Religion, Spiritual Development

Scripture Union/USA

  • Valley Forge , PA
  • www.scriptureunion.org

Mission Statement

Working as an extension of the Church, Scripture Union's mission is…

to make God's Good News known in ways that are relevant to children, young people and their families, and…

to encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer…

So that they may come to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, grow in Christian maturity, become committed church members, and serve a world in need.

Main Programs

  1. The Essential 100 Challenge
  2. The Essential Jesus Challenge
  3. SuperKids
  4. PrimeTime
Service Areas

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National

Scripture Union/USA ministers to people all over the United States through our Bible Reading Guides and Bible Engagement programs. Regional staff members are currently located in New York City (Northeast Region), Philadelphia (Mid-Atlantic Region), Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Region), Dallas/Fort Worth (South Central Region) and Florida (Southeast Region).

ruling year

1992

President since 2016

Self-reported

Rev. Mark Brown

National Field Director

Self-reported

Rev. Michael Staples

Keywords

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Scripture Union Christian Bible resources at-risk children

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EIN

25-1228715

 Number

4150624798

Physical Address

1481 Valley Forge Rd

Valley Forge, PA 19481

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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SuperKids® Missions meet for 5 to 10 days to reach kids with the Good News of Jesus using our SuperKids® curriculums. In the summer of 2014,
SuperKids® programs reached 6,851 kids at 125 program sites and volunteers were trained to teach “Good News to You" through the SuperKids® Gospel of Luke.
A SuperKids® survey was commissioned
summer 2014 as a follow-up to the 2010-2011 Barna Survey. The 2014 findings revealed that 92% of children surveyed felt that what they liked the most about SuperKids® was that they felt “more loved by God" and that they had “learned new things about Jesus" ( 77%). Even more encouraging, 85% described that because of SuperKids they “want to
read the Bible" and that they “believe
the Bible is true" (62%). None of the children thought the Bible was “boring."

During 2014 - 2015, PrimeTime after-school outreach programs expanded its reach to at-risk children. Programs were added in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Florida, South Carolina, Texas and Colorado and resulted in 84 programs ministering to 3,482 children between 1st and 6th grades.

Everything that we do at Scripture Union focuses on Bible engagement, the process of helping people of all ages take in and live out God's Word. In addition to the quality content that continues to be produced in our Encounter with God, Discovery Bible guides, 2015 brought a new focus on Social Media ministry, which translates to a 27% growth in the nation-wide reach of SU's ministry; a whopping 789,563 adults and children engaged with God's Word through SU programs.

Programs

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

Program 1

The Essential 100 Challenge

A church-wide Bible engagement program using 100 selected passages to give the Bible's "big picture" and to encourage a daily habit of Bible reading. We have the Essential 100 Challenge for all ages

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

The Essential Jesus Challenge

A church-wide Bible engagement program telling the story of Jesus from both Old and New Testament in 100 selected readings. We currently offer the Essential Jesus Challenge for youth and adults.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

SuperKids

SuperKids Missions are one or two-week events where a team of volunteers communicates God’s Word to children wherever they are.

A SuperKids Mission can be adapted to any children’s outreach ministry and to a wide variety of settings, including public beaches, city parks and playgrounds, camps, or any other location where children gather. SuperKids is an ANYWHERE–ANYTIME program.

SuperKids is uniquely different from Vacation Bible School, in that the focus is on reaching children outside the church. SuperKids Missions are offered where children gather, rather than asking children to come to you.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Program 4

PrimeTime

PrimeTime® offers churches and other organizations an effective tool for sharing God’s love and God’s word with children who would otherwise be alone and unsupervised during the after school hours. The PrimeTime® program features a 40 week curriculum (paralleling the school year) that combines creative Bible teaching and fun activities with tutoring and homework help you may already be providing. The program can be conducted either daily or weekly.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Working with the churches, Scripture Union aims
    (A) To make God's Good News known to children, young people, and families, and
    (B) To encourage people of all ages to meet God daily through the Bible and prayer so that they may
    1. Come to personal faith in Jesus Christ,
    2. Grow in Christian maturity, and
    3. Become, both committed church members and
    servants of a world in need.
    Scripture Union pursues these aims through a variety of specialist ministries around the world in obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ and reliance on the Holy Spirit.
    Scripture Union activities include programs for systematic Bible reading, children's missions, family ministries, residential holiday activities and camps, work in schools, training activities, youth work, and the publishing and distribution of Christian literature, audio-visuals and digital avenues.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Scripture Union is an organization of volunteers united by a common committment to meeting God in His Word and sharing God's love with children, young people and their families. We have a small number of dedicated staff who train and equip volunteers to minister to children and to introduce people to the rewards of regular Bible reading.

    In carrying out our mission, we partner with organizations such as the Salvation Army as well as local churches to deliver creative outreach programs that introduce children to Jesus and teach them about God's love. A growing partnership with The American Bible Society is intended to help engage people across the country in a new or renewed experience of meeting God through reading His Word.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Scripture Union/USA ministers to people all over the United States through our Bible Reading Guides and Bible Engagement programs. Regional staff members are currently located in New York City (Northeast Region), Philadelphia (Mid-Atlantic Region), Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Region), Dallas/Fort Worth (South Central Region) and Florida (Southeast Region).

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Financials

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SCRIPTURE UNION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Scripture Union/USA

Leadership

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President

Rev. Mark Brown

National Field Director

Rev. Michael Staples

BIO

Rev. Mark Brown assumed the role of President at SU USA on March 1, 2016. As part of the leadership succession process, the SU Board of Directors had previously appointed Rev. Mark Brown as CEO in the fall of 2015. Mark, a former National Director for Scripture Union in New Zealand, has considerable leadership experience and will enhance and complement SU USA's existing resources, as the ministry continues to adapt to the ongoing challenges for the next generation of Scripture Union's ministry of having people meet and encounter God every day.

Passionate about Bible engagement and social media, Mark created The Bible Page on Facebook, which has more than 9.5 million followers and is now run by the United Bible Societies. He continues to be active on social media, with nearly 400,000 followers on his personal Facebook page.

Mark is also an ordained Anglican priest, is married to Christi, and has seven children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Frank Taylor

Southern Florida Baptist Hospital

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