Love Worth Finding Ministries

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/4/2021. To update the information in this column, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Summary

Pastor, Teacher, and Author Adrian Rogers has introduced people all over the world to the love of Jesus Christ, and has impacted untold numbers of lives by presenting profound biblical truth with such simplicity that "a 5 year-old can understand it, and yet, it still speaks to the heart of the 50 year-old." Love Worth Finding was started in 1987 as the broadcast ministry of Adrian Rogers and remains the exclusive provider of his comprehensive teachings today.

By connecting others with his plainspoken and timeless biblical wisdom through resources like books, video and audio recordings, digital content, and other media, we seek to not only reach non-Christians with the hope of Jesus, but strengthen and encourage everyday Christians in their faith as well. Adrian Rogers' unique ability to apply biblical truth to everyday life is yet unparalleled by other modern teachers. And Love Worth Finding is dedicated to glorifying God by honoring that legacy and expanding his impact.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Love Worth Finding Ministries
PO Box 38300
Memphis, TN 38183-0300

Website: www.lwf.org

Phone: 800-274-5683

Email: info@lwf.org


Organization details

EIN: 581730035

CEO/President: Cary E. Vaughn

Chairman: Robert L. Sorrell

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. Adrian Rogers

Year founded: 1987

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

What a privilege and responsibility to be stewards of God's work - taking the Gospel to the world until Jesus comes!

"It is my heart's deepest desire that until Christ returns for His church, this ministry would continue to proclaim the truth of God's Word and His life-giving, life-altering love on broadcasts throughout the world" - Adrian Rogers

Our Purpose: To bring people to Christ and mature them in the faith.

Our Program: To publish and broadcast biblical truth maintaining a balance of compassion and conviction.

Our Promise: To serve with absolute financial and moral integrity and open accountability.

To This End

We want to minister to hurting people, such as those who are struggling to hold their marriage and family together, people suffering from financial bondage or substance abuse, and those who are facing the attack of demonic oppression.

We offer a prayer ministry through correspondence to people who are searching for answers to spiritual needs.

We also want to reach those who are new and growing Christians with encouragement and admonition for spiritual development.

We desire to be a vessel from which the rivers of living water flow to touch lives and meet the needs of people across America and around the world.


Mission statement

Love Worth Finding is a Bible-based ministry emphasizing truth and family values and ministering with absolute integrity and accountability in order to bring people to Christ and mature them in the faith. Love Worth Finding will endeavor to maintain a balance of Biblical compassion and conviction.


Statement of faith

God: We believe that there is one God who exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus: We believe that Jesus is the Son of God, was born of a virgin, was wholly God and wholly man, lived a sinless life, died in our place as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind, was buried, arose bodily from the grave, and ascended into Heaven.

Christ's Return: We believe that Jesus Christ will literally return to earth.

Holy Spirit: We believe that God the Holy Spirit is active in convincing unbelievers of their need for salvation, and is the Comforter and Guide Who lives in every believer.

Bible: We believe that the Bible is the Word of God without any error, the sole authority for life and faith.

Man: We believe that man is a special creation of God, made in His image, but that through the sin of the first man, Adam, mankind fell so that all men are sinners and need salvation.

Salvation: We believe that salvation is a gift received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Assurance: We believe that every person who is truly saved is eternally secure in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Eternity: We believe that those persons who die in their sins without Christ spend eternity in Hell and those persons who die with their sins forgiven through Christ spend eternity in Heaven.

Baptism: We believe that water baptism is an act of obedience to the command of Christ and is by immersion after salvation.

Church: We believe that the church is a local body of baptized believers with the Lord Jesus Christ as the Head.

Prayer: We believe that each believer has direct access to God through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Government: We believe in the separation of church and state, but not in separation of God and government. Christians are salt and light in society.

Marriage and Human Sexuality:

Preamble: We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our inspired, infallible, and inerrant guide (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Since the Holy Bible does speak to the nature of human beings and their sexuality, it is imperative that we correctly understand and articulate what the Bible teaches on these matters. We are committed to the home and family as set forth in Holy Scripture. We believe God has ordained and created marriage to exist between one man and one woman, with absolute marital fidelity. The Bible sets forth specific home and family values, which include the distinct roles of husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and children. It is our firm conviction that we uphold the dignity of each individual as we embrace the unchanging and longstanding principles of scriptural truth.

