Probe Ministries International, Inc.

Summary

Probe Ministries International ("Probe") presents the Gospel to communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically-based scholarship, educating people how to love God with their minds and equipping them to engage their world for Christ.


Contact information

Mailing address:
1900 Firman Dr., Ste. 100
Richardson, TX 75081-6795

Website: www.probe.org

Phone: (972) 480-0240

Email: info@probe.org


Organization details

EIN: 751416858

CEO/President: Dr. Ray Bohlin

Chairman: Bill Stone

Board size: 5

Founder: James F. Williams Jr. and Jon Buell

Year founded: 1973

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1986


Purpose

Probe Ministries International ("Probe") strives to present the Gospel to communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically-based scholarship, educating people how to love God with their minds and equipping them to engage their world for Christ.

Probe's programs include:

  1. National and international youth and adult Mind Games Conferences attended by more than 10,000 participants since its inception.
  2. Probe Radio Program, heard on over 600 stations daily, reaching 1 million people each week.
  3. Probe staff members are interviewed regularly on national and international radio networks with listening audiences in the millions.
  4. Web site resource with 1200+ articles and biblical perspective, including the ability to hear the Probe Radio program through real-time streaming or podcast. Resources also in spanish at www.MinisteriosProbe.org.
  5. Ongoing research to address today's issues through honest and respected Christian scholarship
Probe is a nonprofit organization and contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Probe's mission is to present the Gospel to communities, nationally and internationally, by providing life-long opportunities to integrate faith and learning through balanced, biblically based scholarship, training people to love God by renewing their minds and equipping the Church to engage the world for Christ.


Statement of faith

Probe uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

The final authority of our beliefs is the Bible, God's infallible written Word, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that the Bible was uniquely, verbally, and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, and that it was without error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks (2 Tim 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 Cor 2:13, 10:11; John 10:35).

We explicitly affirm our belief in these basic Bible teachings:

  1. There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons-- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--each of whom possesses equally all the attributes of Deity and the characteristics of personality (Matt 28:19; John 10:30; Acts 5:3,4; 2 Cor 13:14).
  2. God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, is the functional head of the Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). He sent the Son to obtain satisfaction for divine justice and to proclaim reconciliation. The Spirit He sent to teach truth. He is spoken of as the Father of all creation, of angels, of Israel, of believers, and of Christ (John 14-17, 20:17; Job 1:16; Psalm 103:13).
  3. Jesus is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one person forever. He lived a sinless life, and voluntarily atoned for the sins of men by dying on the cross as their substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone. He rose from the dead in the same body, though glorified, in which He lived and died. He ascended bodily into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God the Father, and there He, the only mediator between God and man, continually makes intercession for His own (Matt 1:16,20,23; Luke 1:34; Heb 4:15; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 Cor 15; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Peter 2:5-9; 1 John 2:1).
  4. The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, has come into the world to reveal and glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to men. He convicts and draws sinners to Christ, imparts new life to them, continually indwells them from the moment of spiritual birth, baptizes them into the body of Christ, and seals them until the day of Redemption (John 16:8-11; Titus 3:5; 1 Cor 6:19; Rom 8:9b; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 5:18; Gal 5:22-23).
  5. Man was originally created in the image of God. He sinned by disobeying God; thus, he was alienated from his Creator. The historic fall brought all mankind under divine condemnation. Man's nature is corrupted, and he is thus totally unable to please God. Every man is in need of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit (Gen 1:26-27; Eph 2:1; Rom 1:18, 3:20, 7:21-25, 5:12).
  6. The salvation of man is wholly a work of God's free grace, and is not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness or religious ceremony. God imputes His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, and thereby justifies them in His sight (Rom 6:23; Eph 2:8,9; John 3:16; Titus 3:5-8). It is the privilege of all who are born again of the Spirit to be assured of their salvation from the very moment in which they trust Christ as their Savior. This assurance is not based upon any kind of human merit, but is produced by the witness of the Holy Spirit, who confirms in the believer the testimony of God in His written Word. The Holy Spirit's fullness, power, and guidance are appropriated in the believer's life by faith (Rom 5:9-10, 8:1, 29- 30, 38-39; John 5:24, 10:27-30, 14:16; 1 Tim 1:12; Phil 1:6; Heb 7:25; Jude 24). Every believer is called to live so in the power of the indwelling Spirit that he will not fulfill the lust of the flesh, but will bear fruit to the glory of God. The Scriptures set out the principles and rules of the Christian life (Rom 12:1,2; Gal 5:16- 26; 2 Cor 6:14).
  7. Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, His Body, which is composed of all men, living and dead, who have been joined to Him through saving faith. God admonishes His people to assemble together regularly for worship, for participation in ordinances, for edification through the Scriptures, and for mutual encouragement (1 Cor 12:12-13; Col 1:18; Eph 2:15-16).
  8. At physical death, the believer enters immediately into eternal, conscious fellowship with the Lord and awaits the resurrection of the body to everlasting glory and blessing (1 Cor 15:12ff; 2 Cor 5:1-10; Phil 1:23; John 12:26). At physical death, the unbeliever enters immediately into eternal, conscious separation from the Lord and awaits the resurrection of the body to everlasting judgment and condemnation (Eph 2:12; Rom 3:23, 5:12; Matt 25:31-46; Rev 20:11-15). Jesus Christ will come again to the earth--personally, visibly, and bodily--to consummate history and fulfill the plan of God (Rev 19:11-16; Zech 14:4-11; 1 Thess 1:9-10).
  9. The Lord Jesus Christ commanded all believers to proclaim the gospel throughout the world and to disciple men of every nation. The fulfillment of that Great Commission requires that all worldly and personal ambitions be subordinated to a total commitment to "Him who loved us and gave Himself for us" (Matt 28:19; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47-48).
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We accept those large areas of doctrinal teaching on which, historically, there has been general agreement among all true Christians. Because of the specialized calling of our ministry, we desire to allow for freedom of conviction on other doctrinal matters, provided that any interpretation is based upon the Bible alone, and that no such interpretation shall become an issue which hinders the ministry to which God has called us, or our fellowship together.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating125 of 43011 of 46
Fund acquisition rating230 of 43027 of 46
Resource allocation rating169 of 43014 of 46
Asset utilization rating92 of 4305 of 46

