Ankerberg Theological Research Institute

Summary

Ankerberg Theological Research Institute ("ATRI") produces the John Ankerberg Show, a half hour television and radio ministry, broadcast nationwide. Producer and host, John Ankerberg, presents contemporary spiritual issues and defends biblical/Christian answers. ATRI also provides the Harbor Lighthouse web site, which contains 15 categories of material to help present, defend, and live our Christian faith. The site has 52 different scholars making contributions in the following areas: Science; Biblical Prophecy; The Bible For Dummies; Theological Dictionary; Practical Christianity; Islam; New Age; Media Wise; Roman Catholicism; Apologetics; Verse by Verse; Special Television Presentations; A Fact A Day; Discussion Forum; and, Special Events. Other activities of ATRI include the sale and distribution of tapes, books, videos and other materials. This organization is a Tennessee 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 8977
Chattanooga, TN 37421-7421

Website: www.johnankerberg.org

Phone: (423) 892-7722

Email: feedback@ankerberg.org


Organization details

EIN: 621138444

CEO/President: Dr. John Ankerberg

Chairman: Dr. John Ankerberg

Board size: 7

Founder: Dr. John Ankerberg

Year founded: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

Ankerberg Theological Research Institute ("ATRI") produces the John Ankerberg Show, a half hour television and radio ministry, broadcast nationwide. Producer and host, Dr. John Ankerberg, presents contemporary spiritual issues and defends biblical/Christian answers. The ministry website, www.johnankerberg.org provides the weekly television and radio broadcast, over 1500 articles written by various Christian scholars on the following areas: Science; Bible for Dummies; Theological Dictionary; Practical Christianity; Islam; New Age; Media Wise; Roman Catholicism; Apologetics; Verse by Verse; Special Television Presentations; A Fact A Day; Discussion Forum; and Special Events. The site also offers books and tapes featured in connection with the many series topics and a video clip library (actual footage of a scholar answering a specific question. Over 200 questions featured). Other activities of ATRI include the sale and distribution of tapes, books, videos and other materials.

ATRI is a Tennessee 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


Statement of faith

ATRI uses the following to express its statement of faith:

We believe in the Scripture of the Old and New Testaments as inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings, and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God; that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature and, in the case of those who reach moral responsibility, become sinners in thought, word and deed.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there for us as a High Priest and Advocate.

We believe that aall who receive by repentance and faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit, and become children of God.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating305 of 59326 of 52
Fund acquisition rating189 of 59318 of 52
Resource allocation rating432 of 59334 of 52
Asset utilization rating305 of 59326 of 52

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%5%5%5%11%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%5%5%11%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
93%100%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%7%6%7%11%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
7%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%76%81%79%73%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%84%83%82%99%109%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%65%67%65%72%90%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%16%17%18%1%-9%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%27%41%69%6%-63%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%17%13%15%16%12%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.041.111.381.742.532.28
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.732.671.852.716.174.40
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.182.962.544.7115.5910.06
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.845.577.143.180.470.58
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.180.140.312.141.72
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.723.324.051.75-0.88-0.86
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%24%31%44%65%69%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%17%23%32%30%30%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
77%68%50%32%14%14%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$1,472,439$1,707,467$895,403$154,143$252,026
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$244,724$261,276$78,988$68,403$76,981
Short-term investments$5,991$17,991$16,366$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,723,154$1,986,734$990,757$222,546$329,007
Long-term investments$0$0$0$16,366$16,366
Fixed assets$2,404,263$1,139,073$1,071,444$1,017,947$1,003,921
Other long-term assets$469,822$547,117$621,864$115,215$99,881
Total long-term assets$2,874,085$1,686,190$1,693,308$1,149,528$1,120,168
Total assets$4,597,239$3,672,924$2,684,065$1,372,074$1,449,175
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$270,792$241,947$274,485$448,576$542,096
Other current liabilities$38,842$36,311$37,040$27,427$22,711
Total current liabilities$309,634$278,258$311,525$476,003$564,807
Debt$799,065$836,347$865,841$412,241$429,681
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$11,270$18,575$1,370$9,677$7,969
Total long-term liabilities$810,335$854,922$867,211$421,918$437,650
Total liabilities$1,119,969$1,133,180$1,178,736$897,921$1,002,457
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$3,435,270$2,493,191$1,452,433$474,153$446,718
Temporarily restricted$42,000$46,553$52,896$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$3,477,270$2,539,744$1,505,329$474,153$446,718
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$6,042,543$6,088,618$5,691,419$3,490,648$3,019,229
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($13,058)$239$316$0$1,450
Other revenue$13,075$1,685$4,761$5,836$5,161
Total other revenue$17$1,924$5,077$5,836$6,611
Total revenue$6,042,560$6,090,542$5,696,496$3,496,484$3,025,840
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$3,900,986$4,076,609$3,677,196$2,523,783$2,713,218
Management and general$872,015$654,337$683,016$566,218$398,147
Fundraising$332,033$325,181$305,108$379,048$197,022
Total expenses$5,105,034$5,056,127$4,665,320$3,469,049$3,308,387
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$937,526$1,034,415$1,031,176$27,435($282,547)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$937,526$1,034,415$1,031,176$27,435($282,547)

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History

John Ankerberg is the founder and President of Ankerberg Theological Research Institute which he established in 1982. John has a BA from the University of Illinois, a MA in Church History and the History of Christian Thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a Mdiv and PhD from Luther Rice Seminary. He is an ordained Baptist minister and former pastor. In addition to the television and radio shows, John has authored and co-authored 69 books. John believes that Christianity can not only stand its ground in the area of the world's ideas but that Christianity alone is true.


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