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By Heart

Speaking Bible passages so we understand

Sheridan, WY   |  https://byHeart.org
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By Heart

EIN: 87-4161552


Mission

The mission of the By Heart ministry is to promote Scripture recitation so that it becomes a natural part of Christian worship services, discipleship programs, and outreach. By Heart is intended to promote and be a clearinghouse for resources, techniques, and encouragement regarding Scripture recitation.

Ruling year info

2023

Founder and President

Thomas Lawrence Griffin

Secretary

James Martin

Main address

30 N Gould St Ste R

Sheridan, WY 82801 USA

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EIN

87-4161552

Subject area info

Spoken word

Linguistics

Christianity

Theology

Population served info

Christians

NTEE code info

Protestant (X21)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The message of the gospel is too often held at arm's length because it is read and communicated in a way that feels odd or foreign. Although the Scripture is beautiful, its presentation is often not. Consequently, our understanding of the clear message of the Bible is muddied.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Recitation promo onsite

We coordinate with church leaders to determine the date and passage, and then recite a passage of Scripture of their choosing. After the service, we give a presentation about how everyone can recite Scripture and what is involved in preparing.

Population(s) Served

The Case for Recitation presents the historical and biblical foundation for speaking Scripture aloud. Participating will change how you read the Bible and how you bring it into your life. The benefits are just the start as this session presents compelling evidence for the historical practice of verbally communicating Gods word, and how we can reclaim our lost voice.

Population(s) Served

A workshop that prepares you to successfully recite a passage of Scripture from memory.

Introduction to recitation
In our first 90-minute session we discuss how Scripture recitation is not only an excellent discipleship activity, but also leads to a new perspective and deeper understanding of the Bible. Video clips, demonstrations, and discussion conclude with your selection of a passage to recite.

Self-Study
Using a Bible study guide developed specifically for reciters, you consider the conditions that brought your passage into being and which influence the tone of the message. Resources provided in our first session help you with recall and mastery of the passage.

Clarifying your message
In our second 90-minute session, we guide you through a series of activities to accurately express the intended meaning of your passage by using tone of voice, emphasis, and pacing. We finish with key exercises and practices that ensure your success.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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 participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Recitation promo onsite

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our presentation on "The Case for Recitation" is populate in theological institutes and Bible seminaries. Churches also like our "Scripture Recitation Workshop" because it is more hands-on practical.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our presentation at th conference for a Christian lawyer and judges organization, Christ und Jurist, had 70 attendees and the IBC men's conference had 18 attendees

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

We seek to encourage clear, disciplined communication of the Bible in a way that sounds natural to our ears while staying true to the text, i.e., to speak Bible passages in a way that we understand.

We provide examples and guidance for all people, not just uniquely talented ones. Examples come in the form of in-person presentations, videos of people reciting, and connecting reciters. Guidance is given in brochures, workshops, web pages, social media posts, and coaching videos.
By developing relationships with church leaders, Bible schools, theological universities, and para-church organizations we seek to develop regional leaders who will be trained in how to coach and use materials that encourage people to recite Scripture. These regional leaders will enable local recitation coordinators to develop and grow their programs.

The By Heart board of directors all have experience reciting Scripture and most have also coached others and participated in developing workshop and training materials. We have international affiliations in the United States, Germany, and Kenya and are supported by a continually growing website, a large collection of recitation videos, a Bible study developed specifically for recitation preparation, an Instagram channel publishing encouragement and videos twice weekly, a YouTube channel publishing new videos every week, two books on Scripture recitation published by Westbow Press (a division of Zondervan), one written for reciters, one written for leaders of recitations, workshop presentation materials, and a growing network of relationships with church leaders, para-church organizations, and Bible schools.

By Heart has grown from one person coordinating and coaching his church members to five recitation leaders in three countries (United States, Germany, and Kenya). We have coached over 250 people to recite scripture, presented at church leadership workshops in Croatia and Switzerland, initiated an Instagram channel and a YouTube channel, formed a solid board of directors, developed a Bible study designed to be used in preparation for recitations, published brochures and, most recently, crafted a bookmark that will be used in conjunction with our in-person recitation presentations to encourage Scripture memory.

In the last year, a recitation ministry was initiated from someone who attended a By Heart workshop, showing that our message is being heard and can be successfully multiplied. We have also had our first transition of one recitation coordinator to the next, showing that our model can be perpetuated within one location.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

By Heart

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

By Heart

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $4,686
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $4,686
Expenses
Program Services $3,313
Administration $1,896
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $5,209

By Heart

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2022

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $1,000
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $696
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $1,000

Operations

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

Founder and President

Thomas Lawrence Griffin

Secretary

James Martin

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

By Heart

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Mr. Thomas Griffin

By Heart

Term: 2021 -

James Martin

Retired

Darren Ho

The Restored Leader

Ryan Awori

Merck

Jessica Hermann

Evangelische Kirche, Mettman

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/4/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.