Precept Ministries of Reach Out, Inc.

Know God Deeply. Live Differently.

aka Precept   |   Chattanooga, TN   |
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Precept Ministries of Reach Out, Inc.

EIN: 62-0841438


Engaging people in relationship with God through knowing His Word. Our vision is every believer in Christ living out God's Word every day.

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President & CEO

Mr. David Arthur

Main address

7324 Noah Reid Rd

Chattanooga, TN 37421 USA

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Formerly known as

Precept Ministries International



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Population served info

Children and youth



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Protestant (X21)

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

Religious Television (X82)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lack of sound Biblical teaching and training is rampant throughout the world. Without the knowledge of what God's Word says, people will fall away, get carried away by false doctrines, and even accept heresies as truth.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Inductive Bible Study

Inductive study, a method that brings you directly to the Word of God apart from another’s understanding or interpretation of the text, involves three skills: observation, interpretation, and application.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Best Christian Workplace 2020

Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council of Financial Accountability - Member 1984

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new Bible Study Leaders trained worldwide

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Inductive Bible Study

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To transform the world with God's Word, we recruit, equip, and resource Bible Study Leaders who take God’s life-changing Word to their communities. Scripture guides you towards God. Precept guides you through Scripture.

• We offer Bible Study Leader Training designed to develop Bible study skills and to equip individuals with the ability to lead Bible studies using the various resources that we have available\n• Precept Bible Study classes are taught in churches, homes, small groups, workplaces, Christian schools and homeschool groups in over 180 different countries\n• Throughout the world, we offer support to pastors with resources that equip them to prepare sermons, aid them in church planting, support their counseling efforts, and prepare them for various other aspects of ministry work\n• We provide a range of free resources that are available electronically\n• We have online Bible study lessons and training

We provide training to local pastors and lay leaders to be equipped to teach others to learn the truth in God's Word through inductive Bible study. Each person trained will be able to multiply their efforts after learning the skills taught in our trainings because they will be using Scripture to interpret Scripture. Through assessment groups, the leaders are evaluated on the way they lead discussions and how they present the materials to students. This practical training allows the leader to learn how to hone the skills that were taught to help ensure effective teachings. Throughout the world, trained leaders will then go out to places like churches, small groups, refugee camps, orphanages, youth camps, and family counseling centers to help others learn the inductive study method.

We establish people in God's Word by training up effective Bible study leaders and producing multi-week Bible study courses to be operated with trained leaders. The result is people of all ages knowing God better through personal and group Bible study using the proven Precept Bible Study Method used for over 50 years in 70 languages around the world. Every month, tens of thousands are being discipled through Precept. Their thirst for the Word is being quenched by being taught how to observe the Word through Inductive Bible Study, which is empowering people to discover truth for themselves, and the result is lives are being transformed.


Precept Ministries of Reach Out, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 Precept 2019 Audited Financials
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 14.18 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 6.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 19% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Precept Ministries of Reach Out, Inc.

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Precept Ministries of Reach Out, Inc.’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $320,012 -$900,413 -$478,423 $4,098,832 -$465,647
As % of expenses 2.7% -7.2% -4.1% 35.4% -3.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $76,835 -$1,192,925 -$765,010 $3,843,448 -$720,055
As % of expenses 0.6% -9.3% -6.4% 32.5% -5.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $12,307,449 $11,616,691 $11,229,018 $15,669,576 $13,043,409
Total revenue, % change over prior year 2.6% -5.6% -3.3% 39.5% -16.8%
Program services revenue 3.7% 3.8% 1.1% 0.8% 0.9%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.3% 0.3% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 19.6% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 66.6% 64.2% 73.2% 58.8% 74.8%
Other revenue 29.3% 31.7% 25.6% 20.8% 24.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $11,957,280 $12,563,604 $11,707,441 $11,570,744 $13,509,056
Total expenses, % change over prior year 4.0% 5.1% -6.8% -1.2% 16.8%
Personnel 40.9% 44.3% 48.2% 46.7% 42.1%
Professional fees 8.6% 6.8% 4.7% 8.5% 11.9%
Occupancy 1.6% 3.6% 1.9% 1.5% 1.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 29.6% 30.2% 31.3% 28.0% 26.8%
All other expenses 19.3% 15.1% 13.9% 15.2% 18.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $12,200,457 $12,856,116 $11,994,028 $11,826,128 $13,763,464
One month of savings $996,440 $1,046,967 $975,620 $964,229 $1,125,755
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $434,458 $316,105 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $13,631,355 $14,219,188 $12,969,648 $12,790,357 $14,889,219

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 6.3 5.0 5.6 8.2 6.6
Months of cash and investments 6.6 5.3 6.0 8.2 6.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.6 5.1 4.9 9.1 7.1
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $6,307,069 $5,269,828 $5,486,028 $7,861,664 $7,418,975
Investments $285,654 $313,953 $332,723 $0 $0
Receivables $11,388 $8,232 $6,301 $928,141 $838,363
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $10,381,947 $10,698,052 $10,821,789 $10,929,813 $11,182,868
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 80.8% 81.1% 82.8% 84.4% 84.7%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.6% 6.7% 18.2% 4.7% 7.1%
Unrestricted net assets $8,587,369 $7,394,444 $6,629,434 $10,472,882 $9,752,827
Temporarily restricted net assets $46,500 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $46,500 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $8,633,869 $7,394,444 $6,629,434 $10,472,882 $9,752,827

Key data checks

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Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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President & CEO

Mr. David Arthur

David Arthur understood the importance of Inductive Bible Study at a young age under the spiritual leadership of his parents, Jack and Kay Arthur. David shares his parent's passion of establishing people in God's Word. Over the years David has been mentored by his parents' teaching and shares their view of the Bible.\r\n\r\nPrior to his role at Precept, David worked in the business world with IBM and small businesses. Starting in 1999 David worked several years as a pastor in both the Presbyterian Church of America and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Just before coming to Precept, he was Vice President with Generous Giving, working with givers and pastors. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College and a Masters of Arts in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 06/08/2023
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Board chair

Steve Strand

Strand Ag Supply

Term: 2020 -

Kay Arthur


Ken Guise


Cary Humphries


Steve Strand


Marilyn Crone


John Wilcox

James Harris

Ashley Freer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/23/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
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Male, Not transgender
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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