Search Ministries, Inc.

Summary

Search Ministries, Inc. ("Search") is a ministry whose purpose is to involve adults in the process of lifestyle evangelism and discipleship throughout the United States. Search was established in 1977. Search strives to educate both believers and non-believers about having faith in Christ. This is accomplished through relationships with churches, para-churches, private and professional organizations, as well as individuals. Search has three main goals. First, Search assists believers in developing loving, non-manipulative relationships so those friends have a safe place in which to explore the claims of Christ. Second, It helps believers understand the message of eternal life so that they are prepared to clearly communicate it. Third, it encourages believers to pray for friends and family on a regular basis. Search conducts seminars, provides discipleship and leadership training, organizes retreats and special events, and distributes a number of books, publications and tapes. The Common Ground bulletin insert seeks to encourage the believer's desire to develop areas of common interest with those who have not yet experienced salvation through Christ. 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:
5038 Dorsey Hall Dr.
Ellicott City, MD 21042-7711

Website: www.searchministries.org

Phone: (410) 740-5300

Email: info@searchnational.org


Organization details

EIN: 751627393

CEO/President: Rev. Larry Moody

Chairman: Mr. William N. Garrison

Board size: 14

Founder:

Year founded: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


Purpose

Search Ministries, Inc. ("Search") is a ministry whose purpose is to involve adults in the process of lifestyle evangelism and discipleship throughout the United States. Search was established in 1977. Search strives to educate both believers and non-believers about having faith in Christ. This is accomplished through relationships with churches, para-churches, private and professional organizations, as well as individuals. Search has three main goals. First, Search assists believers in developing loving, non-manipulative relationships so those friends have a safe place in which to explore the claims of Christ. Second, It helps believers understand the message of eternal life so that they are prepared to clearly communicate it. Third, it encourages believers to pray for friends and family on a regular basis. Search conducts seminars, provides discipleship and leadership training, organizes retreats and special events, and distributes a number of books, publications and tapes. The Common Ground bulletin insert seeks to encourage the believer's desire to develop areas of common interest with those who have not yet experienced salvation through Christ.

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

Search Ministries, Inc.'s Mission Statement is:

"To assist in fulfilling the Great Commission by involving adults in the process of lifestyle evangelism and discipleship through modeling and training."


Statement of faith

Search Ministries, Inc.'s Statement of Faith is:

I. The Scriptures:
We believe that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments comprise the full, word-for-word, truthful, inspired, inerrant Word of God which Is the supreme and final authority In doctrine and practice (Is. 40:8; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Heb. 4:12; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).

II. The Trinity:
We believe in the one God eternally existing in three equal persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who have the same nature and attributes, but who are distinct in office and activity (Dt. 6:4; Is. 48:16; Jer. 10:10; Mt. 28:19; Jn. 10:30; Acts 5;3-4; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 1:8).

III. The Father:
We believe that as the eternal Father, He is the Father of all men In the non-salvation, Creator-creature sense, the Father of the Nation of Israel, the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the spiritual Father of an who believe In Christ. He is the author of the Decree of God, the author of election, the One who sent the Son, and the disciplinarian of HIS children (Ex. 4:22; Ps. 2:7-9; Jn. 5:37; Acts 17:29; Gal. 3;26; Eph. 1:3-6, Heb 12:9; I Pet. 1:3).

IV. The Person and Work of Christ:
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, in order that He might reveal Cod and redeem sinful man. We believe that He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. We believe that our redemption and salvation are guaranteed by His literal physical resurrection from the dead 0n.1:1, 14, 18; Lk. l:35;Rom. 3:24-26, 4:25; I Pet. 1:3-5).

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is now in heaven, exalted to the right hand of God, where as High Priest He fulfills the ministry of intercession and advocacy for His people. He is also the Head of the Body (His Church) for which He will personally and imminently return (Eph. 4:11-16; I Thes. 4:13-18; Heb. 1:3, 7:23-25;I Jn. 2:1-2).

V. The Holy Spirit:
We believe that the eternal Holy Spirit restrains sin, and convicts of sin, righteousness, and Judgment. He glorifies Christ. At the moment of salvation He permanently regenerates, indwells, baptizes, and seals the believer. Experientially, He fills, gives gifts diversely to, teaches, leads, assures, and prays for believers On. 14:26, 16:7-15; cf. Acts 1;5, 2:1-4, 11:1-18; Rom. 8:14-16, 26-27;I Cor. 6;19, 12:?-11,13; Eph. l:13-14, 5:18:2 Thess. 2:1-10; Titus 3:5).

We believe that angels are spiritual beings who were created as sinless personalities. They presently exist in both fallen and unfallen states, the former Including Satan and his demons Heb.l:13-14, 2:5-8; 2 Pet. 2:4; Jude 6).

We believe that Satan, a personal being, by his own choice the enemy of God and the people of God, is the originator of sin, and that he led our first parents into sin and now rules as the god of this world. We believe that he was judged at the cross and that ultimately he will be cast into the Lake of Fire (Gen. 3:1-19; Is. 14:12-1411n. 12:31; Heb. 2:14; Rev. 20:10).

VII. Creation and Man:
We believe that all things in heaven and earth were created by God and exist by His power (Gen. 1:1; Jn. I:I-3; Col. 1:16-17).

We believe that the first man, Adam, was created of dust, innocent and in the image and likeness of God, but that he sinned by acting independently of God, thereby disobeying Him, bringing both physical and spiritual death upon himself and his posterity. We believe that man has inherited a sinful nature, is alienated from God, and is in need of salvation (Gem. 1:27, 2:17; 3:17-19; Jn,8: 44; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3).

