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50 Largest Evangelism and Discipleship Ministries

Below is a list of the 50 largest evangelism and discipleship ministries, according to the MinistryWatch database.  Please note that we do not have a single “Evangelism and Discipleship” category in the MinistryWatch database, so we have aggregated a number of categories to include as many ministries as possible that engage in evangelism and discipleship work.  We last published this list in September 2020.  Though the top ministry (CRU) remains the same, there has been some movement in the Top 10, and significant movement in ministries further down the list.  To see the 2020 list, click here.

This list should not be interpreted as a list of recommended ministries.  They are ranked by total revenue, and not by ministry effectiveness, financial efficiency, or any other measure.  That said, the Financial Efficiency rating and the Transparency Grade of the ministries are listed.

To learn more about these ministries, click on the ministry’s name and read the complete MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

If you would like to know more about our Financial Efficiency Rating, click here.  If you would like to know more about our Transparency Grades, click here.

RankingOrganizationCategory Revenue ECFA?Financial Efficiency RatingTransparency Grade
1CruFellowship Evangelism $600,079,000 Yes3C
2Young LifeFellowship Evangelism $361,035,717 Yes2A
3Fellowship of Christian AthletesFellowship Evangelism $148,528,648 Yes3A
4The NavigatorsChristian Growth $138,324,000 Yes3C
5Billy Graham Evangelistic AssociationEvangelism $130,275,088 Yes2C
6InterVarsity Christian FellowshipFellowship Evangelism $112,206,000 Yes3A
7Gideons InternationalEvangelism $109,332,881 Yes4C
8Every Home for ChristEvangelism $58,706,736 Yes5C
9Word of Life FellowshipEvangelism $56,053,117 Yes3A
10Andrew Wommack MinistriesChristian Growth $51,632,079 No4C
11Joni and FriendsFellowship Evangelism $49,760,031 Yes3A
12Mission Aviation FellowshipEvangelism Support $48,856,443 Yes1C
13Answers in GenesisChristian Growth $46,636,185 Yes3A
14Museum of the BibleChristian Growth $45,047,811 Yes1C
15Prison Fellowship MinistriesChristian Growth $44,289,105 Yes2A
16Mennonite Brethren FoundationEvangelism Support $35,500,302 Yes3C
17Luis Palau Evangelistic AssociationEvangelism $32,800,903 Yes4A
18Operation MobilizationEvangelism Support $30,503,681 Yes3C
19David C. CookChristian Growth $29,977,794 Yes3A
20Bible Study FellowshipChristian Growth $28,989,152 Yes4A
21RightNow Ministries InternationalChristian Growth $28,668,095 Yes4A
22Jews for JesusEvangelism $24,604,454 Yes2C
23Willow Creek AssociationEvangelism $23,097,775 Yes2C
24Anabaptist FoundationEvangelism Support $21,058,459 Yes4A
25Christ in YouthFellowship Evangelism $20,856,684 Yes4A
26Commission to Every NationEvangelism Support $20,810,919 Yes5A
27Student MobilizationFellowship Evangelism $20,739,796 Yes4A
28Marketplace MinistriesChristian Growth $19,733,183 Yes3A
29Child Evangelism FellowshipEvangelism $19,600,561 Yes3A
30Corporate Chaplains of AmericaEvangelism $18,484,533 Yes3A
31Youth for Christ USAFellowship Evangelism $17,325,787 Yes3A
32YWAM San Diego / BajaEvangelism $17,148,909 Yes3A
33Christ for All NationsEvangelism $16,575,117 Yes3A
34Living Stream MinistryChristian Growth $16,303,736 No3D
35Crown Financial MinistriesChristian Growth $15,867,157 Yes5A
36Chosen People MinistriesEvangelism $14,767,414 Yes1C
37Coalition for Christian OutreachChristian Growth $14,433,127 Yes2A
38JAARSEvangelism Support $14,080,218 Yes3A
39International StudentsEvangelism $13,140,168 Yes2C
40The Friends of Israel Gospel MinistryEvangelism $13,033,552 Yes2C
41Institute for Creation ResearchChristian Growth $12,912,501 Yes3A
42Haggai InternationalEvangelism $12,000,324 Yes1A
43Youth for Christ InternationalFellowship Evangelism $11,524,434 Yes5A
44Cadence InternationalFellowship Evangelism $11,211,278 Yes3A
45Upward Unlimited / Upward SportsFellowship Evangelism $10,009,588 Yes1A
46Fellowship for the Performing ArtsChristian Growth $9,877,428 Yes1A
47Marriage TodayChristian Growth $9,799,507 Yes2C
48Choice Books of Northern VirginiaChristian Growth $9,789,614 Yes3A
49CBMCFellowship Evangelism $9,557,618 Yes2A
50Lifeline Christian MissionChristian Growth $9,071,748 Yes5A
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Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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