Good News Productions, International

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Summary

Good News Productions, International was established in 1976 with the vision of using culturally relevant media to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Since then, GNPI has grown to include 23 regional centers and Nomad teams. We've produced visual and audio media in more than 100 languages and shared the gospel with millions of people worldwide. With the growth of internet technology and social media, we're also developing platforms and strategies for engaging with different cultures and worldviews online. Whatever the method, whatever the strategy, our goal is the same. GNPI exists to preach the Good News to every tribe and tongue, in a way that is most meaningful and relevant to each of those people groups.


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 222
Joplin, MO 64802-0222

Website: www.gnpi.org

Phone: (417) 782-0060

Email: gnpi@gnpi.org


Organization details

EIN: 431067086

CEO/President: Mr. Michael A. Schrage

Chairman: Nathan Forkner

Board size: 9

Founder: Ziden and Helen Nutt

Year founded: 1976

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

GNPI creates relevant media to proclaim the Good News and empower Jesus followers to do the same. We do this through a network of international teams, who use all forms of media to reach the hearts of their people and multiply disciples across the globe.

Our vision is to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.


Mission statement

Our mission is to share the Good News through strategic evangelism and provide effective resources to increase global disciple-making efforts.


Statement of faith

Good News Productions, International uses the following to express its values:

In order to guarantee the perpetuity of the ideas and principles of GNPI, the qualifications of all members will be as follows: eEvery member will be a member of the church of Christ (Christian, non-denominational) and must believe without reservation in the full and final inspiration of the Bible so that it is to him the infallible Word of God, and therefore, the all-sufficient rule of faith and life; in the deity and supreme authority of Jesus Christ; in obedience to the Gospel; in the divine origin and character of the church; and in the restoration of its unity on a New Testament basis.

In order to avoid any misunderstanding or equivocation on the matter of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His Word, it is hereby required that all members will affirm their unqualified acceptance of the virgin birth, life, death, burial and resurrection of Christ; of the reality of final judgment; and of heaven and hell, all as taught in the Bible.

No sectarian test will be used to determine the qualifications of any member; but all will reaffirm their allegiance yearly to the foregoing belief, or resign at once. Further, to perpetuate sound doctrine and non-sectarian teaching, the Bible will be taught through all productions and media as the only foundation of belief; and all things will be conducted in harmony with the spirit and letter of the Word of God as revealed in the Bible.

Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism Support

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating837 of 94041 of 51
Fund acquisition rating804 of 94239 of 51
Resource allocation rating588 of 94234 of 51
Asset utilization rating743 of 94035 of 51

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%10%6%9%10%18%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
4%9%6%8%10%17%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%92%91%96%94%94%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
5%9%6%7%10%14%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%8%9%4%6%6%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
84%81%82%79%79%76%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%97%102%113%93%122%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%78%84%90%74%93%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%3%-2%-13%7%-22%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%4%-3%-18%10%-27%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%10%12%13%10%10%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.251.311.351.481.331.46
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.285.626.715.203.275.31
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.977.399.067.704.347.73
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
24.339.711.6212.7235.187.92
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.030.100.620.080.030.13
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.681.460.511.442.691.36
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
4%11%11%3%3%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%1%1%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
73%68%66%65%73%66%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$297,007$225,572$286,841$524,418$276,242
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,375$13,789$6,415$21,478$32,651
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$298,382$239,361$293,256$545,896$308,893
Long-term investments$670,072$693,729$702,202$683,048$728,868
Fixed assets$404,435$482,725$491,656$524,111$575,679
Other long-term assets$304,577$190,915$38,988$31,019$26,785
Total long-term assets$1,379,084$1,367,369$1,232,846$1,238,178$1,331,332
Total assets$1,677,466$1,606,730$1,526,102$1,784,074$1,640,225
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$30,725$147,572$23,059$15,518$37,512
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$1,500
Total current liabilities$30,725$147,572$23,059$15,518$39,012
Debt$0$22,000$22,000$22,000$22,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$154,714$3,538$5,747$8,160$10,137
Total long-term liabilities$154,714$25,538$27,747$30,160$32,137
Total liabilities$185,439$173,110$50,806$45,678$71,149
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$1,172,985$1,159,565$1,387,369$1,630,029$1,412,859
With donor restrictions$319,042$274,055$87,927$135,367$156,217
Net assets$1,492,027$1,433,620$1,475,296$1,738,396$1,569,076
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$2,087,459$1,932,646$1,917,396$2,375,813$1,838,341
Program service revenue$29,469$20,551$167$11,977$2,833
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$69,643$100,986($2,134)$53,522$40,117
Other revenue$76,703$73,607$80,129$97,584$78,358
Total other revenue$175,815$195,144$78,162$163,083$121,308
Total revenue$2,263,274$2,127,790$1,995,558$2,538,896$1,959,649
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$1,775,278$1,787,051$1,795,517$1,882,692$1,821,797
Management and general$226,790$258,982$294,124$244,789$239,810
Fundraising$202,799$123,433$169,017$242,095$327,293
Total expenses$2,204,867$2,169,466$2,258,658$2,369,576$2,388,900
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$58,407($41,676)($263,100)$169,320($429,251)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$58,407($41,676)($263,100)$169,320($429,251)

