Religion, Spiritual Development

GOOD NEWS MINISTRIES OF TAMPA BAY INC

  • Tampa, FL
  • http://gnm.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to disciple (teach, build faith, grow spiritually) those who are active members of the Catholic Church and to reach (find, evangelize, invite) those who are inactive or barely alive in the faith.

We are an international Catholic evangelization and faith-building ministry. Located in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, we share the Good News of Jesus Christ in a way that changes lives. We strengthen the faith of Catholics and help them influence the faith of people they know. Our online ministry fulfills Christ's command to "Go out into all the world and spread the Good News." 
 
Good News Ministries' outreach touches countless lives around the world, including in countries where people have no Catholic Mass and where Christianity is persecuted. We provide free of charge, supported by donations, faith-building articles, videos, and inspirational emails. Our speakers travel to parishes even when budgets are small and locations are remote.

Main Programs

  1. Retreats for Small, Under-funded Parishes
  2. Restful Waters Restoration Center
  3. Help Us Grow!
  4. Malawi

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Service Areas

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International

Through our websites, http://gnm.org, http://wordbytes.org, and videos, and speakers, we minister globally, including in countries where Christianity is persecuted or underground.

ruling year

1996

Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mrs. Terry Modica

Co Principal Officer since 1995

Self-reported

Mr. Ralph E Modica

Keywords

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Christian, Catholic, faith, reflections, Church teachings, videos, Good News, evangelization, evangelism, outreach

Notes from the Nonprofit

OUR GOALS
1. Increase our outreach.
2. Empower Catholics to live in the joy of God's love.
3. Teach the Gospel to enable people to live the Gospel.
4. Renew the heart and soul of the Body of Christ on earth.
5. Spread Christ's radical love as a catalyst for change throughout the world.

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Also Known As

Good News Ministries of gnm.org

EIN

65-0604838

 Number

7572200860

Physical Address

7403 Restful Water Way

Riverview, FL 33569

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Roman Catholic (X22)

Religious Film & Video (X81)

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

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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Our three main websites (http://gnm.org and http://wordbytes.org and http://marriagevocation.net ) minister to people around the world and build intimacy with Christ and better knowledge of scripture and Catholic Church teachings. We send out daily Good News Reflections by email to 15,000 subscribers, many of whom live in countries where there is no Catholic Mass and Christians are persecuted. Our Marriage Vocation services support couples as they prepare for or live out marriage and family life as God designed it to be.

We need donors to help us pay rent in our office and seminar room, support our staff, provide growth for Good News Studios, and continue expanding our outreach services. We need additional staff that we cannot yet afford to hire.
 
And we provide support to the poorest of the poor in Malawi through our chaplain, Fr. Joseph Kimu.

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

Retreats for Small, Under-funded Parishes

Terry Modica will take her retreats to poor or out-of-the way parishes that have never before been blessed by a mission speaker. The topic is tailored to the needs of the parish. An example is the 4-evening parish mission "Four Levels of Mystical Prayer". The retreat is modeled after the four sets of mysteries of the Rosary. Day 1 focuses on how to live in mystical union with the joy of Christ no matter what hardships we face. Day 2 covers the prayer of action which is unity to the ministry of Christ and which springs from our hardships that now become blessings for others. Day 3 reveals how the Dark Night of the Soul is union with the Christ's Passion and Cross and ends with a powerful experience of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. And Day 4 leaves everyone inspired to meet the challenge of living solely for the glory of God.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Adults

Budget

$10,000.00

Program 2

Restful Waters Restoration Center

A place (or places) of rest for those who need to be re-energized for their difficult trials and challenging ministries and jobs, and anyone else who needs rest and restoration in the Holy Spirit. It'll be a place to take a vacation in Christ, or a sabbatical, or a private retreat. It should have a creek or pond on the property, a walking trail through trees with meditation benches for Stations of the Cross, and a simple, peaceful cabin-like overnight facility. Spiritual direction will be provided by request. There will be no charge for any of this, although donations will be accepted. And if someone cannot afford the travel fare to get here, donations to Good News Ministries will cover this, too.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

Adults

Crime/Abuse Victims

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 3

Help Us Grow!