Religious Beliefs: Based on Holy Scripture and the historic moral teaching of the universal Church, we believe:

Marriage - Love Worth Finding Ministries defines marriage as the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal "one flesh" union of one man and one woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-24, Matthew 19:4-9, Mark 10:5-9, Ephesians 5:31-33) Sexual Immorality - Love Worth Finding Ministries believes that sexual acts outside marriage are prohibited because they are sinful. Consequently, Love Worth Finding Ministries employees and volunteers must resist and refrain from any and all sexual acts outside marriage - including but not limited to adultery, fornication, incest, zoophilia, pornography, prostitution, voyeurism, pedophilia, exhibitionism, sodomy, polygamy, polyamory, sologamy, or same-sex sexual acts. (Exodus 20:14, Leviticus 18:7-23, Leviticus 20:10-21, Deuteronomy 5:18, Matthew 15:19, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 15:19, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-13, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, Hebrews 13:4, Galatians 5:19, Ephesians 4:17-19, Colossians 3:5)

Sexual Identity - Love Worth Finding Ministries believes that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal personal dignity. Consequently, Love Worth Finding Ministries employees and volunteers must affirm their biological sex and refrain from any and all attempts to physically change, alter, or disagree with their predominant biological sex - including but not limited to elective sex-reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary "genderqueer" acts or conduct. (Genesis 1:26-28, Romans 1:26-32, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

Sexual Orientation - Love Worth Finding Ministries believes that God created and ordered human sexuality to the permanent, exclusive, comprehensive, and conjugal "one flesh" union of man and woman, intrinsically ordered to procreation and biological family, and in furtherance of the moral, spiritual, and public good of binding father, mother, and child. Consequently, Love Worth Finding Ministries employees and volunteers must affirm the sexual complementarity of man and woman and resist any and all same-sex sexual attractions and refrain from any and all same-sex sexual acts or conduct, which are intrinsically disordered and sinful. (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6, Mark 10:5-9, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Ephesians 5:25-27, Revelation 19:7-9, Revelation 21:2)

Sexual Redemption - Love Worth Finding Ministries believes that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and should seek redemption through confession, repentance, and faith in Jesus Christ. Consequently, Love Worth Finding Ministries employees and volunteers must welcome and treat with respect, compassion, and sensitivity all who experience same-sex attractions or confess sexually immoral acts but are committed to resisting sexual temptation, refraining from sexual immorality, and conforming their behavior to Love Worth Finding Ministries Statement of Faith. (Matthew 11:28-30, Romans 3:23, Ephesians 2:1-10, I Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:17-18, Hebrews 4:14-16)

Celibacy - Love Worth Finding Ministries believes that Holy Scripture grants two life-enhancing options for human sexual behavior: (1) the conjugal "one flesh" marital union of one man and one woman, and (2) celibacy. Either is a gift from God, given as He wills for His glory and the good of those who receive and rejoice in His gift to them. Celibacy and faithful singleness is to be celebrated and affirmed within the Love Worth Finding Ministries. (Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18, 21-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Mark 10:5-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Corinthians 7:1-8; Matthew 19:12; 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Romans 12:10; 1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Holy Scripture

Marriage and Human Sexuality - Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 2:18-24; Genesis 19:5-10; Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18:7-23; Leviticus 20:10-21; Deuteronomy 5:18; Judges 19:22-24; Matthew 5:27-28; Matthew 15:19; Matthew 19:4-9; Mark 10:5-9; Romans 1:26-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-13; 1 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:17-19; Ephesians 5:25-27 Ephesians 5:31; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3;; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Timothy 1:8-10; Jude 1:7; Revelation 19:7-9; Revelation 21:2

Pastoral Care - Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 3:23; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 2:17-18; Hebrews 4:14-16

Application: All of our employees and volunteers of the ministry must affirm and adhere to this Doctrinal and Religious Absolute statement on marriage and human sexuality to qualify for involvement with the ministry. This is necessary to accomplish our religious mission, goals and purpose. Behavior or counter-witnessing that does otherwise will impede and burden our integrity and religious mission. We believe that God's grace can wipe the slate of guilt and sin, though the consequences are still incurred.

