Voice of Prophecy

Summary

The Voice of Prophecy ("VOP") is a supporting organization of Adventist Media Center (www.adventistmedia.org). All operational decisions and funding are controlled by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. All contributions to The Voice of Prophecy go to the Seventh-day Adventist Church (www.adventist.org). VOP is an audio and video broadcast, founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards. The audio program is presently aired by more than 1,500 radio stations across North America and around the world. Presented by Director-Speaker, Lonnie Melashenko, VOP programs are about Bible teachings in the context of current events (i.e. the Super Bowl, court trials, baseball, politics, military actions, and religious happenings). VOP aspires to communicate Biblical messages relevant to people's needs and point to a better day when Christ will return. The global mission of the Voice of Prophecy broadcast ministry is to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Christ, leading people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior, calling them to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His imminent return. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Contact information

Mailing address:
101 W. Cochran St
Simi Valley, CA 93065-3065

Website: www.vop.com

Phone: (805) 955-7611

Email:


Organization details

EIN: 952414749

CEO/President: Mr James W. Gilley

Chairman:

Board size: 9

Founder: H.M.S Richards

Year founded: 1929

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

The Voice of Prophecy ("VOP") is a supporting organization of Adventist Media Center (www.adventistmedia.org). All operational decisions and funding are controlled by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. All contributions to The Voice of Prophecy go to the Seventh-day Adventist Church (www.adventist.org).

VOP is an audio and video broadcast, founded in 1929 by H.M.S. Richards. The audio program is presently aired by more than 1,500 radio stations across North America and around the world.

Presented by Director-Speaker, Lonnie Melashenko, VOP programs are about Bible teachings in the context of current events (i.e. the Super Bowl, court trials, baseball, politics, military actions, and religious happenings). VOP aspires to communicate Biblical messages relevant to people's needs and point to a better day when Christ will return. The global mission of the Voice of Prophecy broadcast ministry is to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Christ, leading people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior, calling them to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His imminent return.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


Mission statement

Voice of Prophecy uses the following to express its mission:

The global mission of the Voice of Prophecy broadcast ministry is to proclaim the everlasting gospel of Christ, leading people to accept Jesus as their personal Savior, calling them to unite with His church, and nurturing them in preparation for His soon return.


Statement of faith

Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference session when the church is led by the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God's Holy Word.

We believe in the eternal Godhead, or Trinity, consisting of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ, our only Lord and Savior, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried.
The third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there He will come a second time to receive His own.
We believe the character of God is reflected in the Ten Commandments, which are an expression of His love and concern for us, and that to transgress them is sin.
We believe the wages of sin is death, and since all have sinned, all need a Savior. We believe that forgiveness from sin and rescue from its penalty is available only through trust in Jesus Christ, who died in our place.
We believe the Bible is God's inspired Word through which we may hear His voice to our souls. It is our only rule of faith and practice.

Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating53 of 4308 of 50
Fund acquisition rating2 of 4301 of 50
Resource allocation rating2 of 4301 of 50
Asset utilization rating279 of 43028 of 50

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%0%0%0%0%0%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
95%100%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%0%0%0%0%0%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
5%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
83%100%100%100%100%100%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
99%124%99%114%94%98%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
81%124%99%114%94%98%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
1%-24%1%-14%6%2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
3%-39%1%-16%7%2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
10%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Investing ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.320.510.540.440.410.38
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.531.001.001.001.001.00
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.530.510.540.440.410.38
 
Liquidity ratiosMedian measure
for all ministries
in MW database
20172016201520142013
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.091.341.561.531.551.48
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.750.640.650.640.68
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.075.997.919.4210.5510.22
 
Solvency ratiosMedian % for
all ministries in
MW database
20172016201520142013
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
10%74%64%65%64%68%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
63%50%66%79%88%85%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20172016201520142013
Cash$6,032,019$6,045,068$6,773,261$7,257,528$7,457,449
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,754,928$2,571,406$2,056,766$2,670,042$2,717,761
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$8,786,947$8,616,474$8,830,027$9,927,570$10,175,210
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$10,769$10,769$10,769$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$10,769$10,769$10,769$0$0
Total assets$8,797,716$8,627,243$8,840,796$9,927,570$10,175,210
 
Liabilities20172016201520142013
Payables and accrued expenses$6,552,967$5,528,284$5,771,513$6,385,624$6,876,882
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$6,552,967$5,528,284$5,771,513$6,385,624$6,876,882
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$6,552,967$5,528,284$5,771,513$6,385,624$6,876,882
 
