2013 Ministry Update
Here is Ligonier Ministries' 2013 Ministry Update, which includes a letter from Dr. Sproul, a 2013 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 3 MINISTRY U P DAT E Dear Ministry Supporter, I AM PLEASED to update you on the Lordâ€™s work through Ligonier Ministries as we declare the holiness of God around the world. By His grace, God is working great things as we stand with you to reach the ends of the earth with the gospel. By all accounts, 2013 is shaping up to be a banner year for outreach. Internationally, we co-sponsored conferences in the United Kingdom in September, located a new partner in Brazil to make Ligonier resources available in Portuguese, and have continued working with friends to distribute Reformed teaching in Chinese and Spanish. A new church history podcast, more courses for Ligonier Connect, and eighty new stations for Renewing Your Mind have all borne fruit both domestically and internationally. In May we graduated the ďŹ rst class of Reformation Bible College, an institution made possible by gifts to our capital campaign totaling nearly $10.9 million from Ligonier supporters. Lord willing, we look forward to further ministry expansion in 2014. Thank you for your faithfulness and for joining with us to help the church around the world. In Christ, R.C. Sproul Founder Added a digital edition for iPad, Android and Kindle tablets, offered free to print subscribers. Continue to deliver more than 80,000 issues to 57 countries each month. Ligon IN 20 Launched Blueprint, a way for churches, schools, missionaries, and families to use Connect to provide online Christian education. Expanding of course offerings, with more than 45 courses now available. Audience is growing rapidly, with more than 13,000 students in 70+ countries and territories. Released five new books by Stephen Nichols, Steven Lawson, Douglas Bond, Anthony Carter, and R.C. Sproul, and three new booklets in the Crucial Questions series by R.C. Sproul. Plus, released free eBooks of the entire Crucial Questions booklet series. nier 013 Added Dr. Stephen Nichols as a Ligonier teaching fellow and launched his new weekly podcast. 5 Minutes in Church History takes a break from the present to explore the past, examining the people, events, places that have shaped the story of Christianity. Expanded our relationship with a large, Midwestern broadcaster, to reach potential listeners across its 89 station network. Also added several stations completely sponsored by ministry supporters and churches, while taking steps to optimize the network, which reaches over 100 million potential listeners. Over 24,000 Ministry Partners enabled Ligonier Ministries to provide sound biblical teaching to thousands across the world, fueling an interest in Reformed theology and the holiness of God. Reformation Bible College welcomed our third—and largest—incoming class, celebrated our first graduating class, began offering online courses, and added new faculty members. Ligonier Academy also conferred our first D. Min. degrees. Hosted National Conference in Orlando, FL and Fall Conference in Sanford, FL, and partnered with OnePassion in launching The Institute for Expository Preaching and hosting two regional conferences in London and Cambridge, UK. Also welcomed students on three study tours—a Caribbean cruise and two British Reformation Tours. Has grown rapidly after launching in August 2012, reaching well over 115,000 through app downloads and listeners on the web. Added new broadcast partners and are reaching a new, younger audience with solid, Reformed Christian teaching. REFNET LISTENERS IN 143 COUNTRIES TABLETALK SUBSCRIBERS IN 57 COUNTRIES RBC STUDENTS FROM 25 STATES RYM BROADCAST IN 49 STATES CONNECT STUDENTS IN 70+ COUNTRIES WHAT ’S ah ead INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH REFNET Work with a trusted partner in Brazil to translate books, social media and teaching series into Portuguese; distributing thousands of R.C. Sproul’s “Crucial Questions” booklets during the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Continue to expand this unique internet radio resource while providing opportunities for our audience—much of whom are new to Ligonier—to be connected to other resources we offer. Lay the foundation for RefNet to complement terrestrial radio. DIGITAL RESOURCES Planning to release BibleQ, a new app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices, offering a Bible quiz along with a Tabletalk trial subscription. In China, publish books in Mandarin through government-issued ISBN numbers while serving partners in need of resources. Hoping to send staff for short visits to establish and deepen relationships. Visit the UK in order to reach agreements to launch Renewing Your Mind broadcasts and for wider product distribution of books and teaching series there. Proactively offer Ligonier Connect to international ministries and missionaries. TABLETALK Continue to refine the digital edition of the magazine with enhanced content. REFORMATION BIBLE COLLEGE Celebrate its second graduating class and fourth incoming class. Grow the number of students served through online courses. Continue to recruit and promote so students who desire what RBC offers are able to apply and enroll. HERE WE STAND CONFERENCES AND TOURS Teach in-depth biblical and theological truth from respected Reformed pastors and scholars. NATIONAL CONFERENCE With thanks to God for meeting its initial goals (establishing the new Reformation Bible College and campus space), introduce phase II of this capital campaign: to become debt-free on the Sanford, FL property and build the infrastructure necessary for ministry growth on campus and outreach around the world. REFORMATION TRUST PUBLISHING STUDY CRUISE Orlando, FL, March 13-15, 2014 Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture Alaska, May 30-June 6, 2014 Knowing Scripture REGIONAL CONFERENCE Release six new titles, including Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology and a new children’s book, The Knight’s Map, by Dr. R.C. Sproul, and The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield by Dr. Steven J. Lawson. TEACHING FELLOWS Seattle, WA, June 6-7, 2014 Overcoming the World: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian Culture Grow the cohort of five teaching fellows to six, to ensure Ligonier’s legacy of trustworthy Christian teaching continues for the next generation.