Elna M. Smith Foundation / The Great Passion Play

Summary

Elna M. Smith Foundation (the organization generally goes by the name "The Great Passion Play") provides biblical re-enactments, bible tours and educational facilities. It was formed in 1965 and provides the public with the following programs: The Great Passion Play; Sacred Art Center; the Bible Museum; Christ of the Ozarks; and the New Holy Land. The Great Passion Play is a reenactment of Jesus' last days on earth. The New Holy Land Tours take you into the history and culture of the ancient Middle-East from the time of the occupation by the Caananites to the time of Christ. The seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. The statue was completed and dedicated in 1966, and was sculptured by the late Emmet Sullivan. The Bible Museum contains over 6,000 Bibles in 625 languages and dialects, and a large collection of parchments and artifacts. The Sacred Arts Center is a collection of art that includes some very important masterpieces and some unusual pieces.

This organization 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 471
Eureka Springs, AR 72632-0471

Website: www.greatpassionplay.com

Phone: (479) 253-8559

Email: drama@ipa.net


Organization details

EIN: 710387411

CEO/President: Mr. Joe Geis

Chairman: Rev. Keith Butler

Board size: 23

Founder: Ms. Elna M. Smith

Year founded: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


Purpose

Elna M. Smith Foundation (the organization generally goes by the name "The Great Passion Play") provides biblical re-enactments, bible tours and educational facilities. It was formed in 1965 and provides the public with the following programs: The Great Passion Play; Sacred Art Center; the Bible Museum; Christ of the Ozarks; and the New Holy Land. The Great Passion Play is a reenactment of Jesus' last days on earth. The New Holy Land Tours take you into the history and culture of the ancient Middle-East from the time of the occupation by the Caananites to the time of Christ. The seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue is one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. The statue was completed and dedicated in 1966, and was sculptured by the late Emmet Sullivan. The Bible Museum contains over 6,000 Bibles in 625 languages and dialects, and a large collection of parchments and artifacts. The Sacred Arts Center is a collection of art that includes some very important masterpieces and some unusual pieces.

This organization 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

The Elna M. Smith Foundation's Mission Statement is:

The purpose for the existence of the Foundation is to acquire, establish, construct and maintain shrines, monuments, libraries, memorials, archives, historical locations, art galleries and exhibits and to preserve books and manuscripts of notable Christian patriots.

The Christ of the Ozarks Statue inspires thousands to reflect on the teachings and character of our Savior.

The Great Passion Play, faithful to the authentic traditions of Christianity, presents the complete story of Christ's last days on earth in a setting simulating the city of Jerusalem.

The Sacred Arts Center touches every phase of artistic tribute to our Lord and presents portrayals in every known form of art.

The Bible Museum with its collection of Bibles and ancient ecclesiastic objects glorifies the Word of God, which is indeed the textbook of Christianity.

The New Holy Land replicas, reenactments, life-size buildings and exhibits will acquaint people with the Jerusalem existing at the time of Christ and cause them to reflect on the traditional beliefs of the Church.

These Sacred Projects cannot be separated because they combine to make the most significant educational shrine in the Western World calling attention to the historical and authentic traditional values of Christianity.


Statement of faith

The Elna M. Smith Foundation uses the following to communicate its values: br>
1. The Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2. That there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3.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. That for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

5 In the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

6. 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. In the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating446 of 53544 of 55
Fund acquisition rating158 of 53518 of 55
Resource allocation rating464 of 53545 of 55
Asset utilization rating520 of 53552 of 55

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%19%22%18%15%10%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%81%78%82%85%90%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%72%87%86%90%95%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
98%105%98%102%103%110%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
80%76%86%87%94%104%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
2%-5%2%-2%-3%-10%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%107%518%124%-1057%-250%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%28%13%14%10%5%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.170.790.740.700.700.67
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.5720.3318.3627.2524.6621.10
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.2316.0613.6219.1817.3014.12
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.321.495.121.922.132.49
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.670.200.520.470.40
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.610.250.710.300.370.51
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%104%100%101%100%98%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%3%3%1%1%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
71%-5%0%-1%0%4%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash($3,328)$23,939$4,357$23,339$53,746
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$110,784$100,344$82,318$75,522$68,638
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$107,456$124,283$86,675$98,861$122,384
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,077,355$2,157,298$2,275,297$2,338,789$2,459,800
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$2,077,355$2,157,298$2,275,297$2,338,789$2,459,800
Total assets$2,184,811$2,281,581$2,361,972$2,437,650$2,582,184
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$72,197$24,260$45,135$46,400$49,246
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$72,197$24,260$45,135$46,400$49,246
Debt$67,780$75,380$30,000$30,000$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,126,509$2,176,279$2,310,228$2,355,973$2,471,876
Total long-term liabilities$2,194,289$2,251,659$2,340,228$2,385,973$2,471,876
Total liabilities$2,266,486$2,275,919$2,385,363$2,432,373$2,521,122
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted($81,675)$5,662($23,691)$5,277$61,062
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets($81,675)$5,662($23,391)$5,277$61,062
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$316,299$385,346$295,585$250,907$155,739
Program service revenue$1,244,079$486,498$1,275,733$1,277,439$1,365,638
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$4,500
Investment income$2$0$0$0$19,508
Other revenue$77,812$849,906$62,307$126,025$30,706
Total other revenue$1,321,893$1,336,404$1,338,040$1,403,464$1,420,352
Total revenue$1,638,192$1,721,750$1,633,625$1,654,371$1,576,091
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$1,246,088$1,477,372$1,427,492$1,547,623$1,645,511
Management and general$479,331$215,025$235,101$162,533$83,045
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$1,725,419$1,692,397$1,662,593$1,710,156$1,728,556
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($87,227)$29,353($28,968)($55,785)($152,465)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($87,227)$29,353($28,968)($55,785)($152,465)

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History

The Great Passion Play offers the following history:

The Great Passion Play is a 501-C3 non-profit, non-denominational ministry founded in 1967. The Christ of the Ozarks Statue was the first of the sacred projects to be constructed, followed by The Great Passion Play, the New Holy Land, the Bible Museum and the Sacred Arts Center. Plans are underway for new projects, which will be designed to compliment the existing attractions.


Program accomplishments

  • The Great Passion Play is the number one attended outdoor drama in America. Since its opening in July of 1968, over seven million people have enjoyed this portrayal of The Greatest Story Ever Told. The Play is performed on a 550-foot wide, multilevel stage in an outdoor amphitheater, which has 4,100 individual seats.
  • The New Holy Land Tour includes over 30 exhibits. All have been researched for historical accuracy. Each exhibit is explained by the tram drivers or by costumed and knowledgeable tour guides.
  • The Sacred Arts Center contains a collection of art that includes some very important masterpieces and some remarkable and unique pieces. One of the oldest pieces dates back to circa 800 AD. The Center also houses several historical collections, such as the royal Dresden china pieces representing the Last Supper as commissioned by Kaiser Wilhelm I.
  • The seven-story Christ of the Ozarks Statue continues to be one of the most visited attractions in the Ozarks. More than 500,000 people come to view the Statue each year.
  • The Bible Museum contains over 6,000 Bibles in 625 languages and dialects, as well as a large collection of parchments and artifacts. There are a number of Bibles featured in the Wycliffe exhibit. An original page of a Gutenberg Bible is part of this collection. Other important translations on display include a Greek New Testament published by Erasmus in 1516, Martin Luther's German translation, William Tyndale's New Testament, and Coverdale's Bible, which has the distinction of being the first complete Bible translated into English.

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