ReFrame Ministries

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ReFrame Ministries is the new name of Back to God Ministries International. We are the worldwide media ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Our vision is that the lives and worldviews of all people around the globe will be transformed by God's gospel message. Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
ReFrame Ministries
1700 28th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508


Phone: 616-942-9383

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 362284261

CEO/President: Kurt Selles

Chairman: Paul De Vries

Board size: 11

Founder: Christian Reformed Church Synod

Ruling year: 1975

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1989


Our vision is that the lives and worldviews of all people around the globe will be transformed by God's gospel message. Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world in 10 major languages. This work takes place through four core strategies:

Church Rooted: We believe the Holy Spirit works through the church, so we partner with churches to build and strengthen the body of Christ.

Major Languages: We strive to reach the widest possible audience, so we create content in the world's most-spoken languages.

Context Driven: We work with local partners who faithfully contextualize the gospel message and use the most effective media for connecting with diverse audiences.

Relationship Focused: Following the example of Christ, we seek to build long-term, discipling relationships with individual members of our mass audiences.

Mission statement

Relying on the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we create contextual media resources that proclaim the gospel, disciple believers, and strengthen the church throughout the world.

Statement of faith

The Christian Reformed Church subscribes to the following confessions:

The Belgic Confession
The Canons of Dordt
The Heidelberg Catechism

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating994 of 110441 of 47
Fund acquisition rating937 of 110542 of 47
Resource allocation rating932 of 110540 of 47
Asset utilization rating702 of 110430 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,612,945$1,484,127$1,808,816$1,083,585$42,974
Short-term investments$7,146,630$6,085,768$4,296,539$3,118,912$2,936,324
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$12,603,671$9,941,674$9,285,878$7,787,125$4,901,547
Long-term investments$61,438$55,592$80,063$87,243$100,024
Fixed assets$273,879$307,623$222,240$107,557$360,334
Other long-term assets$593,605$1,574,811$533,012$509,238$1,429,279
Total long-term assets$928,922$1,938,026$835,315$704,038$1,889,637
Total assets$13,532,593$11,879,700$10,121,193$8,491,163$6,791,184
Payables and accrued expenses$292,502$366,936$282,965$325,106$339,995
Other current liabilities$0$1,275,623$268,374$283,361$572,180
Total current liabilities$292,502$1,642,559$551,339$608,467$912,175
Due to (from) affiliates$57,470$0$77,002$141,287$25,483
Other long-term liabilities$443,878$460,459$263,212$274,243$0
Total long-term liabilities$501,348$460,459$340,214$415,530$25,483
Total liabilities$793,850$2,103,018$891,553$1,023,997$937,658
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$10,961,258$8,313,054$7,975,487$6,244,645$4,626,176
With donor restrictions$1,777,485$1,463,628$1,254,153$1,222,521$1,227,350
Net assets$12,738,743$9,776,682$9,229,640$7,467,166$5,853,526
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Total contributions$8,494,811$8,011,234$9,334,198$8,646,686$7,699,095
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,467,461$258,377$260,500$253,878$474,294
Other revenue$197,048$491,774$96,853$879,381$55,408
Total other revenue$1,664,509$750,151$357,353$1,133,259$529,702
Total revenue$10,159,320$8,761,385$9,691,551$9,779,945$8,228,797
Program services$5,073,132$5,530,307$5,350,579$5,648,294$5,413,674
Management and general$886,778$990,200$880,147$940,138$931,082
Total expenses$7,281,191$8,184,832$7,933,417$8,151,577$7,891,643
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$2,878,129$576,553$1,758,134$1,628,368$337,154
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,878,129$576,553$1,758,134$1,628,368$337,154


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/13/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After the Great Depression halted radio production, the Christian Reformed Church Synod appointed a Radio Committee to begin a media ministry. In 1939, The Back to God Hour broadcast its first radio message in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Peter Eldersveld was appointed as the first full-time radio pastor to broadcast The Back to God Hour. By the late 1940s, more than 250 stations had picked up the program.

The first printed devotional, The Family Altar, was published. Within the first few months more than 40,000 people subscribed. In 1976 the publication changed its name to Today.

Our Arabic outreach, led by Rev. Bassam Madany, broadcast its first program to the Arab world.

Rev. Juan Boonstra began Spanish language programming.

Dr. Nederhood was appointed as Dr. Eldersveld's successor as the voice of The Back to God Hour.

Language outreach expanded to include French, Indonesian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. By 1979, our ministry had eight language ministries reaching 100 countries. In 1980, the ninth language, Russian, was added.

Kids Corner, a children's radio program, debuted on more than 160 radio stations. The Ark Clubhouse, a children's television program, was produced and broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese

The organization's name, The Back to God Hour, was officially changed to Back to God Ministries International to reflect the growing scope of our mission.

The tenth major language ministry, Hindi, was added. The English language family of programs was named ReFrame Media.

Our organization changed names from Back to God Ministries International to ReFrame Ministries. This simplified the way we communicate about our English programs (known as ReFrame Media from 2009-2020) and their relationship with our wider international ministries.

Program accomplishments


The only reason ReFrame Ministries can continue sharing the Gospel is because of the support of people like you. We need your unique gifting and skills to keep this work going. If you're ready to join us, here are the best ways to get involved:

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