Desiring God / John Piper

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Most people in the world have no experience of deep and abiding joy.

Even though it is something we all desperately long for, the assurance that true happiness can be known - fully and forever - is a hope that billions of people live every day without. This is a tragedy.

Desiring God is on a mission to change that.

We aim to help people everywhere embrace a profound truth that changes everything about life and eternity:

You were created for something greater than yourself. You were formed for something awesome and magnificent.

You were made to know glory - God's glory. And the deepest longings of the human heart can be fully satisfied by pursuing that glory. In fact, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

We call this truth Christian Hedonism. And declaring it to the world is why we exist.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Desiring God
PO Box 2901
Minneapolis, MN 55402




Organization details

EIN: 010797083

CEO/President: Scott Anderson

Chairman: Jim Warren

Board size: 7

Founder: John Piper

Ruling year: 2005

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2006


The ultimate goal of Desiring God is to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. The core strategy of Desiring God is to create, curate, and freely spread John Piper content through a maximally useful website.

Mission statement

The mission of Desiring God is to help people everywhere understand and embrace the truth that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating340 of 102227 of 74
Fund acquisition rating271 of 102416 of 74
Resource allocation rating601 of 102448 of 74
Asset utilization rating396 of 102231 of 74

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$106,614$137,494$123,754$85,822$31,436
Short-term investments$3,778,757$3,778,362$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,971,787$4,693,028$4,522,995$3,277,255$3,145,213
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$83,693$72,116$177,197$233,323$276,164
Other long-term assets$613,636$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$697,329$72,116$177,197$233,323$276,164
Total assets$5,669,116$4,765,144$4,700,192$3,510,578$3,421,377
Payables and accrued expenses$491,097$383,793$381,665$343,559$248,156
Other current liabilities$4,215$9,274$14,332$19,391$24,449
Total current liabilities$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950$272,605
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$495,312$393,067$395,997$362,950$272,605
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628$3,148,772
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,173,804$4,372,077$4,304,195$3,147,628$3,148,772
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Total contributions$7,283,911$6,343,136$7,009,610$4,863,011$4,871,578
Program service revenue$61,553$22,600$23,950$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$104,624$68,700$18,693$471$954
Other revenue$109,936$109,523$129,724$175,953$156,433
Total other revenue$276,113$200,823$172,367$176,424$157,387
Total revenue$7,560,024$6,543,959$7,181,977$5,039,435$5,028,965
Program services$5,220,780$4,947,061$4,517,517$3,775,953$2,725,177
Management and general$1,290,695$964,502$650,311$533,376$462,072
Total expenses$6,754,092$6,494,667$6,025,410$5,040,579$3,801,137
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)$1,227,828
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$805,932$49,292$1,156,567($1,144)$1,227,828


Scott AndersonPresident & CEO$217,096
Jon BloomChair$194,578
Sam MacraneDirector of Development$191,884
Josh EtterCOO$191,399
Tony ReinkeContent Strategist$174,440
John KnightDirector of Donor Partners$166,128
Nathan OlsonController$161,713
Ross ChaseyProduct Manager$146,412
John PiperSenior Teacher & Director$122,662

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 4/1/2022. To update the information below, please email:


John Piper was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Bill and Ruth Piper January 11, 1946. When John and his older sister were still small, the family moved to Greenville, South Carolina, where John spent his growing-up years. His father was an itinerant evangelist, and his mother died in 1974 in a bus accident while visiting Israel.

In 1980, sensing an irresistible call of the Lord to preach, John became the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he ministered for almost 33 years.

Desiring God began inauspiciously in 1994 when John handed off the church's tape ministry to his assistant, Jon Bloom.

What started with tapes and John's books, Desiring God has blossomed into an international web ministry with 12,000+ free resources and 3.5+million monthly users. Today, John serves as lead teacher for the ministry.

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