Scripture Union USA / SU

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Scripture Union's vision and prayer for our ministry is to become a catalyst for a national network of after-school and summer programs for at-risk and/or un-churched children that are built on a relational, holistic evangelistic philosophy. This project is especially significant because it targets children outside the orbit of the church, at an age when research shows that they are most likely to respond to Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Scripture Union USA
PO Box 215
Valley Forge, PA 19481-0215


Phone: (800) 621-5267


Organization details

EIN: 251228715

CEO/President: Gail Martin

Chairman: Gordon Haresign

Board size: 9


Ruling year: 1992

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Our vision is to see people of all ages coming to faith in Christ, committed to God and His Word and living as salt and light.

Through a range of activities, multimedia resources, and publications, Scripture Union USA provides opportunities for children, young people and adults to explore the Bible, respond to Jesus and grow in faith. We also provide training and partnership opportunities to help churches, organizations and other leaders do the same.

Board and staff work together to regularly review SU ministry and materials, to identify future needs and opportunities and to develop strategies and plans.

Mission statement

Working with churches and partners, Scripture Union seeks to:

- make God's Good News known to children, young people and families, and - encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer

Statement of faith

Scripture Union upholds the truths of Christianity as revealed by God in Holy Scripture including:

  1. The unity of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  2. The sovereignty of God in creation, providence, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  3. The divine inspiration and the entire trustworthiness and unity of Holy Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  4. The sinfulness and guilt of all people since the Fall, rendering them subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
  5. Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin solely through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  6. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father.
  7. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. The justification of the sinner by the grace of God through faith in Christ alone.
  9. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  10. The one holy, universal Church, which is the Body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
  11. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Bible Translation Organizations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating388 of 10315 of 16
Fund acquisition rating722 of 103313 of 16
Resource allocation rating544 of 10336 of 16
Asset utilization rating92 of 10312 of 16

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$91,953$93,847$102,934$301,718$266,728
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$428,548$481,013$547,617$739,940$496,501
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$234$6,617$14,284$26,887$85,159
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$234$6,617$14,284$26,887$85,159
Total assets$428,782$487,630$561,901$766,827$581,660
Payables and accrued expenses$38,009$60,848$70,657$134,130$256,464
Other current liabilities$1,875$3,480$54,151$16,863$30,685
Total current liabilities$39,884$64,328$124,808$150,993$287,149
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$200,000$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$10,000$0$0$200,000$0
Total liabilities$49,884$64,328$124,808$350,993$287,149
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$150,256$151,028$287,834$266,575$186,934
With donor restrictions$228,642$272,274$149,259$149,259$107,577
Net assets$378,898$423,302$437,093$415,834$294,511
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,099,634$1,213,905$1,283,426$1,737,945$1,699,542
Program service revenue$130,838$164,947$190,490$202,188$263,193
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,432$1,051$572$119$0
Other revenue$18,799$21,036$22,370$38,924$49,128
Total other revenue$151,069$187,034$213,432$241,231$312,321
Total revenue$1,250,703$1,400,939$1,496,858$1,979,176$2,011,863
Program services$1,093,110$1,261,241$1,190,580$1,552,928$1,948,513
Management and general$63,316$62,351$115,596$140,510$147,008
Total expenses$1,295,107$1,466,652$1,475,599$1,857,853$2,275,134
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($44,404)($65,713)$21,259$121,323($263,271)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($44,404)($65,713)$21,259$121,323($263,271)


Blaine BergeyBusiness Manager$104,817
Gail MartinPresident$67,338

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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Scripture Union began in 1867 when a young Englishman named Josiah Spiers took the "radical" step of sharing the Good News with children on a beach. A few years later, a volunteer named Annie Marsten printed lists of Bible passages for the children to read after the beach missions. Soon, over 500,000 children around the world were reading the Bible in Scripture Union groups. From that small beginning, Scripture Union has expanded to 121 national movements worldwide, each with indigenous leadership and each with the same mission.

In the United States, Scripture Union began in 1959 and has developed a variety of evangelism and discipleship programs for children, youth, and families, as well as several Bible engagement programs and publications for all ages. These include:

The Essential 100 Challenge. A national Bible engagement program for individuals, youth groups, and churches based on a new way for reading through the Bible called The Essential 100.

The Essential Jesus Challenge. This new program, takes churches, individuals and groups through the storyline of Jesus Christ in 100 carefully selected readings from both the Old and New Testaments.

SuperKids. A program for creatively presenting the Good News and God's Word to un-churched children, anytime, anywhere.

PrimeTime. A Bible-based after-school program for at-risk children, especially in urban areas, developed in partnership with The Salvation Army.

SU/USA also publishes two quarterly Bible reading guides: Discovery and Encounter with God. Current circulation: 60,000.

Program accomplishments


Scripture Union is committed to the expansion of the PrimeTime program, reaching more children with the Good News of the Gospel. Funding is gratefully accepted in order to maintain the current programs and expand to new locations. The vision for the PrimeTime program is to become a catalyst for a national network of after-school programs for at-risk and/or un-churched children. The foundation for these programs is built on a relational, holistic evangelistic philosophy. This project is especially significant because it targets children outside the orbit of church, at an age which research shows they are most likely to respond to Christ.

PrimeTime Expense Summary -

  • Training. SU Regional Directors will conduct start-up training for leaders and volunteers at each PrimeTime location. In addition, follow up training and site visits occur throughout the year.
  • Curriculum. SU produces all curriculum materials and provides all supplies for the program at each location.
  • Online Children's Resource Center. SU has developed a web-based delivery system for its curriculum and video training modules thereby enhancing the work of the Regional Directors and quickly spreading the program to other locations.
  • Follow-Up Strategy. Scripture Union brings the PrimeTime program to at-risk children in their own neighborhoods. The programs are designed for implementation in local churches so that children and their families can be connected for ongoing assistance with basic needs, as well as spiritual support.
  • Bible Engagement. The PrimeTime program encourages children to read and know the Scriptures by incorporating fun, Bible-based activities. New materials are being developed that help the children foster a Bible-based lifestyle.