Institute in Basic Life Principles

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IBLP exists to serve and help individuals to resolve conflicts, couples to strengthen their marriage, families to learn to live in harmony, churches to fulfill the Great Commission, government leaders to find lasting solutions to social problems and the world to find a new approach to life.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Institute in Basic Life Principles
1 Academy Blvd.
Big Sandy, TX 75755


Phone: 903-636-2000

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 366108515

CEO/President: Timothy Levendusky

Chairman: Gil Bates

Board size: 3

Founder: Rev. William Gothard, Jr.

Ruling year: 1963

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) was established for the purpose of introducing people to the Lord Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to giving individuals, families, churches, schools, communities, governments, and businesses clear instruction and training on how to find success by following God's principles found in Scripture.

These goals are accomplished primarily through seminars, educational programs, printed literature, and the operation of centers to facilitate training.

Mission statement

The vision is to see men, women, and children around the world know by experience the love and grace of God in Christ Jesus, who are fully equipped by God's Word, and who are guided by the Holy Spirit to be instruments of His love as a person, partner, parent, provider, and proclaimer manifesting the nature of God.

We want to:

  • encourage parents to intentionally disciple their children through Bible-based instruction
  • help parents identify and utilize teachable moments (devotions, mealtimes, etc.) in life to find the answers to life's questions and problems. (See Deut. 6:5-7)
  • assist each generation in discovering God's answers for themselves by studying and meditating on God's Word
  • to encourage individuals and families to be actively involved in a local body of believers that teaches the Word of God and equips the saints for the work of the ministry
  • facilitate a network of individuals and families for encouragement and support
  • provide guidance, information, resources, and opportunities to assist in the discipling of individuals and families in God's ways and the development of desirable character qualities to help them reach their goals.
We believe that the Word of God is the basis for life and learning. This is the message we want to communicate with families to encourage and support them.

Statement of faith

The Institute in Basic Life Principles, Inc. affirms the cardinal doctrines of Scripture that have been defended by historic statements of faith. These include the divine inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the original sin nature of man, the atonement for sin by Christ's shed blood, and the justification by faith in Jesus as the Christ. This statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our faith and doctrine. The Bible itself is the source of all that we believe. We believe the following statements accurately represent the teaching of the Bible, and therefore, are binding upon all directors, officers, employees, and volunteers of the corporation.

We believe in the one true God, existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal from all eternity, each with distinct personalities but of one essence.

We believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and is the sole, infallible rule of faith and practice.

We believe Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God, that He entered into the world through the virgin birth, and lived among us without sin as perfect Man and perfect God.

We believe Adam was directly created in innocence and in the image of God and did not evolve from preexisting forms of life. By voluntary transgression, he fell; and thus the whole human race is now sinful by nature and practice, and therefore, under just condemnation to eternal separation from God.

We believe Jesus Christ shed His blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute for all sinners, was buried and rose again bodily, and ascended to the right hand of the Father, from whence He will personally return.

We believe people are justified by grace through faith in the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ without any mixture of works.

We believe the Holy Spirit convicts the sinner; regenerates, sanctifies, and indwells the believer; and fills the believer for effective service.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost-the saved unto the resurrection of life eternal and the lost unto the resurrection of eternal condemnation.

We believe Satan is a living being and that hell and ultimately the lake of fire are places of eternal conscious punishment for him, his hosts, and all unbelievers.

We believe in the priesthood of the believer and that God has made provision for each believer to be victorious by being led of the Spirit and not walking after the flesh.

We believe that the born-again believers in local churches are the body and the espoused bride of Christ.

We believe Scripture commands Christians to abstain from all forms of compromise with unbelief.

We believe the Bible gives direct guidance and also sets forth principles for Godly living that when followed honor the Lord and help believers to live life as God designed.

We believe that the Genesis account of creation is neither allegory nor myth, but a literal, historical account of God's creation of the universe.

We believe that all authority begins with God and that He has ordained and created authority structures to exercise delegated authority within the jurisdictional limits of the family, church, civil government, and voluntary associations.

We believe that God created people as either male or female and that no intimate sexual activity should be engaged in outside of a marriage between one born a man and one born a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography are sinful perversions of God's gift of sex. We believe that God disapproves of and forbids any attempt to alter one's gender by surgery or appearance.

We believe that the only Scriptural marriage is the joining of one man and one woman for life.

We believe that men and women are spiritually equal in position and value before God as both are created in the image of God, but that God has ordained distinct and separate spiritual and physical functions for men and women in the home and the church.

