Church Planter Training and Bible-based Literacy classes, believers in under-resourced areas are equipped to reach their families, friends and communities with the Gospel.

Contact information

Mailing address:
1 Bible League Plaza
Crete, IL 60417-0417


Phone: (866) 825-4636


Organization details

EIN: 362037761

CEO/President: Mr. Jos Snoep

Chairman: Mr. Daniel A. Chapman

Board size: 14

Founder: William & Betty Chapman

Year founded: 1938

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Bible League International's vision is as follows: We see a world . . . . . . where everyone can have and understand a Bible so they may have faith in Jesus . . . where everyone can find a Bible study group . . . where everyone can have fellowship in a thriving church Can you see it too?

Mission statement

Serving the under-resourced church globally through the provision of Bibles, biblical resources and training to transform lives worldwide through God's Word.

Statement of faith

The Bible League adheres to the statement of faith established by the National Association of Evangelicals:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  3. 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.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. 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.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating702 of 81715 of 15
Fund acquisition rating714 of 81714 of 15
Resource allocation rating679 of 81715 of 15
Asset utilization rating405 of 8179 of 15

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,046,877$2,018,482$6,700,175$0$393,759
Short-term investments$18,125,684$13,816,824$13,360,889$13,091,803$14,151,271
Other current assets$0$208,520$302,520$0$0
Total current assets$24,261,856$27,641,553$27,165,092$19,638,258$20,211,717
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,452,475$9,202,440$9,585,086$9,769,103$10,012,643
Other long-term assets$208,597$0$0$2,401,008$2,288,593
Total long-term assets$8,661,072$9,202,440$9,585,086$12,170,111$12,301,236
Total assets$32,922,928$36,843,993$36,750,178$31,808,369$32,512,953
Payables and accrued expenses$1,645,595$1,124,871$1,155,161$1,357,976$1,616,531
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,645,595$1,124,871$1,155,161$1,357,976$1,616,531
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,610,695$3,718,575$3,953,450$3,840,332$4,005,729
Total long-term liabilities$3,610,695$3,718,575$3,953,450$3,840,332$4,005,729
Total liabilities$5,256,290$4,843,446$5,108,611$5,198,308$5,622,260
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$1,470,918$2,675,774$9,671,329$3,144,356$2,929,249
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$440,179$440,179
Net assets$27,666,638$32,000,547$31,641,567$26,610,061$26,890,693
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$20,226,612$22,419,731$26,520,160$20,955,891$21,676,861
Program service revenue$178,391$140,721$280,178$522,266$494,881
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$499,935$459,976$1,508,595$1,347,369($862,929)
Other revenue($438,771)($92,697)($430,974)($184,786)$312,912
Total other revenue$239,555$508,000$1,357,799$1,684,849($55,136)
Total revenue$20,466,167$22,927,731$27,877,959$22,640,740$21,621,725
Program services$18,245,090$16,346,325$14,799,807$16,643,812$17,280,443
Management and general$2,235,640$1,566,774$1,602,913$1,060,322$1,087,436
Total expenses$24,800,076$22,568,751$20,894,453$22,921,372$23,927,166
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($4,333,909)$358,980$6,983,506($280,632)($2,305,441)
Other changes in net assets$0$0($1,952,000)$0$0
Total change in net assets($4,333,909)$358,980$5,031,506($280,632)($2,305,441)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

Response from ministry

The Form 990 is an excellent source of financial data, but we want to remind you it is only financial data. The figures listed will probably not give you a real sense of what was accomplished with those finances. In other words, the Form 990 cannot tell you how EFFECTIVE a particular organization is at meeting its particular goal.

For more than 65 years, the Bible League has provided Scriptures and Bible study materials to bring people into fellowship with Christ and His Church. The organization equips local churches around the world to facilitate the spiritual growth of those seeking a relationship with Christ, and to help believers grow in faith through Bible studies. The Bible League also provides training to people in local churches worldwide who have a vision to reach their nations for Christ. Christians learn to lead Bible studies, to grow existing churches, and to establish new churches in areas where none exist.

