Back to the Bible/ Good News Broadcasting Association

Summary

Founded by Theodore Epp in 1939, Back to the Bible is passionate about using the latest technology to reach the world with the life-transforming power of God's Word. Using media and technology, Back to the Bible meets people at their own spiritual level and walks with them daily into a living, growing, and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily.

In the U.S. and other international BttB offices led by nationals, radio Bible teaching continues to be an effective way of reaching those who want to grow deeper in their faith. However, to leverage current technology and reach people where they are spiritually, a mobile discipleship app, goTandem, was created out of years of researching the spiritual habits of people around the world. goTandem offers a fully personalized spiritual growth experience by helping people connect with God throughout their day. The mobile app is available in seven languages and growing.

Back to the Bible hopes to lead more people forward in their faith by offering the goTandem discipleship experience to ministries and churches by way of a custom app. Opportunities have opened up worldwide to use custom apps outfitted with the personalized spiritual growth experience to transform communities and even nations.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 82808
Lincoln, NE 68501-8501

Website: www.backtothebible.org

Phone: (402) 464-7200

Email: info@backtothebible.org


Organization details

EIN: 470405317

CEO/President: Mr. Arnie Cole

Chairman: Mr. Dale Michels

Board size: 7

Founder: Mr. Theodore Epp

Year founded: 1939

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Purpose

Back to the Bible ("BTTB") is a worldwide service ministry that seeks to lead people into a dynamic relationship with God.

Back to the Bible's purpose is to lead believers into spiritual maturity and active service for Christ in the local church and the world and to reach unbelievers with the Gospel of Christ by teaching the Bible through media.

That purpose is accomplished by:

  1. Teaching what the Bible says, what it means, and how it applies to life;
  2. Reaching beyond ourselves to impact the world with the Bible;
  3. Providing quality, Bible-based resources and services;
  4. Involving people personally and financially in God's work; and
  5. Honoring God through excellence and integrity in lifestyle and ministry operations.


Back to the Bible was founded in 1939 by Theodore Epp. The ministry consisted of a single radio broadcast on a 250-watt station out of Lincoln, Nebraska. Back to the Bible, still located in Lincoln, is now a multi-media ministry that uses radio, television, video, literature and the Internet (www.backtothebible.org) to spread God's life-changing message of love and forgiveness to people throughout the world. Back to the Bible regularly uses 49 Bible teachers worldwide, and sponsors programs in 25 languages spoken by 50% of the world's population.

Back to the Bible's legal name is Good News Broadcasting Association, Inc. and it is a nonprofit.

Contributions to it are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Back to the Bible's mission statement is:

  • Bring God's light to people in spiritual darkness.
  • Advance to spiritual maturity those stuck in spiritual infancy.
  • Equip spiritually mature people for meaningful service to God.
  • Be God's catalyst in helping people reach their world for Christ.

Statement of faith

BTTB uses the following to communicate its beliefs:

The Bible:

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, is the revelation of God to mankind, is verbally and fully inspired by Him, is sufficient for the knowledge of God and His will that is necessary for the eternal welfare of mankind, is infallible and inerrant in its original manuscripts, and is the supreme and final authority for all Christian faith and conduct.

God:

We believe that there is but one God, whose essential nature is that of a living, personal Spirit. He is infinitely perfect in all of His attributes, He is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He exists in three persons--Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ:

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; that is, He is fully divine and also fully human. He preexisted eternally with the Father, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death for the sins of mankind. We believe that He arose bodily from the grave, that He ascended to heaven, where He is presently High Priest and Advocate for His people, and that He will return personally and bodily to the earth at the close of this age. He is the world's only Savior and is the Lord of all.

The Holy Spirit:

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine Person, the third Person of the Trinity. We believe that He was sent from the Father by the Son to convict the world, to regenerate and indwell those who trust in Christ, to baptize them into the Body of Christ, to seal them for the final day of redemption, to guide them into truth, to fill them for a life of holiness and victory and to empower them for witness and service. We believe that He gives spiritual gifts to believers for the proper functioning of the Body of Christ, which is the Church.

