Life Outreach International Association of Churches, Inc.

Summary

LIFE Outreach International is an organization committed to the commission of Jesus Christ to take the gospel to all nations. LIFE believes that Christ intended for us to demonstrate His love as well as proclaim it. LIFE has several ministries worldwide that are actively demonstrating the love of God.

At LIFE, we believe that we are fulfilling Christ's words in Matthew 25:35-40 by being His hands and feet. Millions of hurting, desperate people all over the world have experienced the compassion and provision of Jesus Christ through various humanitarian relief programs sponsored by LIFE Outreach International.

Life Outreach is organized as a nonprofit organization. Contributions to Life Outreach are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 982000
Fort Worth, TX 76182-8000

Website: www.lifetoday.org

Phone: (817) 267-4211

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 752684727

CEO/President: Mr. James Robison

Chairman: Mr. James Robison

Board size: 7

Founder: Mr. James Robison

Year founded: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1993


Purpose

Life Outreach International Association of Churches ("Life Outreach") an organization dedicated to sharing the life and love of Jesus Christ with people worldwide by means of personal ministry, media outreach and mission relief. Life Outreach strive to communicate to as many people as possible the truth that God desires to be known as a loving Father and to help as many as possible to establish an intimate, personal relationship with Him. The primary program of Life Outreach is "Life Today", TV talk show. Life Today TV show with James Robison offers viewers answers to problems people are facing. Issues range from personal tragedy, violence, parenting, relationships, physical fitness, racism and current events affecting our society. Life Outreach also meet the physical and material needs of the poor and those whose lives have been affected by crisis situation. In addition, Life Outreach supports mission efforts around the world. James Robison founded Life Outreach in 1996.

Life Outreach is organized as a nonprofit organization. Contributions to Life Outreach are fully deductible to the extent allowed by the law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).


Mission statement

Life Outreach uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

Life Outreach International is a Christian organization dedicated to sharing the life and love of Jesus Christ with hurting people worldwide by means of personal ministry, media outreach and humanitarian mission relief.

The ministry's primary outreach is its daily and weekly television program, Life Today, which reaches into the homes of millions of people throughout the United States and Canada with inspirational and evangelical content while sharing news of and opportunities for world mission projects.

The ministry strives to not only declare the love of Christ but to demonstrate it as well through its various ministry and mission outreaches. James and Betty Robison founded Life in June, 1963 as the James Robison Evangelisttic Association.


Statement of faith

Life Outreach uses the following to express its statement of faith:

Section 1. Policy:
The government of this Church shall be theocratic, recognizing that Jesus Christ is the Lord, head of the Body of Christ and that he has vested the authority to direct the affairs of the Church in the person of the Pastor, being assisted by the Board of Trustees and Staff. The Pastor shall be recognized by the members and all concerned as the leader under Christ of this local body. This Church maintains its inherent rights to sovereignty in the conduct of church life in accordance with the Articles of Incorporation, and voluntarily enters into a cooperative fellowship with the Body of Christ.

Section 2. Doctrine:
This Church accepts the Holy Bible as its authority in matters of faith and practice. The following constitute the Church's Tenets of Faith:

We Believe:
THE SCRIPTURES - The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God.

THE GODHEAD - Our God is one, but manifested in three persons - the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit, being co-equal (Phil. 2:6). God the Father is greater than all; the sender of the Word (Logos) and the Begetter (John 14:28; John 16:28; John 1:14). The Son is the Word flesh-covered, the One Begotten, and has existed with the Father from the beginning (John 1:1, John 1:18, John 1:14). The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from both the Father and the Son and is eternal (John 15:26).

THE CHRIST - Jesus is the Christ, conceived by the Holy Spirit and Virgin born, the Son of God, the one and only savior, the Lord of all.

ATONEMENT - Christ sacrificially died on the Cross and shed His blood as the atonement for sin.

ASCENSION - God raised Him from the dead bodily; He ascended into Heaven, and he will visibly return in glory according to His promise.

SALVATION - Salvation is God's gift of eternal life, presented to all who, by faith, accept Jesus Christ as Savior and receive spiritual new birth by the Holy Spirit.

ABUNDANCE - Abundant Christian Living is possible only for those who continually yield their lives to the power and control of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

THE GREAT COMMISSION - Jesus issued Christians a "Great Commission": to spread the Good News of His salvation to all peoples and every nation. To fulfill this commission, Christians must not only proclaim the love of God, but demonstrate it through deeds of compassion, such as feeding the poor and hungry, providing for orphans and the homeless and assisting the sick and distressed as God directs.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating341 of 42336 of 50
Fund acquisition rating402 of 42345 of 50
Resource allocation rating336 of 42338 of 50
Asset utilization rating138 of 42313 of 50

Click here to read Life Outreach International Association of Churches, Inc.'s response to our ratings


Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%20%20%20%19%17%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%19%19%19%17%16%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%95%95%94%88%93%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%18%18%19%18%16%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%5%5%6%12%7%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%75%75%74%75%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%104%103%101%94%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%78%77%75%71%76%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-4%-3%-1%6%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-8%-6%-1%11%4%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%7%7%7%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.302.031.981.841.771.87
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.541.371.381.381.411.50
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.542.772.732.542.492.81
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
8.967.459.188.038.276.70
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.110.130.110.120.120.15
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.073.753.924.144.243.63
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%10%8%9%9%10%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%44%47%50%52%48%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$16,808,290$18,646,732$21,279,131$21,426,510$18,688,562
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,172,694$3,091,707$2,769,316$2,809,604$2,168,671
Short-term investments$1,876,807$1,600,392$1,543,637$1,625,258$1,571,586
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$21,857,791$23,338,831$25,592,084$25,861,372$22,428,819
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$8,014,647$8,887,628$9,773,824$10,543,157$11,239,362
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$8,014,647$8,887,628$9,773,824$10,543,157$11,239,362
Total assets$29,872,438$32,226,459$35,365,908$36,404,529$33,668,181
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$2,776,837$2,339,198$2,948,266$2,908,790$3,096,549
Other current liabilities$157,187$202,622$239,806$219,840$253,010
Total current liabilities$2,934,024$2,541,820$3,188,072$3,128,630$3,349,559
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$2,934,024$2,541,820$3,188,072$3,128,630$3,349,559
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$26,938,414$29,684,639$32,177,836$33,275,899$30,318,622
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$26,938,414$29,684,639$32,177,836$33,275,899$30,318,622
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$55,453,445$58,760,813$60,744,980$60,187,504$60,059,630
Program service revenue$2,684,826$2,914,214$3,559,187$7,646,285$4,481,665
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$302,368$111,416$10,822$112,132$311,718
Other revenue$66,310$134,358$163,828$181,040($559,231)
Total other revenue$3,053,504$3,159,988$3,733,837$7,939,457$4,234,152
Total revenue$58,506,949$61,920,801$64,478,817$68,126,961$64,293,782
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$45,434,169$47,597,550$48,132,358$48,150,969$48,798,745
Management and general$4,155,344$4,389,228$4,551,507$4,593,092$4,241,423
Fundraising$10,970,967$11,738,664$12,248,790$11,586,437$9,965,996
Total expenses$60,560,480$63,725,442$64,932,655$64,330,498$63,006,164
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($2,053,531)($1,804,641)($453,838)$3,796,463$1,287,618
Other changes in net assets($692,694)($688,556)($644,225)($839,186)$0
Total change in net assets($2,746,225)($2,493,197)($1,098,063)$2,957,277$1,287,618

Response from ministry

LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches, Inc. expresses strong concern and disagreement with the assessment and rating done by Wall Watchers. Each ministry is different as are its purposes and the methods used to accomplish its mission. Resource development and program delivery costs vary based on qualitative factors such as the appeal of a particular cause and the relative difficulty and cost of meeting objectives. This evaluation does not consider costs in respect to the nature and medium of development or ministry delivery nor in light of program accomplishments. Accordingly, management believes it is not a fair evaluation of stewardship, efficiency or effectiveness and is misleading in that it presents an incomplete picture.

LIFE Outreach International Association of Churches, Inc. is a member of ECFA and is committed to accountability and financial disclosure. Our audited financial statements are available to the public upon request as well as other information about our ministry. We welcome the opportunity to present the complete picture of our ministry and answer any questions about the worthiness of the ministry to receive support.


History

LIFE Outreach International grew out of James Robison's personal ministry, which began in 1963 as the James Robison Evangelistic Association. Through citywide crusades across the U.S., the ministry grew rapidly through the Sixties and Seventies, touching and changing the lives of millions of people. There have been over 600 citywide crusades held. In 1967 the ministry moved its headquarters from Houston, Texas where it began to the Fort Worth-Dallas Mid-Cities area. The television minstry began in 1972, its coverage spreading across the U.S. and Canada within the next two decades. In1986, the ministry began supporting economic restoration and humanitarian activities abroad. Great emphassis was placed on endeavors of this type beginning in 1990, with support going to missions and crisis relief projects in 20 countries. To present an image in keeping with broadened emphasis--and to focus attention on Christ, rather than a man--the ministry changed its name to LIFE Outreach International in late 1992.


Program accomplishments

  • The LIFE TODAY program can now be seen in over 150 million homes throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
  • LIFE's Mission Feeding program in Africa is their most effective and long-standing mission outreach. Since 1988, over 4 million children throughout Africa have received food, ministry and medical assistance.
  • The Mission: Water for LIFE program continues to expand. This outreach is now drilling wells in over 20 nations throughout the world.
  • LIFE launched Homes for LIFE project to construct village homes designed to last over 25 years. Each home is built with a concrete foundation and concrete walls.
  • LIFE has permanent Centers in Afghanistan, Albania, Bolivia, China, Mongolia, Romania, Mozambique, Sudan, and the Ukraine that act as orphanages, training centers, food factories, medical clinics, churches and retreat centers. The Centers are dedicated to the communities they serve, adapting and changing in function as the needs change.

Needs

Life Outreach has some of the following needs:

Funds for media outreach.

Desire to expand as well as maintain the outreach through the various stations worldwide.

Funds to expand and feed more children by addressing their various physical needs.

Funds to continue the operation of orphanages and job traing programs and well drilling and evangelistic training and outreach.