To do all that God is calling us to do, our staff has been expanding, but the four of us is still too few. There is a huge need to hire a Curriculum Coordinator who is bilingual (English & Spanish), and to hire a Production Assistant for Good News Studios, a second video camera for the studio work, and a large-screen TV for displaying multi-media presentations during our evangelization courses.
Our monthly expenses include $800 for the office rent and salaries for four staff members.

Category

Religion

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$92,000.00

Program 4

Malawi

Your support could also shelp us catechize some of the poorest of the poor in Malawi. We have been asked by Msgr. Joseph Kimu to:

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$20,000.00

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?
    OUR GOALS:
    1. Increase our outreach.
    2. Empower Catholics to live in the joy of God's love.
    3. Teach the Gospel to enable people to live the Gospel.
    4. Renew the heart and soul of the Body of Christ on earth.
    5. Spread Christ's radical love as a catalyst for change throughout the world.
    6. Fortify romantic relationships with a better understanding of the biblical and moral truths about marriage.
    7. Help the Catholic Church turn the tide of worldly influences back to what is healthy for children, couples, and society.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The founders, staff, and extended team of volunteers and supporters accomplish the goals of Good News Ministries by using our gifts and talents to collaborate in providing everyone we can reach with a better understanding of how to know God's love and apply Biblical principles and Catholic teachings to everyday life.

    We are continually upgrading and expanding our websites. We are reaching out to more people through social networking sites. We provide faith-building resources and catechetical materials free of charge, mainly through our subscriber lists and website articles but also through public speaking engagements in parishes. We are adding videos and online courses to supplement the faith education of Catholic adults.

    To get the work done, we hope to expand staff. We rely heavily on volunteers.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have talented staff who have the skills to cover what needs to get done to fulfill our mission. We have many volunteers who share the work load.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We keep track of the growth in numbers of website visitors, subscribers, and engagement on our social network sites. We also track how many requests we receive for printable copies of our most popular articles.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have a global base of members who repeatedly rely on our services. We'd like to increase this to reach more young adults who have disconnected themselves from Church life.

    We fulfill our mission primarily through online tools such as our websites and elists and social network sites. To do this well, we need to spend more staff time upgrading, updating, and adding to our websites, which requires more funding.

    We give live presentations in parish missions and in conferences. This used to be a primary method of providing faith growth and catechesis, and we need to get back into doing this more often.

    We have produced a number of videos. We need to increase this in order to reach more young adults.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Through our websites, http://gnm.org, http://wordbytes.org, and videos, and speakers, we minister globally, including in countries where Christianity is persecuted or underground.

Additional Documents

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

$92,000 for salaries of the staff $10,000 for office facilities with meeting room $3,000 for insurance, utilities, office expenses, website, etc. $20,000 for our project in Malawi

Videos

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Operations

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GOOD NEWS MINISTRIES OF TAMPA BAY INC

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Terry Modica

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Ralph E Modica

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"I have deep compassion for those have been enduring difficult trials and challenging ministries and jobs. In addition to the full-time work I do in Good News Ministries as a speaker, writer, web designer, and myriads of other work, I enjoy empowering the staff and volunteers to use their gifts and talents at the service of others in partnership with Christ.  

Additionally, I have a dream of providing a place (or places) of rest and restoration in the Holy Spirit, where people who have been dealing with hardships, especially in ministry, can be re-energized. I call it the Restful Waters Restoration Center, named for the message of hope in Psalm 23. It'll be a place to take a vacation in Christ, or a sabbatical, or a private retreat. However, for God to provide this place, large donors need to agree to be his instrument of generosity.
Evangelization is much more than telling people about Jesus. Evangelization is giving Jesus to people by loving them in the midst of their hurts and revealing him as an actively involved, caring, nurturing, healing Savior. Will you help?"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ralph E Modica

GetWell Network

Term: June 1996 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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No

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & 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?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
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Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
Yes
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity