Trinity Broadcasting Network / TBN/ Paul & Jan Crouch

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Summary

Launched in 1973 by Christian television pioneers Paul and Jan Crouch, TBN began as one low-power television station broadcasting a few hours of Christian programming each day to viewers throughout the Los Angeles area. In the years since, TBN has grown into a family of over thirty twenty-four-hour global networks reaching every inhabited continent with entertaining, inspirational, and life-changing programming for every family member and demographic.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Trinity Broadcasting Network
PO Box 316
Forth Worth, TX 76161-3160

Website: www.tbn.org

Phone: (714) 832-2950

Email: comments@tbn.tv


Organization details

EIN: 952844062

CEO/President: Matthew Crouch

Chairman: Brian Mclean

Board size: 0

Founder: Paul and Jan Crouch

Ruling year: 1977

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

Founded in 1973 by Paul and Jan Crouch, TBN began as a dream to "build a Christian television network that spans the whole world." Today that dream is reality...and still expanding! Our programming is broadcast in not only America, but also Europe and the Middle East, Russia, Central Africa, Spain, Portugal, Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Brazil, and more. Some countries even have original programming in addition to translated shows, reaching people in their own language.

TBN features teaching from some of the world's most dynamic ministers, the Praise variety program with faith-based interviews and special guests, wholesome movies, news with a Christian worldview, and much, much more.


Mission statement

For over forty-eight years the mission of the Trinity Broadcasting Network has remained unchanged: To use every available means to reach as many individuals and families as possible with the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Statement of faith

Trinity Broadcasting Network uses the following to express its Statement of Faith:

1. We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, infallible, and authoritative source of Christian doctrine and precept.

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

3. We believe that man was created in the image of God, but as a result of sin is lost and powerless to save himself.

4. We believe that the only hope for man is to believe on Jesus Christ, the virgin-born Son of God, Who died to take upon Himself the punishment for the sin of mankind, and Who rose from the dead, so that by receiving Him as Savior and Lord, man is redeemed by His Blood.

5. We believe that Jesus Christ in person will return to earth in power and glory.

6. We believe that the Holy Spirit indwells those who have received Christ for the purpose of enabling them to live righteous and godly lives.

7. We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and is composed of all those who, through belief in Christ, have been spiritually regenerated by the indwelling Holy Spirit. The mission of the Church is worldwide evangelization on the one hand, and the nurture and discipline of Christians on the other.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating180 of 10227 of 32
Fund acquisition rating943 of 102428 of 32
Resource allocation rating1 of 10241 of 32
Asset utilization rating1 of 10221 of 32

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%22%35%8%21%13%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%11%14%2%9%6%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
90%52%41%30%44%45%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%1%9%8%7%6%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
10%48%59%70%56%55%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%96%65%57%68%66%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%1147%166%30%125%106%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%1095%108%17%85%70%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%-1047%-66%70%-25%-6%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
9%-488%-9%38%-5%-1%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
14%4%26%35%24%28%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.545.100.210.160.250.20
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.9036.342.071.842.592.43
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.25185.330.440.300.630.50
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.684.3634.3430.0113.1381.41
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.230.030.030.080.01
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
8.990.0526.6038.5917.4823.94
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
4%5%4%2%4%4%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
158%19%453%596%391%473%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$1,558,877$15,018,331$44,429,844$26,033,511$17,642,464
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,486,854$16,897,997$15,730,193$19,477,876$28,140,779
Short-term investments$0$488,148,108$585,778,960$236,922,791$270,206,239
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$5,045,731$520,064,436$645,938,997$282,434,178$315,989,482
Long-term investments$37,532,644$36,425,708$21,715,000$16,480,286$6,642,264
Fixed assets$133,922,191$233,353,493$223,830,271$251,033,906$257,100,936
Other long-term assets$6,881,169$284,736,358$294,152,604$180,305,674$188,634,575
Total long-term assets$178,336,004$554,515,559$539,697,875$447,819,866$452,377,775
Total assets$183,381,735$1,074,579,995$1,185,636,872$730,254,044$768,367,257
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$645,342$8,996,307$7,037,919$6,424,619$3,881,343
Other current liabilities$512,305$6,149,930$14,487,994$15,079,963$0
Total current liabilities$1,157,647$15,146,237$21,525,913$21,504,582$3,881,343
Debt$50,000$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$7,235,432$26,974,026$6,751,381$8,918,162$23,916,753
Total long-term liabilities$7,285,432$26,974,026$6,751,381$8,918,162$23,916,753
Total liabilities$8,443,079$42,120,263$28,277,294$30,422,744$27,798,096
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$174,866,707$1,032,285,902$1,157,137,028$699,663,129$740,400,440
With donor restrictions$71,949$173,830$222,550$168,171$168,721
Net assets$174,938,656$1,032,459,732$1,157,359,578$699,831,300$740,569,161
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$42,337,910$55,789,749$192,847,585$63,814,525$66,802,314
Program service revenue$35,172,447$54,099,416$58,064,123$53,581,152$61,544,893
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,614,071$18,301,537$384,142,888$14,492,684$12,174,249
Other revenue$397,742$9,198,584$2,977,024$11,576,916$6,496,075
Total other revenue$39,184,260$81,599,537$445,184,035$79,650,752$80,215,217
Total revenue$81,522,170$137,389,286$638,031,620$143,465,277$147,017,531
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$893,034,895$148,353,590$111,397,989$122,360,247$103,157,958
Management and general$32,946,814$59,720,267$67,252,857$43,563,432$44,395,786
Fundraising$9,132,751$19,677,475$15,526,517$13,162,151$8,882,729
Total expenses$935,114,460$227,751,332$194,177,363$179,085,830$156,436,473
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($853,592,290)($90,362,046)$443,854,257($35,620,553)($9,418,942)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($853,592,290)($90,362,046)$443,854,257($35,620,553)($9,418,942)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Matthew W CrouchPresident/Director$866,275
Colby MayDirector$747,271
John B CasoriaAssistant Secretary$451,516
Laurie M CrouchVice Pres/Director$382,254
Robert Lee FopmaAssistant Secretary$366,385
James A MittanTreasurer/CFO$341,577
Warren B MillerAssistant Secretary$269,201
Russell E HallVice Pres Production$241,382
Trent GibsonCaptain, Aircraft Manager$233,814
Norman MintleDir-Global Prog Strategy$226,708
Larry L HaleyVice Pres Eng & Operations$205,878
Benjamin Flint IIIAssociate General Counsel$191,396
Margaret C TucilloSecretary$169,300
Michael S EverettAssistant Secretary$164,829
Matthew C CrouchAssistant Secretary$75,004
Cody W CrouchAssistant Secretary$61,687

