BigLife International

Summary

Biglife is an international disciple making ministry that trains believers how to make disciples of Jesus, that will lead to disciple-making movements. Biglife empowers believers worldwide to reach and disciple their own people for Jesus, so that disciple-making movements of God can grow and grow all over the world. We've seen these movements of God happen in places where it takes great faith to even be a Christian, let alone share your faith. It can happen anywhere.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Big Life International
PO Box 110431
Naples, FL 34108

Website: big.life

Phone: 855-244-5433

Email: info@big.life


Organization details

EIN: 651060939

CEO/President: John Heerema

Chairman: Patrick Stuart

Board size: 9

Founder:

Year founded: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


Purpose

A world awaits Good News. From Asia to Africa, Europe to the Americas, Biglife finds the persons of peace and empowers them to share the Good News-where they live.


Mission statement

Empowering believers worldwide to reach and disciple their own. Biglife is a faith-based ministry committed to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through personalized interactions, one-on-one training, and the commitment to ongoing discipleship and multiplication.


Statement of faith

Scripture

Scripture is the inspired Word of God, comprised of the 66 books of the Bible, which are entirely reliable and truthful. Scripture stands as the central authority over our lives, our faith and the direction of our ministry. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17)

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Three persons eternally share the Divine Nature as One God. The Bible refers to these persons as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both self-existent and personal. (John 14:10, 26; 15:26)

Jesus Christ, the Son, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of humankind, was resurrected bodily on the third day, ascended into heaven and is coming again as King and Judge. Jesus Christ is the only provision that God has given for people to be reconciled to Him. Jesus' life on earth, is the Father's revelation of His nature, and also serves as the model for the Christian life. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

The Holy Spirit is God. He draws us to Christ, and indwells us at the moment we place our faith in Christ. He empowers us to live an effective Christian life by affirming our salvation, encouraging us and giving us the strength to live a life that is pleasing to God and personally fulfilling. (John 14:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)

People

Human beings are created in the image of God. As such, we are unique among all of God's creation. However, people have turned against God and disobeyed His commands. Sin's consequences result in physical and spiritual death for all humankind. Humanity lives in a state of alienation and profound need which can only be satisfied by reconciliation with God through Christ. Without this reconciliation, all people stand under God's righteous judgment. Humanity, although fallen, maintains the image of God and is, therefore, still dignified and unique. God continues to love us and reach out to us, even though we are hostile to Him. Believers in Jesus Christ receive a new nature that becomes the foundation for a process of transformation. (Genesis 1:27-31; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Salvation

Salvation is reconciliation with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. God offers us salvation by His grace alone and we receive it as a gift through personal faith in Jesus Christ. This right standing before God must be received and cannot be earned. God freely offers salvation to all people, and our salvation is secure. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:38,39; Ephesians 1:13; 2:4)

Marriage

Marriage is between one man and one woman. Anything outside of this is a willful act of rebellion against how God wants the people he created to live. (Genesis 2:20-24; Romans 1:26-27)

The Church (Ekklesia)

The church (Greek word: Ekklesia) is composed of all those throughout history who place saving faith in Jesus Christ. It also is used in a local context as "Those who Christ has called out to gather together". The Ekklesia is not an institution, but a people. God wants all Christians to live out their spiritual lives in a corporate context. This context of Christian relationships is a crucial feature of our witness for Christ as it reflects God's character to the world. The Ekklesia is God's chosen instrument through which the message of salvation is spread to all people. This mission is the central purpose for the Ekklesia. All believers are commanded to carry the good news locally and worldwide, making disciples as we go and also demonstrating the gospel by relevant social love and action through our words and deeds. (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 18:20; 1 Peter 2:5,9)

The Second Coming

This age will conclude with the personal, bodily return of Christ. At that time, He will complete God's plan to reestablish His just and righteous rule over all humanity. There will be a resurrection of all humankind. Those that are saved through Jesus Christ will spend eternity with God in the new heaven and earth and those who are not will spend eternity in torment separated from God. Therefore, because eternal issues are at stake, there is an urgency to communicate the gospel. (Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation chapters 20-22)

