ReFrame Ministries pka Back to God Ministries International

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Summary

ReFrame Ministries is the new name of Back to God Ministries International. We are the worldwide media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Our vision is that the lives and worldviews of all people around the globe will be transformed by God's gospel message. Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world.

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:
1700 28th St, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Website: www.reframeministries.org

Phone: 616-942-9383

Email: info@reframeministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 362284261

CEO/President: Kurt Selles

Chairman:

Board size: 0

Founder:

Year founded: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Purpose

ReFrame Ministries is the new name of Back to God Ministries International. We are the worldwide media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Our vision is that the lives and worldviews of all people around the globe will be transformed by God's gospel message. Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world.

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

Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world.

. . . our vision: Our vision is that the lives and worldviews of all people around the globe will be transformed by God's gospel message.

Core values:
Humble: We are unconcerned with ego and seek to, above all, serve God, the church, our colleagues, and our audiences.

Diligent: We are willing to roll up our sleeves and do the hard, and often unglamorous, work needed to achieve excellence.

Redemptive: We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, Christ is redeeming all of creation, and so we speak with a healing and hopeful voice in all of our programming.

Strategic anchors:
Church rooted - We believe the Holy Spirit works through the church, so we partner with churches to build and strengthen the body of Christ.

Major languages - We strive to reach the widest possible audience, so we create content in the world's most-spoken languages.

Context driven - We work with local partners who faithfully contextualize the gospel message and use the most effective media for connecting with diverse audiences.

Relationship focused - Following the example of Christ, we seek to build long-term, discipling relationships with individual members of our mass audiences.


Statement of faith

The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following confessions:

The Belgic Confession
The Canons of Dordt
The Heidelberg Catechism

Transparency grade

C

To understand our transparency grade, click here.


Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating872 of 91344 of 50
Fund acquisition rating874 of 91547 of 50
Resource allocation rating833 of 91543 of 50
Asset utilization rating594 of 91330 of 50

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%21%18%18%20%18%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%19%18%16%19%18%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%91%96%88%94%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%20%21%19%20%20%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%9%4%12%6%2%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%68%67%69%69%69%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
100%93%82%83%96%90%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%63%55%58%66%63%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
0%7%18%17%4%10%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
0%6%19%22%6%16%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%12%11%12%12%11%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.950.690.780.961.161.28
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.471.191.091.091.391.40
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.760.820.851.051.611.78
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.646.0516.8412.805.374.32
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.150.170.060.080.190.23
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.3812.1713.2110.576.075.17
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
15%18%9%12%14%17%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
77%119%116%92%74%65%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$2,371,779$3,180,523$3,584,628$1,922,249$1,658,888
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,484,127$1,808,816$1,083,585$42,974$387,184
Short-term investments$6,085,768$4,296,539$3,118,912$2,936,324$2,688,310
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$9,941,674$9,285,878$7,787,125$4,901,547$4,734,382
Long-term investments$55,592$80,063$87,243$100,024$190,656
Fixed assets$307,623$222,240$107,557$360,334$394,066
Other long-term assets$1,574,811$533,012$509,238$1,429,279$1,303,636
Total long-term assets$1,938,026$835,315$704,038$1,889,637$1,888,358
Total assets$11,879,700$10,121,193$8,491,163$6,791,184$6,622,740
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$366,936$282,965$325,106$339,995$410,585
Other current liabilities$1,275,623$268,374$283,361$572,180$685,014
Total current liabilities$1,642,559$551,339$608,467$912,175$1,095,599
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$77,002$141,287$25,483$0
Other long-term liabilities$460,459$263,212$274,243$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$460,459$340,214$415,530$25,483$0
Total liabilities$2,103,018$891,553$1,023,997$937,658$1,095,599
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$8,313,054$7,975,487$6,244,645$4,626,176$4,351,206
With donor restrictions$1,463,628$1,254,153$1,222,521$1,227,350$1,175,935
Net assets$9,776,682$9,229,640$7,467,166$5,853,526$5,527,141
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$8,011,234$9,334,198$8,646,686$7,699,095$9,154,918
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$258,377$260,500$253,878$474,294$80,951
Other revenue$491,774$96,853$879,381$55,408$106,910
Total other revenue$750,151$357,353$1,133,259$529,702$187,861
Total revenue$8,761,385$9,691,551$9,779,945$8,228,797$9,342,779
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$5,530,307$5,350,579$5,648,294$5,413,674$5,856,050
Management and general$990,200$880,147$940,138$931,082$929,010
Fundraising$1,664,325$1,702,691$1,563,145$1,546,887$1,662,926
Total expenses$8,184,832$7,933,417$8,151,577$7,891,643$8,447,986
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$576,553$1,758,134$1,628,368$337,154$894,793
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$576,553$1,758,134$1,628,368$337,154$894,793

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


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 2/8/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

1939
After the Great Depression halted radio production, the Christian Reformed Church Synod appointed a Radio Committee to begin a media ministry. In 1939, The Back to God Hour broadcast its first radio message in Chicago, Illinois.

1946
Dr. Peter Eldersveld was appointed as the first full-time radio pastor to broadcast The Back to God Hour. By the late 1940s, more than 250 stations had picked up the program.

1950
The first printed devotional, The Family Altar, was published. Within the first few months more than 40,000 people subscribed. In 1976 the publication changed its name to Today.

1958
Our Arabic outreach, led by Rev. Bassam Madany, broadcast its first program to the Arab world.

1965
Rev. Juan Boonstra began Spanish language programming.

1966
Dr. Nederhood was appointed as Dr. Eldersveld's successor as the voice of The Back to God Hour.

1969-1980
Language outreach expanded to include French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. By 1979, our ministry had eight language ministries reaching 100 countries. In 1980, the ninth language, Russian, was added.

2000
Kids Corner, a children's radio program, debuted on more than 160 radio stations. The Ark Clubhouse, a children's television program, was produced and broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese

2008
The organization's name, The Back to God Hour, was officially changed to Back to God Ministries International to reflect the growing scope of our mission.

2009
The tenth major language ministry, Hindi, was added. The English language family of programs was named ReFrame Media.

2020
Our organization changed names from Back to God Ministries International to ReFrame Ministries. This simplified the way we communicate about our English programs (known as ReFrame Media from 2009-2020) and their relationship with our wider international ministries.


Program accomplishments

  • Reaching 55 countries through radio, TV, and print.
  • 502,511 people reached through online video monthly
  • 7,000 Prayer warriors
  • 50 Audio Programs
  • 8,126 Donors and 304 volunteers
  • 36 Video programs
  • 233,000 Devotional emails sent daily
  • 28 Ministry websites
  • 67 Social media pages

Needs

The only reason ReFrame Ministries can continue sharing the Gospel is because of the support of people like you. We need your unique gifting and skills to keep this work going. If you're ready to join us, here are the best ways to get involved:

Prayer
Without your prayers, this ministry would not happen. See this month's requests or sign up for our email list to receive monthly prayer emails.

Donate Online
Your gift of any amount will help proclaim the Gospel and disciple believers around the world. You can make a one time gift or become a monthly partner.

Spread the Word
All of our programs offer great opportunities to share God's Word with your loved ones. find all of our English programs here, or explore programs from all 10 languages.

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