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%7%9%8%6%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%9%8%6%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%98%99%98%97%99%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%9%8%8%7%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%2%1%2%3%1%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%85%86%87%83%85%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%84%107%97%94%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%71%92%84%78%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%16%-7%3%6%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%67%-87%23%50%21%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%7%6%5%11%9%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.323.116.434.756.7517.00
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.071.061.051.091.18
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.533.336.814.997.3420.03
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.109.491.853.275.022.75
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.110.540.310.200.36
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.063.230.811.671.310.38
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%10%51%29%18%31%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
64%29%8%15%12%4%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$160,430$96,998$125,772$80,347$42,738
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$432$895$1,259
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$160,430$96,998$126,204$81,242$43,997
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$7,315$1,948$2,645$3,341$4,095
Other long-term assets$3,750$3,750$3,750$3,750$3,750
Total long-term assets$11,065$5,698$6,395$7,091$7,845
Total assets$171,495$102,696$132,599$88,333$51,842
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$16,908$52,319$38,558$16,175$15,996
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$16,908$52,319$38,558$16,175$15,996
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$16,908$52,319$38,558$16,175$15,996
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$154,587$50,377$94,041$72,158$35,846
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$154,587$50,377$94,041$72,158$35,846
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$628,200$609,013$638,026$612,190$877,744
Program service revenue$9,574$7,928$13,219$20,081$10,869
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$153$93$79$65$127
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$9,727$8,021$13,298$20,146$10,996
Total revenue$637,927$617,034$651,324$632,336$888,740
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$452,035$570,548$546,937$492,619$750,714
Management and general$36,035$36,771$31,576$63,965$78,133
Fundraising$45,647$53,379$50,928$39,440$52,485
Total expenses$533,717$660,698$629,441$596,024$881,332
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$104,210($43,664)$21,883$36,312$7,408
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$104,210($43,664)$21,883$36,312$7,408

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History

Probe Ministries was founded in 1973 by James F. Williams Jr. and Jon Buell, who sought to form a ministry that would bridge the frontier between the agonizing questions man asks and the profound answers the Gospel offers. Beginning with the vision and no staff, Probe has grown today to form a working unit of 11 scholars and 4 support staff. As the organization has served Christ faithfully for 35 years, Probe now stands ready to dramatically expand its ministry for Christ the next 35 years.


Program accomplishments

Probe's accomplishments and programs include some of the following:

  • National and international youth and adult Mind Games Conferences attended by more than 10,000 participants since its inception.
  • Probe Radio Program, heard on over 400 stations daily, reaching 1 million people each week.
  • Probe staff members are interviewed regularly on national and international radio networks with listening audiences in the millions.
  • World Wide Web site resource with hundreds of articles and biblical perspective, including the ability to hear the Probe Radio program.
  • On-going research to address today's issues through honest and respected Christian scholarship
  • International leadership training for students, future pastors, and lay leaders in China, Myanmar, Uganda, Liberia, Hungary, the Philippines, Australia, the Bahamas, and United States

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