Our Mission: Helping people grow in
their knowledge of God and His holiness
Ligonier Ministries is an international Christian discipleship organization founded by theologian Dr. R.C. Sproul in 1971 to equip Christians to articulate what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it. Proclaiming God’s holiness is central to Ligonier’s purpose.
Ligonier produces Renewing Your Mind radio broadcasts, the Reformation Study Bible, Tabletalk magazine, books through the Reformation Trust Publishing division, and various teaching series. It also offers academic degrees through the Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and Reformation Bible College. In addition, Ligonier hosts national and regional conferences, offers an online learning community through Ligonier Connect, streams twenty-four-hour Christian internet radio through RefNet, and makes available more than 8,000 unique resources online at Ligonier.org.
Four decades of proclaiming the holiness of God:
1970's: The Ligonier Valley Study Center
- A group of Christian leaders approached Dr. Sproul with the intent of establishing a study center in Ligonier Valley, Pennsylvania where lay people could receive the benefits of seminary-level teaching without having to attend seminary.
- Christians from all over the United States attend the Ligonier Valley Study Center to hear Dr. Sproul and other leading evangelical scholars.
- Recording lectures makes it possible for students who cannot attend the study center to benefit from the ministry.
- Publication of Tabletalk Bible study magazine begins.
1980's: Ligonier Ministries Moves to Orlando, Florida
- The Holiness of God and Chosen By God are published, further solidifying Dr. Sproul's reputation as a trustworthy teacher and leader in the Christian community.
- Work begins on what will become the notes for the New Geneva Study Bible, later republished as The Reformation Study Bible.
- Regional and national conferences begin, providing an opportunity for students to gather and learn together.
1990's: National Radio Outreach Begins
- Renewing Your Mind radio broadcast with Dr. R.C. Sproul begins to provide sound, in-depth teaching to those who might otherwise never receive it.
- Recording for our overview teaching series is started, including Dust to Glory, Foundations, Defending Your Faith, and The Consequences of Ideas.
2000's: Among Several New Initiatives, Ligonier Academy Is Launched
- Ligonier establishes a music division to promote the sense of reverence and gravitas found in more classical forms of Christian worship.
- Ligonier's Reformation Trust Publishing launches to establish a new imprint committed to publishing theologically solid books; early releases include A Taste of Heaven, The Lightlings and Dr. Steven Lawson’s Foundations of Grace.
- Ligonier asks Reformation Heritage Books to manage Soli Deo Gloria Publications and later invites that publisher to publish and distribute the Puritan titles.
- The ministry, in the fall of 2008, announces "Here We Stand", our first ever capital campaign. This $5.6 million effort is designed to provide for the infrastructure for Ligonier Academy and ministry headquarters in Sanford, Fla.
- In 2009, Dr. Sproul establishes Ligonier Academy of Biblical & Theological Studies to provide deeper educational opportunities for young adults, laypeople, and pastors.
- In 2010, we announced our ministry expansion through our Teaching Fellows effort.
- On August 22, 2011, we welcomed the inaugural class at Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Fla.
- Offer thousands of resources available for purchase, including:
- 500+ teaching series on apologetics, biblical studies, philosophy, ethics, Christian theology and discipleship in video and audio formats.
- 500+ books authored by more than 100 different teachers and authors on topics that include church history, Christian living, worldview and culture, biblical studies, and theology.
- 90+ books written by Dr. Sproul.
- Produce Renewing Your Mind broadcasts available through the United States with a potential listening audience of over 100+ million people and countless others throughout the world via shortwave radio generating 25,000 first-time ministry contacts each year. A popular podcast is also available along with an archive of past radio interviews.
- Have hosted more than 200,000 people at our regional and national conferences to fellowship with other believers and explore biblical truths of a particular biblical theme or issue.
- Celebrate that 47 of Dr. Sproul’s books are translated into a multitude of languages.
- Distribute more than 2,000,000 trustworthy biblical and theological resources annually.
- Rejoice that more than 200,000 people read Tabletalk magazine each month in print and digital editions.
- Are thankful for the monthly financial support of more than 26,000 Ministry Partners.
- Can receive over 450,000 unique visitors and more than 3 million page views to our website in a month.
- Have had 17,000 individuals enrolled in Ligonier Connect courses from 105+ countries.
- Freely broadcast Christian internet radio through RefNet to listeners in more than 175 countries.
- Have 90 students enrolled in classes at Reformation Bible College.
- Produce a variety of podcasts, including 5 Minutes in Church History with Dr. Stephen Nichols and Renewing Your Mind Minute.
- Offer a free Ligonier mobile app that has been download 365,000+ times.
- Partner with Dr. Steven J. Lawson in support of The Institute for Expository Preaching.
- Serve many missions agencies and indigenous church efforts around the world to provide opportunities and educational materials for Christian growth and discipleship.
- Are seeking to raise funding for campus development through Here We Stand: The Capital Campaign for Ligonier Ministries.