Joy of Jesus, Inc.

Summary

Joy of Jesus, Inc. ("Joy of Jesus") is an interdenominational Christian organization whose mission is to positively influence urban youth, families and their environment with Christ-centered programs that can be replicated in other communities. This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 32211
(12255 Camden, 48213-1755)
Detroit, MI 48232-8232

Website: www.joyofjesus.org

Phone: (313) 839-4747

Email: joyofjesus@earthlink.net


Organization details

EIN: 382138661

CEO/President: Mr. Allen Sheffield

Chairman: Mr. David Gamlin

Board size: 4

Founder: Rev. Eddie Edwards

Year founded: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Joy of Jesus, Inc. ("Joy of Jesus") is an interdenominational Christian organization whose mission is to positively influence urban youth, families and their environment with Christ-centered programs that can be replicated in other communities.

To fulfill this mission, Joy of Jesus conducts coordinated programs in the Ravendale neighborhood of Detroit to promote community awareness, health and employment, positive relations between youth and adults, and to build a strong community for all residents. These ongoing programs include: Youth Development (summer camp, after school spiritual, recreational, and character development programs); New Child Development Center (a Christ-centered, preschool through second grade learning facility); Training Community Development (referrals for job training and placement, food bank, assistance to residents, community activities, and sale of homes to low and moderate income residents); Camden House (provides counseling and family intervention to residents of the Ravendale neighborhood); Detroit Center for Entrepreneurship (mission is to assist youth and adults alike in the development of their vision as an entrepreneur; to change the mindset and rate of illiteracy in inner-city youth and aid in the development of character, self-esteem, leadership and employment skills); and, G.A.P. (provides guidance to welfare families from the start, when they still have a welfare mentality, to the development of dependable working habits, flowing from a new "work mentality"). Joy of Jesus receives the majority of its funding from corporate foundations and individual contributions.

This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.

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Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.

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Mission statement

Joy of Jesus express their mission as follows:

The mission of Joy of Jesus is to positively influence urban youth, families and their environment with Christ-centered programs that can be replicated.


Statement of faith

Joy of Jesus is based on the following beliefs:

1. Christian love changes lives.
2. The mission is inspired by scripture and guided and sustained by prayer.
3. Initiatives that offer a "Hand Up" and foster self-reliance and community responsibility should replace support systems that are based on a "Hand Out" philosophy.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Community Development

This ministry has not been rated.


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20102009199919981997
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%5%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%99%84%0%0%0%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%1%16%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20102009199919981997
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%98%0%0%0%0%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%1061%0%0%0%0%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%1043%0%0%0%0%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-961%100%0%0%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-84%15%0%0%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%1%0%0%0%0%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20102009199919981997
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.460.000.000.000.00
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.534813.8141.530.000.000.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.532227.950.000.000.000.00
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20102009199919981997
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.090.000.190.000.000.00
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.101450.575.380.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.07-7.810.000.000.000.00
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20102009199919981997
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%50%28%0%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%20%15%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%108%0%0%0%0%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20102009199919981997
Cash$316$9,713$0$0$0
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$36,846$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$316$46,559$0$0$0
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$235,949$770,579$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$1,284,899$1,116,571$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,520,848$1,887,150$0$0$0
Total assets$1,521,164$1,933,709$0$0$0
 
Liabilities20102009199919981997
Payables and accrued expenses$458,380$250,457$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$458,380$250,457$0$0$0
Debt$300,314$283,083$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$300,314$283,083$0$0$0
Total liabilities$758,694$533,540$0$0$0
 
Net assets20102009199919981997
Unrestricted($522,429)$283,598$0$0$0
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$1,284,899$1,116,571$0$0$0
Net assets$762,470$1,400,169$0$0$0
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20102009199919981997
Total contributions$65,707$181,537$0$0$0
Program service revenue$625$35,190$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$625$35,190$0$0$0
Total revenue$66,332$216,727$0$0$0
 
Expenses20102009199919981997
Program services$691,537$0$0$0$0
Management and general$9,315$0$0$0$0
Fundraising$3,179$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$704,031$0$0$0$0
 
Change in net assets20102009199919981997
Surplus (deficit)($637,699)$216,727$0$0$0
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($637,699)$216,727$0$0$0

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