Religion, Spiritual Development

SONICBIBLIA INC

Memorizing Scripture at the speed of sound™

Fitchburg, WI

Mission

SonicBiblia Inc. is increasing Bible engagement worldwide by sharing God’s Word through compelling visual imagery, dramatic audio reading and persistent memorization lessons for individual Bible verses. The ministry of SonicBiblia is helping people live victoriously by applying God’s truth to life.

Ruling Year

2017

President / CEO

Michael Schnaidt

Main Address

5121 E Cheryl PKWY APT 220

Fitchburg, WI 53711 USA

Keywords

Bible, God's Word, Scripture, Word of God, memorization,

EIN

81-5403009

 Number

1066549273

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The Bible is God’s Word to humankind and as such contains all things that pertain to life and godliness. In 1611, the King James Bible translators wrote: “God’s sacred Word… is that inestimable treasure that excelleth all the riches of the earth.” When individuals do not know the Bible, it is difficult to have faith in God and please him. As Christians (disciples of Jesus), we must abide in him and his words must abide in us. Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” SonicBiblia™ is increasing Bible engagement to help others better know God, love him and serve one another.

Our programs

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Bible Discovery Gallery

SonicBiblia™ Persistent Memorization Lessons

Dramatic Audio Bible

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The goal of SonicBiblia is to increase Bible engagement worldwide as measured by time exploring and reading the Bible, meditating on God’s Word and quoting Scripture. The effect of reading the Bible, understanding Scripture and remembering God’s Word is manifold. “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. When an individual endeavors to open the Bible and read, they are exposing themselves to the truth, better able to withstand temptation, encouraged to continue in faith, grounded in Christian doctrine, and better equipped to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. When an individual reads the Word of God, they can better understand the will of God, both globally and existentially. SonicBiblia™ is increasing Bible engagement worldwide by sharing God’s Word through compelling visual imagery, dramatic audio reading and persistent memorization lessons for individual Bible verses. The ministry of SonicBiblia is helping people live victoriously by applying God’s truth to life.

SonicBiblia™ has three core strategies for increasing Bible engagement worldwide. Each strategy is an integral part of our mobile responsive web app located at https://sonicbiblia.org! Strategy #1 The SonicBiblia™ Bible Discovery Gallery artfully displays nearly 1,000 biblically based themes in a gallery of images. Each image has a title that speaks to a biblical truth and is linked directly to the passages of Scripture which expresses that theme. The purpose of the Bible Discovery Gallery is to expose people to the full breadth of God's Word, from Genesis to Revelation. Strategy #2 SonicBiblia™ Persistent Memorization Lessons are dedicated audio-visual experiences for individual Bible verses using Crossway®'s English Standard Version. Each lesson is designed to capture the entire verse plus reference in one's short-term memory in approximately 10 minutes. Our proprietary algorithms then remind the learner at progressively graduated intervals to review the Bible verse. The purpose of this program is to help Christians abide in the Word of God and allow God’s Word to abide in them. Strategy #3 SonicBiblia™ offers a dramatic audio Bible reading of the English Standard Version by David Heath. The audio Bible is accompanied by the full text, organized canonically by book. Each Persistent Memorization Lesson is linked directly to its book and chapter in the Bible, providing a seamless transition between discovery and experience. The purpose of the Dramatic Audio Bible is to bring people into the Bible, that God might speak through his Word, while judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. By implementing these three strategies into our mobile web app, SonicBiblia™ is able to effectively increase Bible engagement worldwide.

SonicBiblia™ is uniquely capable of increasing Bible engagement worldwide by promoting the mobile responsive web app at https://sonicbiblia.org. As individuals and organizations become aware of this ministry, user engagement will rise and more people will discover God’s Word, read the Bible and learn passages of Scripture by heart. SonicBiblia™ has a modern, robust, and responsive website, capable of hosting a scalable number of user accounts. A massive about of content has been created and prepared for the SonicBiblia™ Bible Discovery Gallery, SonicBiblia™ Persistent Memorization Lessons and a dramatic audio Bible reading of the English Standard Version. Our board of directors and CEO are working together to ensure the best possible user experience and are committed to industry standard best practices.

SonicBiblia™ will monitor growth and track progress for each of its core strategies in order to measure to what degree the mission of increasing Bible engagement worldwide is being accomplished. The SonicBiblia™ Bible Discovery Gallery, SonicBiblia™ Persistent Memorization Lessons and ESV’s audio Bible reading will be reviewed based on user engagement analytics and statistics. Growth metrics that are particularly important to the mission of SonicBiblia™ are user acquisition rate, user engagement within the Bible Discovery Gallery, Memorization Lessons learned and reviewed and minutes listened in the Audio Bible. When progress and growth are tracked in these core areas on an ongoing basis, then SonicBiblia™ will be well on its way toward realizing the mission of increasing Bible engagement worldwide.

Our organization incorporated 2 March 2017, officially becoming SonicBiblia Inc., a non-stock corporation organized exclusively for charitable, educational, religious, or scientific purposes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. SonicBiblia™ filed for trademark registration with the USPTO 18 May 2017. Our application was approved and is currently pending final SOU (Statement of Use) review. On 2 August 2017, the IRS approved our 501(c)(3) status, officially making SonicBiblia™ Inc. a registered US public charity exempt from Federal taxes and qualifying for all donations to be tax deductible for our patrons. SonicBiblia™ Inc. held its first board meeting October 3, 2017. From its inception as a nonprofit organization, SonicBiblia™ Inc. has worked diligently to create the content necessary to launch a viable product into the world. To date, we have finished the MVP (minimal viable product) which will soon be available on our mobile responsive web app at https://sonicbiblia.org! SonicBiblia™ has designed, commissioned and is building a mobile responsive web app that will be available to the public as soon as 15 March, 2019. After launch, our Chief Executive Officer, along the the board of directors and a group of volunteers will begin promoting the ministry of Bible engagement and Scripture memorization to individuals, churches and organizations. Product development is very important to SonicBiblia™ and there are currently two web design prototypes that are being developed to further increase Bible engagement and expand the reach of our web app in terms of offering better products to our user base.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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