Breakthrough Ministries / Rod Parsley
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Breakthrough is a dba for World Harvest Church, Inc.
The Breakthrough with Rod Parsley broadcast is taking sound biblical doctrine and the Gospel of Jesus Christ "to all people," reaching over 200 nations, on multiple satellites that provide a signal to virtually the entire globe. More than 680 million households receive Breakthrough on a global basis seven days a week, 365 days a year. Included are more than 100 million households in the United States alone, presented through multiple networks and airtimes.
Breakthrough is the worldwide soul-winning media ministry of Rod Parsley, advancing the kingdom of God around the world through the eye of the camera. Multiplied tens of thousands are being challenged to become redemptive agents of change for kingdom advancement in their communities and homes.
With practical teaching helping to grow strong Christians, Breakthrough with Rod Parsley makes a significant impact by boldly proclaiming the authority of Jesus Christ to save, heal and transform. Breakthrough with Rod Parsley is committed to reaching this generation with relevant truth to meet the challenges of the real world.
This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As a result it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.
Breakthrough | Rod Parsley Now
PO Box 100
Columbus, OH 43216-0100
CEO/President: Rev. Rod Parsley
Board size: 0
Ruling year: 1985
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end:
Member of ECFA: No
Member of ECFA since:
Breakthrough is a dba for World Harvest Church, Inc. It is the preaching and speaking platform for Rod Parsley concerning thngs of the Bible, God and Christians.
It is carried on more than 1,400 stations and cable affiliates, including the Canadian Vision Network, The Black Entertainment Network, The Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, which broadcasts to 160 countries and ENLACE, which reaches more than 54 countries, including 20 translated into the Spanish language. In addition to Europe 7, which allows Breakthrough to be seen in more than 39 countries from Northern Europe to Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Bridge of Hope, the missions outreach of Breakthrough, reaches out to lost and needy people around the world by preaching the Gospel and providing greatly needed items such as food and medical supplies.
This ministry has chosen not to be open and transparent with MinistryWatch.com. As such it is difficult to understand all aspects of its ministry.
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Christians should have nothing to fear by being open. All will be judged at a future date, and with this thought in mind, how are we to conduct ourselves before God today? Organizations described as "Christian Ministries" are at least giving people an image of God. Is God characterized as closed, impartial and hidden; or, open, personable and knowable? Scripture enjoins Christians to conduct themselves honestly (1 Thes. 4:12; 1 Tim. 2:2), with due candor (Jms. 5:12) and grace (Col. 4:6), without deliberate offense to Jew, Gentile or the Church of God (1 Cor. 10:32), with decency and orderliness (1 Cor. 14:40), blameless, giving no occasion for rebuke (Phil. 2:15), and offering no opportunity for false accusation (1 Pet. 3:16). Responsibility for the resources God has placed in the trust of His saints is called "stewardship" in the Bible (1 Pet. 4:10), the person responsible for the resources is called the "steward" (Lk. 12:42; 16:1-8). Most Christians would not argue with the principle that the chief aim of man is to ..."to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." However, how can a "Christian Ministry" "glorify God" if they are not open? Are not organizations that hide things characterized as cults? Should not Christian ministries lead by example? Besides being characterized as a steward, Christians can be characterized as ambassadors and as light because God is light. Just these few summary ideas indicate that Christian ministries should be open and transparent. In addition, responsibility to God is linked to responsibility to government and mankind.
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Statement of faith
Breakthrough Ministries uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:
We believe the Bible to be given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, infallible, and God's revealed word to man.
We believe that Scripture teaches that there is only one true and living God who has chosen to reveal Himself as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).
We believe that man is a sinful being in need of redemption (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Psalm 51:5; Ecclesiastes 7:29; John 6:44; Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 2:14).
We believe in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ, that He is the Son of God and the son of man, that He came to save man from condemnation of sin by offering His blood as an atonement and making it available to all who exercise faith in Him (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31, 35; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21).
