Life Outreach International Association of Churches, Inc.

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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


Phone: (817) 267-4211


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


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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating740 of 94037 of 51
Fund acquisition rating880 of 94246 of 51
Resource allocation rating776 of 94239 of 51
Asset utilization rating234 of 94010 of 51

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,725,366$3,152,796$2,972,039$3,172,694$3,091,707
Short-term investments$2,354,932$2,075,815$1,724,553$1,876,807$1,600,392
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$22,877,714$15,883,073$16,883,868$21,857,791$23,338,831
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$6,764,665$7,552,776$7,515,221$8,014,647$8,887,628
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$6,764,665$7,552,776$7,515,221$8,014,647$8,887,628
Total assets$29,642,379$23,435,849$24,399,089$29,872,438$32,226,459
Payables and accrued expenses$2,608,980$3,015,521$2,527,010$2,776,837$2,339,198
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$157,187$202,622
Total current liabilities$2,608,980$3,015,521$2,527,010$2,934,024$2,541,820
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$2,608,980$3,015,521$2,527,010$2,934,024$2,541,820
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$27,033,399$20,420,328$21,872,079$26,938,414$29,684,639
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$27,033,399$20,420,328$21,872,079$26,938,414$29,684,639
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Total contributions$55,964,967$52,862,895$51,391,857$55,453,445$58,760,813
Program service revenue$3,536,720$2,550,036$2,697,079$2,684,826$2,914,214
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$342,232$365,652($86,932)$302,368$111,416
Other revenue$12,346$56,555$88,504$66,310$134,358
Total other revenue$3,891,298$2,972,243$2,698,651$3,053,504$3,159,988
Total revenue$59,856,265$55,835,138$54,090,508$58,506,949$61,920,801
Program services$38,127,723$41,936,483$43,601,644$45,434,169$47,597,550
Management and general$4,401,317$4,170,495$4,143,034$4,155,344$4,389,228
Total expenses$52,497,987$56,618,667$58,631,570$60,560,480$63,725,442
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$7,358,278($783,529)($4,541,062)($2,053,531)($1,804,641)
Other changes in net assets($745,207)($668,222)($525,273)($692,694)($688,556)
Total change in net assets$6,613,071($1,451,751)($5,066,335)($2,746,225)($2,493,197)


Compensation data for this ministry has not been collected.

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.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 3/19/2021. To update the information below, please email:


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.


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.