For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.Habakkuk 2:14
In 1957, Dr. R.C. Sproul was confronted by the overwhelming holiness of God. That experience began a lifetime of pursuing a greater knowledge of God and birthed an unquenchable desire to lead others into a greater understanding of God and of themselves.
Over fifty years later, we are humbled to survey the vast army of supporters that has risen to enable such important work. Thanks to you, the deep truths of God’s Word are finding their way into more places than ever before, and lives are being transformed by a growing knowledge of God.
Every year, Ligonier Ministries provides more ways for Christians to read, listen, and gather around God's truth.
Under God’s blessing, the outreach we’ve been able to do together has continued to grow. This report is a celebration of all that you’ve enabled through your generosity and your prayers.
We moved into a new year with a deepened trust in our sovereign God. Without our beloved founder, our steps were tentative at first, but the pace of ministry quickened in the following weeks and months. It’s almost as if a spotlight was turned toward Ligonier this year. With thanksgiving to God for His mercy, we can report to you that more people than ever are seeking out biblical and theological teaching through this ministry.
Dr. Sproul and I often discussed his vision for the future. He had in mind for us to have a growing, global outreach—as long as we are faithful. Ligonier stands on the authority of God’s Word and the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we lose that, we’ve lost everything.
I believe that R.C.’s greatest gift to Ligonier was a clear identity. We know who we are. And this year, out of the hundreds of hours of conferences and classroom instruction, thousands of pages published and study Bibles distributed, hundreds of thousands of minutes broadcast and streamed, more than six million people have been helped to better understand who God is, who they are, and how the Lord is calling them to live in this world.
This ministry report only hints at the many unique outreaches the Lord is doing through Ligonier and through your support. Please take a few minutes and read through an overview of our work this year and the work we hope to do in the coming year. Would you now and in the months ahead commit to praying for our shared labor for the kingdom of God as the Lord brings Ligonier Ministries to your mind?
Thank you for standing with us.
Soli Deo gloria,
President & CEO
God revealed Himself in a book. That makes reading an essential part of every Christian’s life. We publish so Christians can grow in their understanding of God and of themselves. Every year, we give away thousands of study Bibles, books, and magazines to people around the world who are hungry for the truth. Thank you for joining them.
“Shortly after I became a Christian, one of my coworkers gave me a copy of Tabletalk and said,
‘This might be interesting for you to read.’ It blew me away with the thoughtfulness around the theology and the way the magazine is laid out. It made a real impact on me.
After a year or two, I became a Ministry Partner and began listening to the monthly messages, as well as Renewing Your Mind. I was just devouring any content that I could at that time.
Teaching from Ligonier has given me greater discernment in church life and has given me the foundation in my faith I needed to start teaching my kids. They ask questions at random times: questions about God, things God created, etc. If I hadn’t learned Reformed theology—reading Tabletalk and listening to Renewing Your Mind—I never would have had a foundation in theology to help my kids understand the fundamental elements of the faith.”
For over forty years, Tabletalk magazine has helped growing Christians live biblically informed lives. Every month, it reaches approximately 250,000 people in more than seventy-five countries around the world.
Each issue contains daily Bible studies to help readers understand and apply the Word of God, as well as an effective plan for reading through the Bible in a year. Thought-provoking articles from trusted pastors and Bible teachers address biblical, theological, and practical themes to help strengthen and encourage people in their faith.
Subscribers can now access Tabletalk at TabletalkMagazine.com. Every new issue is available digitally, along with online-exclusive content and a searchable archive of back issues.
Tabletalk is biblical, reliable, and readable. Above all, Tabletalk exists to help Christians deepen their knowledge of God’s Word in order that their minds may be renewed and their lives transformed.
Ask Ligonier is our online biblical and theological chat service—providing clear, concise, and trustworthy answers. Drawing on Ligonier’s vast library of resources and Dr. R.C. Sproul’s decades-long ministry of answering students’ questions, we’re now able to answer your theological questions twenty-four hours a day, six days a week.
Do you have a question about a Bible passage or theology? Whether it’s for tomorrow night’s Bible study or something that’s been puzzling you for years, just ask Ligonier.
Your generous support means this ground-breaking initiative is available free of charge. Well-trained team members are located around the world, standing by to answer your questions.
Since 2014, The State of Theology survey has been measuring the theological health of Americans. In 2018, we asked three thousand people about their beliefs regarding God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, judgment, and eternity. This professionally conducted survey was designed to equip Christians with statistically robust findings to aid the work of the local church and is unrivaled in its theological scope and depth.
