Dynamic Youth Ministries

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Summary

    Dynamic Youth Ministries ("DYM") is an organization that brings children and youth into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Out of DYM flows the following ministries:

  • Calvinist Cadet Corps Providing Christian men with a structure, program, and materials that are uniquely designed to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life--devotional, mental, and social.

  • GEMS Girls' Clubs A mid-week club program designed to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Partnering with churches, GEMS Girls' Clubs provides the program, curriculum, training, and supplies necessary to help women in the church be successful at: leading girls to make a decision for Christ, mentoring girls, and helping girls grow in Christian character and their service to the Lord.

  • The Esther School The Esther School is a Christian day school in an underserved region of Zambia. Opened in the fall of 2012, the school equips children to serve God, their families, and their communities to their fullest potential.

  • Thereforego Ministries
    ThereforeGo Ministries helps churches challenge youth and emerging adults to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform this world for Him.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Dynamic Youth Ministries
1333 Alger SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Website: www.dynamicyouthministries.org

Phone: (616) 241-5616

Email: dynamicyouthministries.org/contact


Organization details

EIN: 381367098

CEO/President: Rick Zomer

Chairman: Brian Bierenga

Board size: 10

Founder:

Ruling year: 1949

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 02/28

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2000


Purpose

    Dynamic Youth Ministries ("DYM") is an organization that brings children and youth into a dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ. Out of DYM flows the following ministries:

  • Calvinist Cadet Corps Providing Christian men with a structure, program, and materials that are uniquely designed to help boys grow spiritually in all areas of life--devotional, mental, and social.

  • GEMS Girls' Clubs A mid-week club program designed to bring girls into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. Partnering with churches, GEMS Girls' Clubs provides the program, curriculum, training, and supplies necessary to help women in the church be successful at: leading girls to make a decision for Christ, mentoring girls, and helping girls grow in Christian character and their service to the Lord.

  • Youth Unlimited Helping churches challenge youth to commit their lives to Jesus Christ and transform their world for Him.

Mission statement

    GEMS Girl Club uses the following to express its mission:

    To equip churches to help bring girls into a living, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

    The methodology used to fulfill our mission includes:
  • In partnership with churches, to teach girls about the Savior and to model a dynamic faith walk for them.
  • To provide biblically based, culturally relevant, age appropriate curriculum for girls in first through eighth/ninth grades.
  • To train and encourage women to serve as effective club leaders to all girls.
  • To promote the organization and growth of clubs internationally.



    Youth Unlimited uses the following to express its mission:

    Youth Unlimited is a Christ-centered youth ministry that supports over 500 churches across the United States and Canada. Our mission commits us to assist youth ministry efforts in the local church to effectively reach junior high (early teen) and senior high youth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

    GEMS Girl Club uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

  • We believe the Bible to be the infallibly inspired Word of God.
  • We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1,2; John 1:1-5,14).
  • We believe that God created all things from nothing. He created men and women in His image and without sin (Genesis 1:27).
  • We believe that man rebelled against God and sinned. Therefore all humans are sinners (Romans 3:23)
  • We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, and is truly God and truly man (Luke 1:35).
  • We believe that Jesus died on a cross to pay the price of our sins. Those who accept Him as Savior are justified by His blood (Isaiah 53:5 and Romans 5:8,9).
  • We believe that Jesus arose bodily from the grave and returned to heaven where He is our High Priest (1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Hebrews 4:14-16).
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit bestows the gift of faith whereby mankind is born again in Christ and becomes a child of God (1 John 3:1; Romans 8:16,17).
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit abides with and comforts us until Christ's return (John 14:16).
  • We believe that when Jesus returns from heaven all will be raised - those who believe will have eternal life in Him; those who do not believe will be eternally condemned (John 5:28,29).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating355 of 103313 of 42
Fund acquisition rating277 of 103511 of 42
Resource allocation rating410 of 103517 of 42
Asset utilization rating609 of 103323 of 42

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
5%2%1%2%2%2%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%1%1%1%1%1%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
97%56%51%46%50%42%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%1%1%1%1%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
3%44%49%54%50%58%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
82%83%85%88%88%87%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
91%104%90%91%89%99%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%86%76%79%78%86%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
9%-4%10%9%11%1%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
12%-4%15%17%21%2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%16%14%12%11%12%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.010.941.221.461.561.99
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.451.101.081.031.041.11
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.981.041.321.511.622.21
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
7.1329.5212.8110.179.916.67
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.130.030.080.100.100.15
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.3211.128.397.166.674.61
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
15%12%7%10%10%13%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
79%94%76%62%58%43%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212019201820172016
Cash$1,495,443$2,012,674$1,866,130$1,164,165$839,896
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$658,957$660,367$566,086$841,167$703,008
Short-term investments$613,261$56,638$62,427$68,587$45,943
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$2,767,661$2,729,679$2,494,643$2,073,919$1,588,847
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$285,130$205,944$73,577$73,242$174,458
Other long-term assets$4,949$5,789$5,534$5,007$0
Total long-term assets$290,079$211,733$79,111$78,249$174,458
Total assets$3,057,740$2,941,412$2,573,754$2,152,168$1,763,305
 
