Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/17/2019. To update the information in this column, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef ("LTW") is committed to leading the way for those living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ. By passionately proclaiming the uncompromising Truth of God's Word through every available form of media, as well as on-the-ground discipleship teams, LTW is providing hope that is revolutionizing lives here at home and around the world. Now celebrating more than 30 years of ministry, the ministry's television and radio programs are broadcast in 26 languages across 6 continents. LTW also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to spread the light of Christ. Through in-country follow-up teams, the ministry is also encouraging new believers in their faith and helping God's Kingdom to grow around the world. LTW is a nonprofit organization; contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 20100
Atlanta, GA 30325-0100

Website: www.ltw.org

Phone: (404) 841-0100

Email: webmail@ltw.org

Organization details

EIN: 581816773

CEO/President: Dr. Michael Youssef

Chairman: Dennis Chorba

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Michael Youssef

Year founded: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


LTW's mission is to equip believers in Christ and reach the lost with the Gospel through electronic media, print media, and on-the-ground field teams. Dr. Michael Youssef's Biblically-based teaching programs air in 6 continents, from North America to the Middle East and beyond. The ministry has offices in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia.

LTW was incorporated by Dr. Michael Youssef in 1988. It is a non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Mission statement

LTW's mission is to lead the way for those living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ.

Statement of faith

Leading The Way With Dr. Michael Youssef, Inc. uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating483 of 81731 of 52
Fund acquisition rating509 of 81732 of 52
Resource allocation rating239 of 81717 of 52
Asset utilization rating603 of 81736 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$624,849$984,531$709,194$429,828$451,587
Short-term investments$5,336,488$5,652,433$5,323,087$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$21,492,243$20,011,971$19,613,328$14,659,359$13,854,098
Long-term investments$0$0$0$2,218,518$2,141,182
Fixed assets$9,802,247$10,199,069$10,704,276$11,049,520$11,260,116
Other long-term assets$52,536$53,536$53,536$102,228$147,103
Total long-term assets$9,854,783$10,252,605$10,757,812$13,370,266$13,548,401
Total assets$31,347,026$30,264,576$30,371,140$28,029,625$27,402,499
Payables and accrued expenses$991,664$713,146$608,123$1,267,683$1,201,639
Other current liabilities$35,045$27,203$9,615$11,115$15,000
Total current liabilities$1,026,709$740,349$617,738$1,278,798$1,216,639
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$1,026,709$740,349$617,738$1,278,798$1,216,639
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$2,592$0$307,023$594,041$760,582
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$30,320,317$29,524,227$29,753,402$26,750,827$26,185,860
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$19,153,633$17,516,577$19,260,582$17,691,593$17,800,275
Program service revenue$118,138$114,582$150,188$144,585$197,957
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$193,610$90,815$40,743$77,348$3,838
Other revenue$297,527$331,946$278,899$211,912$360,135
Total other revenue$609,275$537,343$469,830$433,845$561,930
Total revenue$19,762,908$18,053,920$19,730,412$18,125,438$18,362,205
Program services$16,229,000$16,363,599$15,104,893$15,608,454$15,493,301
Management and general$775,992$739,050$750,949$647,658$402,132
Total expenses$18,966,818$18,283,095$17,101,003$17,560,471$17,231,856
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409$564,967$1,130,349
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409$564,967$1,130,349


Joshua D YoussefExecutive Vice-President$159,091
David DoddFormer Vice President of Operations$150,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2014

Response from ministry

Thank you for your interest in Leading The Way! Every gift you give helps Dr. Michael Youssef share the Gospel with the lost and equip believers to grow into a deeper walk with Christ - both here at home and in closed countries. Dr. Youssef is our number one volunteer, which means he receives no compensation from any gifts given to the ministry nor any commissions from the sale of his books and resources. Everything goes to Gospel ministry!

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/17/2019. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


LTW was founded by Dr. Michael Youssef in 1988. What began as a small local radio ministry in Atlanta has now grown into an international ministry broadcasting the Gospel across 6 continents - reaching some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth with the Good News of Jesus.

In 1996, Dr. Michael Youssef's programs began airing in the Middle East. Field teams were established accommodate the overwhelming response. In 2000, LTW launched its weekly TV programs, which are now broadcast into hundreds of millions of homes every week. In 2009, the ministry launched its 24/7 KINGDOM SAT TV channel, blanketing the Middle East with Biblical Truth - and also began distributing solar-powered Navigator audio devices with the Bible and Dr. Youssef's messages to remote regions.

Today, the ministry is focusing its efforts on expanding every area of ministry through Vision 2025, a strategic plan to see one million souls come to Christ by 2025.

Program accomplishments

Ministry milestones:

  • Established on-the-ground field discipleship teams in 1996
  • Launched THE KINGDOM SAT TV channel in the Middle East in 2009
  • Developed solar-powered Navigator "pocket missionaries" in 2009
  • Celebrated 30 years of ministry in 2018
  • Launched Vision 2025 initiative in 2018 - a plan to see one million souls come to Christ by 2025
Special awards:
  • Awarded National Religious Broadcasters 2019 Radio Program of the Year
  • Awarded 5 Telly Awards from 2014-2017 for Special Broadcasts


Through Vision 2025, LTW is aggressively and strategically expanding every area of ministry with the goal of seeing one million souls come to Christ by 2025. Your gift today can help:

  1. Double media footprint
  2. Reach Muslims in North America
  3. Double audience of our KINGDOM SAT TV channel
  4. Host strategic evangelistic events
  5. Distribute 100,000 more Navigators
  6. Target a new generation with Biblical Truth
To learn more, visit www.LTW.org/Vision2015.