We also commissioned the first ever State of Theology survey in the United Kingdom. The results show an urgent need for gospel witness as society in the United Kingdom becomes ever more secular.
Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson is one of the most well-respected Reformed theologians in the world today. He taught systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for many years, and he has also taught at other Reformed seminaries. He served as pastor of St. George’s Tron Church in Glasgow, Scotland, from 1998 to 2003 and of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., from 2005 until his retirement in 2013. Dr. Ferguson was a longtime friend of Dr. R.C. Sproul and has been a regular speaker at Ligonier conferences and events over the years.
Dr. Ferguson began serving at Ligonier Ministries as a teaching fellow in 2010. He has a rare ability to present the truths of the Christian faith clearly and winsomely. He has written numerous books, including The Whole Christ, In Christ Alone, Devoted to God, and Some Pastors and Teachers. He has also recorded several video teaching series with Ligonier. Dr. Ferguson, having now retired to his native Scotland, continues to write and speak.
The Reformation Study Bible guides growing Christians through the Word of God with trusted contributions from seventy-five gifted scholars. More than one hundred thousand copies have been distributed since March 2015.
Dr. R.C. Sproul edited this landmark publication, which contains over 1.1 million words of verse-by-verse commentary. The original edition is packed with insightful articles; topical explanations; historic creeds, confessions, and catechisms; plus award-winning maps and visuals. The newly released Condensed Edition contains the best of this commentary and is designed for life on the go.
The Reformation Study Bible, available in ESV or NKJV, elevates Scripture on every page and distills timeless theology for twenty-first-century disciples.
Translating the Reformation Study Bible into other languages is fueling Great Commission discipleship around the world. German and Korean editions are now available. Translation work is underway in three more languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and French. In total, over one billion people worldwide speak one of these three languages, yet they lack a study Bible rooted in the historic Christian faith and Reformed theology.
These pioneering translations will strengthen and advance global gospel ministry thanks to your generous support. When complete, it will mean a Reformation Study Bible is available in at least one language spoken on every continent in the world.
Thousands of pastors, church leaders, and students in ten African countries are receiving a free copy of the Reformation Study Bible thanks to the strategic partnership between Ligonier Ministries and the Rosemary Jensen Bible Foundation. We have already sent more than 10,000 Bibles, with plans to distribute an additional 26,000 by 2028.
This outreach is only possible with the support of visionary donors. Thank you for partnering with us. You are bringing the Word of God to needy Christians in lands where Bibles are expensive and trustworthy theological resources are rare.
The gospel legacy of the Reformers lives on through our publishing imprint, Reformation Trust. Authored by trusted teachers of our own day, such as Dr. R.C. Sproul and the Ligonier Teaching Fellows, these books stand resolutely on the Bible and seek to build up believers in their knowledge of God.
New titles on discipleship, the doctrines of the Reformation, and the history of the church continue to steward the historic Christian faith for future generations. These volumes also fuel our partnerships with international ministries and provide trustworthy teaching for Christians around the world.
Ligonier.org provides a spiritual feast for growing Christians. Over eight thousand educational resources, including a vast library of articles, devotionals, and video and audio messages, are available to explore. Thanks to you, many of these resources are available for free, reaching millions of people every year.
Dr. W. Robert Godfrey served as president of Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, Calif., from 1993 to 2017, and he taught church history there as well for many years. He has also taught at many other seminaries throughout a distinguished academic teaching career. Dr. Godfrey first heard about Dr. R.C. Sproul when he was a student in seminary. Many years later, Dr. Godfrey became a regular speaker at Ligonier conferences and events, and he developed a friendship with Dr. Sproul.
Dr. Godfrey began serving at Ligonier Ministries as a teaching fellow in 2010, and he is chairman of Ligonier’s board of directors. As a careful historian and committed churchman, Dr. Godfrey brings tremendous wisdom to our cultural moment as Ligonier seeks to serve the people of God. He has recorded a six-part Ligonier teaching series called A Survey of Church History, and his many books include God’s Pattern for Creation, Reformation Sketches, An Unexpected Journey, and Learning to Love the Psalms. Dr. Godfrey continues to speak and write, and he is president emeritus and professor emeritus of church history at Westminster Seminary California.
The English language contains a treasure trove of theological riches. Thanks to your prayerful and financial support, these resources are being distributed around the world in many languages.
Teams of people are translating trustworthy teaching into the most-spoken languages on earth. With billions of people around the world, there is an immense global need for truth, and our aim is to assist the church as it takes the gospel to all nations.
