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Living By Design Ministries

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Christianity, Religion

Mission: Inspiring Christians to explore God’s design, establish godly lives, and exude God’s love. Our free online resources inspire Christians to EXPLORE God’s Word and deepen their understanding of His design. Our exegetical (Bible-centered) teaching empowers Christians to demolish strongholds and ESTABLISH godly lives. Through “evangelical discipleship” and Church partnerships, we EQUIP Christians to exude God’s love in their local communities.

Results: Every $1 donated helps 5 people receive free Bible study material in their inbox

Target demographics: Christian Women

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100,000 people reached by our encouraging blog posts || 30,000 people found Christ-centered content in their social media feeds || 5,000 people signed up to receive our free Bible studies

Geographic areas served: Worldwide

Programs: Free Online Bible Studies, Christ-Centered Blog Articles, Faith-Building Social Media Content, Bible-Focused SOULfood E-mails, and Inspirational Living by Design Retreats & Events

Community Stories

34 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Elaine W.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Living By Design Ministries is a fountain of inspiration and Bible Study. I am truly thankful that God led me to Sarah Koontz and the wonderful Bible studies. It is far more than just studying God’s Word. There is a huge group of dedicated Christians that earnestly pray for the needs of those requesting prayer. It is a humbling experience to reach out to others and request prayer but you know that each are so like you. As you humbly bow your head in prayer others do the same. You grow daily in God’s Word, which is so important in today’s world. Please join me and others as we strive to grow closer to God through this wonderful ministry.

maychin

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the way the bible studies are written! Right now a group of us ladies are doing the Rescued series. The ladies who join are at different spiritual levels. Yet all of us are being blessed studying the Word together. Each study is complete and easy for the leader to teach and simple for those younger Christians to follow and at the same time, the leader can go deeper for the more matured in faith. Also the questions to respond creates discussions and allows us to know the ladies better. After every study, everyone walks away with a better knowledge of the Word, faith in God is strengthened and their relationship with one another more open. I think it is one of the best bible studies I have come across so far

Tina C.5

Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of the saving graces that have help me tremendously in my daily life. The love, energy, and hard work shows in everything they do!

1 Hayley Jane

Donor

Rating: 5

Beautifully written, biblically sound, engaging studies that allow us to grow in the Word - generously provided at no cost by Living by Design Ministries. Sarah’s ministry is a true blessing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I found Living by Design via a facebook recommendation and am SO incredibly grateful that I did. I'm currently completing four of Sarah's free bible studies and am benefitting immensely from the experience; growing in the Word and becoming closer to God. I've been so impressed by the quality of the materials and the potential reach, via free online resources, that I've decided to become a monthly donor. I highly recommend Sarah's studies and thank her for sharing her ministry with us.

Marion Kimberly L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been highly blessed to have found Living by Design Ministries. I have completed each free Bible study offered, in the one I will finish the end of next week, "Pray Like David."
First, I love the fact that the studies and resources are free. I would not be able to join them otherwise. Also, I have learned things that I hadn't known prior to taking the studies.
I know the Lord will bless them, but I hope that they will be recognized by your organization for their contribution to the world.

Loralei D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The bible studies are amazing ! I have done 3 so far and i print my own out i love the knowledge an insight behind the lessons. The leaders are an amazing husband/wife team that put alot of thought an soul into the biblical teachings.

Donor

Rating: 5

I don't have a lot of experience with this ministry, but what I do have is 5 star. I have much respect for its founder Sarah, and feel the services to women especially, is filling a great need.

Evelitza R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm not sure I'll be able to do this right, since my primary language is spanish, but here I go. I haven't been long knowing about this ministry, but since day one I've been blessed by it. Their bible studies have been of great help to me. I'm able to study at anytime, any place, at my own pace. They've helped me grow in knowledge of Jesus and faith. It had helped me stay strong when feeling weak. Their bible studies are easy to study and comprehend. I hope it continues blessing us and helping us grow in our spiritual journey for a long long time. May God bless them all!

