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Sword of the Lord

Publishing and distributing Christian literature

one star

68.95

P.O. Box 1099 Murfreesboro, TN 37133
tel: (615) 893-6700   Web Site
EIN: 36-2212715

Board Leadership
Shelton Smith
Chairman

CEO
Shelton Smith
President & Editor

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 68.95 one star
  Financial 84.30 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 59.00 one star
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Sword of the Lord was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1934. Building a solid foundation of fundamental New Testament Christianity, we are committed to the unchanging Gospel which has always been our strength and our guide. The Sword of the Lord sees thousands of people saved every year through various Sword ministries. Over 100 sermons, as preached by outstanding pastors and evangelists of past and present, are found within THE SWORD newspaper each year. Each issue provides a strong defense of the Faith against modernism and compromise. We also publish Christian literature in hardback, paperback, tracts and booklet form.

The Sword of the Lord was founded in Dallas, Texas in 1934. Building a solid foundation of fundamental New Testament Christianity, we are committed to the unchanging Gospel which has always been our strength and our guide. The Sword of the Lord sees thousands of people saved every year through various Sword ministries. Over 100 sermons, as preached by outstanding pastors and evangelists of past and present, are found within THE SWORD newspaper each year. Each issue provides a strong defense of the Faith against modernism and compromise. We also publish Christian literature in hardback, paperback, tracts and booklet form.

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Financial

three stars

84.30

Accountability & Transparency

one star

59.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
75.2%
  Administrative Expenses 21.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.67
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sword of the Lord on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Sword of the Lord on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sword of the Lord (TN) 68.95 one star
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.78 four stars
Messenger International (CO) 94.13 four stars
Reasons to Believe (CA) 87.24 three stars
Lutheran Heritage Foundation (MI) 89.14 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $903,751
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $903,751
   Program Service Revenue $54,435
Total Primary Revenue $958,186
   Other Revenue $-113,079
TOTAL REVENUE $845,107
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $898,196
   Administrative Expenses $246,190
   Fundraising Expenses $14,637
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $1,159,023
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-313,916
   
Net Assets $4,222,946

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Newspaper of Sermons, Christian Readings, and Ads $898,196 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 09/03/2019 68.95 one star
2017-12 11/01/2018 69.01 one star
2016-12 07/01/2017 64.87 one star
2015-12 10/01/2016 64.87 one star
2014-12 06/01/2016 65.66 one star
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 11/01/2015 63.94 one star
2013-12 12/01/2014 64.95 one star
2012-12 05/01/2014 62.49 one star
2011-12 08/01/2013 64.63 one star
2010-12 04/01/2012 65.40 one star
2009-12 09/20/2011 70.54 two stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 05/01/2011 72.35 two stars
2008-12 06/01/2010 74.24 two stars
2007-12 10/01/2008 73.50 two stars
2006-12 11/01/2007 80.28 three stars
2005-12 10/01/2006 71.47 two stars
2004-12 10/01/2005 77.18 two stars
2003-12 09/01/2004 71.50 two stars
2002-12 10/01/2003 77.43 two stars
2001-12 10/15/2002 82.40 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 36-2212715
Name in IRS Master File SWORD OF THE LORD FOUNDATION
NTEE Code X83
NTEE Classification Religious Printing, Publishing
NTEE Type Religion-Related, Spiritual Development
Classification Religious Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (120) Publishing activities
(29) Other religious activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date June, 1955
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$94,481 8.15% Shelton Smith Chairman

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Sword of the Lord (TN) 68.95 one star
Reasons to Believe (CA) 87.24 three stars
Pioneer Bible Translators (TX) 93.47 four stars
Audio Scripture Ministries (MI) 97.78 four stars
Hosanna/Faith Comes By Hearing (NM) 97.38 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Sword of the Lord
P.O. Box 1099
Murfreesboro, TN 37133
tel: (615) 893-6700
fax: (615) 895-7447
EIN: 36-2212715

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Board Leadership

Shelton Smith
Chairman

CEO

Shelton Smith
President & Editor

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