Man:

We believe that man was originally created by a definite act of God in His own image and is dependent upon and accountable to his Creator. Through disobedience, the first man sinned and fell from his original state of moral perfection. As a consequence, he brought upon himself and upon the whole human race the penalty for sin, which is spiritual and physical death. Since Adam, every person is born with an inherently sinful nature and becomes a sinner in thought, word and deed. Every person, therefore, stands under the just condemnation of God and is unable to save himself or to present deeds worthy of merit before God.

Salvation:

We believe that a person is saved by God's grace alone, made possible through the shed blood of Christ, whereby He died a substitutionary death for mankind, and through the Resurrection of Christ. Salvation becomes effective when a person, by an act of faith, acknowledges Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord. The benefits of this salvation include the forgiveness of sins and a new standing before God, the impartation of new life and all the privileges that accompany a new family relationship with God. The assurance of salvation as a present possession is the privilege of every believer in Christ.

The Christian Life:

We believe that God expects every believer to live a life of obedience, in which every area of his life is brought under the lordship of Jesus Christ and the fruit of the Spirit becomes increasingly evident in his life. The goal of the Christian life is to be conformed to the image of Christ. This life is characterized supremely by self-giving love for God and for others. The life and character of Christ, which grows through the Holy Spirit, is noticeably distinct from the life of the world. A believer who resists the gracious working of the Holy Spirit and fails to grow in obedience is chastened in infinite love by his Heavenly Father so he may learn obedience.

The Church:

We believe that the Church of Jesus Christ is the universal company of God's redeemed people, His Body, of which He is the head, His Bride, whom He loves infinitely, and His temple, in which He dwells. This universal Body of Christ is visibly expressed in local assemblies, whose purpose is to glorify God through worship, fellowship, instruction in God's Word, observing the ordinances and training in service to the world. The supreme task in the mission of the Church is to make disciples for Christ in all the nations through the proclamation and teaching of the Gospel. The Church is also to demonstrate the love and compassion of Christ, through word and deed, in an alienated world.

The Future Life:

We believe in the imminent, premillennial return of Christ to take His people to be with Him and to judge and rule the earth in righteousness. We believe in the resurrection of the body for both believers and unbelievers. We believe that the believer goes to be with Christ in conscious blessedness immediately after death, having escaped the condemnation of his sins through the death of Christ. He will, however, stand before God to receive rewards for works approved by God or to suffer loss for works disapproved. The believer will live eternally in the immediate presence of God, while the unbeliever must face the eternal and holy Judge, who will sentence him for his sins. He will experience the punishment of eternal separation in hell from the presence of God.

Satan:

We believe in the personality and depraved character of Satan, who is the great enemy of God and man. We believe that he, along with the company of demonic beings serving him, works out his evil plans through the ungodly world system, limited only by the sovereign rule of God. We believe that he was judged by Christ at the cross and will ultimately meet his doom in the lake of fire, where he will remain eternally.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating384 of 43042 of 50
Fund acquisition rating297 of 43033 of 50
Resource allocation rating322 of 43034 of 50
Asset utilization rating371 of 43047 of 50

