God's World Publications, Inc.

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Summary

Since 1981, God's WORLD News has been faithfully providing current events resources to students while instilling a passion for learning and a curiosity about God's creation.

Teachers, homeschool groups, parents, and grandparents rely on our materials to help them faithfully explore, learn, and grow.


Contact information

Mailing address:
God's World Publications, Inc.
PO Box 2330
Asheville, NC 28802

Website: www.gwnews.com

Phone: (828) 435-2982

Email: info@gwnews.com


Organization details

EIN: 560538016

CEO/President: Kevin Martin

Chairman: John Ward Weiss

Board size: 14

Founder: Dr. Nelson Bell

Ruling year: 1951

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

God's World Publications, Inc. ("GWP") publishes or provides news media, books and other materials and services for Christians of all ages to assist in forming a Biblical worldview for all aspects of life. GWP was founded in 1942. God's World Publications is committed to the publishing of periodicals for adults, young people, and children that provide information and promote education through current news and practical commentary on issues before the individual Christian, the church, and the world, from a Biblical perspective. Our aim is to develop a Christian understanding of the world and to stimulate action in obedience to the Great Commission and to God's cultural mandate to subdue the earth.

God's World Publications, Inc. is a content contributor to thegoodsteward.com.


Mission statement

To assist Christians in forming a Biblical worldview for all aspects of life. We will do this by publishing or providing news media, books and other materials and services for Christians of all ages and within a variety of educational, church and home settings.


Statement of faith

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Transparency grade

C

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating699 of 101031 of 52
Fund acquisition rating775 of 101236 of 52
Resource allocation rating834 of 101242 of 52
Asset utilization rating208 of 10109 of 52

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%15%17%16%10%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%8%7%7%4%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%51%45%46%41%35%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%8%8%5%4%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%49%55%54%59%65%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%72%74%72%75%80%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%95%93%93%93%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
77%68%69%68%70%78%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%5%7%7%7%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%89%1041%-104%-52%-12%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%20%18%20%21%17%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.872.022.383.353.753.68
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.371.221.391.922.252.28
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.762.483.306.438.448.38
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.391.120.760.450.320.27
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.891.322.253.133.68
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.610.52-1.16-2.33-3.03-3.84
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%89%98%122%150%172%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%16%3%5%11%11%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
90%5%1%-7%-13%-20%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$3,945,638$2,358,463$925,513$497,040$287,273
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$349,436$519,649$502,138$610,384$860,349
Short-term investments$6,039$7,199$7,071$6,981$12,776
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,301,113$2,885,311$1,434,722$1,114,405$1,160,398
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$793,322$805,320$757,312$696,960$789,931
Other long-term assets$170,290$307,331$557,488$698,633$695,437
Total long-term assets$963,612$1,112,651$1,314,800$1,395,593$1,485,368
Total assets$5,264,725$3,997,962$2,749,522$2,509,998$2,645,766
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$690,882$504,314$287,355$626,732$674,609
Other current liabilities$3,147,950$3,299,666$2,936,533$2,864,054$3,597,466
Total current liabilities$3,838,832$3,803,980$3,223,888$3,490,786$4,272,075
Debt$854,354$128,258$144,137$279,887$289,847
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$854,354$128,258$144,137$279,887$289,847
Total liabilities$4,693,186$3,932,238$3,368,025$3,770,673$4,561,922
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$571,539$65,724($618,503)($1,260,675)($1,916,156)
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$571,539$65,724($618,503)($1,260,675)($1,916,156)
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$5,692,084$4,579,047$4,488,717$4,143,883$3,466,273
Program service revenue$5,468,166$5,645,995$5,416,775$5,907,962$6,526,093
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$17,587$783$461$335$548
Other revenue($17,325)($27,245)($42,423)$12,049($33,685)
Total other revenue$5,468,428$5,619,533$5,374,813$5,920,346$6,492,956
Total revenue$11,160,512$10,198,580$9,863,530$10,064,229$9,959,229
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$7,634,068$7,038,652$6,670,444$7,014,306$7,760,611
Management and general$2,160,286$1,711,702$1,838,792$1,960,979$1,612,577
Fundraising$860,343$763,999$712,122$433,463$356,349
Total expenses$10,654,697$9,514,353$9,221,358$9,408,748$9,729,537
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$505,815$684,227$642,172$655,481$229,692
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$505,815$684,227$642,172$655,481$229,692

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Kevin MartinCEO$163,372
Nick EicherChief Content Officer$157,226
Pierson GerritsenDevelopment Director$129,832
Marvin OlaskyEditor In Chief$123,216
John AlmaguerAdvertising Account Executive$116,352
Kyle CrimiAdvertising Account Executive$115,948
William GibsonCFO/Treasurer$48,658

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


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 10/22/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

In 1981, The Presbyterian Journal-founded as The Southern Presbyterian Journal by L. Nelson Bell in 1942 and renamed in 1959-took a new direction. The publication had historically covered news related to church doctrine and government, mission work, and other issues directly affecting conservative Presbyterianism.

However, faithful parents across several Christian denominations began voicing a need. These parents felt called to raise up their children to discern truth in world events and issues, to honor God in their lives and even in their opinions, and to learn and live to impact the world as disciples in Christ's kingdom.

Making that calling more difficult was a news media slant that was growing more prominent in America. Mainstream news was following (or at times, even leading) a cultural drift toward a "post-Christian" culture. The days of reporting facts and leaving the reader or listener to form an opinion independently were coming to an end. Too often, the media slant was not in keeping with biblical truth. Was it possible to provide a news resource that sought to understand world events through a scriptural lens?

Under the guidance of a young publisher named Joel Belz, and with the keen editorial and teaching skills of editor Norm Bomer, the Journal launched a weekly newspaper for young people called It's God's World. The prototype issue debuted August 10, 1981. Covering not just church news but national and world news, It's God's World challenged kids to explore the events happening around the globe and to see God at work in His world, using His people for His kingdom purposes, opposing evil and dealing out mercy.

Forty years later, WORLD News Group still operates, now with publications for all ages. God's WORLD News offers three editions for kids (God's Big WORLD, WORLDkids, and WORLDteen), alongside the WORLD Watch video program for older teens, WORLD Magazine for adults, a variety of podcasts, and an internet presence for all publications. The corporation today even has its own journalists training arm, WORLD Journalism Institute.

Over the last four decades, God has blessed this Christian news media organization with purpose, growth, and impact. Hundreds of thousands of children in Christian homes, homeschools, and Christian schools have read about the biggest events-now in our history-from the perspective of devoted Christian journalists who strive to deliver facts faithfully, reporting from a position of trust in Christ and determination to tell His story in the world honestly.


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