Kim B.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful ministry that is blessing for so many women.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Living By Design Ministries for about a year now doing graphic design, but before that I received the bible studies just as a study participant.

As a volunteer, I love being able to serve and help in the process of providing encouraging tools to help women stay in God's Word and I love that it's all free.

Living By Design is one of the very few offering studies that are extensive and deep for free. The work that goes into these studies is not that of what you'd expect of a ministry that's providing all of it's services at no cost.

That's why I participate in the studies and that's why I volunteer. I think that what they're doing is unique and important to the Christian community, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to be a small part of the creation of something so valuable.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Living By Design Ministries has great Bible studies that meet people where they are. Their Bible studies are informative and you can listen to them on the go. I look forward to participating in more Bible studies in the future with this awesome ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the first free Bible Study I participated in through Living By Designs Ministry, I knew this was the organization I wanted to support! Scriptural based! Written prayers! No hidden costs for supplies, books, fees! Easy to follow, even for those of us who are technologically challenged! And added bonuses of free printable graphics, music links to enhance the study and links to digging deeper, all for free! Sarah Koontz is being led by the Spirit of God, Who equipped her for this gifting! It is with great joy to partner through monthly donations with her in this blessed ministry.

Martha W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love Living by Design ministries! The Bible study's and lessons are straightforward and timely. They are easy to understand and full of pertinent information. I am new in my walk with the Lord and they offer so many great, free studies, with supplemental material, that I feel like I have grown exponentially in my faith. I'm so thankful for their ministry.

1 Eddilu C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are blessed to have access to the free bible studies that Living By Design Ministries offers. The topics are appropriate and help us to grow our faith and to ger deep in the word of God.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sarah & co. have been a perfect study resource for this Mom of littles... If you're looking for something deeper than a five minute "Devo" accompanied by one lonely little Bible verse, but need something that doesn't require hours of time to work through, Living By Design Ministries will be right up your alley!

When you wake up on Saturday bummed than you have to wait to whole days to get to the next study day--- you know you've found a good one!

Annika B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am working on my third bible study now and I have to say that Sarah's approach and presentations are very inspiring because she puts herself forward as a real person. She doesn't come across like a Christian who has it all figured out and just wants to preach to the rest of us. She really helps us to see that we all struggle from one day to the next, depending on our personal challenges, and that it's OK to be imperfect and always learning. I also appreciate that her studies are truly for everyone; they aren't specific to any one religion and are effective in directing us to a personal experience of Scripture. I'm looking forward to my next one already!

Theresa B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Well done! Cant wait to sign up for the next study. Your studies have changed me for the better. My relationship with God has improve 100% I finally feel the love and His presence everyday. All it took was opening my heart and my eyes. Thank you so much for these studies, they are life-changing. Easy to follow and packed with so much love!

Charlee G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This ministry is an amazing out reach to women of all walks of life. It is all beautifully done with passion and love for women and Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Sarah Koontz pours her heart and soul into this ministry and the scripture studies that she provides for free to all women who desire to know Jesus on a more personal level. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t recommend about Living by Design Ministries!!! This is just so well done, put together with a goal of helping all women have a closer walk with God. Thank you Sarah Koontz and everyone who is a part of this ministry...you are all amazing and beautiful people with hearts for Jesus and every aspect of this ministry shows just how passionate and sincere you are! It is a blessing to be a part of something so awesome! What I can say is if your not participating in this ministry and all that God offers through it and Sarah then you are missing out, don’t miss out!!! Blessings, Charlee

Raylynn Nicole R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the Studies! You really dig in deep, but she is right there guiding you and helping you understand more of God's word. I'm on my 3rd study and just love all the things I've learned through them. Such a blessing! It's also nice to have audio or video with them. Thank you Sarah for starting this ministry! God bless you!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Sarah for a long time and I have seen her passion grow to share God's word with others. I know that she has been seeking truth daily from the Bible so she can become anointed in her writing of the free online Bible Studies. I love her simple and concise Bible Studies. I am able to easily understand them and with the e-mail format coming to my inbox, I am reminded of my commitment to study the word. I will consistently pray for Living By Design Ministries. It is amazing to me how people from around the world can benefit from her teaching because of the internet and how easy it is to share with friends and family.

