Biglife International

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Biglife is not a church and more than a ministry. Biglife is a way for believers all over the world to reach others for Christ, disciple them, and multiply their numbers. Biglife is a movement.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Biglife International Inc.
P.O. Box 110431
Naples, FL 34108


Phone: 855-244-5433

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 651060939

CEO/President: John Heerema

Chairman: Tom Dickinson

Board size: 9


Ruling year: 2003

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2009


We envision radically obedient disciples in every nation turning the world upside down for Jesus Christ.

Mission statement

Empowering believers worldwide to reach and disciple their own people for Jesus Christ. Biglife is a faith-based ministry committed to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ through personalized interactions, one-on-one training, and the commitment to ongoing discipleship and multiplication.

Statement of faith


Scripture is the inspired Word of God, comprised of the 66 books of the Bible, which are entirely reliable and truthful. Scripture stands as the central authority over our lives, our faith and the direction of our ministry. It is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training. (2 Peter 1:19-21; 2 Tim 3:16-17)

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit

Three persons eternally share the Divine Nature as One God. The Bible refers to these persons as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. God is both self-existent and personal. (John 14:10, 26; 15:26)

Jesus Christ, the Son, born of a virgin, is fully God and fully human. He lived a sinless life, died for the sins of humankind, was resurrected bodily on the third day, ascended into heaven and is coming again as King and Judge. Jesus Christ is the only provision that God has given for people to be reconciled to Him. Jesus' life on earth, is the Father's revelation of His nature, and also serves as the model for the Christian life. (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

The Holy Spirit is God. He draws us to Christ, and indwells us at the moment we place our faith in Christ. He empowers us to live an effective Christian life by affirming our salvation, encouraging us and giving us the strength to live a life that is pleasing to God and personally fulfilling. (John 14:16-17; Ephesians 1:13-14)


Human beings are created in the image of God. As such, we are unique among all of God's creation. However, people have turned against God and disobeyed His commands. Sin's consequences result in physical and spiritual death for all humankind. Humanity lives in a state of alienation and profound need which can only be satisfied by reconciliation with God through Christ. Without this reconciliation, all people stand under God's righteous judgment. Humanity, although fallen, maintains the image of God and is, therefore, still dignified and unique. God continues to love us and reach out to us, even though we are hostile to Him. Believers in Jesus Christ receive a new nature that becomes the foundation for a process of transformation. (Genesis 1:27-31; John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17)


Salvation is reconciliation with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross. God offers us salvation by His grace alone and we receive it as a gift through personal faith in Jesus Christ. This right standing before God must be received and cannot be earned. God freely offers salvation to all people, and our salvation is secure. (Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:38,39; Ephesians 1:13; 2:4)


Marriage is between one man and one woman. Anything outside of this is a willful act of rebellion against how God wants the people he created to live. (Genesis 2:20-24; Romans 1:26-27)

The Church (Ekklesia)

The church (Greek word: Ekklesia) is composed of all those throughout history who place saving faith in Jesus Christ. It also is used in a local context as "Those who Christ has called out to gather together". The Ekklesia is not an institution, but a people. God wants all Christians to live out their spiritual lives in a corporate context. This context of Christian relationships is a crucial feature of our witness for Christ as it reflects God's character to the world. The Ekklesia is God's chosen instrument through which the message of salvation is spread to all people. This mission is the central purpose for the Ekklesia. All believers are commanded to carry the good news locally and worldwide, making disciples as we go and also demonstrating the gospel by relevant social love and action through our words and deeds. (John 13:34-35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 28:19; Matthew 18:20; 1 Peter 2:5,9)

The Second Coming

This age will conclude with the personal, bodily return of Christ. At that time, He will complete God's plan to reestablish His just and righteous rule over all humanity. There will be a resurrection of all humankind. Those that are saved through Jesus Christ will spend eternity with God in the new heaven and earth and those who are not will spend eternity in torment separated from God. Therefore, because eternal issues are at stake, there is an urgency to communicate the gospel. (Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; Matthew 24:29-31; Revelation chapters 20-22)

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating872 of 1110113 of 146
Fund acquisition rating1075 of 1111138 of 146
Resource allocation rating956 of 1111127 of 146
Asset utilization rating191 of 111027 of 146

