Insight for Living / Chuck Swindoll
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Since 1979, the Insight for Living radio broadcast, with its extensive national and international reach, has been the ministry's major vehicle in teaching the truths of Scripture and for presenting a message of genuine hope and encouragement to a worldwide audience.
The broadcast is the initial step in our mission to teach the Bible, proclaim the Gospel of Christ, mentor and train international pastors and ministers, and provide uplifting messages from the Scriptures that touch the hearts of our listeners around the world. Insight for Living Ministries is also committed to walking alongside our listeners after the broadcast ends, by providing support and prayerful encouragement via biblically trained pastoral counselors, Searching the Scriptures studies, Touching the Heart gift books, MP3s, and much more.
Insight for Living Ministries
PO Box 5000
Frisco, TX 75034
Phone: (800) 772-8888
CEO/President: Mrs. Cynthia Swindoll
Chairman: Dr. Charles Swindoll
Board size: 13
Founder: Dr. & Mrs. Chuck Swindoll
Ruling year: 1980
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 06/30
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1981
Paws & Tales Children's Radio Program
Conferences & Tours
Living Bridge Media
Searching the Scriptures
Insight for Living Ministries is committed to excellence in communicating the truths of Scripture and the person of Jesus Christ in an accurate, clear, and practical manner so that people will come to an understanding of God's plan for their lives, as well as their significant role as authentic Christians in a needy, hostile, and desperate world.
Statement of faith
The Bible - We affirm our confidence in God's inerrant Word. We treasure its truths, and we respect its reproofs.
The 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and written centuries ago by chosen men of God. The Bible is without error in its original manuscripts, is completely reliable as the final authority in all matters of doctrine and practice, and is centered on the person and work of Jesus Christ. See 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; and 2 Peter 1:20-21.
God the Father - We acknowledge the Creator-God as our heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all our ways.
As the first person of the Trinity, the Father is the source and ruler of all things and is fatherly in His relationship with creation in general and believers in particular. And although there is one eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, holy, just, loving, true, and unchangeable God, in the unity of the one God there are three divine persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-equal in power but distinct in roles. See Psalm 103:19; Matthew 28:19; and 1 Peter 1:2.
The Lord Jesus Christ - We claim Jesus Christ as our Lord-the very God who came in human flesh-the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.
As the second person of the Trinity, the Son reveals the Father. According to the Father's plan, the eternal Son humbled Himself and became incarnate, inseparably uniting undiminished deity with true humanity. As fully God and fully man, Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, died to pay in full the penalty for our sin, rose bodily and miraculously from the dead, ascended into heaven, and will come again in glory. See John 1:1-3, 14; Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 1:1-3; and 1 John 5:11-12.
The Holy Spirit - We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Godhead who is incessantly at work convicting, convincing, and comforting.
As the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the personal agent of the Father and Son for revelation and regeneration. Though pervasively present and active in creation, the Holy Spirit specially dwells among God's people and uniquely indwells individual believers, giving them new life and empowering them for lives of personal holiness. See John 14:26; Acts 1:5, 8; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; and Ephesians 1:13-14.
The Depravity of Humanity - We confess that Adam's fall into sin left humanity without the hope of heaven apart from a new birth made possible by the Savior's substitutionary death and miraculous, bodily resurrection.
As a result of Adam's rebellion, all people have fallen under the curse of death. Unable and unwilling to please God, all humans are undeserving of His blessings, blinded to His truth, and dead in their sins-spiritually and, ultimately, physically. This state of judgment before the just and holy God is a condition that permeates every facet of human life and cannot be cured apart from the grace of God through Christ. See Genesis 3; Jeremiah 17:9; and Romans 3:10-18, 23; 5:12.
Salvation - We believe the offer of salvation is God's love-gift to all. Those who accept it by faith, apart from works, become new creatures in Christ.
Because fallen humans are unable to save themselves, God, according to His own sovereign mercy, acts to save those who come to Him by grace through faith. God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer the penalty of death in place of condemned humanity. Simply through believing the good news that Christ died for his or her sins and then rose from the dead, a person can be forgiven of all sin, declared righteous by God, reborn into new life, and guaranteed eternal life with God. See John 3:16; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:1-5; and Ephesians 1:4-12; 2:8-9.
The Return of Christ - We anticipate our Lord's promised return, which could occur at any moment.
According to the Father's plan, Jesus Christ will one day return in power to bring completion of salvation and rewards to believers and judgment and wrath to unbelievers. The Bible teaches that the years leading up to the judgment will be marked by increasing evil, but the actual time of the end is unknown. It could begin at any moment. Though the details of Christ's return are sometimes unclear, its reality is certain, and all believers are called to live holy lives in anticipation of His coming. See 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12; Hebrews 9:28; and Revelation 19:11-16.
Resurrection of Humanity - We are convinced that all who have died will be brought back from beyond-believers to everlasting communion with God and unbelievers to everlasting separation from God.
Though a believer's spirit is ushered into the Lord's presence immediately upon physical death, the fullness of salvation awaits Christ's return, when He will resurrect believers in glorified bodies like His own immortal body which can never die. While all believers throughout history will enjoy eternal life in perfect paradise, unbelievers will be resurrected to suffer eternal conscious punishment for their sins. See John 11:23-27; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and Revelation 20:4-21:5.
