Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll

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Since 1979, the Insight for Living radio broadcast, with its extensive national and international reach, has been the ministry's major vehicle in teaching the truths of Scripture and for presenting a message of genuine hope and encouragement to a worldwide audience.

The broadcast is the initial step in our mission to teach the Bible, proclaim the Gospel of Christ, mentor and train international pastors and ministers, and provide uplifting messages from the Scriptures that touch the hearts of our listeners around the world. Insight for Living Ministries is also committed to walking alongside our listeners after the broadcast ends, by providing support and prayerful encouragement via biblically trained pastoral counselors, Searching the Scriptures studies, Touching the Heart gift books, MP3s, and much more.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Insight for Living Ministries
P.O. Box 5000
Frisco, TX 75034


Phone: (800) 772-8888


Organization details

EIN: 953392299

CEO/President: Mrs. Cynthia Swindoll

Chairman: Dr. Charles Swindoll

Board size: 13

Founder: Dr. & Mrs. Chuck Swindoll

Ruling year: 1980

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1981


Insight for Living ("IFL") is the Bible-teaching radio ministry of Chuck Swindoll. A 30-minute daily radio broadcast now airs worldwide via the internet and more than 2100 radio outlets daily. Distributed both domestically and internationally, this program, along with a biblically based counseling service, Bible study guides, books, website, tapes and other materials, support their purpose of communicating biblical truth and it application. IFL's global headquarters are located in Plano, Texas with additional offices in Canada and Australia. Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll founded IFL in 1979 and remain committed to its mission.

Mission statement

Insight for Living Ministries is committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner so that people will come to an understanding of God's plan for their lives, as well as their significant role as authentic Christians in a needy, hostile, and desperate world.

Statement of faith

The Bible - We affirm our confidence in God's inerrant Word. We treasure its truths, and we respect its reproofs.

The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written centuries ago by chosen men of God. The Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. See 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; and 2 Peter 1:20-21.

God the Father - We acknowledge the Creator-God as our heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all our ways.

As the first person of the Trinity, the Father is the source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular. And although there is one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, just, loving, true, and unchangeable God, in the unity of the one God there are three divine persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-equal in power but distinct in roles. See Psalm 103:19; Matthew 28:19; and 1 Peter 1:2.

The Lord Jesus Christ - We claim Jesus Christ as our Lord-the very God who came in human flesh-the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.

As the second person of the Trinity, the Son reveals the Father. According to the Father's plan, the eternal Son humbled Himself and became incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. See John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3; and 1 John 5:11-12.

The Holy Spirit - We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead who is incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.

As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. Though pervasively present and active in creation, the Holy Spirit specially dwells among God's people and uniquely indwells individual believers, giving them new life and empowering them for lives of personal holiness. See John 14:26; Acts 1:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; and Ephesians 1:13-14.

The Depravity of Humanity - We confess that Adam's fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth made possible by the Savior's substitutionary death and miraculous, bodily resurrection.

As a result of Adam's rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Unable and unwilling to please God, all humans are undeserving of His blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins-spiritually and, ultimately, physically. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Christ. See Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:12.

Salvation - We believe the offer of salvation is God's love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.

Because fallen humans are unable to save themselves, God, according to His own sovereign mercy, acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity. Simply through believing the good news that Christ died for his or her sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin, declared righteous by God, reborn into new life, and guaranteed eternal life with God. See John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; and Ephesians 1:4-12; 2:8-9.

The Return of Christ - We anticipate our Lord's promised return, which could occur at any moment.

According to the Father's plan, Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to unbelievers. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. It could begin at any moment. Though the details of Christ's return are sometimes unclear, its reality is certain, and all believers are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming. See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Hebrews 9:28; and Revelation 19:11-16.

Resurrection of Humanity - We are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond-believers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.

Though a believer's spirit is ushered into the Lord's presence immediately upon physical death, the fullness of salvation awaits Christ's return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body which can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradise, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins. See John 11:23-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Revelation 20:4-21:5.

The Body of Christ - We know the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head.

The body of Christ is the ever-enlarging universal church consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ's body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another. See Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; and 1 Peter 2:9-10.

The Family of God - We are grateful to be a part of the local church, which exists to proclaim God's truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God.