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Husbands and wives are to love, care for, and submit to one another. Children are a heritage from the Lord. Parents are responsible for teaching their children spiritual and moral values through loving instruction, consistent lifestyle example and appropriate discipline, which may include loving corporal correction.

We believe that human life is sacred from conception to its natural end and any willful and deliberate early termination of life is contrary to the will of God.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Christian Growth

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating1009 of 110454 of 60
Fund acquisition rating429 of 110519 of 60
Resource allocation rating1101 of 110560 of 60
Asset utilization rating1083 of 110459 of 60

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,575,230$3,944,292$4,137,011$3,982,870$3,770,205
Short-term investments$3,174,234$1,011,669$1,882,694$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,167,271$12,114,999$12,266,018$11,937,114$14,232,454
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$35,118,489$35,706,280$36,183,128$40,016,976$40,653,233
Other long-term assets$6,100,580$6,327,937$6,496,298$5,817,667$5,992,723
Total long-term assets$41,219,069$42,034,217$42,679,426$45,834,643$46,645,956
Total assets$51,386,340$54,149,216$54,945,444$57,771,757$60,878,410
Payables and accrued expenses$599,138$706,321$642,115$702,731$1,090,071
Other current liabilities$50,031$61,050$61,697$153,112$179,335
Total current liabilities$649,169$767,371$703,812$855,843$1,269,406
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$29,175$19,065$12,340$8,815$6,690
Total long-term liabilities$29,175$19,065$12,340$8,815$6,690
Total liabilities$678,344$786,436$716,152$864,658$1,276,096
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$50,400,718$53,031,135$53,912,168$56,644,342$59,285,707
With donor restrictions$307,278$331,645$317,124$262,757$316,607
Net assets$50,707,996$53,362,780$54,229,292$56,907,099$59,602,314
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$405,384$657,169$333,081$252,262$790,103
Program service revenue$1,360,580$1,411,340$1,124,541$1,275,343$1,178,060
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,543,716$2,021,808($121,181)$610,715$0
Other revenue$1,247,284$1,120,835$1,288,691$1,263,267$6,574,875
Total other revenue$4,151,580$4,553,983$2,292,051$3,149,325$7,752,935
Total revenue$4,556,964$5,211,152$2,625,132$3,401,587$8,543,038
Program services$3,915,540$3,189,370$3,011,509$3,320,067$3,030,988
Management and general$3,042,539$2,888,294$2,291,430$2,776,735$3,418,768
Total expenses$6,958,079$6,077,664$5,302,939$6,096,802$6,449,756
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($2,401,115)($866,512)($2,677,807)($2,695,215)$2,093,282
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($2,401,115)($866,512)($2,677,807)($2,695,215)$2,093,282


Robert BarthSecretary$113,684
Ben ZiesemerTreasurer$76,708
Tim LevenduskyPresident$52,302
David YorkBoard Member$1,000
Gil BatesBoard Member$1,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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At the age of 15, Bill Gothard noticed some of his high school classmates making unwise decisions. Realizing that they would have to live with the consequences of these decisions, he was motivated to dedicate his life to helping young people make wise choices.

Shortly thereafter, an older friend challenged Bill to begin memorizing large sections of Scripture. Until his high school years, Bill had been a very poor student, flunking first grade and passing the next eight grades on probation. However, as he memorized and meditated on Scripture, Bill's grades improved significantly-so much so that he graduated from high school a member of the National Honor Society. This direct correlation between his grades and consistency in memorizing and meditating on Scripture continued through college and graduate school.

Greater achievement in school was only one of many benefits that Bill experienced as a result of applying Scripture. When working with young people, he explained these benefits and urged them to practice Scriptural disciplines such as tithing, rising early, and memorizing Scripture.

In 1964, Bill's alma mater, Wheaton College, invited him to design and teach a course based on his work with youth. The course was given the name "Basic Youth Conflicts." Two hours of upper-division undergraduate and graduate credit were awarded to students completing the course. Forty-six students, youth pastors, and teachers registered for the first class. The next year 120 students enrolled in Basic Youth Conflicts.

In the years that followed, Basic Youth Conflicts was offered in several new locations. Alumni were informed of the dates and told their friends about it. Soon seminar attendance averaged between 10,000 and 20,000 youth and adults. Now, almost 50 years later, smaller seminars are still being conducted at various locations around the World and the Seminar is available to view on demand through Embassy Media.

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