The Bible League is effectivein meeting our goal of bringing people into fellowship with Christ and His church. Each year we release a summary of our ministry results. This summary answers questions that the Form 990 cannot such as:

  • How does the Bible League's ministry work?
  • What results has the Bible League accomplished?
  • How are these results measured?
Knowing the answers to those questions will reassure you that your partnership with the Bible League is worthwhile and shows good stewardship and wise investing. Our Ministry Results report will give you statistics that prove your investment is accomplishing great things. For example, this past year 18,596,533 Scriptures were provided by the Bible League. These Scriptures were used to accomplish these results:
  • 243,583 Bible study groups
  • 2,685,594 Bible study graduates
  • 4,047 churches established
  • 381,978 new church members

To request a copy of our 2004 Ministry Results please contact us:
Toll-free phone: 866-825-4636
Fax: 708-367-8600
Address: P.O. Box 28000, Chicago, IL 60628
To find out even more about our unique accomplishments, visit us at

We believe integrity is too important to be taken for granted, so we welcome your close examination of our ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/7/2021. To update the information below, please email:


A ridiculous prayer? "It was 1936 that I became seriously ill. Douwe Tamminga, an elder in my church, came to visit me at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. He prayed that my life might be spared and that henceforth I would be directed into the service of Christ.

This appeared to be a very strange prayer. Why should God be asked to give me health and strength for such a purpose? What could I possibly do for Christ?

I came to the conclusion, shortly after Mr. Tamminga left, that this certainly was a ridiculous prayer.

But as the hours of the night wore on toward morning, it became increasingly apparent that the elder's prayer could not easily be forgotten. It was then that my commitment to God was made.

If He would restore my health, I would give the strength of my body and mind in any avenue of service to which God would direct."

These are the words of our founder, William Chapman.

In 1938, Chapman and his wife purchased 1,000 Bibles in faith and went door-to-door in Walkerton, Indiana. They gave a Bible to anyone in exchange for a promise to read it.

Chapman could not have imagined the impact across the globe today as a result of his humble service. He could not have comprehended that God would use Him to launch a worldwide ministry more than 75 years ago.

Kingdom Impact Each year, we measure the impact people like you make through your gifts and prayers. According to documented reports from 1989, local churches and other ministry partners have used our Scriptures and materials to reach more than 700 language groups, see nearly 43.5 million people complete a Bible study, and lead 6 million into new church membership

From underground churches, house churches, and indigenous culture churches gathering under trees, one thing remains true--spiritual transformation is happening across the globe. The great commission ministry of William Chapman that began more than 75 years ago is alive and well today.

Program accomplishments

Since 1938 Bible League International has: Over 50,000,000 people have been reached with God's Word Over 3.5 million people trained to share God's Word and plant churches Over 68,000 churches planted


The Bible League communicates its needs as follows:

Bible Access In most places where Bible League International serves, people have very limited access to the Scriptures because of persecution, poverty, or limited ability to read. In addition to providing other versions, bible League translates, publishes, and provides Scriptures in everyday language, making the truth of God available to all. Many Bible League Scripture materials are available in more than 30 languages, with additional translations underway.

Bible-based Literacy For those who cannot read, the Bible is a closed book. Bible-based literacy programs present the life-transforming Word of God to the less-educated, poor, and marginalized, helping them meet Jesus as they work toward a better future through learning to read.

Bible Learning Bible League provides materials and training to churches so they can help believers study the Scriptures and share the Gospel with the unreached. Through evangelism and discipleship programs like Project Philip, churches learn to plant the Word of God so that it can take root and change lives, families, and communities.

Building the Church As the Scriptures take root in the lives of believers, Bible League helps congregations learn how to establish new churches. Christian leaders called by God and sent out from the local church are equipped through hands-on training that teaches participants the five steps of church planning: evangelism, discipleship, membership, leadership, and worship.