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Ep. 14: Beyond COVID: Churches and Ministries Slowly Returning To A New Normal

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Samaritan’s Purse closes its hospital in Central Park as the COVID Crisis abates there.  Some churches are re-opening, while others are making plans.  And the “new normal” could include a new financial environment: Habitat for Humanity joins the ministries who have laid off staff, and the largest Christian media company, Salem, gets downgraded by Moody’s.

Plus, Cedarville University’s president has been placed on administrative leave for his handling of a sex abuser at his college. Also on today’s program:  a new on-line database tracks sex abusers in — or formerly associated with — the Southern Baptist Convention.

A couple of quick program notes:  We want to thank those of you who made a gift to MinistryWatch on Giving Tuesday Now this week. We raised about $2500 on that day, and we’re grateful for each and every one of them.  If you missed Giving Tuesday but you still want to support our ministry, you can go to MinistryWatch.com and hit the donate button at the top of the page.

I also want to mention that the new, re-booted MinistryWatch website just passed its six-month anniversary. I don’t like to brag, but our Alexa ranking has passed some of the best-known Christian sites out there, and we’ve logged more than a half-million page views in the past six months.

And this podcast continues to grow, too. If you are one of our new listeners. Welcome! If you like what you’ve heard, I hope you’ll be with us each and every week, and I hope you’ll tell a friend. And don’t forget to rate us using your podcast app.  It’s absolutely free, doesn’t take but a few seconds, and it really helps us a lot.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy. We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Christa Brown, Anne Stych, Adelle Banks, Steve Rabey, and Warren Smith.

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