About EPM

Eternal Perspective Ministries is focused on investing in what lasts for eternity. To learn more about the heart behind Eternal Perspective Ministries—living for the line, not the dot—we invite you to watch this short video:


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So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Eternal Perspective Ministries is founded and directed by author Randy Alcorn. We are a Bible-believing, Christ-centered nonprofit organization with two objectives:

  • to teach the principles of God's Word, emphasizing an eternal viewpoint;
  • to reach the needy in Christ's name, calling attention to the needs of the:
    • unreached, who've never heard the gospel;
    • unfed, unclothed, unsheltered and poor due to circumstance (not choice);
    • unsupported, Christians suffering in hostile spiritual environments;
    • unborn, targeted for abortion, and their mothers deceived and exploited by the child-killing industry;
    • unreconciled, those of different races and cultures who are alienated, hostile, or suspicious of each other;
    • untrained, a generation growing up in a society without moral absolutes and eternal values, who need to hear God's truth spoken in love.

We teach primarily through Randy's books, articles, blogs, Facebook and Twitter updates, and the EPM website, as well as a limited number of speaking engagements.

We reach by funding local and global missions, relief and prolife efforts. EPM supports strategic and distinctive ministries according to current needs and opportunities.

Royalties from Randy Alcorn's books are the property of EPM and have been sent to vital ministries such as World Relief, Joni and Friends, Prison Fellowship, The JESUS Film Project, Action International, John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation, Voice of the Martyrs, Abort73.com, Bible League, Operation Mobilization, Make Way Partners, and many others. (See Organizations EPM Supports and/or Recommends for a more complete list.) In addition to financial gifts, EPM has the privilege of donating thousands of Randy's books to various Christian organizations for evangelism and discipleship purposes.

Those wishing to give funds to Christian work, but who are unable to personally investigate which ministries are most worthy and strategic, can give to one of EPM's special funds knowing 100% of all contributions will go to carefully chosen ministries.

EPM does not replace church ministries, but complements, strengthens and facilitates them. Contributions to EPM are needed and appreciated, but we ask that they be above and beyond one's regular giving to a Bible-believing, Christ-centered local church.

EPM offers no cost and low cost ministry materials. Pastors and churches are invited to avail themselves of EPM's teaching and reaching ministries.

The common element in all that Eternal Perspective Ministries does is an emphasis on seeing life through the eyes of eternity, and thereby learning to live now to the glory of God. As there will be no second chance for the unbeliever to go back and live his life over again, this time accepting Christ, so there will be no second chance for the believer to go back and live his life over again, this time serving Christ. Now is our window of opportunity. Now is our chance to follow Christ, speak the truth and reach out to the needy in love. Now is our chance to invest our lives in eternity.

Watch several friends of Eternal Perspective Ministries, including John Piper, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ron Blue, Joshua Harris, and Nancy Leigh DeMoss, share what Randy and his ministry have meant to them.

"I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity." - John Wesley
"Only one life, it'll soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." - C.T. Studd
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

About Randy

Before starting EPM in 1990, Randy served as a pastor for fourteen years. He has a Bachelor of Theology and Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah University and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He has taught on the adjunct faculties of both.

A New York Times bestselling author, Randy has written over fifty books, including Happiness, Heaven, The Treasure Principle, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home. His books have been translated into over sixty languages and have sold over nine million copies. Randy has written for many magazines including EPM’s issues-oriented magazine Eternal Perspectives. He blogs, is active daily on Facebook and Twitter, and has been a guest on more than 700 radio, television and online programs including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife Today, Revive Our Hearts, and The Bible Answer Man.

Randy resides in Gresham, Oregon, with his wife, Nanci. They have two married daughters and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons. Randy enjoys hanging out with his family, biking, underwater photography, research, and reading.

Our Beliefs

We believe the Bible to be God's Word:

The sixty-six books of the Bible are God's written revelation to man, God-breathed and verbally inspired (2 Timothy 3:16), absolutely without error in the original documents. The contents of every book are nothing less than the Word of God (1 Corinthians 2:7-14; 2 Peter 1:20-21).