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%10%12%10%8%12%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%9%13%10%8%11%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%90%112%104%95%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%12%10%8%10%11%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%10%-12%-4%5%3%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%74%73%80%77%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%72%126%129%76%107%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%54%92%103%58%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%28%-26%-29%24%-7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%175%153%-396%98%-1400%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%13%17%12%13%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.380.470.520.380.43
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.532.442.706.094.224.70
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.530.931.273.171.612.04
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.106.824.363.437.642.40
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.150.230.290.130.42
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.0611.027.272.686.463.42
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%92%106%97%88%100%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%0%1%1%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%22%-13%6%32%0%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$344,199$300,753$314,689$702,725$248,869
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,932,106$847,010$734,921$1,413,830$758,495
Short-term investments$2,718,011$3,305,255$1,201,131$1,800,189$2,392,037
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,994,316$4,453,018$2,250,741$3,916,744$3,399,401
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$23,660$73,360$255,068$762,654$842,948
Other long-term assets$7,149,804$7,508,885$11,190,917$11,841,030$11,732,724
Total long-term assets$7,173,464$7,582,245$11,445,985$12,603,684$12,575,672
Total assets$12,167,780$12,035,263$13,696,726$16,520,428$15,975,073
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$732,746$1,022,336$656,352$512,706$1,416,818
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$732,746$1,022,336$656,352$512,706$1,416,818
Debt$58,029$60,529$61,029$183,470$183,970
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$10,353,942$11,715,506$12,576,510$13,824,497$14,342,373
Total long-term liabilities$10,411,971$11,776,035$12,637,539$14,007,967$14,526,343
Total liabilities$11,144,717$12,798,371$13,293,891$14,520,673$15,943,161
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted($2,784,734)($3,368,496)($2,306,771)($1,335,397)($2,610,954)
Temporarily restricted$2,528,674$1,356,548$1,373,151$1,987,745$1,249,312
Permanently restricted$1,279,123$1,248,840$1,336,455$1,347,407$1,393,554
Net assets$1,023,063($763,108)$402,835$1,999,755$31,912
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$5,796,570$5,042,313$5,752,765$7,884,319$6,312,048
Program service revenue$121,488$221,137$189,359$70,379$54,156
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$313,340($259,276)($261,166)$469,030$89,716
Other revenue$196,424($509,615)($133,472)($131,264)$45,026
Total other revenue$631,252($547,754)($205,279)$408,145$188,898
Total revenue$6,427,822$4,494,559$5,547,486$8,292,464$6,500,946
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$3,444,852$4,131,217$5,715,690$4,838,636$5,384,133
Management and general$618,294$947,190$846,655$853,649$830,091
Fundraising$578,505$582,095$582,061$632,336$733,484
Total expenses$4,641,651$5,660,502$7,144,406$6,324,621$6,947,708
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$1,786,171($1,165,943)($1,596,920)$1,967,843($446,762)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,786,171($1,165,943)($1,596,920)$1,967,843($446,762)

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History

Back to the Bible describes its history as follows:

On May 1, 1939, Theodore Epp brought Back to the Bible to the airwaves. His vision was to proclaim the message of Christianity through a radio broadcast. His Partner was God.

More than 55 years later, there have been a lot of changes in Back to the Bible, but the basic message of God's love is still the same.

When Theodore Epp started the broadcast, his goal was to make Jesus Christ known to the world. He started by supporting missionaries, adding U.S. radio stations and broadcasting via shortwave radio to other countries.

In 1954 Back to the Bible's first international office opened in Canada. It was followed over the next five years by offices in England, Sri Lanka, France, the Philippines, Australia, South Africa, India, Ecuador and Jamaica.

By the early '70s, offices had been added in Italy, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia as well as a second office in India. Back to the Bible could be heard on more than 700 stations worldwide and was broadcasting in eight languages.

In 1980 Warren Wiersbe became the Assistant Bible Teacher and eventually took over as General Director in 1984. In 1985, Back to the Bible founder Theodore Epp died.

1988 brought the launching of a new women's ministry, Gateway To Joy with Elisabeth Elliot. And in 1990, Woodrow Kroll joined Back to the Bible as the new General Director and Bible Teacher, replacing Warren Wiersbe who retired.

In February of 1995, Back to the Bible moved to a new international headquarters building in Lincoln, Nebraska. The past five years had seen much growth and change including the addition of new foreign language programs and opening new offices in Poland, China and Russia. During the '90's we have also expanded into new media opportunities such as video, CD-ROM and now the Internet.


Program accomplishments

BTTB broadcasts media programs produced and distributed over radio, television, and internet as well as publishing of printed books, audio and video tapes for spiritual encouragement and edification. BTTB is also part of international ministries including radio programming, Christian literature distribution, missionary and scholarship support, affiliated ministries support, and special projects. They are currently helping to support 130 missionaries in 35 countries.

BTTB sponsors ministry programs in 23 languages spoken by 56% of the world's population. BTTB produce 64 unique radio programs around the world on an ongoing basis and make use of almost every form of media imaginable to teach the Bible. While the dominant medium has historically been radio, BTTB's outreach has grown to include various forms of print media, audio, video, television and the Internet.


Needs

BTTB relies on support from the general public. BTTB also has monthly projects. To find out more about BTTB's monthly needs contact BTTB.