The Body of Christ - We know the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the universal body of Christ, over which He rules as Head.
The body of Christ is the ever-enlarging universal church consisting of true believers in heaven and on earth over whom Jesus Christ reigns as Lord. Regardless of denomination, all true believers are spiritually baptized by the Holy Spirit into Christ's body and are therefore spiritually united with Him and with one another. See Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16; and 1 Peter 2:9-10.
The Family of God - We are grateful to be a part of the local church, which exists to proclaim God's truth, to administer the ordinances, to stimulate growth toward maturity, and to bring glory to God.
Believers are called to faithful membership in a visible, local congregation for the purpose of mutual encouragement and spiritual growth. As the family of God, a healthy local church is marked by God-glorifying worship, Scripture-centered teaching, intimate fellowship, and vivid expressions of the church's faith, hope, and love through evangelism, disciple-making, financial support, and service. See Acts 2:41-47; Philippians 2:1-4; and Hebrews 10:24-25.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||No||0/10|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||No||0/4|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||No||0/10|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||15/15|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||No||0/4|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||9/9|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||4/4|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||4/4|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||4/4|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||No||0/4|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||4/4|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board?||No||0/4|
|Does the board have term limits?||No||0/4|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||4/4|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||4/4|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||4/4|
|Total donor confidence score||60/100|
Financial efficiency ratings
Sector: Educational Media
|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||649 of 1033||36 of 53|
|Fund acquisition rating||428 of 1035||22 of 53|
|Resource allocation rating||370 of 1035||24 of 53|
|Asset utilization rating||979 of 1033||50 of 53|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$530,966||$647,246||$589,406||$478,964||$680,711|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$4,433,027||$2,828,596||$2,354,371||$1,990,740||$2,455,483|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$19,988,792||$20,625,476||$21,312,572||$20,536,291||$19,682,306|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$1,204,330||$1,216,115||$2,925,102||$1,509,505||$2,361,094|
|Other current liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current liabilities||$1,204,330||$1,216,115||$2,925,102||$1,509,505||$2,361,094|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term liabilities||$15,135,049||$15,946,450||$16,246,128||$15,027,053||$13,809,040|
|Without donor restrictions||$7,228,986||$5,424,692||$3,617,030||$5,139,202||$5,587,134|
|With donor restrictions||$853,454||$866,815||$878,683||$851,271||$380,521|
|Revenues and expenses|
|Program service revenue||$5,430||$1,055,255||$285,584||$825,510||$264,131|
|Total other revenue||$421,581||$1,549,502||$676,011||$868,772||$395,529|
|Management and general||$1,961,742||$1,849,162||$1,935,212||$1,735,809||$2,356,850|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$1,790,933||$1,795,794||($1,494,760)||$22,818||($362,281)|
|Cynthia A Swindoll||President/CEO||$226,628|
|Tom Hayes||Director/EVP International||$187,625|
|William Gemaehlich||Exec. VP/COO||$186,049|
|Bryce Klabunde||EVP and Chief STS Officer||$176,615|
|Bryant Kelley||VP Donor Relations||$151,434|
|Jay David||Director Information Techn||$146,386|
|Brian Leicht||VP of Biblical Counseling||$145,337|
|Michael Bergeron||VP Human Resources||$138,897|
|Bill Lammie||EVP Data & Digital Strateg||$137,684|
|Alex Viering Part Year||EVP Chief Donor Ministries||$135,950|
|James Deatherage||Director Fulfillment||$131,214|
|Dr Charles R Swindoll||Chairman of the Board||$126,923|
|Linda Ricks||VP Donor & Ministry Events||$117,860|
|Colleen Thompson||VP Reframing Ministries||$110,284|
|Terry Boyle||EVP STS Ministries||$107,088|
|Joel Morales||Sr VP Living Bridge Media||$105,141|
|Aaron Massey||Sr VP Searching the Scripture||$92,441|
|Charissa Swindoll Gaither||EVP & Chief Advancement||$62,343|
|Dr Stephen Bramer||Director||$7,500|
|Dr Reg Grant||Director||$7,000|
|Joe Allen Jr||Director||$3,000|
Compensation data as of: 6/30/2021
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 8/1/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]
Christian Research Associates, a California nonprofit organization was interested in starting a radio broadcast. The idea was to establish a broadcast by radio messages of respected Christian speakers about experiencing and living the Christian life, and how a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and a good understanding of Biblical principles can and should benefit one's life. The Organization was to provide free Christian counseling services to radio listeners requesting counseling by phone or letter.
The intention was to broadcast a 30-minute program, five days a week, on as many radio stations as possible in the United States. It was to mail, free of charge, outlines or study guides of future programs to radio listeners on the Organization's mailing list as requested and sell cassette tapes of messages to those who request tapes.
In 1979, the radio ministry of Insight for Living was born, beginning on just a handful of stations.
In 1995, the Insight for Living board of directors passed a resolution to expand IFL's international outreach over the next five years into as many as ten new languages - giving IFL a tool to reach about 60 percent of the world population.
Though the scale of IFL's ministry has grown to global proportions, the emphasis of its ministry has not changed. We are still "committed to excellence in communicating biblical truth and its application."