Compensation

Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.


Response from ministry

GNPI is proud to be made up of local teams - Filipinos are GNPI-Philippines, Mexicans are GNPI-Mexico, and South Africans are Nomad-Johannesburg, etc. This allows us to share the gospel in the most relevant way possible.


The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/29/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In the 1960s, Ziden and Helen Nutt moved to Rhodesia (modern-day Zimbabwe) to serve as missionaries. They showed films to share the message of the Gospel, and while large crowds came to watch, they seemed to respond to the entertainment more than the message. Ziden stopped showing the films, but one day while they were working together on a building project, a local believer challenged Ziden to produce his own films. Ziden chuckled to himself, but this suggestion planted the seed for Good News Productions. Within the next few years, Ziden produced the first filmstrip which featured Africans and reflected local language and customs.

It became obvious that Gospel-centered, culturally relevant media had the potential to make a huge impact on evangelism. Missionaries from all over the world began contacting Ziden and requesting similar materials, customized to the languages and cultures where they worked. By 1975, Ziden and family made the difficult decision to return to the United States due to the health concerns of their youngest child. God turned this personal trial into something beneficial for the ministry when Good News Productions later became Good News Productions, International (GNPI). Our headquarters were established in Joplin, MO, where they remain today.

Today, GNPI has grown to include 23 regional centers and Nomad teams. We've produced visual and audio media in more than 100 languages and shared the gospel with millions of people worldwide. With the growth of internet technology and social media, we're also developing platforms and strategies for engaging with different cultures and worldviews online.

Whatever the method, whatever the strategy, our goal is the same. GNPI exists to preach the good news to every tribe and tongue, in a way that is most meaningful and relevant to each of those people groups.


Program accomplishments

During 2020, our teams created 2,800 productions (from 30 seconds to 30 minutes each), impacted over 41 million viewers, and discipled 16,049 people. One of the larger ongoing outcomes has been the development of Hindi Church Online in India. What started as a temporary solution during the global lockdown to help a local church continue worship and fellowship has grown to a multi-nation worship program with over half a million devices logging in weekly (easily over a million people for each program). When the second round of coronavirus hit India in 2021, God used Hindi Church Online to continue propelling his Good News in a country of over 1.4 billion people where less than five percent are Christian. When missionaries could not travel and congregations could not gather, God used you, media, and the Internet to expand the borders of his Church.

Other GNPI highlights: "The Global Gospel" is now available in 41 languages with over two million views. New releases are coming soon from Redux (a prayer and discipleship app), "Amazing Stories" (an animated children's series of 20 episodes in multiple languages), and Nomad Academy (an online video production curriculum).


Needs

100 LIGHTS CAMPAIGN - The primary goal of this initiative is to establish 100 media producers/teams worldwide in the next four years to create media content with the intention of making disciples who make disciples. By joining with GNPI, we'll be working together to empower the global church by training and equipping nationals as a light in their own culture through media. The 100 Lights campaign takes these skills to nationals in countries you might never visit and worldviews you will never fully understand. Contact GNPI at gnpi@gnpi.org to learn more!

PRAY - You know the power of prayer and the difference it makes. It unites people as they work to accomplish God's will. Our GNPI team needs your prayers more than ever as we take on new challenges, and we invite you to sign up to receive a few specific prayer requests.