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MinistryWatch’s Annual List of “Shining Light” Ministries

Warren Cole Smith

Each month, MinistryWatch.com publishes lists of interest to donors and non-profit executives.  But once each year we publish a very special list, a list of what we call our “Shining Lights.” The Bible says we are to let our lights shine so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.  (Matthew 5:16)  These ministries do just that.

To become a MinistryWatch “Shining Light,” a ministry must have earned a 5-star rating on MinistryWatch’s 5-star financial efficiency scale.  Further, those ministries on this list have a Transparency Grade of “A.”  That’s MinistryWatch’s highest transparency grade.  Out of 700 ministries, only 13 meet these strict criteria.  They are listed below.

Rank (by revenue)SectorOrganization NameCEO Total Revenue ECFARatingTransparency Grade
1Relief and DevelopmentChristian Blind MissionMr. Ron Nabors $151,646,693 Yes5A
2Colleges/UniversitiesOral Roberts UniversityWilliam M Wilson $147,164,775 Yes5A
3Relief and DevelopmentOperation BlessingGordon Robertson $117,018,180 Yes5A
4Colleges/UniversitiesUnion UniversityDr. Dub Oliver $92,307,673 Yes5A
5Educational MediaOur Daily Bread MinistriesRichard DeHaan $49,041,750 Yes5A
6Community DevelopmentEnglish Language Institute in ChinaMr. Tim Davis $20,773,179 Yes5A
7Christian GrowthCrown Financial MinistriesChuck Bentley $15,867,157 Yes5A
8EvangelismNew InternationalJeff Metzger $7,333,839 Yes5A
9EvangelismLamb & Lion MinistriesDr. David Reagan $3,339,492 Yes5A
10PublishingScripture Union USAGail Martin $1,400,939 Yes5A
11Evangelism SupportIndia National Inland MissionDr. Ajay Pillai $1,337,470 Yes5A
12Foreign MissionsChildren of Promise InternationalMr. Robert Egimann $965,845 Yes5A
13Fellowship EvangelismChristian Military FellowshipRobert Flynn $361,149 Yes5A
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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 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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