Guidelines/ Harold Sala

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We shine the light of the Gospel in places of spiritual darkness through audio messages that encourage, equip, and bring hope in Jesus to new believers, the unreached, and to those living under persecution.

Contact information

Mailing address:
26161 Marguerite Pkwy St
Suite F
Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3162


Phone: (949) 582-5001


Organization details

EIN: 840574141

CEO/President: Bonnie Sala

Chairman: Donald Thompson

Board size: 9

Founder: Dr. Harold Sala

Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2004


PROJECTS The Legacy Project: Reaching Those Yet Unreached

The Guidelines Legacy Project exists to establish community-based radio stations and to equip evangelical partners working in the community to provide bible-based, people oriented programming in unserved areas.

Mission statement

Guidelines International Ministries shines the light of the Gospel in places of spiritual darkness through audio messages that encourage, equip, and bring hope in Jesus to new believers, the unreached, and to those living under persecution.

Statement of faith

Guidelines, Inc uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

We believe in:

The entire Bible was given to man by inspiration of the Holy Spirit and it is God's authoritative guide for life and living.

Humankind came into existence as an act of God. Every person is created by God in His image and is important to God.

Jesus was born of a virgin, the unique fusion of both God and man.

Jesus died for all of our sins, was buried and came back to life three days later.

Through faith in Christ alone we find forgiveness from our sins, are transformed into new people and receive the promise of eternal life.

The Holy Spirit lives in God's people, giving them new life, enabling us to find purpose and meaning in life.

Every believer is to share the hope of the gospel. This is done through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is the mandate of Scripture and the mission of Guidelines.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating458 of 99918 of 52
Fund acquisition rating184 of 100111 of 52
Resource allocation rating647 of 100132 of 52
Asset utilization rating608 of 99926 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$0$0$6,014$5,712$11,558
Short-term investments$785,435$955,880$1,045,594$1,018,183$1,078,753
Other current assets$3,235$3,235$8,235$8,235$8,235
Total current assets$1,159,023$1,227,070$1,400,424$1,548,673$1,636,179
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,093$6,467$9,171$13,574$19,224
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$5,093$6,467$9,171$13,574$19,224
Total assets$1,164,116$1,233,537$1,409,595$1,562,247$1,655,403
Payables and accrued expenses$19,254$7,208$19,028$2,073$1,285
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$19,254$7,208$19,028$2,073$1,285
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$17,336
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$17,336
Total liabilities$19,254$7,208$19,028$2,073$18,621
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$1,050,340$1,179,976$1,140,170$1,408,081$1,459,947
With donor restrictions$94,522$46,353$250,397$152,093$176,835
Net assets$1,144,862$1,226,329$1,390,567$1,560,174$1,636,782
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Total contributions$739,845$871,652$776,986$765,604$773,070
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$34,947$20,351$36,895$75,566($4,223)
Other revenue$1,919$4,065$6,151$5,093$30,647
Total other revenue$36,866$24,416$43,046$80,659$26,424
Total revenue$776,711$896,068$820,032$846,263$799,494
Program services$670,679$804,339$821,288$758,222$662,755
Management and general$166,905$164,856$158,123$149,661$158,976
Total expenses$858,178$1,060,306$989,639$922,871$903,867
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Surplus (deficit)($81,467)($164,238)($169,607)($76,608)($104,373)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($81,467)($164,238)($169,607)($76,608)($104,373)


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/22/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Guidelines International Ministries is a small ministry with a big God. In 1963, a young minister and his wife drove up into the Rockies of Colorado for some mountain air and and some time to pray. "How," they asked God, "can we reach people most effectively with the message of the Gospel?" Harold & Darlene Sala believed that the answer was clear: "Use radio. This will enable you to touch lives of people wherever they are around the world and where missionaries cannot go."

At that time, most Christian radio programming consisted of preaching but Harold knew if a person wasn't in church already, they would be unlikely to tune into a sermon. Trying something new, Harold began to produce a 5-minute commentary targeting the person on the street, not in church-the person who has an emptiness in his heart and doesn't know how to connect with God.

Guidelines-A Five-Minute Commentary on Living, was the first 5-minute Christian radio program and it's now the longest running 5-minute commentary on-air. Reaching people exactly where they are and relating the truth of the Gospel to the real issues of life has proven to be effective for over 50 years now.

A unique aspect of the Guidelines ministry has been our commitment to being entirely non-commercial. We do not solicit funds on-air but rather pray for provision and minister as God provides.

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