Net assets20172016201520142013
Unrestricted$1,873,829$2,561,145$2,852,170$2,883,708$2,924,104
Temporarily restricted$370,920$537,814$217,107$669,007$384,993
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$2,244,749$3,098,959$3,069,283$3,541,946$3,298,328
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20172016201520142013
Total contributions$3,599,167$4,717,583$3,411,730$4,273,313$3,943,790
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Total revenue$3,599,167$4,717,583$3,411,730$4,273,313$3,943,790
 
Expenses20172016201520142013
Program services$4,472,138$4,687,907$3,895,162$4,029,695$3,874,135
Management and general$0$0$0$0$0
Fundraising$0$0$0$0$0
Total expenses$4,472,138$4,687,907$3,895,162$4,029,695$3,874,135
 
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($872,971)$29,676($483,432)$243,618$69,655
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($872,971)$29,676($483,432)$243,618$69,655

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


History

The following is how the Seventh-day Adventist Church describe their history as it relates to this program:

Since the beginning of radio and television, broadcasts based on the Biblical version of God have been on the air from the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Shows like Voice of Prophecy, Faith for Today and It Is Written have stood in logical, meaningful and coherent contrast to wildly emotional religious programming.

In 1974, these broadcasts, along with Breath of Life and La Voz de la Esperanza, were brought together under one roof to form the Adventist Media Center. Originally located in Newbury Park, California, AMC moved to an office building in Simi Valley, California in late 1995. Plans are currently underway to build a state-of-the-art production facility with two television studios, three edit bays, a digital sound room and more.

AMC is the home for Adventist Media Productions. AMP handles the production and creative needs of three television ministries, two radio broadcasts, hundreds of commercials, public service announcements, church-related instructional, educational and promotional videos and the majority of Adventist Communication Network's continuing live satellite uplinks.

AMC's Center Services ships hundreds of Bible studies, Christian books and religious magazines every day in addition to providing accounting services for 14 different church organizations.

Numbers are one thing, but it's the dedicated and creative staff that actually makes AMC a driving force in the religious and secular broadcast market.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church is organized with a representative form of church government. This means authority in the Church comes from the membership of local churches. Executive responsibility is given to representative bodies and officers to govern the Church. Four levels of Church structure lead from the individual believer to the worldwide Church organization:

1. The local church made up of individual believers

2. The local conference, or local field/mission, made up of a number of local churches in a state, province, or territory

3. The union conference, or union field/mission, made up of conferences or fields within a larger territory (often a grouping of states or a a whole country)

4. The General Conference, the most extensive unit of organization, made up of all unions in all parts of the world. Divisions are sections of the General Conference, with administrative responsibility for particular geographical areas.

Each level is "representative," that is it reflects a democratic process of formation and election. Local churches elect their own officers and church boards by majority voting. Churches elect delegates to the conferences which meet "in session" every two or three years. Executive authority between sessions is exercised by the Conference Executive Committee and the executive officers (normally President, Secretary and Treasurer), all of whom are elected by the session.

A similar process operates for Union sessions and General Conference sessions, at which times officers and committees are elected, reports given and policies decided.

Within these four levels the Church operates various institutions. In their world outreach, Adventists serve the whole person and have developed educational, health-care, publishing, and other institutions. The multiple units of the world Church, whether congregations, conferences, health-care institutions, publishing houses, schools, or other organizations, all find their organizational unity in the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists in which they have representation.

The General Conference is the highest earthly authority for the Church. The General Conference in session, and the Executive Committee between sessions, is the highest organization in the administration of the Church's worldwide work, and is authorized by its constitution to create subordinate organizations to promote specific interests in various sections of the world. When differences arise in or between organizations and institutions, appeal to the next higher organization is proper until it reaches the General Conference in session, or the Executive Committee at the Annual Council. During the interim between these sessions, the Executive Committee shall constitute the body of final authority on all questions where a difference of viewpoint may develop.

Administratively, the world-wide Church has 12 Divisions, which are composed of churches grouped by a collection of missions, fields, or states into unions of churches.


Program accomplishments

Voice of Prophecy displays some of its accomplishments as follows:

Discover Bible Schools which are locally operated have been established at 2,200 churches across North America. The Discover Bible lessons are also available online at this website.
Voice of Prophecy and Voice of Hope radio studios produce programs that are aired by more than 1,500 radio stations, including AWR shortwave transmitters whose signals reach nearly every country.
Around the world, Bible courses in 66 languages and dialects are offered by 127 affiliated schools.


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