The Holy Spirit so guided the human authors that, through their individual personalities and different styles of writing, they composed and recorded God's Word to man without error (2 Peter 1:20-21; Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16).

The Word of God is an objective and propositional revelation, as opposed to a subjective or intangible one (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 2:13). We hold to the historical-grammatical interpretation of Scripture, believing that while there are countless subjective human interpretations there is a specific authorial intention (both human author and divine), which is the true meaning of the text. It is our responsibility to discern that intention, based on the chosen words and their context. (In keeping with this, we believe in a literal six day creation, based on the clear statement of Genesis 1:31 and Exodus 31:17.)

Not only is the Bible infallible, it is the exclusive rule of faith and practice (Matthew 5:18; 24:35; John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21). This means that nothing else is or can be authoritative for our belief and practice—this includes any person or organization, and the ever-changing beliefs of psychology, education, science, religion, and the current body of political correctness.

Because we believe the Bible, this is what we believe about the following:

  1. God - We believe there is only one true God, who exists eternally in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1; John 10:30; John 4:24; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14).
  2. Man - We believe that man is created in the image and likeness of God, but that in Adam's sin the race fell, became alienated from God, inherited a sinful nature, and is unable by his own strength to remedy his lost condition (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:22-23; Ephesians 2:12).
  3. Christ - We believe the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Christ came in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. He accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a substitutionary sacrifice. Our redemption is made sure to us by His literal physical resurrection from the dead (John 1:1-2, 14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24-25; 4:25; 1 Peter 1:3-5). We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, exalted at the right hand of God, where as the High Priest for His people, He fulfills the ministry of Representative, Intercessor and Advocate (Hebrews 9:24; 7:25; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2).
  4. Holy Spirit - We believe the Holy Spirit is a divine person of the same nature as God the Father and the Son. He was active in the creation, He convicts men of sin, He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled. He is the supernatural agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Teacher who guides believers into all truth. All who are saved can and should be filled with the Spirit (John 6:63; 2 Corinthians 3:6; Romans 8:11; 1 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 5:18).
  5. Salvation - We believe salvation is the gift of God, given to man by grace (not earned by man's efforts) and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose blood was shed for the forgiveness of our sins (Ephesians 2:8-10; John 1:12; Ephesians 1:7). Believers can know they are saved and kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ (John 10:28-29; Romans 8:31-39; 1 John 5:13). It is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation, but the Word clearly teaches the incompatibility of professing faith while living in sin (1 John 3:9), and forbids any spiritual presumption that minimizes the importance of the holy works God has called us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10).
  6. The Church - We believe that the Church, which is the body and bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons of this age, irrespective of their affiliation with Christian organizations (Ephesians 1:22-23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-24). The local church is at the very heart of God's kingdom program. Parachurch organizations such as EPM should only exist to serve Christ-centered local churches, not in any way to detract from them.
  7. Satan - We believe in the existence of Satan, a fallen angel, who is the open and declared enemy of God and man (Job 1:6-7; Matthew 4:2-11; Isaiah14:12-17). Satan is not God's equal opposite, but that of Michael the Archangel—the devil is only a creature, and can do nothing without God's sovereign permission (Job 1:9-12).
  8. The Return of Christ - We believe in the premillennial second coming of the Lord Jesus, to raise the dead in Christ and receive believers who are alive at His coming (1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Titus 2:11-14; Matthew 24:15-25; 46:11; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10; Revelation 20:6).
  9. The Eternal State - We believe the souls of those who have trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence at death, and there remain in conscious fellowship until the resurrection at His coming, when soul and body reunited shall be associated with Him forever in Glory. The souls of unbelievers remain after death in conscious misery until the final judgment of the great white throne at the close of the millennium when soul and body reunited shall be cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power. (Luke 16:19-26; 23:42; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9; Jude 6-7; Revelation 20:11-15). We believe in a literal and eternal Heaven and hell.

