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Vineyard Music Group ("VMG") seeks to minister to the Christian community through the production and distribution of worship music. In addition, VMG conducts conferences and seminars on worship, and produces and distributes worship material to churches throughout the United States and overseas - all under the banner of "Proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ." VMG is connected to the Vineyard Church fellowship and association of churches. 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.
12743 Capricorn Drive #400
Stafford, TX 77477-7477
Phone: (281) 565-8463
CEO/President: Rev. Phil Strout
Chairman: Rev. Phil Strout
Board size: 7
Founder: Mr. John Wimber
Ruling year: 1994
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: No
Member of ECFA since:
Vineyard Music Group ("VMG") seeks to minister to the Christian community through the production and distribution of worship music. In addition, VMG conducts conferences and seminars on worship, and produces and distributes worship material to churches throughout the United States and overseas - all under the banner of "Proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ." VMG is connected to the Vineyard Church fellowship and association of churches.
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.
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VMG uses the following to communicate its mission:
To Document, Model, and Impart the Heart and Activity of Worship. Record worship music for the church by drawing from and encouraging what God is inspiring in the Vineyard.
Statement of faith
VMG subscribes to the following statement of faith:
WE BELIEVE that God is the Eternal King. He is an infinite, unchangeable Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, goodness, justice, power and love. From all eternity He exists as the One Living and True God in three persons of one substance, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory.
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom is everlasting. From His throne, through his Son, His eternal Word, God created, upholds and governs all that exists: the heavenly places, the angelic hosts, the universe, the earth, every living thing and mankind. God created all things very good.
WE BELIEVE that Satan, originally a great, good angel, rebelled against God, taking a host of angels with him. He was cast out of God's presence and, as a usurper of God's rule established a counter-kingdom of darkness and evil on the earth.
WE BELIEVE that God created mankind in His image, male and female, for the relationship with Himself and to govern the earth. Under the temptation of Satan, our original parents fell from grace, bringing sin, sickness and God's judgment of death to the earth. Through the fall, Satan and his demonic hosts gained access to God's good creation. Creation now experiences the consequences and effects of Adam's original sin. Human beings are born in sin, subject to God's judgment of death and captive to Satan's kingdom of darkness.
WE BELIEVE that God did not abandon His rule over the earth which he continues to uphold by His providence. In order to bring redemption, God established covenants which revealed His grace to sinful people. In the covenant with Abraham, God bound himself to his people Israel, promising to deliver them from bondage to sin and Satan and to bless all the nations through them.
WE BELIEVE that as King, God later redeemed His people by his mighty acts from bondage in Egypt and established His covenant through Moses, revealing His perfect will and our obligation to fulfill it. The law's purpose is to order our fallen race and to make us conscious of our moral responsibility. By the work of God's Spirit, it convicts us of our sin and God's righteous judgment against us and brings us to Christ alone for salvation.
WE BELIEVE that when Israel rejected God's rule over her King, God established the monarchy in Israel and made an unconditional covenant with David, promising that his heir would restore God's kingdom reign over His people as Messiah forever.
WE BELIEVE that in the fullness of time, God honored His covenants with Israel and his prophetic promises of salvation by sending His only Son, Jesus, into the world. Conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, as fully God and fully man in one person, He is humanity as God intended us to be. Jesus was anointed as God's Messiah and empowered by the Holy Spirit, inaugurating God's kingdom reign on earth, overpowering the reign of Satan by resisting temptation, preaching the good news of salvation, healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead. Gathering His disciples, He reconstituted God's people as His Church to be the instrument of His kingdom. After dying for the sins of the world, Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day, fulfilling the covenant of blessing given to Abraham. In His sinless, perfect life Jesus met the demands of the law and in His atoning death on the cross He took God's judgment for sin which we deserve as lawbreakers. By His death on the cross He also disarmed the demonic powers. The covenant with David was fulfilled in Jesus' birth from David's house, His Messianic ministry, His glorious resurrection from the dead, His ascent into heaven and His present rule at the right hand of the Father. As God's Son and David's heir, He is the eternal Messiah-King, advancing God's reign throughout every generation and throughout the whole earth today.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church at Pentecost in power, baptizing believers into the Body of Christ and releasing the gifts of the Spirit to them. The Spirit brings the permanent indwelling presence of God to us for spiritual worship, personal sanctification, building up the Church, gifting us for ministry, and driving back the kingdom of Satan by the evangelization of the world through proclaiming the word of Jesus and doing the works of Jesus.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is our abiding Helper, Teacher, and Guide. We believe in the filling or empowering of the Holy Spirit, often a conscious experience, for ministry today. We believe in the present ministry of the Spirit and in the exercise of all of the biblical gifts of the Spirit. We practice the laying on of hands for the empowering of those whom God has ordained to lead and serve the Church.
WE BELIEVE that the whole world is under the domination of Satan and that all people are sinners by nature and choice. All people therefore are under God's just judgment. Through the preaching of the Good News of Jesus and the Kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit, God regenerates, justifies, adopts and sanctifies through Jesus by the Spirit all who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. By this they are released from Satan's domain and enter into God's kingdom reign.
WE BELIEVE in the one, holy, universal Church. All who repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and form the living Body of Christ, of which He is the head and of which we are all members.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the Church: water baptism and the Lord's Supper. Both are available to all believers.
WE BELIEVE that God's kingdom has come in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ, that it continues to come in the ministry of the Spirit through the Church, and that it will be consummated in the glorious, visible and triumphant appearing of Christ - His return to the earth as King. After Christ returns to reign, He will bring about the final defeat of Satan and all of his minions and works, the resurrection of the dead, the final judgment and the eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal conscious punishment of the wicked. Finally, God will be all in all and His kingdom, His rule and reign, will be fulfilled in the new heavens and the new earth, recreated by His mighty power, in which righteousness dwells and in which He will forever be worshipped.
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||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||No||0/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||No||0/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||No||0/4|
|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||4/4|
|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?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||No||0/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||No||0/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||No||0/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||42/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Christian Growth
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|Overall efficiency rating||296 of 1025||23 of 74|
|Fund acquisition rating||459 of 1027||31 of 74|
|Resource allocation rating||630 of 1027||52 of 74|
|Asset utilization rating||94 of 1025||7 of 74|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$7,803||$7,804||$29,112||$8,815||$29,672|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$108,874||$505,981||$514,383||$611,482||$769,217|
|Other long-term assets||$521,107||$704,453||$813,990||$829,465||$373,814|
|Total long-term assets||$523,013||$706,128||$818,172||$831,844||$375,825|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$15,501||$330,118||$389,156||$384,443||$138,902|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$15,501||$330,118||$389,156||$384,443||$138,902|
|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|
|Without donor restrictions||$616,386||$881,991||$943,399||$1,058,883||$1,006,140|
|With donor restrictions||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$457,364||$1,087,037||$1,133,818||$1,501,266||$1,353,347|
|Total other revenue||$595,510||$1,103,292||$1,142,723||$1,511,081||$1,354,019|
|Management and general||$195,788||$212,078||$192,725||$184,291||$161,654|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||($265,605)||($61,408)||($115,484)||$52,743||$117,907|
|Elgie Justice Jr||Ntl Coordinator||$145,252|
|Adam Russle||Executive Dir.||$54,045|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020
No response has been provided by this ministry.
The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/3/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
Vineyard Music Group was formed in 1994 to conduct seminars, sponsor concerts and distribute tapes and CD's.