We hand-pick translators who combine fidelity to Scripture with an expert grasp of their language. Thanks to fruitful partnerships with ministries around the world, these translation efforts in Spanish and French are increasing, and publishing continues in many other languages.
Military chaplains serve those who are literally on the front line. Your support is forming a spiritual supply line by providing gospel resources for troops as trustworthy books are freely distributed for those on active duty around the world.
Prisoners write to us every month, hungry for the gospel and for resources to help them grow in Christ. Your support sends them care packages that include a special edition of the Reformation Study Bible and books by trusted teachers. Prison chaplains are also supplied with the teaching resources they need to serve those under their care.
Who is Jesus and what did He come to do? Most evangelicals are confused when it comes to answering these questions. The Ligonier Statement on Christology seeks to bring clarity where there is confusion. It carefully restates the Bible’s teaching about the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. With biblical testimony and theological precision, this statement proclaims that Jesus is truly God and truly man. Written for the glory of Christ and the edification of His people, it is available in English and sixteen other major world languages.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson served as a pastor for thirty-four years in Arkansas and Alabama, and he was most recently senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. Dr. Lawson founded OnePassion Ministries to equip pastors to exposit the Word of God faithfully. To that end, he travels around the world to speak at conferences and to lead The Institute for Expository Preaching, a three-day seminar in biblical exposition. He is also editor of Expositor magazine, and he oversees the doctor of ministry program at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, Calif. Dr. Lawson was a student of Dr. R.C. Sproul at Reformed Theological Seminary, and he has taught at Ligonier conferences and events for many years.
Dr. Lawson began serving at Ligonier Ministries as a teaching fellow in 2010. He preaches with an uncommon zeal for God’s glory and for the central tenets of Reformed theology. He is author of numerous books, including The Moment of Truth, and has recorded several video teaching series with Ligonier. He also serves as editor of the Long Line of Godly Men Profile series from Reformation Trust Publishing.
Faith comes by hearing. Every week, Ligonier Ministries broadcasts audio and video teaching on the air and on the web to millions of people, free of charge. Trustworthy, life-changing teaching from Dr. R.C. Sproul, the Ligonier Ministries Teaching Fellows, and many others is available to you 24/7. Thank you for tuning in.
"I remember hearing R.C. Sproul preach a sermon many years ago about how we think we choose God, but the Bible says that God chooses us. From that moment on, I knew I needed to know the Bible better because what I was believing was wrong. Ligonier has always been a trustworthy place to turn for good teaching, and it has grown along with me, giving me more choices even beyond my Tabletalk devotional and Renewing Your Mind.
Now I listen to RefNet every day.
I have my phone with me all the time, and I can listen anywhere. I can be traveling, in my car, waking up in the morning, or going to sleep at night and get a few minutes of good theology. This is the steady, consistent teaching of the Word of God. It’s needed in my life.
I appreciate that R.C. Sproul gathered men of similar skills and had the overall vision to build something of real substance. Of course, we know that God did the building and He just used R.C. to do that.”
Our daily teaching broadcast, Renewing Your Mind, equips growing Christians to know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. Each day we air trustworthy, accessible, and in-depth Bible teaching from Dr. R.C. Sproul, the Ligonier Teaching Fellows, and other trusted teachers.
You enable us to broadcast on more than 370 radio stations around the United States, as a podcast, and online at RenewingYourMind.org. Our aim is to spread the knowledge of the glory of God, and our prayer is that multitudes will be transformed by the renewing of their minds.
New Spanish Edition: Renovando Tu Mente
The program launched in March 2018 and within six months more than thirty Spanish-speaking radio stations were broadcasting the program across Latin America, along with major online radio portals.
Streaming trustworthy teaching and preaching twenty-four hours a day, RefNet is our popular internet radio app. It provides God-centered content for growing Christians, now with listeners in more than 180 countries.
RefNet features trusted teachers including Alistair Begg, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, and the Ligonier Teaching Fellows. The daily schedule also includes Bible excerpts, news updates, and audiobooks—combining to bring you fresh spiritual encouragement every day.
RefNet draws on Ligonier’s extensive library of resources and partners with other respected Reformed ministries to be a trusted alternate to traditional Christian radio.
For decades, our video teaching series have enabled Dr. R.C. Sproul and other trusted teachers to share the riches of Scripture with a wide audience. There are hundreds of topics available, designed to build up disciples in their knowledge of God and equip them to live for the glory of God.
