Bible League

Bible League International

Bible League

Bible LeagueBible League was founded in 1938 as the "American Home Bible League" by Bill and Betty Chapman, an American couple who gave Bibles to neighbors who didn’t have but promised to read them (photo). Later, it became the "World Home Bible League," and eventually the "Bible League International."

Bible League International ("Bible League") distributes Christian literature, hosts Bible studies, and trains church planters. Geographically, Bible League targets "under-resourced" Christians, not necessarily persecuted Christians, in about 40 countries, including the United States and Canada.

In 2001, the Greek columns-adorned building below, said to be a gift, became the headquarters of Bible League in Illinois near Chicago.

Bible League Headquarters

Weaknesses

1.  The "Bible" that Bible League distributes, including in 32 foreign language translations, remains the WBTC's flawed Easy-to-Read Version (ERV), which over-simplifies the original text and distorts it to make it gender-neutral.

2.  The credibility and zeal of Bill and Betty Chapman have long faded from Bible League, which merged with World Bible Translation Center (WBTC) in 2011 and was led for a while by the author of The Power of Positive Thinking who was the WBTC president. In 2016, Bible League appointed a new leadership team of four from fundraising (CEO), accounting, finance, and human resources backgrounds; none of the four have ministry experience, missionary experience, or ministry education.

3.  Donors to Bible League are hounded to donate more. About 30% of the donations to Bible League is paid to its fundraisers or spent in other ways to solicit more donations:

  2020 2019 2018 2017 2016
Fundraising ($ million) 4.0 4.3 4.7 4.8 5.1
Donations ($ million) 13.9 13.1 14.2 15.3 17.6
Fundraising / Donations 29% 33% 33% 31% 29%
           

Solutions

1.  Distribute real Bibles.
2.  Beg God, not people, for money.
3.  Bring up or in leaders who can provide spiritual leadership, and disclose their salaries.