Liabilities20212019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$9,767$46,921$22,489$14,316$20,797
Other current liabilities$84,000$166,214$222,705$194,859$217,236
Total current liabilities$93,767$213,135$245,194$209,175$238,033
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$260,325$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$260,325$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$354,092$213,135$245,194$209,175$238,033
 
Net assets20212019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,142,743$2,052,020$1,776,949$1,280,349$1,108,490
With donor restrictions$560,905$676,257$551,611$662,644$416,782
Net assets$2,703,648$2,728,277$2,328,560$1,942,993$1,525,272
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212019201820172016
Total contributions$1,575,125$2,046,934$1,902,275$1,904,231$1,495,744
Program service revenue$843,886$1,860,614$2,174,756$1,846,980$1,983,455
Membership dues$74,396$60,986$60,899$59,180$63,354
Investment income$26,780$31,721$17,893($39,604)$6,163
Other revenue$268,599$0$0$0$0
Total other revenue$1,213,661$1,953,321$2,253,548$1,866,556$2,052,972
Total revenue$2,788,786$4,000,255$4,155,823$3,770,787$3,548,716
 
Expenses20212019201820172016
Program services$2,391,461$3,052,226$3,303,562$2,950,108$3,046,836
Management and general$465,186$518,312$436,694$372,958$436,567
Fundraising$30,000$30,000$30,000$30,000$30,000
Total expenses$2,886,647$3,600,538$3,770,256$3,353,066$3,513,403
 
Change in net assets20212019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($97,861)$399,717$385,567$417,721$35,313
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($97,861)$399,717$385,567$417,721$35,313

Compensation

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History

CALVINIST CADET CORPS
Cadeting is an outgrowth of a boy's organization known as the "Christian Boy's Club League." This group took the initiative to promote a program of activities and skills which were appealing to boys.

- October 16, 1952 - The Calvnist Cadet Corps officially began when the first constitutional revision was made to the constitution first written on September 11, 1950. - November, 1955 - The first Clarion, a magazine for counselors still published today, was published. - September, 1958 - Jake Heerema was hired as the first executive director. - December, 1958 - The first issue of Crusader, the magazine for Cadets still published today, was published. - April, 1960 - The first Cadet counselors' convention was held in Cicero, Illinois. - August, 1961 - Mart Keuning becomes the Cadets' next executive director. - 1966 - The Calvinist Cadet Corps becomes a division of United Calvinist Youth - July, 1966 - The first international camporee was held near Denver, Colorado (approx. 300 in attendance) - August, 1969 - Mike McGervey was hired as the next executive director - June, 1977 - Dave Koetje becomes the next executive director - July, 1983 - Dick Broene, the current executive director, is hired

GEMS Girls' Clubs
- January, 1958 - A committee was appointed to prepare a program and constitution for a girls' club movement. Calvinettes was born! - January, 1960 - L. Barb Vredevoogd appointed first director - July, 1965 - Shirley Lautenback appointed Calvinette director - 1966 - The Calvinettes becomes a civision of United Calvinist Youth - February, 1969 - Cecilia Mereness was introduced as the new part-time director - July, 1970 - The first Counselors' Convention held in Niagara Falls, Ontario - September, 1970 - The first issue of Touch published - March, 1976 - Jo Ilbrink appointed as full-time executive director - March, 1995 - Jan Boone, the current executive director, begins her tenure - November, 1995 - GEMS Girls' Clubs chosen as the new program name for the Calvinette ministry.

Youth Unlimited
- September, 1919 - Young Men's Federation (AFRYMS) founded - December, 1920 - The first Convention - 26 societies present - May, 1932 - Young Women's Federation (AFRYWS) organized - August, 1938 - Richard Postma becomes part-time director - December 1955 - Merger of Young Men's and Young Women's Federations ratified. - August, 1959 - First co-ed Convention in Edmonton, Alberta - August, 1960 - First Summer Worship in Missions (SWIM) - Salt Lake City - October, 1962 - James Lont becomes YCF director - September, 1966 - YCF, Calvinettes and Calvinist Cadet Corps merge to form United Calvinist Youth - March, 1980 - Robert Hough becomes YCF's third director - Summer, 1989 - Brian Bosscher is hired as executive director - 1989 - SERVE begins with 3 sites - 1994 - Youth Unlimited is chosen as the new name for the Young Calvnist Federation - June, 2000 - Barry Foster, the current executive director, is hired - Summer, 2001 - Encounters replaces SWIM as YU's long-term missions program


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