This expansive library weaves a rich tapestry of theology, apologetics, church history, biblical studies, and much more. Each message is less than thirty minutes in length, making it well-suited for your Sunday school, home group, or personal Bible study.
Ligonier teaching series have been translated into several different languages, including Portuguese, Korean, and Arabic. Thanks to your support, we are now preparing series in Spanish for people across Latin America.
The Ligonier app is a daily gospel resource that provides instant access to a deep library of Christian teaching. It puts trustworthy teaching in the palm of your hand, gathering together daily audio, video, devotional articles, and much more.
Accessed over 4.3 million times annually, the app is a go-to resource for growing Christians. In addition to our devotional content and media archives, you’ll also find easy access to Ask Ligonier, our biblical and theological chat service.
By God’s grace, and because of your support, the Ligonier app is available free to all users. Thank you.
Dr. Stephen J. Nichols serves as president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. Before being appointed to these positions in 2014, Dr. Nichols taught for seventeen years as a Bible college and seminary professor. He was research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College in Lancaster, Pa., and he has also taught courses at Reformed Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
Dr. Nichols began serving Ligonier Ministries as a teaching fellow in 2013. Combining his interest in church history and a love for the Reformed tradition, Dr. Nichols has a passion for discipleship. He is author of numerous books, including For Us and for Our Salvation, Peace, and A Time for Confidence. He is coeditor of The Legacy of Luther and Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series.
Ligonier teaching resources can now be accessed in more ways than ever. Whether it’s video or audio, trusted Bible teaching is available wherever you like to tune in—YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Alexa, and Roku.
We are reaching more people than ever before with the knowledge of God’s holiness. Across all of our online platforms, students watch hundreds of thousands of hours of Ligonier videos each year. On YouTube alone, this now equates to nearly two hundred years of continuous playback.
Renewing Your Mind and messages from National Conferences also air on NRB TV, reaching up to forty-five million households with the truth of God’s Word.
Our featured podcasts provide spiritual food for growing Christians wherever they are. 5 Minutes in Church History, with Stephen Nichols, travels back in time to explore the lives of the saints who came before us and the events which shaped their journey.
Open Book allows you to step into Dr. R.C. Sproul’s library. Glean new insights into the books which have most influenced him and other pastors and theologians.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism is a 107-episode podcast that features Dr. Sinclair Ferguson reading each question and answer in its entirety. This catechism has been beloved by Christians around the world for generations.
Thanks to you, Renewing Your Mind, RefNet, and all our podcasts are offered freely. Tune in on iTunes, Google Play, and wherever you listen to podcasts.
Iron sharpens iron. Every year, in cities around the world and online, Ligonier Ministries gathers Christians at events to study God’s Word for mutual edification. It’s a privilege to meet, serve, and learn from God’s people. Our aim is to bless the local church and strengthen its members for greater service. Thank you for joining us.
“I wasn’t actively practicing or able to articulate what I said I believed. My dad sent over a Ligonier Conference Q&A, and on a free weekend I sat down and watched one…and then another and another…and I could not stop watching. It was my discovery of theology, the doctrines of grace, and the provision of a system of belief.
Since then, I’ve been to two Ligonier conferences in Seattle. It felt like an eternity before I finally went to one since I had watched so many online. It is interesting that…
WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD PREACHED IN PERSON, IT IS OFTEN MORE POWERFUL.
I now know that I’m a third-generation Ligonier student. When my grandma passed away, I got her copy of The Holiness of God from one of the first printings. It’s pretty special to have such a classic. Like R.C. said, there’s a gap between Sunday school and seminary. Ligonier serves to fill that gap in a format that is scalable and digestible for many churches out there that don’t have the resources to produce this kind of material.”
For over thirty years, our National Conference has been gathering thousands of Ligonier friends and supporters to hear trustworthy teaching from God’s Word. The conference is held over three days every spring in Orlando, Fla., and brings together Christians from many different backgrounds who make up the Ligonier family. Each year it is encouraging to see more first–time attendees gathering from around the world. Your prayers and support enable our National Conference to serve as a great platform for equipping Christians with the truth.
Ligonier conferences are held nationally and internationally, bringing trusted teachers to live events for growing Christians. We bring gifted teachers to local gatherings so that as many people as possible can join with us. We give thanks to God for the thousands who do so every year.
In addition to our popular biennial West Coast Conference, Ligonier hosts regional conferences in many states each year. Internationally, conferences have taken place in Germany, Northern Ireland, and Mexico. Future events are planned for the United Kingdom and other European countries, as well as Canada and Asia.