1 Aribi J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This site provides a lot of material to encourage your walk in Christ. The Bible studies are so easy to understand. I am out of work presently and cannot afford to pay for Bible studies. Thank God this site provides them free of charge. Sarah devotes a lot of time to providing learning materials for others and letting God use her to bring others to Him!

1 Kelly H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Sarah's scripturally based devotionals! Her words are quality over quantity, and bless me each time I read. Thank you for pointing us back to the truth! - Kelly Honea

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow!! Sarah’s Bible studies are so beautiful. I love how it’s short enough that I can do it even when I’m pressed for time, but detailed enough that I can sit and *really* dig deep. So grateful for this ministry and all they do to offer truly free Bible studies.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sarah has a beautiful spirit. Her wise and encouraging words have brought me closer to God and are helping me as I currently go through a difficult time.

2 Jennifer B.15

Donor

Rating: 5

The heart behind this ministry is beautiful, and Sarah truly organized a wonderful team to carry the message of the gospel all over the world. Her free Bible studies have impacted my life and I can’t wait to see what the Lord inspires her to write next. This is a ministry worth investing in, becasue there is fruit and a genuine passion for women learning God’s Word and learning to trust Him more.

1 Ammie B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The heart behind this ministry is one of Christ-centered love and truth. I have been part of several launch teams and Bible Studies with Sarah Koontz and you will not regret your time spent with her on these studies. Each one has been a blessing and has provided me with growth in my Jesus journey.

1 Liz P.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry is the real deal - when they say free, it's free - no strings attached. When they offer to pray for you, they do. This ministry exists to love God and love people while helping them grow in their faith and closer to God. Everything Living by Design Ministries does is to pour into the people they serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry is a continual blessing and so encouraging. Sarah Koontz has written several Bible studies that have helped me grow deeper in my faith by providing free resources to connect intimately with God and to learn more of His Word. God is good. Tysm Sarah and your Living By Design team!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the heart of this ministry. Sarah, the founder of LBD, has a passion and heart to see women set free to live life to the fullest by experiencing God’s design and grace in their life. She is strongly committed to God’s Word and sharing its transformative truths in her online studies. I have personally been impacted and encouraged and I know others will be too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this ministry! I signed up for the Worthy of the Calling Bible online Bible study. Sarah's words kept me in my Bible searching the truth and learning to apply it to my life. Her heart for families shines brightly and encourages me with my own family struggles.

1 Karen A.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This ministry is amazing and has been a blessing in every way! Sarah is so understanding of people's experiences in general and really applies that to her Bible studies. She is honest, open, and sincere about ministering to people through her online work. I found about Living By Design Ministries through Facebook, and found that her work on Sabbath came right on time at this period in my life, literally! Around the same time I found an online sermon series also about Sabbath, and I found that Sarah's bible study complemented the sermons beautifully and helped me to really dive into the Word. This helped me to better understand how Sabbath applies to my life. She's also very understanding of people's varying time commitments, and is so encouraging and inviting.

1 Kristin Danielle B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When Living by Design says free, that’s exactly what they mean. And THAT is a rarity in this world of bible studies. They look to provide free well written bible studies to the public. But more than that is the heart that goes into this. Sarah genuinely cares about the people who reads. And for that I am thankful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible ministry! The people and HEART behind the Bible studies are one of a kind, genuine, and Christ-filled. Just give one study a try and I promise you won’t be able to wait for the next one to start! Life changing and such a blessing.