The Urban Alternative/Tony Evans

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The Urban Alternative is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry founded 39 years ago by Dr. Tony Evans. We aim to spread the teaching of God's Word through Christian media with the goal of transforming lives. We offer sermons, sermon outlines, books, prayers, Bible studies and more on topics such as Christian living, marriage, discipleship, and spiritual growth, as taught by Tony Evans.

Dr. Tony Evans is the founder and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, founder and president of The Urban Alternative and author of over 100 books, booklets and Bible studies. The first African American to earn a doctorate of theology from Dallas Theological Seminary, he has been named one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-Speaking World by Baylor University. Dr. Evans holds the honor of writing and publishing the first full-Bible commentary and study Bible by an African American. His radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard on over 1,400 radio outlets daily and in more than 130 countries. Dr. Evans' sermons are also streamed and downloaded over 20,000,000 times annually.

Contact information

Mailing address:
The Urban Alternative
PO Box 4000
Dallas, TX 75208-5208


Phone: 1-800-800-3222


Organization details

EIN: 751835253

CEO/President: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

Chairman: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Anthony T. Evans

Year founded: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1992


The Urban Alternative ("Urban Alternative") is an inter-denominational Christian evangelistic organization providing biblical solutions to issues facing urban America. It seeks to equip, empower and unite Christians to impact individuals, families, churches and communities for the rebuilding of lives from the inside out. Its activities include ministries through radio programs on over 200 stations, 31 independent television stations and 1,400 cable outlets on the ACTS television network, written publications, teaching tapes and training conferences, and seminars for church leaders and urban families. Project Turn-Around and Citylight are programs of the ministry aimed at "rebuilding communities from the inside out." Another program is The First Lady Ministry. It grew out of a desire of Lois Evans to encourage, support and train senior pastors' wives to fulfill their ministry role and to provide networking opportunities for women of like vocation. Support and revenue for the ministry are primarily derived from sales of ministry-related products and contributions from individuals and other organizations.

Mission statement

The Urban Alternative is a ministry that seeks to equip, empower and unite Christians to impact individuals, families, churches and communities for the rebuilding of lives from the inside out.

Statement of faith

The Urban Alternative has the following statement of belief:

WE BELIEVE the answers to life's problems can be found in God's Word, the Bible. That's why The Urban Alternative bases its ministry on what God's inerrant word teaches.

WE BELIEVE real transformation begins with a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, who died on the cross for the sins of mankind, bodily arose from the dead and who is coming again.

WE BELIEVE strengthening the family is the single greatest need in our society. That's why The Urban Alternative is a teaching ministry, providing Christian resources for the home that will heal and renew relationships.

WE BELIEVE the Church is the best organization of people to rebuild our battered communities. That's why The Urban Alternative focuses much of its work on uniting, equipping, and encouraging pastors and Christian leaders.

WE BELIEVE Christians across the country can influence their cities for good through prayer, partnerships with churches, and support of The Urban Alternative. That is why we call Christians to join us in bringing light and hope to people plunged in darkness and despair.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating794 of 94039 of 51
Fund acquisition rating800 of 94241 of 51
Resource allocation rating715 of 94237 of 51
Asset utilization rating502 of 94023 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$556,757$384,232$424,593$413,955$421,657
Short-term investments$981,147$885,963$9,241$14,310$21,705
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,160,270$5,794,875$4,766,114$4,491,816$4,378,620
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,681,999$4,749,504$4,047,093$3,074,342$2,401,084
Other long-term assets$620,096$596,145$509,608$462,399$415,416
Total long-term assets$5,302,095$5,345,649$4,556,701$3,536,741$2,816,500
Total assets$13,462,365$11,140,524$9,322,815$8,028,557$7,195,120
Payables and accrued expenses$868,759$686,503$773,245$553,762$583,848
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$868,759$686,503$773,245$553,762$583,848
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$35,060$34,574
Total long-term liabilities$587,144$635,327$724,780$845,347$728,808
Total liabilities$1,455,903$1,321,830$1,498,025$1,399,109$1,312,656
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$12,006,462$9,818,694$6,519,975$5,179,870$4,481,939
With donor restrictions$0$0$1,304,815$1,449,578$1,400,525
Net assets$12,006,462$9,818,694$7,824,790$6,629,448$5,882,464
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$15,343,083$13,555,850$11,526,278$9,455,158$9,282,084
Program service revenue$126,266$458,229$66,634$57,193$40,748
Membership dues$0$0$25,385$25,633$27,784
Investment income$25,556$14,555$2,277$2,167$3,350
Other revenue$1,094,342$320,777$674,320$805,197$617,160
Total other revenue$1,246,164$793,561$768,616$890,190$689,042
Total revenue$16,589,247$14,349,411$12,294,894$10,345,348$9,971,126
Program services$10,902,011$9,084,909$8,368,009$7,226,141$6,227,940
Management and general$1,417,141$1,538,511$1,331,915$1,157,410$1,058,877
Total expenses$14,467,354$12,387,981$11,099,552$9,587,466$8,255,288
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$2,121,893$1,961,430$1,195,342$757,882$1,715,838
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,121,893$1,961,430$1,195,342$757,882$1,715,838


Dr Anthony T EvansPresident$197,359
Mr J Daryl LeeChief Financial Officer$125,945
Mr William E CollinsVice President$116,460
Dr Lois I EvansSenior Vice President$40,257

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/25/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Program accomplishments

The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America through the church. The Urban Alternative radio broadcast, "The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans" can be heard over 500 stations daily throughout the U.S. and in over 40 countries worldwide. The broadcast can also be seen on several television stations.