Dr. Burk Parsons is senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., where he labored many years alongside Dr. Sproul as copastor. Dr. Parsons had the privilege of joining Dr. Sproul in local church ministry as they worked together as shepherds in central Florida. Dr. Parsons also serves as chief publishing officer of Ligonier Ministries, and he has served as editor of Tabletalk magazine since 2003.
Dr. Parsons began serving at Ligonier Ministries in 1999, and he became a teaching fellow in 2017. Dr. Parsons is a wise and discerning voice, and he helps maintain Ligonier’s theological fidelity and advance Ligonier’s service to the church. He has recorded a teaching series with Ligonier called The Great Commission, and he is author of Why Do We Have Creeds? He is editor of Assured by God and John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine, and Doxology and coeditor and cotranslator of A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin.
Reformation Bible College is gathering the next generation of reformers, offering a classically based, theologically driven college curriculum. Growing in the knowledge of God is the heartbeat of RBC, where faculty seek to ignite a passion for theological conviction and equip students for faithful service in any vocation.
Thanks to visionary donors, the college’s new $8.5 million state-of-the-art Student Learning Center allows for much-needed expansion on its campus in Orlando, Fla.
RBC’s entire outlook is grounded in the Scriptures and provides students with a firm biblical foundation on which to build their lives for the glory of God.
Winter Conference: Gathering with Today and Tomorrow’s Leaders
Every year, RBC hosts its annual Winter Conference on its central Florida campus. Trusted teachers train students and Christian leaders in theology and the knowledge of God, urging them to hold to the truth of God’s Word—especially where it is under attack. With sessions on apologetics, church history, and more, this conference seeks to fuel the bold proclamation of the gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Always Ready: Equipping Young Apologists
High school students are equipped to defend the Christian faith at RBC’s Always Ready Youth Conference. This annual, one-day apologetics event in Orlando, Fla., helps young disciples to better share their faith and give a defense to their non-Christian friends. In an age when the Bible’s teaching is rapidly being marginalized, RBC is encouraging young people to stand fast on the truth of God’s Word.
Ligonier Connect allows growing Christians to learn online from an ever-expanding library of interactive video courses. Flexibility to study with others or to pursue a course at your own pace means how you learn is up to you.
Sit under the teaching of gifted theologians such as Drs. R.C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, and Derek Thomas, together with other Ligonier Teaching Fellows and trusted teachers. More than eight hundred lessons from over eighty courses are available to choose from.
Covering the Bible, theology, Christian living, worldview and culture, and church history, Ligonier Connect offers teaching, interactive activities, and more to build up disciples in the knowledge of God.
Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas is senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. Originally from Wales, Dr. Thomas served as a pastor in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for seventeen years before being called to the United States to serve as minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Miss.
Dr. Thomas began serving Ligonier Ministries as a teaching fellow in 2015. Dr. Thomas’ many years of pastoral ministry in the United States and Northern Ireland, along with his extensive and profound understanding of Reformed theology, have furnished him with a sharp intellect and a pastor's heart. He is author of numerous books, including How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Calvin’s Teaching on Job, Strength for the Weary, and, with Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, Ichthus: Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour. He has also written commentaries on books of the Bible including Job, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Ezra and Nehemiah, Acts, Galatians, and Revelation.
Ligonier Cruises gather ministry friends at sea for trustworthy teaching from God’s Word. Together they enjoy a memorable time with refreshing Christian fellowship set amid the glory of God’s creation. In addition to faithful teaching, Christians have the opportunity to meet like-minded believers. Popular destinations include Alaska, the Caribbean, and Europe.
From historic sites in Israel to Germany to the British Isles, Ligonier tours take inquisitive Christians to the places where God has worked in church history. Ligonier Teaching Fellows travel with attendees to guide, to teach, and to explain why our history still matters today. These non–donor–funded tours provide a rare, first-hand opportunity for growing Christians to experience our family history together.
The Institute for Expository Preaching trains pastors, church leaders, and Bible teachers in the art of expository preaching. With over forty-five years in preaching and teaching ministry, Dr. Steven Lawson leads these events across the country and around the world. Each event is dedicated to the passionate preaching and exposition of the Word of God so that the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ can be heard more clearly from pulpits everywhere.
Does God exist? What is He like? Has He spoken to us? How we answer these questions has consequences for our lives now and forever. Unfortunately, many students on college campuses aren’t finding the right answers. That’s why we host Truth and Consequences apologetics seminars, training Christian students around the United States to debunk secularism and defend the biblical worldview. By God’s grace, your financial support is making these events possible and equipping the next generation to contend for the faith.