Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef

The information in this column was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/27/2021. To update the information in this column, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


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: www.ltw.org

Phone: 800-538-7677

Email: webmail@ltw.org


Organization details

EIN: 581816773

CEO/President: Dr. Michael Youssef

Chairman: Dennis Chorba

Board size: 11

Founder: Dr. Michael Youssef

Ruling year: 1988

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2001


Purpose

Leading The Way is uniquely equipped to reach a global audience by using today's technology to connect individuals with sound Biblical teaching-whether here at home or in closed countries and remote regions. Daily, Leading The Way is sharing the Gospel with the nations, broadcasting in multiple languages on radio and TV more than 13,000 times a week to audiences across 6 continents.

Our outreach begins with the proclamation of God's Word. The foundation of the ministry is the passionate, uncompromised Biblical teaching of Dr. Michael Youssef. These teachings are recorded and distributed to reach the lost and equip the saints through every major form of media, including satellite television and solar-powered devices.

In addition to broadcasting the Gospel, Leading The Way connects listeners and viewers to field ministry teams to help them grow in their faith through ongoing discipleship and personal evangelism. This holistic outreach is designed to not only effectively reach the lost, but also to equip and strengthen the church to stand strong and advance the Gospel in today's 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

Leading The Way With Dr. Michael Youssef, Inc. uses the following to express its 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 rating537 of 102228 of 53
Fund acquisition rating586 of 102431 of 53
Resource allocation rating217 of 102419 of 53
Asset utilization rating793 of 102236 of 53

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Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
8%9%10%7%6%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
7%8%10%7%6%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
92%97%97%97%98%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
7%10%10%6%7%7%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
8%3%3%3%2%2%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
81%86%86%90%88%89%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
95%87%96%101%87%97%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
74%74%82%91%77%86%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
5%13%4%-1%13%3%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
9%9%3%-1%9%2%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
11%5%4%4%4%4%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.930.570.610.600.560.63
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.351.381.461.511.551.91
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.740.790.880.910.871.20
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.5019.3220.9327.0331.7511.46
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.050.050.040.030.09
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
5.9314.4712.9512.6513.339.14
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
12%4%3%2%2%5%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
84%168%160%161%174%152%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$18,532,370$15,530,906$13,375,007$13,581,047$14,229,531
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$791,473$624,849$984,531$709,194$429,828
Short-term investments$5,863,165$5,336,488$5,652,433$5,323,087$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,187,008$21,492,243$20,011,971$19,613,328$14,659,359
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$2,218,518
Fixed assets$9,444,766$9,802,247$10,199,069$10,704,276$11,049,520
Other long-term assets$51,986$52,536$53,536$53,536$102,228
Total long-term assets$9,496,752$9,854,783$10,252,605$10,757,812$13,370,266
Total assets$34,683,760$31,347,026$30,264,576$30,371,140$28,029,625
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$1,283,810$991,664$713,146$608,123$1,267,683
Other current liabilities$19,991$35,045$27,203$9,615$11,115
Total current liabilities$1,303,801$1,026,709$740,349$617,738$1,278,798
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$1,303,801$1,026,709$740,349$617,738$1,278,798
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$33,257,605$30,317,725$29,524,227$29,446,379$26,156,786
With donor restrictions$122,354$2,592$0$307,023$594,041
Net assets$33,379,959$30,320,317$29,524,227$29,753,402$26,750,827
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$22,259,667$19,153,633$17,516,577$19,260,582$17,691,593
Program service revenue$102,685$118,138$114,582$150,188$144,585
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$207,507$193,610$90,815$40,743$77,348
Other revenue$301,674$297,527$331,946$278,899$211,912
Total other revenue$611,866$609,275$537,343$469,830$433,845
Total revenue$22,871,533$19,762,908$18,053,920$19,730,412$18,125,438
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$17,023,024$16,229,000$16,363,599$15,104,893$15,608,454
Management and general$896,297$775,992$739,050$750,949$647,658
Fundraising$1,892,570$1,961,826$1,180,446$1,245,161$1,304,359
Total expenses$19,811,891$18,966,818$18,283,095$17,101,003$17,560,471
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$3,059,642$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409$564,967
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,059,642$796,090($229,175)$2,629,409$564,967

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 10/27/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

LTW was founded by Dr. Michael Youssef in 1988. What began as a small local radio ministry in Atlanta has now grown into an international ministry broadcasting the Gospel across 6 continents - reaching some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth with the Good News of Jesus.

In 1996, Dr. Michael Youssef's programs began airing in the Middle East. Field teams were established accommodate the overwhelming response. In 2000, LTW launched its weekly TV programs, which are now broadcast into hundreds of millions of homes every week. In 2009, the ministry launched its 24/7 KINGDOM SAT TV channel, blanketing the Middle East with Biblical Truth - and also began distributing solar-powered Navigator audio devices with the Bible and Dr. Youssef's messages to remote regions.

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.


Program accomplishments

Ministry milestones:

  • Celebrated 30 years of ministry in 2018
  • Launched Vision 2025 initiative in 2018 - a plan to see one million souls come to Christ by 2025
Special awards:
  • Awarded National Religious Broadcasters 2019 Radio Program of the Year
  • Awarded 5 Telly Awards from 2014-2017 for Special Broadcasts

Needs

Through Vision 2025, LTW is aggressively and strategically expanding every area of ministry with the goal of seeing one million souls come to Christ by 2025. Your gift today can help:

  1. Double media footprint
  2. Reach Muslims in North America
  3. Double audience of our KINGDOM SAT TV channel
  4. Host strategic evangelistic events
  5. Distribute 100,000 more Navigators
  6. Target a new generation with Biblical Truth
To learn more, visit www.LTW.org/Vision2015.