Authority: The Bible is the inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God, acting as the source of authority over morality, our beliefs, Christian lifestyle and conduct. Love Worth Finding Ministries Board of Directors is charged with the ministerial responsibility of Biblical interpretation and promulgating religious policy. On behalf of the ministry, Love Worth Finding Ministries Board of Directors will determine life application as well as final matters relating to organizational theology, philosophy, Christian practice, faith, divine truth, morality, and theological and doctrinal resolutions.

The Sanctity of Human Life and Abortion

Preamble: We believe that all matters of faith and conduct must be evaluated on the basis of Holy Scripture, which is our inspired, infallible, and inerrant guide. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Because Holy Scripture speaks to creation and human life, it is imperative that we correctly understand, articulate, and abide by what Holy Scripture teaches on this matter. We believe that God has created mankind in His image (Imago Dei) and that human life begins at fertilization. God, in his infinite sovereignty, uniquely formed human beings and gave them a special dignity, personal freedom, and individual accountability among all the works of creation. Human beings have been made for relationship with God and to be good and faithful stewards of creation. God created each person's inmost being, knitting each person together in his mother's womb. (Psalm 139:13). As God's individualized and personal creation, each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). God has ordained all the days of each person's life before they came to be. (Psalm 139:16).

Religious Beliefs: Based on Holy Scripture and the historic moral teaching of the universal Church, we believe:

From the moment of fertilization until natural death, every human life is sacred because every human life has been created by God, in His image and likeness.

From the moment of fertilization, every human life must be recognized, respected, and protected as having the rights of a person and the inviolable right to life.

The right to life and physical integrity of every unborn human life is inviolable -it is not a concession made by society or the state, but is instead inherent to the unborn human life by virtue of its creation in the image of God. Because human life begins at the moment of fertilization, it is against our religious and moral conviction to formally or materially cooperate in the termination of unborn human life.

We are strongly committed to the preservation and defense of unborn human life, which compels our religious, moral, and ethical duty to defend unborn human life from destruction, whether by surgical abortion or use of drugs, devices, or services that have the intent, design, effect, or risk of terminating unborn human life or preventing its implantation and growth post-fertilization. The Church and all her ministers and ministries should publicly witness to society and to the state regarding the intrinsic, inherent, and inviolable dignity of all human life, from fertilization to natural death.

Holy Scripture: In standing against abortion, Love Worth Finding Ministries incorporates by reference the following Holy Scriptures, which are cited in the statements, resolutions, commentaries, or doctrines of Christian denominations that are expressly and vocally opposed to abortion: Some examples include, but are not limited to, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Presbyterian Church in America, and the Southern Baptist Convention.

Genesis 1:26-27 ; Genesis 25:21-22; Exodus 20:13 ; Psalm 22:9-10 ; Psalm 139:13-16 ; Isaiah 44:1-2 ; Isaiah 49:5 ; Job 10:8-12 ; Jeremiah 1:4-5; Luke 1:39-45; John 1:14

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating459 of 94019 of 51
Fund acquisition rating697 of 94234 of 51
Resource allocation rating572 of 94230 of 51
Asset utilization rating132 of 9406 of 51

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%11%19%16%17%17%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%19%15%15%15%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%99%97%97%92%90%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%9%18%17%14%15%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%1%3%3%8%10%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%80%71%73%75%74%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%119%106%86%107%101%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
79%95%76%63%80%75%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%-19%-6%14%-7%-1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-40%-10%23%-12%-2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
12%11%11%10%11%10%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.922.041.521.321.711.55
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.382.121.561.491.781.72
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.744.322.381.963.042.67
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.162.926.057.284.995.74
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.340.170.140.200.17
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.691.824.215.283.153.71
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
14%17%11%10%11%10%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%1%1%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
85%41%58%68%52%58%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,023,967$1,864,322$2,396,787$1,409,566$1,558,656
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$405,546$683,568$522,461$487,366$631,189
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$13$0$0$510$0
Total current assets$1,429,526$2,547,890$2,919,248$1,897,442$2,189,845
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,594,553$1,413,902$1,387,436$1,486,939$1,569,480
Other long-term assets$7,500$23,352$37,544$0$0
Total long-term assets$1,602,053$1,437,254$1,424,980$1,486,939$1,569,480
Total assets$3,031,579$3,985,144$4,344,228$3,384,381$3,759,325
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$490,189$420,951$401,100$47,711$55,399
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$332,851$325,844
Total current liabilities$490,189$420,951$401,100$380,562$381,243
Debt$12,500$27,500$42,500$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$12,500$27,500$42,500$0$0
Total liabilities$502,689$448,451$443,600$380,562$381,243
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,518,890$3,526,693$3,900,628$3,003,819$3,378,082
With donor restrictions$10,000$10,000$0$0$0
Net assets$2,528,890$3,536,693$3,900,628$3,003,819$3,378,082
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$5,106,864$5,548,791$6,420,335$4,942,807$5,221,613
Program service revenue$48,354$118,405$186,020$447,414$555,019
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$18,003$23,431$8,227$3,070$8,275
Other revenue$1,161$3,802$1,600$4,080$2,487
Total other revenue$67,518$145,638$195,847$454,564$565,781
Total revenue$5,174,382$5,694,429$6,616,182$5,397,371$5,787,394
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$4,931,063$4,322,621$4,178,345$4,334,723$4,347,847
Management and general$699,650$669,229$544,638$613,731$611,869
Fundraising$551,442$1,066,514$996,390$823,180$884,791
Total expenses$6,182,155$6,058,364$5,719,373$5,771,634$5,844,507
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($1,007,773)($363,935)$896,809($374,263)($57,113)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,007,773)($363,935)$896,809($374,263)($57,113)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Rev Cary E VaughnCEO$149,756
Bobby LewisExec. VP Operations$113,748
Susan CranfordDirector of Finance & Development$84,172

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/4/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

As a pastor and Bible teacher, Adrian Rogers was already a veteran of radio and television broadcasting when Love Worth Finding began in 1987. Dr. Rogers said, "People were requesting tapes of the messages, and soon the requests began to grow to the point that we knew God was leading us into a wider ministry." As an extension of his pulpit ministry, Love Worth Finding provided that role and continues today to bring people to Christ and mature them in the faith. This ministry is right in line with Adrian Rogers' commitment and calling to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

The 1-hour television broadcasts began on 17 stations, and the 30-minute daily radio broadcasts debuted on 19 radio stations. Since that limited beginning, the outreach of LWF has grown rapidly. Today, LWF is available on 2500+ radio stations and translators. The television broadcast is available to over 90% of television households in the US, and extends around the world into 194 countries. LWF is heard around the clock on the Internet through our website (lwf.org) and other media partners. For our Hispanic friends, LWF has a Spanish broadcast called "El Amor Que Vale" which is broadcast on TV and radio throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and also on the Internet. And in addition to the multi-media programs, LWF offers books, videos, CDs and other resources that will encourage and strengthen your daily walk with Jesus Christ.

LWF is grateful to God to have been selected to receive the Radio Program of the Year and the Television Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters. The extent of this outreach for our Lord cannot be measured, but we are thankful to see some of the impact with the thousands of letters and emails we receive each month from people whose lives have been touched. Many today still echo praises to God for mending broken lives, saving marriages, and helping people find the joy of a personal relationship with His Son Jesus Christ.

Dr. Rogers said, "I believe God wants us to proclaim the message of salvation in the power of the Holy Spirit by every means possible ... That's our commitment at Love Worth Finding." Has that purpose changed since the home-going of Dr. Rogers? No, God wants us to continue to proclaim the message of salvation. The messenger may be gone, but the message must continue. Millions still have not heard the precious name of Jesus or know His redeeming grace.

Without God working through the prayers and support of many who share our commitment to spread the Gospel, we simply wouldn't be realizing these blessings. We thank each and every one for the lives being changed for all eternity.


Program accomplishments

LWF expresses its accomplishments as follows:

LWF has helped spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the means of radio and Television not only in the US but overseas as well. These are the major vehicles fro accomplishing the ministry's purpose. They have also sold sermons on audio tapes, video tapes and CDs. They have also sold Christian books, booklets, and related material This has put the Gopsel message into the hand of listeners and readers in a more permanent form.

LWF is telecast on 353 broadcast stations, 14,255 cable systems, three satellite networks, and 141 radio stations across America and in over 40 foreign countries including Africa and Middle East.


Needs

Love Worth Finding, Inc. expresses its needs as follows:

LWF is a faith-based ministry that relies on God to supply their financial needs through the support of caring people. No matter what size gift one can give, God uses every contribution to help Love Worth Finding reach hurting people, encourage new and growing Christians, mend broken lives, and help people find the joy of forgiveness and new life in Jesus Christ.