VIII. Salvation:
We believe that all who receive Jesus Christ as their own personal Savior are born again of the Holy Spirit. This believing in Christ imputes Christ's righteousness to the believer. Without personal merit, man is saved on the basis of Christ's death and shed blood (Jn. 1:12, 3:5, 16; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:4-7).

We believe that anyone who has received Jesus Christ and thereby has been born again is eternally secure, has everlasting life, will not come into condemnation, has passed out of death into life, and shall never perish. We believe that there is a bodily resurrection of the believers (to everlasting blessedness) and of the unbelievers to (everlasting punishment) (Dan. 12:1-2; Mt. 25:31-46; Jn. 3:16, 36, 5:24, 10:28-29, 11:25-26; Rom. 8:28-39; Rev. 20:12-15).

IX. The Christian's Walk:
We believe that we are called with an holy calling, to walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit, and so to live in the power of the Spirit that we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. But the flesh with its fallen, Adamlc nature, which in this life is never eradicated, being with us to the end of our earthly lives, needs to be kept by the Spirit constantly In subjection to Christ, or it will surely manifest Its presence in our lives to the dishonor of our Lord. We believe that the qualities required of a spiritual leader are dearly revealed in the Scriptures (Rom. 6:11-13, 8:2-13; Gal. 5:16-23; Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 2:1-10: I Tim. 3: 1-13; Titus 1:5-9; Jas. 3:1; I Pet. l:14-16, 5:1-3;I Jn. 1:5-2:2, 3:5-9).

X. The Church:
We believe that the church, the Body and Bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism, made up of all born-again persons of this present age. We believe that the Church began at Pentecost and that a believer is placed into the Church by the baptizing work of the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. We believe that the universal Church consists of all believers everywhere, and the local Church consists of believers who assemble together in one locality (Mt. 16:18; cf. Acts 1:5, 11:15; I Cor. 12:13; Eph. 1:22-23, 4:11-16, 5:22-33; Col. 1:18).

XI. The Great Commission:
We believe that those whom God has saved are sent into the world by Christ as He was by the Father. Those so sent are ambassadors, commissioned to go make disciples and make Christ known to the whole world. We also believe that everyone should have an opportunity to carefully examine the facts about Christ and have a chance to make an intelligent decision about Him (Mt. 28:18-20; Jn. 15:8, 17:18, 20:21;Acts 1; Rom. 10: 14-15; 2 Cot. $:18-20; Col. 4:2-6; 2 Tim. 2:14-26).

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating80 of 4307 of 46
Fund acquisition rating49 of 4307 of 46
Resource allocation rating130 of 43010 of 46
Asset utilization rating202 of 43017 of 46

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%1%1%1%1%1%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%1%1%1%1%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%94%94%92%94%94%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%1%1%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%6%6%8%6%6%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%86%86%87%86%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%102%96%103%94%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%87%82%89%81%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-2%4%-3%6%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-2%5%-4%9%3%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%13%14%13%13%13%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20152014201320122011
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.321.331.201.401.291.43
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.051.041.051.051.05
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.531.391.251.471.351.50
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20152014201320122011
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.0924.5326.4754.8526.3026.85
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.040.040.020.040.04
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.078.269.237.998.567.71
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20152014201320122011
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%4%4%2%4%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%72%80%70%75%68%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20152014201320122011
Cash$828,721$680,531$1,326,332$4,950,788$4,494,580
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$32,284$28,267$24,247$23,638$13,647
Short-term investments$4,099,035$4,376,232$3,336,361$0$0
Other current assets$50,066$49,423$52,787$56,188$62,351
Total current assets$5,010,106$5,134,453$4,739,727$5,030,614$4,570,578
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$244,801$221,576$243,527$241,973$230,594
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$244,801$221,576$243,527$241,973$230,594
Total assets$5,254,907$5,356,029$4,983,254$5,272,587$4,801,172
 
Liabilities20152014201320122011
Payables and accrued expenses$117,616$97,830$47,688$140,383$107,150
Other current liabilities$86,607$96,176$38,724$50,893$63,062
Total current liabilities$204,223$194,006$86,412$191,276$170,212
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$204,223$194,006$86,412$191,276$170,212
 
Net assets20152014201320122011
Unrestricted$4,493,184$4,421,996$4,107,555$4,129,790$3,756,661
Temporarily restricted$557,500$740,027$789,287$951,521$874,299
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,050,684$5,162,023$4,896,842$5,081,311$4,630,960
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20152014201320122011
Total contributions$6,431,678$6,286,743$6,270,369$6,799,336$6,584,839
Program service revenue$303,868$307,013$493,845$398,359$336,628
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$76,816$110,332$1,423$15$12,734
Other revenue$55,541($13,207)$34,649$40,145$59,648
Total other revenue$436,225$404,138$529,917$438,519$409,010
Total revenue$6,867,903$6,690,881$6,800,286$7,237,855$6,993,849
 
Expenses20152014201320122011
Program services$6,000,181$5,496,975$6,042,777$5,835,527$5,909,709
Management and general$920,953$880,598$888,989$894,778$882,818
Fundraising$58,108$48,127$52,989$57,199$55,767
Total expenses$6,979,242$6,425,700$6,984,755$6,787,504$6,848,294
 
Change in net assets20152014201320122011
Surplus (deficit)($111,339)$265,181($184,469)$450,351$145,555
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($111,339)$265,181($184,469)$450,351$145,555

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History

Since 1977 Search Ministries has been involved in communicating the claims of Christ to both believers and seekers. Search was founded with the conviction that adults could be reached with the message of God's love in a natural and relaxed way through open forums, small groups, retreats, and one on one situations. Since its inception, Search has helped train thousands to effectively minister in the business, professional and local community.


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