Believers are called to faithful membership in a visible, local congregation for the purpose of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is marked by God-glorifying worship, Scripture-centered teaching, intimate fellowship, and vivid expressions of the church's faith, hope, and love through evangelism, disciple-making, financial support, and service. See Acts 2:41-47; Philippians 2:1-4; and Hebrews 10:24-25.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating603 of 101036 of 52
Fund acquisition rating420 of 101223 of 52
Resource allocation rating285 of 101221 of 52
Asset utilization rating968 of 101051 of 52

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$647,246$589,406$478,964$680,711$760,686
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$100,438
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,828,596$2,354,371$1,990,740$2,455,483$2,754,693
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$20,625,476$21,312,572$20,536,291$19,682,306$16,987,252
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$20,625,476$21,312,572$20,536,291$19,682,306$16,987,252
Total assets$23,454,072$23,666,943$22,527,031$22,137,789$19,741,945
Payables and accrued expenses$1,216,115$2,925,102$1,509,505$2,361,094$3,544,359
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,216,115$2,925,102$1,509,505$2,361,094$3,544,359
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$15,946,450$16,246,128$15,027,053$13,809,040$9,867,650
Total liabilities$17,162,565$19,171,230$16,536,558$16,170,134$13,412,009
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,424,692$3,617,030$5,139,202$5,587,134$3,460,954
With donor restrictions$866,815$878,683$851,271$380,521$2,868,982
Net assets$6,291,507$4,495,713$5,990,473$5,967,655$6,329,936
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$18,355,185$16,701,950$18,004,056$18,822,353$19,678,599
Program service revenue$1,055,255$285,584$825,510$264,131$843,120
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,177$1,337$358$288$251
Other revenue$493,070$389,090$42,904$131,110$55,550
Total other revenue$1,549,502$676,011$868,772$395,529$898,921
Total revenue$19,904,687$17,377,961$18,872,828$19,217,882$20,577,520
Program services$15,177,474$15,662,430$15,868,116$15,854,837$16,643,643
Management and general$1,849,162$1,935,212$1,735,809$2,356,850$2,197,907
Total expenses$18,108,893$18,872,721$18,850,010$19,580,163$20,256,045
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,795,794($1,494,760)$22,818($362,281)$321,475
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,795,794($1,494,760)$22,818($362,281)$321,475


Cynthia A SwindollPresident/CEO$198,964
Tom HayesDirector/EVP International$170,562
William GemaehlichExec. VP/COO$169,402
Bryce KlabundeEVP and Chief STS Officer$169,077
Alex VieringEVP Chief Donor Ministries$158,386
Jay DavidDirector Information Techn$147,479
Bryant KelleyVP Donor Relations$144,367
Brian LeichtVP of Biblical Counseling$139,523
Michael BergeronVP Human Resources$136,129
James DeatherageDirector Fulfillment$128,947
Denise Snyder Part YearVP Communications$121,145
Dr Charles R SwindollChairman of the Board$112,402
Linda RicksVP Donor & Ministry Events$110,485
Colleen ThompsonVP Reframing Ministries$96,495
Bill LammieEVP Data & Digital Strategies$94,522
Terry BoyleEVP STS Ministries$93,448
Mark Tobey Part YearVP STS Dev.$70,141
Vickie Sterling Part YearSr. VP Living Bridge$41,197
Bill ButterworthDirector$7,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/10/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Christian Research Associates, a California nonprofit organization was interested in starting a radio broadcast. The idea was to establish a broadcast by radio messages of respected Christian speakers about experiencing and living the Christian life, and how a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and a good understanding of Biblical principles can and should benefit one's life. The Organization was to provide free Christian counseling services to radio listeners requesting counseling by phone or letter.

The intention was to broadcast a 30-minute program, five days a week, on as many radio stations as possible in the United States. It was to mail, free of charge, outlines or study guides of future programs to radio listeners on the Organization's mailing list as requested and sell cassette tapes of messages to those who request tapes.

In 1979, the radio ministry of Insight for Living was born, beginning on just a handful of stations.

In 1995, the Insight for Living board of directors passed a resolution to expand IFL's international outreach over the next five years into as many as ten new languages - giving IFL a tool to reach about 60 percent of the world population.

Though the scale of IFL's ministry has grown to global proportions, the emphasis of its ministry has not changed. We are still "committed to excellence in communicating biblical truth and its application."

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