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MinistryWatch List: The Largest Media Ministries in the Country

Warren Cole Smith

Below is a list of the largest media ministries in the country.

These days, almost all ministries have some media component,  Pastors write books.  Journalists have podcasts.  However, the list below is a list of those ministries whose work is primarily media-driven.  They include media organizations — such as television and radio networks — as well as “teaching and preaching ministries” whose presence is primarily on radio and television.

It is important to note that this list does NOT include a number of for-profit organizations, including the Salem Radio Network and the Bott Radio Network.

Also, MinistryWatch has identified a growing trend among Christian ministries to identify as churches and thereby withhold their Form 990s.  Many of these organizations have a significant media presence.  Indeed, some of them are primarily media organizations.  They include: Joel Osteen, David Jeremiah, Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Copeland.

A word about timing: This information comes from the most recent Form 990 available on Guidestar.org. For some ministries the most recent year available was 2016. For most years, the most recent year available was 2017. For a few ministries, the most recent year is 2018.

Organizational NameSectorCEO/PresidentECFA MemberMinistryWatch RatingTotal Revenue
1Trinity Broadcasting NetworkRadio/ TV StationsMatthew CrouchNo2 $638,031,620
2Christian Broadcasting NetworkEducational MediaMichael LittleYes4 $416,063,836
3Educational Media Foundation (K-LOVE and Air 1)Radio/ TV StationsBill ReevesYes3 $184,443,043
4Joyce Meyer MinistriesEducational MediaJoyce MeyerYes4 $103,523,387
5Focus on the FamilyEducational MediaJames D. DalyYes3 $98,281,000
6In Touch MinistriesEducational MediaCharles StanleyYes4 $95,320,511
7Life Outreach International Association of ChurchesEducational MediaJames RobisonYes2 $54,090,508
8Our Daily Bread Ministries (previously RBC Ministries)Educational MediaRichard DeHaanYes5 $46,833,459
9Ravi Zacharias International MinistriesEducational MediaRavi ZachariasYes2 $39,040,458
10Ligonier MinistriesEducational MediaChris LarsonYes2 $30,418,453
11Inspirational NetworkRadio/ TV StationsDavid CerulloNo1 $29,654,965
12Lutheran Hour MinistriesEducational MediaRodger HebermehlNo1 $29,486,482
13Eternal Word Television NetworkEducational MediaMichael WarsawNo2 $27,573,839
14Grace to YouEducational MediaJohn F. MacArthur, Jr.Yes3 $25,056,859
15Radio Training NetworkRadio/ TV StationsJames CampbellYes3 $24,866,029
16Messianic VisionEducational MediaSid RothYes3 $22,467,262
17Insight for LivingEducational MediaCynthia SwindollYes3 $22,256,394
18Leading The WayEducational MediaMichael YoussefYes3 $18,053,920
19Bible Broadcasting NetworkRadio/ TV StationsLowell DaveyNo3 $13,958,219
20Precept Ministries InternationalEducational MediaDavid ArthurYes2 $12,307,449
21The Urban AlternativeEducational MediaAnthony T. EvansYes2 $12,294,894
22Truth For LifeEducational MediaAlistair BeggYes3 $12,205,051
23It Is WrittenEducational MediaMark FinleyNo5 $11,563,445
24God's World PublicationsEducational MediaKevin MartinNo3 $10,107,207
25Family Life CommunicationsRadio/ TV StationsRandy CarlsonYes3 $9,664,087
26Christianity Today InternationalEducational MediaPaul D. RobbinsYes3 $9,185,398
27SAT 7 / SAT-7 North AmericaRadio/ TV StationsRex M. RogersYes3 $8,600,677
28Back to God Ministries InternationalEducational MediaRobert HeerspinkYes1 $8,228,797
29Jack Van Impe MinistriesEducational MediaJack Van ImpeNo1 $7,048,896
30Back to the Bible/ Good News Broadcasting AssociationEducational MediaArnie ColeYes2 $6,427,822
31Ankerberg Theological Research InstituteEducational MediaJohn AnkerbergYes3 $6,090,542
32Coral Ridge Ministries MediaEducational MediaFrank W. WrightYes2 $5,608,631
33Family Radio / Family StationsRadio/ TV StationsHarold CampingNo1 $5,401,582
34Love Worth Finding MinistriesEducational MediaW.R. SkeltonYes2 $5,397,371
35Cornerstone Televison Network, Inc.Radio/ TV StationsYes1 $4,152,431
36Haven MinistriesEducational MediaCharles MorrisYes4 $3,842,053
37Voice of ProphecyEducational MediaJames W. GilleyNo4 $3,599,167
38Quiet HourEducational MediaWilliam TuckerNo1 $2,985,320
39Total Living NetworkRadio/ TV StationsJerry RoseYes1 $2,980,140
40Lowell Lundstrom Ministries, Inc.Educational MediaLowell LundstromYesNULL $2,342,689
41Impact ProductionsEducational MediaThomas NewmanNo3 $2,271,180
42Touching Lives/ James MerrittEducational MediaJohn CourtneyYes3 $2,198,830
43Alberto Mottesi Evangelistic Association, Inc.Educational MediaAlberto MottesiNo3 $2,059,535
44Harvest USAEducational MediaJohn FreemanYes2 $2,011,219
45Key Life Network, Inc.Educational MediaStephen BrownYes3 $1,940,094
46Herald of TruthEducational MediaSteve ThomasNo1 $1,499,656
47LifeWord Broadcast Ministries, Inc.Radio/ TV StationsDonny ParrishNo1 $1,494,524
48The Christophers, Inc.Educational MediaDennis W. HeaneyNo3 $1,398,406
49Praise Network, Inc./ Herb RoszhartRadio/ TV StationsLloyd MintzmyerYes3 $1,133,343
50Keys for Kids Ministries previously CBH MinistriesEducational MediaTerre RitchieYes1 $1,102,742
51Loving Grace Ministries, Inc.Educational MediaWayne MonbleauYes3 $1,050,662
52Mars Hill Broadcasting Co, Inc.Radio/ TV StationsClayton R. RobertsYes2 $995,129
53Faith Broadcasting, Inc.Radio/ TV StationsMark WilliamsYes3 $890,065
54Your Story HourEducational MediaFranklin HorneNo2 $858,813
55Guidelines/ Harold SalaEducational MediaBonnie CraddickYes4 $820,032
56Christian Renewal Ministries, Inc.Educational MediaTing LeeNo3 $804,439
57Bible Basics InternationalEducational MediaEugene PriddyYes3 $794,086
58Breath of Life, Inc.Educational MediaWalter L. Pearson Jr.No5 $782,759
59Faith for Today, Inc.Educational MediaMike TuckerNo5 $746,499
60Guido Evangelistic Association, Inc.Educational MediaEllis WoodNo4 $594,782
61Songtime, Inc.Educational MediaJohn DeBrineYes5 $570,169
62Hermano Pablo MinistriesEducational MediaCharles Ray StewartNo3 $371,937
63Carl Richardson Ministries, Inc.Educational MediaCarl RichardsonNoNULL $332,479
64Radio Bible Hour, Inc.Educational MediaJ. Donald SmithNo5 $292,254
65Changed LivesEducational MediaScott Probasco, Jr.Yes1 $223,935
66The Christian Working Woman/ Mary WhelchelEducational MediaMary WhelchelNo5 $221,161
67Creation Moments/ Ian TaylorEducational MediaIan TaylorYes1 $219,058
68Live the Word, Inc. with John NiederEducational MediaJohn W. NiederNoNULL $209,689
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Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine and has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 20 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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