Transparency grade

A

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating557 of 77577 of 104
Fund acquisition rating399 of 77655 of 104
Resource allocation rating538 of 77675 of 104
Asset utilization rating540 of 77568 of 104

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%7%12%12%17%14%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%12%12%17%11%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%102%100%100%100%80%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%14%13%14%18%13%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%-2%0%0%0%20%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%76%79%77%70%78%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%50%91%81%95%86%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%38%72%62%67%67%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%50%9%19%5%14%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
5%71%20%48%17%44%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%11%8%9%12%9%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.480.702.152.033.232.62
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.351.041.071.011.021.04
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.220.732.302.053.312.73
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
14.7441.320.000.000.000.00
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.020.000.000.000.00
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.9416.105.235.873.634.40
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
7%2%0%0%0%0%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%139%47%49%31%38%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$4,774,818$1,239,066$1,048,551$540,348$443,318
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$170,785$0$0$0$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,945,603$1,239,066$1,048,551$540,348$443,318
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$188,578$51,232$8,629$13,210$17,791
Other long-term assets$0$35,500$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$188,578$86,732$8,629$13,210$17,791
Total assets$5,134,181$1,325,798$1,057,180$553,558$461,109
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$119,683$0$0$0$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$119,683$0$0$0$0
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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$119,683$0$0$0$0
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$3,891,371$498,469$500,082$402,376$434,590
Temporarily restricted$0$827,329$557,098$151,182$26,519
Permanently restricted$1,123,127$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,014,498$1,325,798$1,057,180$553,558$461,109
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$7,314,788$3,111,298$2,648,695$1,879,878$1,136,622
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$54,198$2,888$111$27$120
Other revenue($196,865)$0$0$0$278,655
Total other revenue($142,667)$2,888$111$27$278,775
Total revenue$7,172,121$3,114,186$2,648,806$1,879,905$1,415,397
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$2,727,611$2,240,695$1,653,163$1,251,513$949,522
Management and general$381,427$231,350$186,557$215,205$103,568
Fundraising$486,996$373,523$305,464$320,738$157,276
Total expenses$3,596,034$2,845,568$2,145,184$1,787,456$1,210,366
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$3,576,087$268,618$503,622$92,449$205,031
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,576,087$268,618$503,622$92,449$205,031

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
John HeeremaExecutive Director$167,535
Jeff GibsonPresident$125,127

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018


Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

In 1999, a small group of people came together after reading that statistic, and were also derailed by the question, "Am I living a small life in my small little world? Or am I willing to live a big life, a life with big Kingdom impact?" Fearing the former and desiring the latter, they set out on a journey to discover what it means to live a big life for God.

Initially, their journey took them to Iran, Turkey, India and Pakistan in search of evidence that God was still at work in some of the most anti-Christian strongholds in the world. Once rich in faith, Europe and the Americas were also experiencing a steady shift toward apathy and unbelief. Nevertheless, this growing band of followers brought with them all that they had seen and heard as they experienced God moving mightily everywhere they went.

They began to study and follow the early gatherings of disciples outlined in the book of Acts. They devoted themselves to fellowship, teaching, prayer, and to the breaking of bread. They met together in homes, in villages, under trees, and in coffee shops. They shared their lives with one another daily, and ministered to those who had need wherever they might be found.

In response, God raised up more and more people and bound them together in ways so unlikely that only He could have orchestrated what would happen next. Since that first call to action in 1999, Biglife has seen the unprecedented, unified mobilization of God's people in over half of the nations on earth.

Through obedience to His commands to go, make disciples, baptize and teach, we are transcending cultures, languages, traditions, and denominations with a singular focus. We are a remnant of ordinary people, crisscrossing the globe with nothing more, nothing less, than the good news of Jesus Christ. And we are pushing forward together until the whole world knows.

This is the story of Biglife.


Program accomplishments


Needs

The world is full of entire nations that are lost and yearning for the redemptive hope and peace of Jesus Christ. These are the places where God is currently opening doors for Biglife-nations and states where the "return" on your investment is truly exponential. In fact, they are eternal.