Biblica, The International Bible Society

The International Bible Society

Colorado Springs, CO   |  www.Biblica.com

Mission

We provide the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ.

Ruling year info

1994

President/Chief Executive Officer

Geof Morin

Main address

PO Box 35950

Colorado Springs, CO 80935-3595 USA

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Formerly known as

International Bible Society

EIN

84-1194554

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Biblica is a Bible ministry inspired by radical generosity. We are motivated by the belief that God’s Word radically changes lives, and that everyone everywhere, deserves to experience its Truth for themselves. To that end, we continue to pioneer ways to break down barriers to the Bible – a strand that has woven throughout our work since the beginning. And by pioneering a new generosity model, we can influence change across the larger Bible sector, exponentially scaling the impact of God’s Word throughout the world. While the overall mission and vision will stay the same, we believe that God is inviting Biblica to grow, moving forward to a bold new future “so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides [the Triune God]” (Isaiah 45:6).

Our programs

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

Gateway Translation

We focus on the top 100 strategic languages for Bible translation, which has the "Gateway" effect of accelerating 1) the reach to Bible-less language communities and 2) the impact of front line ministry partners.

Population(s) Served

Recognizing the strong fit of our contemporary Scripture texts, we leverage our translations and programs to resource partner churches and ministries who serve children and youth--the future of our nations and the Church.

Population(s) Served

Serving churches and ministries on the front line of the Gospel, we shape Scripture outreach for those who desperately need God’s Word--the unreached, unengaged, unchurched, unwanted and overlooked.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We believe God has called Biblica to continue serving the Church in her efforts to fulfill the Great Commission by working intentionally and relentlessly to provide Unrestricted access to God’s Word for Untold millions of Unengaged and Unreached people so that our world might be transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. To this end we must build on Biblica’s rich history, core strengths, and compelling opportunities.

Aligning with our strategies, in the next 3 years our goals are to provide sufficient Scripture for 80 of the Top 100 languages while accelerating 50 first language translations; see 45 million children & youth move into new and growing relationships with Christ; 75 million people experience a first and growing Gospel discipleship with relevant Scripture resources/programs; 35 billion Biblica Scripture encounters through technology platforms; strengthen three impact drivers – Outcomes Management, Organizational Performance, and Collective Impact; and finally, to grow overall revenue an average of 10.5% per annum — led by 12% average growth in ministry investment within globally scaled opportunities.

Gateway Translation: Recognizing that our Gateway Translation strategy is a launch pad for accelerating global reach via cross-platform and multimedia Scripture resources we will focus on:
• Providing people with Scriptures in the language that serves them best
• Helping people to engage with Scripture

Rising Generations: Recognizing the strong fit of our contemporary Scripture texts, we will leverage our translations and programs to resource partner churches and ministries who serve children and youth - the present and future of our nations and the Church.

Frontline Church: Consistent with our history of focusing on people in the margins, we will serve ministries and churches (physical and virtual) on the frontline of the Gospel by creating Scripture outreach resources tailored toward those who desperately need God’s Word – the unreached, unengaged, unchurched, unwanted, and unseen.

Digital Acceleration: The majority of Biblica’s growth will come from a beyond-print mission model utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning. Biblica will expand digital platforms and partnerships to sizably increase reach and scale of impact.

Maximizing Impact: We begin with the end in mind as we seek to achieve Biblica’s mission. For this and for a deeper engagement of ministry investors and partners, we will build an outcomes-based framework, designed to maximize Bible impact within individuals, families, churches, and communities.

Growing Mission Resource: Prioritizing a generosity-based partnership paradigm requires us to significantly increase our advancement capacity to grow ministry reach and offset lost sales revenue. To that end, we will ramp up our fundraising infrastructure with people, processes, and technology necessary to raise funds from generous Ministry Investors.

Prioritizing Partnerships: In an attempt to pursue radical generosity and targeted impact, we will continue to shift our revenue model from earned retail income (selling Bibles) to strategic partnerships with frontline ministries. Some ministries will be able to contribute to the associated costs, but many will be funded in partnership with ministry investors.

Aligning Organizational Structure: Historically, Biblica has operated globally through six semi-autonomous regional offices, several of which operated on a sales-based business model. To increase efficiency, ensure consistent quality, and maximize our impact, we will move to a “functional” structure in which we will strategically partner with like-minded churches and ministries to carry out a unified global mission based in four geographical regions:
a. South & East Asia
b. Middle East & Europe
c. Africa
d. The Americas

For over 200 years, Biblica has a history of creating Bible translations and programs that are:

Relevant: We focus on resources that are contemporary in their readability and responsive to the needs of our partners.

Reliable: We continue to prioritize linguistic accuracy and faithfulness to the meaning of the original texts.

Our key distinctives and strengths include being:

o A “one-stop shop” for Bible / Scripture resource needs
o A pioneer and innovator in sharing God’s Word
o A truly global organization with strong local presence

Since 1809, our mission is to provide the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ.

Biblica stewards 74 languages that serve a growing portfolio of 85 Bible translations reaching 80% of the world with God's Word.

We released the Reach4Life youth discipleship New Testament in South Africa in 2004 in response to the AIDs crisis. Since then the peer education program is in over 30 countries across the globe impacting over 2 million youth.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Biblica, The International Bible Society

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jim Bridges

SuccessEd, LLC

Mike Richards, Sr

Rob Gluskin

Andy Goodwin

Hank Smith

Jim Bridges

Bruce McKenzie

Dr. Pablo Deiros

Steve Manz

Ramses Khalil

Gene Dewhurst

Craig Hovda

Vicki Garza

Michael Fitch

Barry Flynn

Roger Quy

William Scott

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