Family Life Ministries

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Summary

Family Life's radio network airs contemporary Christian music, Biblical teaching, kids programs, and news from a Biblical worldview on nearly 70 radio outlets in New York and Pennsylvania. Family Life also can be heard online, and knowing listeners appreciate musical variety, has customized several other online music streams - Rock, Urban, Light Jazz, Southern Gospel, Instrumental and more - all within the Christian genre.

Extending music and the arts to the stage, Family Life uses music concerts, theater, and dance to creatively communicate and connect audiences to the Gospel. Together with an inspirational staff and many dedicated volunteers, our performing arts outreach presents stage plays, musicals, dance performances, and provides theatrical training for developing talent. Family Life's Center for the Arts, an extension of the performing arts outreach, offers private vocal and instrumental lessons, along with a variety of dance classes for students to learn the arts in a Christ-centered atmosphere.

Family Life cares deeply about matters within the home and family. There is hope for healing and we believe Biblical counseling is part of the solution. Biblical counseling is a distinct approach to the field of personal counseling that solely relies on the Word of God to bring about lasting change in a believer's heart and mind. Our mental health services include personal, marital, and parent/child counseling, along with counseling for addictions, abuse, trauma, and anxiety/depression.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Family Life Ministries
P.O. Box 506
Bath, NY 14810

Website: familylife.org

Phone: (800) 927-9083

Email: mail@familylife.org


Organization details

EIN: 160863914

CEO/President: Rick Snavely

Chairman: Norb Fuest

Board size: 10

Founder: Rick Snavely

Ruling year: 1974

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2002


Purpose

Family Life delivers Christ-centered radio through a mix of Contemporary Christian music, Bible teaching and family-oriented programs, and radio dramas for the young at heart. The Performing Arts Department is committed to presenting quality family friendly shows and events that uplift and inspire.


Mission statement

Our mission is to impact people with the message of hope found in Jesus Christ. We do this through Christian radio, performing arts, biblical counseling, and a variety of concerts and events with the purpose of spreading the Gospel.


Statement of faith

We believe in the Bible (the Old and New Testaments) as verbally inspired by God and inerrant in the original writings and that they are the supreme and final authority in faith and life.

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ and His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His Ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. God, our Heavenly Father, through His Son Jesus Christ, is the sole entity of our worship.

We believe that salvation is a gift received from God when we put our trust in Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. This salvation is a result of the Holy Spirit convicting the world of sin, righteousness and judgment, is absolutely essential, and is administered solely by the grace of God through our faith in Jesus Christ.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

We believe in the God-ordained institution of marriage between one man and one woman and that any other arrangement is not in accordance to God's Word.

We believe in the sanctity of life and that all contrary practices such as abortion, euthanasia, infanticide are wrong acts toward a holy and life-giving God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating690 of 102237 of 53
Fund acquisition rating364 of 102419 of 53
Resource allocation rating470 of 102429 of 53
Asset utilization rating1006 of 102253 of 53

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%6%7%6%5%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%5%6%5%4%4%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
92%84%80%82%78%88%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%6%6%6%6%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
8%16%20%18%22%12%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%81%81%82%82%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%79%96%85%70%83%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
74%64%78%69%58%68%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%21%4%15%30%17%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
9%14%3%10%26%14%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%13%13%12%12%13%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.930.440.510.470.480.48
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.359.8516.6519.7318.0214.17
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.744.328.479.328.616.77
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.503.862.953.793.963.70
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.260.340.260.250.27
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.932.060.940.951.041.29
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%14%15%16%21%32%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%12%13%15%19%30%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
84%195%167%177%166%142%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$1,104,973$420,072$343,810$356,153$442,976
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$258,087$291,082$249,318$259,310$203,199
Short-term investments$15,560$0$0$0$37,262
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,378,620$711,154$593,128$615,463$683,437
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,920,513$4,823,758$4,910,921$4,257,012$2,751,857
Other long-term assets$6,282,942$6,302,681$6,198,013$6,220,063$6,249,458
Total long-term assets$12,203,455$11,126,439$11,108,934$10,477,075$9,001,315
Total assets$13,582,075$11,837,593$11,702,062$11,092,538$9,684,752
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$167,262$86,092$87,444$93,157$95,254
Other current liabilities$189,526$155,242$69,033$62,071$89,602
Total current liabilities$356,788$241,334$156,477$155,228$184,856
Debt$1,587,097$1,541,895$1,750,497$2,131,402$2,945,948
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,587,097$1,541,895$1,750,497$2,131,402$2,945,948
Total liabilities$1,943,885$1,783,229$1,906,974$2,286,630$3,130,804
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$11,638,190$9,929,302$9,795,088$8,605,991$6,376,834
With donor restrictions$0$125,062$0$199,917$177,114
Net assets$11,638,190$10,054,364$9,795,088$8,805,908$6,553,948
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$6,366,655$5,000,968$5,322,863$5,906,360$4,869,079
Program service revenue$1,148,132$1,200,750$1,159,930$1,176,988$873,638
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$12,008$69,898$27,341$460,766($194,970)
Other revenue$13,723$9,991$8,684$9,134$12,563
Total other revenue$1,173,863$1,280,639$1,195,955$1,646,888$691,231
Total revenue$7,540,518$6,281,607$6,518,818$7,553,248$5,560,310
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$4,802,423$4,887,014$4,519,189$4,351,688$3,774,614
Management and general$799,003$770,493$678,617$653,575$617,832
Fundraising$351,899$364,824$331,832$296,025$237,483
Total expenses$5,953,325$6,022,331$5,529,638$5,301,288$4,629,929
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,587,193$259,276$989,180$2,251,960$930,381
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,587,193$259,276$989,180$2,251,960$930,381

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Richard M Snavely JrCEO$107,059
Jeffrey HarmonCOO/CFO$88,784

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020


Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/2/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Family Life Ministries, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization established six decades ago by a recent college graduate, Dick Snavely, as a youth ministry. The organization's first twenty years consisted of a staff of less than five and an annual budget of $200,000. During the first ten years of its existence, Family Life operated out of small office areas in Naples and Avoca, NY. In 1967 the organization constructed its current facility located in Bath, NY, a facility that has been added onto five different times.

Family Life began its first radio station in 1983. Six years later a network was formed with the construction of three additional stations. Since the early 1990s over 60 other signals have been put on the air. Today Family Life has over 60 employees, a $6-7 million annual budget, and covers large portions of New York and Pennsylvania with the message of hope. Complementing the radio outreach, the organization has full-time departments in Performing Arts, Hope & Healing Counseling, and Events. Accompanying these departments are divisions in Information Technology, Creative Services, Internet Broadcasting, Food Services, and events for Youth, Singles, and Senior Citizens.

Family Life's Radio department reaches a potential audience of seven million listeners with over 65 outlets. Family Life's motto is, "A friend you can turn to". That expression becomes real with uplifting programming designed to strengthen the family, inform on current events, provide biblical instruction, and encourage through radio drama and contemporary Christian music.

Family Life's on-air team helps to keep listeners encouraged, uplifted, and spiritually recharged throughout the day. All Family Life's on-air personalities are what one listener described as, "incredibly real in presenting their faith; refreshingly 'non-religious', but truly Christian and unashamed at that."

Family Life' also provides online music streams tailored to other tastes and preferences. These include Gentle Praise (Easy Listening), Resound (Pop & Rock), The Gospel Road (Southern Gospel), Adoration (Praise & Worship), Family Life Christmas (Variety), and Peaceful Christmas (Instrumental).

Family Life's desire is to use the creative arts to effectively communicate hope to our world in unique and innovative ways. The organization strives to bring stories of redemption and mercy to life on the stage and beyond. The stage is occupied numerous times each year as Family Life takes classic works to bring Broadway-style productions to the area. With each performance, a theme in the musical or drama is drawn upon to share the hope that faith in God can bring. Currently, major performances happen a few times each year, but as the ministry looks to a new facility, such undertakings will be produced year-round.

Young people ages 8-15 are also involved on the stage. Each spring a youth theater production is performed to historically sold-out audiences. Once again, classic works and well-known musicals/plays allow these youth to grow in their God-given skills while performing in a professional atmosphere. Summer workshops in drama happen both at the organization's headquarters and throughout New York and Pennsylvania as hundreds of young people learn new skills in acting, choreography, and theatrical production.

Family Life provides a distinct biblical approach to the field of personal counseling. The ministry's Hope & Healing Counseling department serves people and church leaders by providing conferences and resources for those who are struggling with difficult issues. The Hope & Healing Counseling arm of Family Life oversees a 29-week course called "The Healing Journey". Family Life is the catalyst that assists families and individuals to trust God in putting their lives back together again through participation in this course. Personal and family counseling is also available through Family Life's in-house program.

Family Life sponsors or co-sponsors over 200 events throughout the year reaching tens of thousands of people. Family Life's hosting of a number of Christian concerts and comedy events provides an enjoyable night out for the entire family. Dinner concerts and dinner theaters afford the perfect combination of a great meal and an inspirational program. Luncheons for senior citizens allow retirees the opportunity of fellowship and fun. Young people and teenagers take advantage of Family Life's outreaches specifically for them including Bible quizzing, Super Summer Camp, Youth Choir and training in voice and audio production. An annual singles' conference provides fellowship and inspiration to many singles each year.

Family Life has been blessed with a wonderful reputation in the communities that it serves. Partnership with churches and other Christian organizations have made Family Life the centerpiece of the Christian community. The organization is unique in that it not only incorporates the vehicle of media with an extremely large radio footprint, but it also hosts hundreds of events throughout the year that allow personal interaction with thousands. Family Life provides unique services that most local churches and other organizations cannot. The organization complements rather than competes.

Family Life has an extremely qualified board of directors consisting of business owners, financial advisors, administrators, and human resource directors. Its staff of over 60 deeply committed individuals have come from all across the United States to join in this endeavor. Family Life is blessed to have a volunteer team of over 1,500 individuals who help with all outreaches of the organization and a committed family of donors who have contributed millions of dollars each year to keep the ministry thriving.

Family Life truly lives up to its name by providing a variety of wholesome activities for each member of the family unit to benefit from. The organization is strategically suited to expand its sphere of influence. Your investment in helping Family Life broaden its opportunities with much larger facilities will expedite its growth.


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