We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (Luke 7:50, 24:47; Romans 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15; Ephesians 2:8, 9; 2 Timothy 1:9; Titus 2:11, 3:5-7).
We believe the Scriptures ascribe to the Holy Spirit the acts and attributes of an intelligent being, and that the works of God such as creation, inspiration, giving of life, and sanctification are also ascribed to the Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:2; Job 33:4; Mark 3:29; John 16:8, 13; Acts 7:51, 10:19, 13:2, 13:4, 16:6; 1 Corinthians 2:11, 6:11, 12; Ephesians 4:30; 1 Peter 3:18; 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Romans 8:5; Philippians 2:12, 13; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; 1 John 2:29).
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is given to believers who ask for it (Joel 2:28; Acts 2:4).
We believe that all mankind is subject to the death of the body as a result of original sin. The soul and spirit do not die, but immediately after death enter into a conscious state of happiness or misery according to the character here possessed by rejection or acceptance of the Savior (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Romans 5:12; Philippians 1:23).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved to everlasting life and the lost without Christ to everlasting damnation (Matthew 24:31-46; Acts 24:15; Revelation 22:11).
We believe in the personal, imminent return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
We believe the redemptive work of Christ on the Cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing prayer (Isaiah 53:4, 5; James 5:14, 15; 1 Peter 2:24).
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||No||0/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||No||0/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||5/5|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||No||0/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||No||0/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||No||0/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||No||0/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||No||0/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||No||0/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||No||0/5|
|Total donor confidence score||20/100|
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Sector: Educational Media
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/25/2022. To update the information below, please email: email@example.com
The Lord has done miraculous things to bring a backyard Bible study to a predominant soul-winning television ministry which has become a mighty force in Kingdom of God.
In 1981, shortly after Rod Parsley first began his ministry as a pastor, he was in a tiny office praying about beginning a 15-minute weekly radio broadcast. One of his dear friends walked in the door and inquired what Pastor Parsley was doing. He answered, "I am believing God to go on a 15-minute radio program once a week". His friend answered, "The Lord sent me to tell you that God doesn't want you on radio. He wants you to go on television; and not once a week-twice a week; not for 15 minutes-for 30 minutes." And he said, "Here's the card that the Lord sent me with the man to call to make it happen."
Pastor Parsley called the name on the card, and talked to a man who had a television studio near Columbus, Ohio. That man agreed to let Pastor Parsley use his facility and equipment for about half of what was usually charged. Once every month, Pastor Parsley and his staff piled several suits in his vehicle and drove to the studio to tape an entire month's worth of programming in front of one camera.
Everything went well, until suddenly the man decided to sell his studio and $150,000 worth of equipment. There was nowhere to go to produce a program without costing twice as much, which wasn't an option for a small church.
While driving past a nearby pond nearby the current location of World Harvest Church, God spoke up in Pastor Parsley's spirit, and said, "Offer them $17,000 for the entire studio full of equipment."
Pastor Parsley thought this was a test of faith and obedience since he didn't have $17,000. He thought he would offer it anyway, but understood the power of God was available if he'd just obey.
The day came to meet with the man who owned the studio. Pastor Parsley took two elders with him, and when they arrived-before presenting the offer-the studio owner was scratching his head. He began to weep, said he'd had a board meeting that day. He said, "We've got to be out of this building that this equipment is in, in 24 hours. This equipment is going to be sitting on the street. And we agreed to sell this equipment today for just what we owe on it." Pastor Parsley replied, "Well, what is it that you owe on it?" He said, "$17,000."
Pastor Parsley accepted the offer, but didn't have a penny saved for that equipment. After telling the story of faith to his small congregation, they joined in faith and giving to provide what was needed to purchase the equipment.
That $17,000 was provided by the hand of the Lord to launch the in-house production of the soul-winning Breakthrough ministry, which still blankets the globe and brings the life-changing power of the Word of God to a lost and hurting world.