Transport for Christ

Summary

Transport For Christ, International ("TFC") is an evangelistic ministry helping drivers along life's highway by providing an effective ministry throughout the world wherever there is a significant trucking industry. Mobile chapels are permanently placed at truck stops throughout North America as well as 2 locations in both Zambia and Russia. The chapels are staffed by Chaplains who are there to pray, counsel and fellowship with the truckers, day or night. Services are usually held on the weekend and Bible Studies are held on Wednesday evenings, but often throughout the week you'll find a group of drivers discussing the Word and praying for one another. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Even though they could no longer pay the fees for ECFA membership, TFC continues to follow the recommended standards. They now maintain local accountability with The Walz Group an accounting firm located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 117
Marietta, PA 17547-0117

Website: www.transportforchrist.org

Phone: (717) 426-9977

Email: tfcio@transportforchrist.org


Organization details

EIN: 382013299

CEO/President: Mr. Scott Weidner

Chairman: Mr. Kreigh Spahr

Board size: 9

Founder:

Year founded: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Transport For Christ, International (TFC) is a Christian mission organization dedicated to reaching, supporting and encouraging truck drivers and the trucking industry. Mobile chapels have been permanently placed at truck stops along major trucking corridors throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, there is active ministry in Russia and Zambia. Each location is equipped with trained staff and volunteer Chaplains who are there to pray, counsel and fellowship with truckers, day or night. Morning and Evening services are held each weekend along with Wednesday Night Bible Studies, however often you'll find a group of drivers discussing the Word and praying for one another any time during the week.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

Transport For Christ expresses its mission as follows:

To lead truck drivers as well as the trucking community to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.

TFC has the following vision:

To provide an effective ministry to truck drivers throughout the world wherever there is a significant trucking industry.


Statement of faith

Transport For Christ uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We believe in the following nine articles of faith:

1. The personality and trinity of the Godhead.
(JOHN 14:26; 1 JOHN 5:7)

2. The virgin birth and deity of Jesus Christ.
(MATTHEW 1:18-25; LUKE 1:26-35)

3. The verbal inspiration of the Holy Scripture.
(2 TIMOTHY 3:16; 1 PETER 1:21)

4. Regeneration of the New Birth by the Spirit of God as the only entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven.
(JOHN 3:3; TITUS 3:5)

5. The eternal punishment of all who reject Jesus Christ and His vicarious sacrifice.
(MATTHEW 25:41; REVELATION 20:15)

6. The Holy Spirit as our source of power for service.
(ZECHARIAH 4:6; ACTS 1:8; PHILIPPIANS 4:13)

7. Unity in all things essential.
(MATTHEW 28:18-20, EPHESIANS 4:3-7)

8. Liberty in all things non-essential.
(1 CORINTHIANS 6:12; 8:9)

9. In all things, the Spirit of love and kindness. (JOHN 13:34,35; 1 JOHN 4:21; PHILIPPIANS 2:2-4)

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Fellowship Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating372 of 43023 of 24
Fund acquisition rating422 of 43024 of 24
Resource allocation rating428 of 43024 of 24
Asset utilization rating114 of 4308 of 24

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20142013201220112010
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%25%25%23%23%20%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%25%25%22%23%20%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%99%99%99%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%24%24%23%23%20%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%1%1%1%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20142013201220112010
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%48%50%51%55%51%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%102%104%99%97%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%49%53%51%53%50%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-2%-4%1%3%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-6%-11%2%8%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%28%25%26%22%29%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20142013201220112010
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.861.751.581.461.45
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.534.704.394.034.727.16
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.538.727.686.376.9110.34
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20142013201220112010
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.091.952.292.902.391.54
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.510.440.350.420.65
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.070.670.881.231.010.41
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20142013201220112010
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%36%35%34%35%39%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%24%25%24%26%29%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%35%37%42%44%42%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20142013201220112010
Cash$132,468$206,660$248,431$216,678$117,518
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$67,358$19,314$21,972$17,418$24,730
Short-term investments$6,659$6,205$5,969$7,042$6,341
Other current assets$19,684$22,508$22,811$15,867$16,833
Total current assets$226,169$254,687$299,183$257,005$165,422
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$835,964$863,221$907,916$956,093$1,018,364
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$835,964$863,221$907,916$956,093$1,018,364
Total assets$1,062,133$1,117,908$1,207,099$1,213,098$1,183,786
 
Liabilities20142013201220112010
Payables and accrued expenses$95,218$91,876$82,737$91,013$80,832
Other current liabilities$20,517$19,178$20,576$16,323$26,834
Total current liabilities$115,735$111,054$103,313$107,336$107,666
Debt$259,304$277,025$295,232$313,771$344,574
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$6,725$7,535$7,758$7,665$7,662
Total long-term liabilities$266,029$284,560$302,990$321,436$352,236
Total liabilities$381,764$395,614$406,303$428,772$459,902
 
