Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef

The information on this page was last updated 7/19/2022. If you see errors or omissions, please email: [email protected]


Summary

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


Purpose

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 rating317 of 103316 of 53
Fund acquisition rating360 of 103520 of 53
Resource allocation rating76 of 10359 of 53
Asset utilization rating804 of 103335 of 53

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%5%9%10%7%6%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%5%8%10%7%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
94%98%97%97%97%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%6%10%10%6%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
6%2%3%3%3%2%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%91%86%86%90%88%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%85%87%96%101%87%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
74%77%74%82%91%77%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%15%13%4%-1%13%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
10%12%9%3%-1%9%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%3%5%4%4%4%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.820.630.570.610.600.56
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.351.491.381.461.511.55
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.770.930.790.880.910.87
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
10.5924.1519.3220.9327.0331.75
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.090.040.050.050.040.03
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.6912.3414.4712.9512.6513.33
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%3%4%3%2%2%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
88%155%168%160%161%174%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$20,913,616$18,532,370$15,530,906$13,375,007$13,581,047
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,269,546$791,473$624,849$984,531$709,194
Short-term investments$3,853,576$5,863,165$5,336,488$5,652,433$5,323,087
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$26,036,738$25,187,008$21,492,243$20,011,971$19,613,328
Long-term investments$3,548,911$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$9,154,984$9,444,766$9,802,247$10,199,069$10,704,276
Other long-term assets$76,986$51,986$52,536$53,536$53,536
Total long-term assets$12,780,881$9,496,752$9,854,783$10,252,605$10,757,812
Total assets$38,817,619$34,683,760$31,347,026$30,264,576$30,371,140
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$1,078,159$1,283,810$991,664$713,146$608,123
Other current liabilities$0$19,991$35,045$27,203$9,615
Total current liabilities$1,078,159$1,303,801$1,026,709$740,349$617,738
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
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
Total liabilities$1,078,159$1,303,801$1,026,709$740,349$617,738
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$37,261,204$33,257,605$30,317,725$29,524,227$29,446,379
With donor restrictions$478,256$122,354$2,592$0$307,023
Net assets$37,739,460$33,379,959$30,320,317$29,524,227$29,753,402
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$27,942,803$22,259,667$19,153,633$17,516,577$19,260,582
Program service revenue$181,399$102,685$118,138$114,582$150,188
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$125,847$207,507$193,610$90,815$40,743
Other revenue$380,523$301,674$297,527$331,946$278,899
Total other revenue$687,769$611,866$609,275$537,343$469,830
Total revenue$28,630,572$22,871,533$19,762,908$18,053,920$19,730,412
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$22,031,560$17,023,024$16,229,000$16,363,599$15,104,893
Management and general$714,576$896,297$775,992$739,050$750,949
Fundraising$1,524,935$1,892,570$1,961,826$1,180,446$1,245,161
Total expenses$24,271,071$19,811,891$18,966,818$18,283,095$17,101,003
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$4,359,501$3,059,642$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,359,501$3,059,642$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
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 7/19/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


History

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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