  10. The Responsibility of Believers - We believe Christians should live not in light of the moment, but in light of eternity, realizing that things are often not what they appear and that the true treasures are those which will last for eternity (2 Corinthians 4:18; Matthew 6:19-25). We should all seek to walk in such a manner as not to bring reproach upon our Lord and Savior, who commands separation from sinful practices (Romans 12:1-2; 14: 2 Corinthians 6:14; 7:1). It is the obligation of every believer to witness by deed and by word to the truths of Holy Scriptures and to seek to proclaim the Gospel to all the world (Acts 1:8). It is the responsibility of all believers to remember the work of the Lord in prayer and to support it with their assets of time, gifting, and money (1 Corinthians 16:2). Believers in Christ should be the first to reach out to the poor and needy, and to defend the defenseless in the name of and for the sake of our Lord (Psalm 82:2-4; Proverbs 31:8-9; Matthew 25:31-46).

Also see Distinctive Teachings of Biblical Christianity.


Eternal Perspective Ministries belongs to Jesus Christ.

EPM staff are privileged to be His servants (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). EPM will exist only as long as God wants it to. If it becomes evident that His purpose for EPM is finished, we will close our doors. The sun does not rise or set on this ministry. It is simply a tool at God's disposal (2 Timothy 2:21), for Him to use how and as long as He chooses.

EPM has no desire to build a financial kingdom.

We seek to keep overhead as low as possible. Our offices are modest and comfortable.

As much as possible, EPM offers its services free of charge.

EPM offers no cost and low cost ministry materials. Pastors and churches are invited to avail themselves of EPM's teaching and reaching ministries. We give away a great deal of literature to churches and individuals, and provide our magazine, Eternal Perspectives, at no charge. Jesus said, "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8). Consequently, we charge nothing for people to reproduce our materials, and we have no fees for consultation or speaking. (We do accept speaking honoraria when voluntarily given.) We also offer substantial discounts on books. EPM also has the privilege of donating thousands of Randy's books to various Christian organizations for evangelism and discipleship purposes.

All contributions to our special funds are used exclusively for designated purposes.

Those wishing to give funds to Christian work, but who are unable to personally investigate which ministries are most worthy and strategic, can give to one of EPM's special funds knowing 100% of all contributions will go to carefully chosen ministries. (See our donation page for more information on the funds.) Our general fund receives no percentage of these donations.

Royalties from Randy Alcorn's books go directly to the ministry and 100% are given away for ministry purposes: 90% to other worthy Christian organizations and 10% to EPM to help offset the costs related to the writing/researching/editing of the books, as well as to help facilitate the giving away of our books to people all over the world. For instance, in 2016, the royalty income to EPM was $294,894 and the designated giving to EPM for specific ministries was $71,930.

Since the inception of Eternal Perspective Ministries in 1990 through 2016, EPM has given over seven million dollars in book royalties to ministries around the world. See Why doesn't Randy use some of the royalties from his books to offset EPM expenses? and Some Organizations EPM Supports or Recommends.

All money donated to special funds and directed toward identified ministries is disbursed within thirty days of receipt.

Typically, large contributions are sent immediately to the appropriate organization. Because it is not cost effective to send $15 one day and $25 a few days later, smaller gifts are accumulated and sent in one bulk sum at the end of the month. Special note: In order to comply with federal regulations, the ultimate decision of designations to specific organizations must be left to the ministry of EPM. However, we will do our best to honor the designated request when we send out contributions.

All purchases are paid in full within thirty days.

There have been two exceptions to this that we were made aware of and immediately corrected. We believe God is not pleased and does not bless us when we hold on to other people's money.

EPM operates without debt (Romans 13:8).

Like any ministry, we must project ahead based on past giving levels, making financial decisions for which the bills will not come due for some time. We make reasonable projections, but on a few occasions general fund giving has dropped and we’ve come up short. In those cases, EPM staff have voluntarily waited to receive their salaries. No vendors or special fund recipients have ever failed to receive funds. 

EPM seeks to avoid unnecessary expenses and waste.

Our Eternal Perspectives magazine is an example of this. To cut down on mailing expenses we now give the option of viewing the magazine online.  For those we mail, we use nonprofit bulk mail rather than first class, which more than cuts in half our mailing expenses.

EPM does not beg for funds.

