2012 Ministry Update
Here is Ligonier Ministries' 2012 Ministry Update, which includes a letter from Dr. Sproul, a 2012 outreach report, as well as a timeline providing a brief overview of where we have been, what we have accomplished by God’s grace, and a glimpse of where we are headed.
201 2 MINISTRY U P D AT E A passion to see God's people trained in His Word Dear Ministry Supporter, trained in His Word. Thus, our central focus has always been Christian education. God looks on our hearts (1 Sam. 16:7), but our hearts cannot beat with true love for Him unless they are informed by minds saturated with biblical truth. In 2012, Ligonier continued helping Christians know what they believe and why as well as how to defend and share the Christian faith. God blessed our forty-ﬁrst year of coming alongside the church to teach the body of Christ, and I want to share some of the highlights. We were not una ected by worldwide economic instability. However, the Lord met Ligonier’s needs through generous friends like you. Thus, we sustained and increased our outreach. Tabletalk magazine perseveres in delivering daily Bible studies to thousands of subscribers, including free subscriptions to numerous military chaplains and prisoners worldwide. Renewing Your Mind helped new and existing listeners grow in Christ every day. Our teaching fellows and I recorded new teaching series, and Reformation Trust published sound Reformed literature. New initiatives included translation of several books into Chinese for distribution in China. We also initiated and continued translation work in Spanish and Portuguese to further Christian education in those languages. The ﬁrst full academic year of Reformation Bible College was an incredible success, and we have doubled our student body this fall. Exciting digital outreach developments included the growth of Ligonier Connect, our online learning center, to help believers learn from one another no matter where they live. We also launched RefNet (Reformation Network) which provides twentyfour-hour Christian internet radio featuring broadcasts from Ligonier’s vast digital archive along with other trustworthy preachers and teachers. We give thanks to God for this outreach. And we know that we could not provide this ministry without partners and friends who fund and pray for our work. Thank you for your support, and I look forward to what we will do together for His kingdom in 2013. In Christ, AT LIGONIER MINISTRIES we have a passion to see God’s people R.C. Sproul Expanded to offer 40+ courses with additional courses being added monthly. Introduced option for unlimited access to all courses for only $9 a month. Achieved 10,000+ class registrations. More than 23,000 Ministry Partners enabled Ligonier Ministries to provide sound biblical teaching to thousands across the world as we seek to bring about a new Reformation. Added 17 stations covering northern Ohio and northern New York as well as Ontario and Alberta, Canada, increasing our potential listening audience by 3 million people. Installed Dr. Sproul as RBC’s first president. Completed our inaugural year. Prospective student inquiries increased tenfold. Announced a new degree in sacred music. Launched our newest ministry outreach — RefNet (Reformation Network), providing free 24-hour Christian internet radio featuring biblical preaching and teaching from well-known Bible teachers such as Alistair Begg, John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, Commitments totaling two-thirds of our $15.6 million goal have been received from 3,000 ministry stakeholders nationwide. Generous support from our friends have made the vision for a new campus home for Ligonier Academy, its Reformation Bible College, and Ligonier’s ministry headquarters a reality. and many more. Programming also includes Scripture readings, news briefs, audiobooks, music, and more. Listen online at RefNet.fm. NATIONAL CONFERENCE More than 70,000 individual issues delivered to 57 countries each month. Orlando, FL, March 2012 The Christian Mind Published seven titles by three authors: The Donkey Who Carried a King by R.C. Sproul The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon by Steven J. Lawson God in Our Midst: The Tabernacle and Our Relationship with God by Daniel R. Hyde REGIONAL CONFERENCE Houston, TX, May 2012 One Passion STUDY CRUISE Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism by R.C. Sproul From Seattle to Alaska, June 2012 The Providence of God REGIONAL CONFERENCE Seattle, WA, June 2012 Standing Firm FALL CONFERENCE AT REFORMATION BIBLE COLLEGE Crucial Questions booklets by R.C. Sproul Sanford, FL, September 2012 Surprised by God Can I Have Joy in My Life? Does God Control Everything? Who Is the Holy Spirit? LIGONIER IN 2013 LIGONIER CONNECT and theological content and educational materials from a Reformed perspective. Expand its use by churches, small groups, homeschool families, and international missions organizations. Increase the number of courses and suggested learning paths for students to pursue CONFERENCES Teach in-depth biblical and theological truth from respected Reformed pastors and teachers. NATIONAL CONFERENCE Orlando, FL, February 2013 No Compromise: Standing for the Truth of God’s Word STUDY CRUISE Caribbean, February 2013 LIGONIER ACADEMY OF BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES Developing Christian Character STUDY TOUR Graduate its first classes from both the D.Min. program and Reformation Bible College. Continue piloting online learning options for distance learning students. United Kingdom, August 2013 British Reformation Tour TABLETALK HERE WE STAND: THE CAMPAIGN FOR LIGONIER MINISTRIES Thoughtfully address biblical and theological themes as we grow our subscriber base and increase readership. Continue to offer churches affordable bulk subscription rates. Continue aggressive complimentary distribution to prison ministries and military chaplains. Go forward with plans to make the publication available digitally. Our goal is to encourage as many people as possible to study God’s Word. REFORMATION TRUST PUBLISHING Advance Here We Stand: The Campaign for Ligonier Ministries through further internet promotion, donor events, mailings, and other avenues. The campaign will provide for the needs of Ligonier Academy and Reformation Bible College — a student union with a library and café, classrooms, offices, and dormitories — and help us become debt free. Additional endowments and scholarships will help secure the future of these institutions for generations to come. Release seven new titles, including three Crucial Questions booklets by Dr. Sproul; two from repeat authors Steven J. Lawson and Douglas Bond; and two from new RT authors Stephen Nichols and Anthony Carter. RENEWING YOUR MIND Increase radio listenership and support for a wider dissemination of biblical 1994 Renewing Your Mind goes on the air, reaching a classroom of millions with daily biblical and theological instruction. 1971 Ligonier Valley Study Center opens in Ligonier, Pennsylvania as a place to train growing Christians interested in deep biblical and theological study. 1988 Annual Ligonier Conferences begin, bringing believers together for equipping, fellowship, and worship. 1975 First Teaching Series The Holiness of God, taped and distributed, taking solid Reformed teaching across the country. 1998 Ligonier.org is launched, sending Ligonier broadcasts, articles, and resources to anyone with an internet connection. 2000 Ligonier School of Theology, Ligonier Ministries’ ﬁrst distance education certiﬁcate program for laypeople begins. 2005 New Campus Location is acquired in Sanford, Florida to set the stage for the ministry’s long-term educational plans. 2009 Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies Ligonier Academy’s D.Min. Program commences providing pastors with additional training in theology and ministry practice. is established to train young adults, laypeople, pastors, and leaders in the truth of the historic Christian faith. 2011 Reformation Bible College, the undergraduate outreach of Ligonier Academy, welcomes its ﬁrst freshman class of future reformers. Ligonier Connect This innovative online, collaborative classroom replaces the Ligonier School of Theology as Ligonier’s distance learning program. 2012 RefNet, Ligonier’s 24-hour online Christian radio, begins broadcasting solid teaching from Dr. Sproul and other faithful teachers around the world. 2014 Reformation Bible College Online, for-credit courses in select curriculum areas will be offered to the public, Lord willing.