Living Free, Inc. formerly Turning Point Ministries

Summary

Living Free, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides training, materials, and services to churches and para-church organizations to help people with life-controlling problems. Living Free is an equipping ministry whose goal is to assist local churches in mobilizing itself to help people within its sphere of influence to overcome life-controlling problems. The Living Free team is committed to an interdenominational and intercultural ministry through the media of seminars and curriculum. They operate from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of their materials include programs in Focused Discipleship, Marriage and Family, General Discipleship, Leadership Training, and Youth Groups. In addition some of these materials are translated into Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, and Czech. A Board of Directors governs TPM, and it is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax 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 22127
6101 Preservation Dr 37416
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2127

Website: www.livingfree.org

Phone: (423) 899-5714

Email: tp@turningpointministries.org


Organization details

EIN: 581881966

CEO/President: Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee

Chairman: Mr. James Heartfield

Board size: 16

Founder: Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee

Year founded: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Purpose

Living Free, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that provides training, materials, and services to churches and para-church organizations to help people with life-controlling problems. Living Free is an equipping ministry whose goal is to assist local churches in mobilizing itself to help people within its sphere of influence to overcome life-controlling problems. The Living Free team is committed to an interdenominational and intercultural ministry through the media of seminars and curriculum. They operate from Chattanooga, Tennessee. Some of their materials include programs in Focused Discipleship, Marriage and Family, General Discipleship, Leadership Training, and Youth Groups. In addition some of these materials are translated into Spanish, Russian, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, and Czech. A Board of Directors governs TPM, and it is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Living Free uses the following to communicate its purpose:

Living Free's purpose is to assist the local church in establishing an effective, on going, biblically based, small group ministry to help people overcome and/or remain free of life-controlling problems.


Statement of faith

Living Free uses the following to communicate its values:

(1) We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
(2) We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(3) 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.
(4) We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
(5) We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
(6) 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.
(7) We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating414 of 50042 of 54
Fund acquisition rating438 of 50049 of 54
Resource allocation rating474 of 50050 of 54
Asset utilization rating143 of 50010 of 54

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%26%20%17%19%14%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%11%11%10%11%9%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%42%53%59%58%61%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%10%11%10%9%9%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%58%47%41%42%39%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%64%63%62%64%68%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%107%100%105%119%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%69%63%65%77%62%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-7%0%-5%-19%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
2%-15%1%-10%-32%12%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%25%26%29%27%23%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.191.681.421.511.431.07
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.533.973.093.323.132.33
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.316.664.385.014.472.49
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.125.616.314.729.9414.67
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.180.160.210.100.07
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.411.482.301.892.414.50
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%28%28%31%28%24%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%23%23%24%25%21%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
70%43%51%46%50%71%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$31,884$74,623$35,033$55,124$143,098
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$53,174$52,318$64,797$58,845$64,467
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$1,006$608$22,907$24,208$25,493
Total current assets$86,064$127,549$122,737$138,177$233,058
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$255,984$266,826$284,625$294,409$310,447
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$255,984$266,826$284,625$294,409$310,447
Total assets$342,048$394,375$407,362$432,586$543,505
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$5,984$11,219$17,354$5,586$7,896
Other current liabilities$9,361$8,999$8,652$8,317$7,995
Total current liabilities$15,345$20,218$26,006$13,903$15,891
Debt$80,094$89,435$98,409$107,006$115,254
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$80,094$89,435$98,409$107,006$115,254
Total liabilities$95,439$109,653$124,415$120,909$131,145
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$241,682$284,379$282,064$262,665$324,779
Temporarily restricted$4,927$343$883$49,012$87,581
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$246,609$284,722$282,947$311,677$412,360
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$227,448$294,615$345,703$301,328$382,205
Program service revenue$307,723$266,193$240,247$216,060$248,730
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$48$41$58$58$98
Other revenue$0$0$290$0$26
Total other revenue$307,771$266,234$240,595$216,118$248,854
Total revenue$535,219$560,849$586,298$517,446$631,059
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$368,685$351,440$378,583$395,988$393,605
Management and general$144,768$147,250$177,287$164,592$132,207
Fundraising$59,879$60,384$59,158$57,549$53,870
Total expenses$573,332$559,074$615,028$618,129$579,682
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($38,113)$1,775($28,730)($100,683)$51,377
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($38,113)$1,775($28,730)($100,683)$51,377

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History

Founded in 1988 by Dr. Jimmy Ray Lee in response to an invitation by a local church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to help some members struggling with personal problems, Turning Point has grown from 38 participants to over 100,000 participants. Dr. Lee has years of experience helping struggling people overcome problems. He is the founder of two Teen Challenge Centers and Project 714, a national school-based prevention and intervention program for students.


Program accomplishments

  • 2,500 churches have participated in Living Free with some 500,000 participants. Sixteen countries outside the USA are at various levels of development of the ministry. The curriculum has been or is in the process of being translated into 12 foreign languages.


  • Some of Living Free's programs include:
  • Focused Discipleship: Insight Group, Insight Group for Youth, Codependency, 12- Step, Depression, Spiritual Freedom, Anger, Loss and Grief, Eating Disorders, Racial Reconciliation, Shame


  • Marriage and Family: Parenting, Marriage Foundations, Marriage Reconciliation, Overcoming Abusive Relationships, Single Adults


  • General Discipleship: Knowing God, Ten Commandments, Romans 1-8 & 12, Godly Heroes of Hebrews 11, Godly Heroes for Youth, Angels


  • Leadership Training: Living Free video-based small group training series, Caring Enough to Confront, Small Group Skills Guide


  • Youth: Insight, Group for Youth, Godly Heroes Youth Edition, Character Counts, "Drug Monster" Video, Student Handbook, Prevention Resource Guide, Friendship 911 Series


  • Other Group Resources: The Search for Significance, The Healthy Christian Life


  • Spanish Language: Core Team Manual, Insight, Concerned Persons, Restoring Families


  • Russian Language: Insight, Concerned Persons, Ten Commandments, Knowing God, Stepping Into Freedom, Small Groups Skill Guide, Living Free video


  • Other Languages: German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Croatian, French/Dutch (Belgium), French/Italian/German (Switzerland), Hungarian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Dutch/English (Aruba), French


  • In cooperation with National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI), Living Free has completed the "Capacity Enhancement Campaign." They now have a new training facility and warehouse which is paid for in full. They have also purchased their present office building with a down payment of $100,000 and their monthly payments being lower than their previous lease payments.
  • Living Free has added over 147 churches along with 23,676 participants to their programs.
  • They have begun the production for the Spanish language version of the Living Free video training series. It should be available in April 2004.
  • Living Free is working with representatives from Book of Hope, Global Teen Challenge, and Russian nationals to finalize plans for distributing Turning Point materials in Russia.
  • They are also in the initial stages for beginning programs in France.
  • Living Free has developed a new curriculum for cell groups, Sunday school, and follow-up discipleship groups called Authentic Living in an Artificial World.

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