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$45,172$51,537$144,931$170,785$0
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,081,211$4,371,542$4,133,618$4,945,603$1,239,066
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$2,863,054$1,275,940$752,907$188,578$51,232
Other long-term assets$228,342$0$0$0$35,500
Total long-term assets$3,091,396$1,275,940$752,907$188,578$86,732
Total assets$6,172,607$5,647,482$4,886,525$5,134,181$1,325,798
Payables and accrued expenses$535,000$61,921$141,831$119,683$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$535,000$61,921$141,831$119,683$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$229,246$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$229,246$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$764,246$61,921$141,831$119,683$0
Net assets20222020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$2,836,809$4,916,166$3,967,500$3,891,371$498,469
With donor restrictions$2,571,552$669,395$777,194$1,123,127$827,329
Net assets$5,408,361$5,585,561$4,744,694$5,014,498$1,325,798
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,530,449$6,778,673$4,943,525$7,314,788$3,111,298
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,326$39,631$91,475$54,198$2,888
Other revenue($273,483)$0$0($196,865)$0
Total other revenue($263,157)$39,631$91,475($142,667)$2,888
Total revenue$14,267,292$6,818,304$5,035,000$7,172,121$3,114,186
Program services$10,626,846$4,786,033$4,011,175$2,727,611$2,240,695
Management and general$945,245$362,399$315,897$381,427$231,350
Total expenses$14,244,083$5,925,829$5,304,804$3,596,034$2,845,568
Change in net assets20222020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$23,209$892,475($269,804)$3,576,087$268,618
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$23,209$892,475($269,804)$3,576,087$268,618


John HeeremaCEO$261,046
Jeff GibsonPresident$201,766
Matthew SchneiderNE Training Coordinator$185,022
Forrest HeadCOO$184,566
Jim EvansCFO$168,731
Gregory PawlowskiAdvancement Officer$130,502
Burt TwomeyAdvancement Officer$128,831
Beau VoreAdvancement Officer$120,542

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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In 1999, a small group of people came together after reading that statistic, and were also derailed by the question, "Am I living a small life in my small little world? Or am I willing to live a big life, a life with big Kingdom impact?" Fearing the former and desiring the latter, they set out on a journey to discover what it means to live a big life for God.

Initially, their journey took them to Iran, Turkey, India and Pakistan in search of evidence that God was still at work in some of the most anti-Christian strongholds in the world. Once rich in faith, Europe and the Americas were also experiencing a steady shift toward apathy and unbelief. Nevertheless, this growing band of followers brought with them all that they had seen and heard as they experienced God moving mightily everywhere they went.

They began to study and follow the early gatherings of disciples outlined in the book of Acts. They devoted themselves to fellowship, teaching, prayer, and to the breaking of bread. They met together in homes, in villages, under trees, and in coffee shops. They shared their lives with one another daily, and ministered to those who had need wherever they might be found.

In response, God raised up more and more people and bound them together in ways so unlikely that only He could have orchestrated what would happen next. Since that first call to action in 1999, Biglife has seen the unprecedented, unified mobilization of God's people in over half of the nations on earth.

Through obedience to His commands to go, make disciples, baptize and teach, we are transcending cultures, languages, traditions, and denominations with a singular focus. We are a remnant of ordinary people, crisscrossing the globe with nothing more, nothing less, than the good news of Jesus Christ. And we are pushing forward together until the whole world knows.

This is the story of Biglife.

Program accomplishments

he Lord has used Biglife to establish tens of thousands of Biglife groups in the Middle East, South Asia, and throughout the world since 2003. We feel in our hearts a sense of urgency to spread Christ's story in places where it has never been told. In 2012, Biglife started implementing the discipleship training it uses overseas in North America. A movement of rapid reproduction of disciples has begun! Biglife is currently working in 160+ countries including: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Cambodia, Vietnam, DR Congo, Nigeria, Greece, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Ireland, UK, U.S., Canada and many others. The Lord continues to stir hearts in all of these areas, and the lost are running to Him.


The world is full of entire nations that are lost and yearning for the redemptive hope and peace of Jesus Christ. These are the places where God is currently opening doors for Biglife-nations and states where the "return" on your investment is truly exponential. In fact, they are eternal.