We will not send out lengthy fundraising letters with desperate pleas underlined in red. Our practice has been to periodically inform magazine recipients, blog readers, and those on our email list of special opportunities to invest in eternity by giving to our Special Funds. This has not and cannot result in our own financial profit, since we do not keep these funds or any portion thereof, but pass 100% on to worthy Christian organizations. We do not regularly publicize our general fund needs, preferring to pray and wait for the Lord’s provision. This, however, is a matter of preference, not conscience—we don't believe it is wrong to do so (2 Corinthians 1:8). When we do choose to make general fund needs known, it’s in a forthright and non-manipulative manner, without pressure to give.

We try not to make a major purchase without first praying that God will provide it at no cost or reduced cost, and waiting a period of time for God to provide or for an alternative to arise.

If God has chosen not to provide it at that time, we will reevaluate whether it’s truly a need. In any case, we will make the purchase only if funds are available. (Over the years the Lord has graciously provided office equipment and furniture that would have cost thousands of dollars if we had purchased them when we first felt the need.)

We have used volunteers, when possible, to supplement work done by our paid staff.

Each quarter, we issue tax-deductible receipts for all funds and materials donated, and seek to reduce the cost of mailings by offering emailed statements.

We will not sell or rent our mailing list to anyone.

We believe that 100% of all we are and have belongs to the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

EPM does not replace church ministries, but complements, strengthens, and facilitates them. Contributions to EPM are needed and appreciated, but we ask that they be above and beyond one's regular, substantial giving to a Bible-believing, Christ-centered local church.

A minimum of 10% is specially consecrated to Him and should be given regularly (1 Corinthians 16:2) to God's kingdom work (Leviticus 27:30; Malachi 3:10). This minimum is to be supplemented with freewill offerings for special ministry purposes (Numbers 15:3; Ezra 1:4; 2 Corinthians 8-9).

Scripture does not specifically state how much of the required and freewill giving should go to the local church and how much should go to other ministries cooperating with the churches in furthering God's kingdom (e.g., Focus on the Family, Prison Fellowship, CRU, mission boards, famine relief organizations, etc.). However, both scriptural example and common sense make clear that the believer's first and primary giving obligation is to his own church family. For this reason, EPM board members themselves give first and foremost to their local churches, and ask that our supporters do the same.

Though the great majority of our support comes from individual donors, because EPM is actively involved in serving churches, we welcome being included in church budgets.

We appreciate each financial gift we receive, realizing it often represents sacrifice and a heartfelt desire to invest in God's work.

We take all contributions seriously, and are committed to carefully and honorably carrying out our role as stewards. 

A statement of EPM's income and expenditures, including staff salaries and benefits, and other distributions of funds, is available to anyone on request.

Other than donors' individual giving records, which are confidential, the remainder of EPM's finances is open to anyone interested.

EPM keeps careful and detailed financial records.

Major policy decisions are made by the staff and board in consultation with others. We seek to adhere to the standards of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. However, membership in the ECFA requires certain procedures that those examining our books tell us would create significant and unnecessary annual expenses for a ministry our size. Since we are small and our financial statements are forthright and detailed and examined by an accountant, we believe we maintain financial accountability as effectively as most ECFA organizations.

The financial philosophy and priorities of EPM are more fully reflected in the book Money, Possessions and Eternity.

This book (Tyndale House Publishers, 1989, 2002) is authored by EPM director Randy Alcorn. Anyone with specific financial questions is invited to call us at 503-668-5200.

Brenda Abelein Brenda Abelein Ministry Assistant
Randy Alcorn Randy Alcorn Founder and Director
Stephanie  Anderson Stephanie Anderson Communications & Graphics Specialist
Karen  Coleman Karen Coleman Ministry Assistant
Bonnie Hiestand Bonnie Hiestand Typist and Special Projects
Dan Ivester Dan Ivester Shipping Clerk
Linda Jeffries Linda Jeffries Office Manager
Shauna  Kopra Shauna Kopra Marketing and Communications Specialist 
Sharon Misenhimer Sharon Misenhimer Ministry Assistant
Dwight  Myers Dwight Myers Shipping Clerk
Kathy Norquist Kathy Norquist Ministry Development
Chelsea Weber Chelsea Weber Executive Assistant
Allison Wilson Allison Wilson Bookkeeper