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/7/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

Nearly fifty years ago Christian television pioneers Paul and Jan Crouch joined a small group of dedicated friends and partners to step out by faith into a God-birthed vision to use television to take the life-changing message of Jesus Christ across America and around the world..

The beginnings were modest, as TBN launched on May 28, 1973, with one small, part-time station airing a few hours of homemade Christian programming each day throughout the Los Angeles area. But God breathed life into this humble start, and soon people from all walks of life and circumstances were tuning in. Lives were changed, the word spread, and before long folks across America and beyond were asking for this miracle of Christian television. Within just a few years TBN was expanding to cities across the U.S., and then to nations and locales around the world, where millions experienced the message of hope and grace through Jesus for the first time through innovative, life-transforming Christian programming.

Right from the start, Paul and Jan insisted that the growth of TBN should be founded on the prayer and partnership of everyday individuals who enjoyed TBN's programming and were enthusiastic about its vision to reach individuals and families with the love of Jesus. Early on TBN introduced an innovative partnership program, called the Praise-a-Thon, designed to bring viewers up-close to all the excitement and action on the TBN set, and give them a sense of the passion for souls and love for Jesus that motivated everything that was happening at TBN.

Praise-a-Thon is an unforgettable experience - and a blessing for both the viewers and those participating in the studio. A typical Praise-a-Thon includes live music by award-winning and anointed Christian artists of the day, inspiring messages from top pastors and Christian leaders, and plenty of testimonies of lives changed as a result of people turning in to TBN. Of course, the crucial theme and thread running through every Praise-a-Thon from start to finish is an invitation for our viewers to become partners with TBN in regular prayer and financial commitment - literally to become a part of the TBN family in helping take the miracle of Christian television to every corner of the earth.

The success of TBN's Praise-a-Thons speaks for itself. During the more than forty year broadcast run of the Praise-a-Thons, untold thousands of viewers and friends embraced TBN as "their network," praying regularly for TBN and sowing their precious financial gifts into the good ground of TBN's ever-expanding global outreach.

The result is that today TBN touches over 175 nations in more than a dozen languages through 30 (and growing) global networks airing a wide range of church and ministry programming, Christian music and worship, compelling talk, family-friendly movies, children's programming, and exciting, relevant content for teens and young adults.

TBN has always been quick to embrace technologies that extend its reach to more people with the hope of the gospel. In the 1970s TBN was one of the first networks to use satellite to broadcast its programming globally. TBN was also an early leader in using the Internet to share its content online. Today millions of viewers around the world use TBN's apps to watch our TBN networks live on smart phones, tablets, and laptops. Additionally, thousands of hours of exclusive content are available to viewers everywhere through TBN's on-demand video platform.

Recognizing the great need to reach men and women in prison with the love of Jesus, several years ago we launched TBN 2nd Chance, a compassionate outreach providing TBN's top Christian networks for free to hundreds of prisons across the U.S. - impacting a potential of over one million inmates.

Without a doubt, we've come a long way since that memorable evening in May 1973, when Paul and Jan Crouch joined their small team of friends and partners to dedicate TBN to God before going on the air for the very first time. Asked shortly before his passing about the secret behind TBN's fruitfulness and success, Paul reflected: "There were certainly people with far more ability and resources that God could have used to take the message of Jesus to the nations through television. But with all of our lack and limits, we had three essential qualities that made all the difference: We were available, we had faith to believe God for the impossible, and we had a core of partners who shared our vision and stood with us. And it is those qualities that will continue to keep TBN on task, taking hope and healing to the nations - until Jesus returns."


Program accomplishments

The world's largest religious network and-according to Nielsen Ratings-"America's most-watched faith channel," TBN offers inspirational programming 24/7. Its waves cover the globe via 78 satellites, allowing TBN to reach more than 100 million households in the US alone.


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