Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef

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Along with partners committed to changing the world, Dr. Michael Youssef is leading the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ. By passionately proclaiming uncompromising Truth through creative methods, Leading The Way's international team of experts is uniquely providing hope that is revolutionizing lives here at home and around the world.

Now celebrating 30 years of ministry, Leading The Way's television and radio programs are broadcast in 27 languages to audiences across six continents through dual-language programs, Leading The Way's satellite television channel THE KINGDOM SAT, and solar-powered Leading The Way Navigators. Leading The Way also produces DVDs, CDs, books, a monthly devotional magazine, and daily e-devotionals to reach the lost and encourage believers in their faith. The ministry utilizes field ministry teams to evangelize seekers and disciple new believers. Dr. Youssef's unique perspective has given him a platform to speak boldly into today's issues and provide Biblical solutions to the challenges Christians are facing today.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef
PO Box 20100
Atlanta, GA 30325

Website: ltw.org

Phone: 800-538-7677

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 581816773

CEO/President: Dr. Michael Youssef

Chairman: Dennis Chorba

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Michael Youssef

Ruling year: 1989

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


On the frontlines of the spiritual battlefield, we are wielding our greatest weapon: the Word of God. Through the broadcasts and personal ministry of Leading The Way, God is transforming hearts and strengthening His church around the world.

Mission statement

LTW's mission is to lead the way for those living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ.

Statement of faith

We believe the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Educational Media

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating601 of 111025 of 47
Fund acquisition rating770 of 111130 of 47
Resource allocation rating265 of 111111 of 47
Asset utilization rating702 of 111029 of 47

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$388,849$790,870$423,072$342,074$399,667
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$10,578,033$10,036,285$10,621,013$9,434,996$6,117,545
Long-term investments$4,788,532$3,967,366$3,691,930$647,084$669,560
Fixed assets$9,800,847$10,199,069$10,586,834$11,852,886$13,551,926
Other long-term assets$10,439$9,039$126,481$13,554$15,503
Total long-term assets$14,599,818$14,175,474$14,405,245$12,513,524$14,236,989
Total assets$25,177,851$24,211,759$25,026,258$21,948,520$20,354,534
Payables and accrued expenses$589,826$791,043$1,144,512$1,053,117$1,188,202
Other current liabilities$9,143$0$9,615$6,843$27,020
Total current liabilities$598,969$791,043$1,154,127$1,059,960$1,215,222
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$794,391$67,438$25,078$32,702$26,582
Total long-term liabilities$794,391$67,438$25,078$32,702$26,582
Total liabilities$1,393,360$858,481$1,179,205$1,092,662$1,241,804
Net assets20192018201720142013
Without donor restrictions$23,781,899$23,353,278$23,540,030$20,394,137$18,766,984
With donor restrictions$2,592$0$307,023$461,721$345,746
Net assets$23,784,491$23,353,278$23,847,053$20,855,858$19,112,730
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$18,544,130$16,904,123$18,654,921$15,324,708$16,030,116
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$102,258$36,903($75,150)$1,546,714$1,798
Other revenue$1,042,528$367,339$439,724$434,083$389,446
Total other revenue$1,144,786$404,242$364,574$1,980,797$391,244
Total revenue$19,688,916$17,308,365$19,019,495$17,305,505$16,421,360
Program services$16,567,620$15,882,644$15,180,823$13,932,446$11,789,113
Management and general$728,256$739,050$747,046$461,419$386,323
Total expenses$19,257,703$17,802,140$17,173,030$15,565,602$13,342,042
Change in net assets20192018201720142013
Surplus (deficit)$431,213($493,775)$1,846,465$1,739,903$3,079,318
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$431,213($493,775)$1,846,465$1,739,903$3,079,318


Joshua D YoussefExecutive Vice-President$159,091
David DoddFormer Vice President of Operations$150,000

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2014

Response from ministry

Thank you for your interest in Leading The Way! Every gift you give helps Dr. Michael Youssef share the Gospel with the lost and equip believers to grow into a deeper walk with Christ - both here at home and in closed countries. Dr. Youssef is our number one volunteer, which means he receives no compensation from any gifts given to the ministry nor any commissions from the sale of his books and resources. Everything goes to Gospel ministry!

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/25/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


The story of Leading The Way is a story about God and His faithfulness. It's a story about His search for people who are willing to trust and obey. What began as a small Atlanta-based radio ministry in 1988 has grown into a worldwide ministry blanketing the globe with the Word of God. The road has not always been smooth-but by God's sustaining grace, our focus hasn't changed. We at Leading The Way continue to proclaim the uncompromised Truth and preach Christ alone.

Today, we broadcast in 27 of the world's most spoken languages, reaching six continents with the Gospel message. It has been an amazing accomplishment, but I cringe every time someone gives the credit to me. They do not understand that all I did was trust and obey-reluctantly at that. For many years, I said, "I will never go on television. I have a face for radio." I didn't believe television audiences would respond to the serious-minded preaching of the Gospel. Thankfully, I was wrong. Through the thriving global ministry of Leading The Way, thousands are coming to Christ as God penetrates their hearts with the Gospel message.

Over the past 30 years, God has guided us, and we have done our best to follow. Through His mercy, we will do the same with even more passion and energy in the coming years.

To God be all the glory. Today, the ministry is focusing its efforts on expanding every area of ministry through Vision 2025, a strategic plan to see one million souls come to Christ by 2025.

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