Net assets20142013201220112010
Unrestricted$641,427$683,352$760,902$744,432$683,990
Temporarily restricted$38,942$38,942$39,894$39,894$39,894
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$680,369$722,294$800,796$784,326$723,884
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20142013201220112010
Total contributions$1,915,789$1,863,663$1,910,325$1,819,647$1,716,066
Program service revenue$12,304$13,018$12,996$15,792$20,303
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,200$1,028($123)$1,587$1,006
Other revenue$232($353)($825)($448)$87
Total other revenue$13,736$13,693$12,048$16,931$21,396
Total revenue$1,929,525$1,877,356$1,922,373$1,836,578$1,737,462
 
Expenses20142013201220112010
Program services$945,135$986,597$971,177$976,933$875,900
Management and general$553,551$495,909$502,834$384,467$490,052
Fundraising$472,764$473,352$431,892$414,736$344,634
Total expenses$1,971,450$1,955,858$1,905,903$1,776,136$1,710,586
 
Change in net assets20142013201220112010
Surplus (deficit)($41,925)($78,502)$16,470$60,442$26,876
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($41,925)($78,502)$16,470$60,442$26,876

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

Started in 1951, for 35 years Transport For Christ was primarily a mobile ministry, with chapels going from truckstop to truckstop. In 1986, only two of six mobile chapels were in operation, with an average of 100-120 truckers coming to Christ per year. The first permanent chapel was placed in a truckstop in Harrisburg, PA, at the request of the truckstop owner in 1986. That year, 150 drivers trusted Christ through the ministry of that one chapel. Operational costs were dramatically reduced and many local people got involved in the ministry as volunteers. From this point on, all new TFC chapels were placed permanently at truckstops across the country.

TFC opened four new chapels in 1994. In addition, a mobile chapel was established in Moscow, Russia under the leadership of two Russian chaplains. Six more chapels were added between 1995 thru 1998, while a second permanent chapel was inaugurated in Moscow.

From 1999 to 2009, a total of 12 locations were established, 10 in the U.S. and 2 more in Canada. In addition, a third chapel was shipped to Russia in the fall of 2000. A new website was launched in 2007 called Drivers Wellness along with the toll free Trucker Prayer Line. The Highway News magazine began offering a free email subscription in 2008.

In 2010, TFC began partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking to raise awareness of human trafficking in the industry and eventually formed their own initiative called Exit 58 to drive down demand in 2011. During this period, one more mobile chapel was placed in the U.S.


Program accomplishments

WHO WE ARE

  • Transport for Christ is an international non-profit, nondenominational Christian mission helping drivers down life's highway for more than 60 years.
  • Our mission is to lead truck drivers as well as the trucking community to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith.
  • Our goal is to establish a network of chapels, chaplains, weekly services and Bible studies, and resources to help drivers, their families, and the industry 24/7.
WHERE ARE WE
  • At 41 locations in 22 states and 5 provinces throughout North America, as well as Russia, Zambia, and the main headquarters in Marietta, PA.
  • At 33 of these locations there are permanently placed trailers converted into chapels.
  • Chaplains visiting trucking terminals, companies, and training schools.
  • At a 24/7 Toll Free Trucker Prayer Line at 877-797-PRAY or 7729.
  • Online at www.TransportForChrist.org, through our Drivers Wellness Initiative at www.DriversWellness.com, our two Facebook pages Transport4Christ and MileMarkersClub, a Twitter account Trans4Christ, and on a WordPress weblog at HighwayNews.
WHERE ARE WE GOING
  • Major travel plazas in North America: Beaverdam (OH), Pass Lake (ON), San Antonio (TX), and Richmond (VA)
  • Overseas locations in: Paranagua (Brazil), Asuncion (Paraguay), St. Petersburg (Russia), Kazungula (Africa), and Beitbridge(South Africa).
QUICK INFO
  • We publish more than 19,500 monthly trucker magazines called Highway News and Good News which are distributed at ministry locations, truck stops, through the mail and e-mail.
  • In 2013, 79,991 drivers connected with our North America ministries with an additional 10,132 overseas.
  • 757 people made first-time commitments to Christ last year.
  • We publish The Road Map of Life; a KJV and NIV New Testament especially for truckers.
  • We publish two Bible Studies: a 3-part correspondence series and the First Steps Workbook (a Trucker Edition copyrighted by Discipling Another to Love Jesus).
  • Over 288 volunteers and 79 staff and board members.

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